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Oxford Real Farming Conference: power, lies, and the need for agrarian resistance

The world’s global strategy of food and farming is founded on three great untruths – lies, in effect -- which between them are threatening to kill us all, and in practice are well on the way to doing so.

Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

While the burning of fossil fuels causes climate change, simply shutting down these industries leaves workers and their families behind, and often result in a familiar conflict over “jobs versus the environment.”

The return of Occupy London: this time it’s truly political

This week, stalwarts of the Occupy Democracy campaign in Britain are continuing to stand their ground in Parliament Square.

Achieving Sustainable Societies: Lessons from Modelling the Ancient Maya

The ancient Maya provide an example of a complex social-ecological system which developed impressively before facing catastrophic reorganization.

Economics As If Future Generations Mattered

One of the key barriers to taking action on the paramount issues of our time is that these problems are the end result of entrenched cultural, economic and social systems.

Resilience Roundup - Oct 24

A roundup of the news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere.

Strips of Native Prairie Protect Farm Soil

A new conservation practice reduces cropland erosion to sustainable levels even on moderately sloping land: contoured strips within corn and bean fields, planted to native prairie grasses. The deep rooted grasses slow runoff, trapping suspended soil and nutrients. They also provide habitat for …

On Public Health and Energy

Among the many radical changes that have transformed society since the birth of industrialism, perhaps none have had as great an impact as the revolution in health.

Eight Pieces of Our oil Price Predicament

A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.

Letter to the PM outlining how 2°C demands an 80% cut in EU emissions by 2030

The letter summarises why the IPCC’s carbon budgets for a “likely” chance of not exceeding the international community’s 2°C commitment, requires the EU to reduce the emissions from its energy system by 80% by 2030, with complete decarbonisation just a few years later.

Seeding change

73% of seed crops are now ‘owned’ by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.

A Paradox to Savor: A High-Quality, Free Economics Textbook

Wow, a fresh set of voices in the study of economics that go well beyond the holy dogmas of Samuelson, Nordhaus, Bernanke and Mankiw.

Living and Breathing in a 'Black Swan' World

Resilience...is the capacity to make ongoing adjustments to changing political, economic, and ecological conditions.

A Pink Slip for the Progress Fairy

...I’m going to spend this week’s post summarizing the the decline and fall of industrial civilization.

Peak Oil Notes - Oct 23

 A mid-week update. New York oil futures traded around $82 a barrel this week until Wednesday’s stocks report showed an unexpected 7 million barrel jump in US crude stocks.

Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems

Extreme weather from climate change and growing urbanization are making cities more vulnerable to loss of electric power and damage to energy infrastructure.

Fracking Ban Ballot Initiatives Intensify

County ballot issues to ban fracking could have a large impact outside those counties

The Next Financial Crisis May Be Just Around the Corner

As growth stalls, stocks tumble and investors fret, the question is no longer if there will be another crisis, but when and where it will strike first.

Bringing the Jungle to the City

A techno-shamanic quest to reconnect urban life to ecological reality.

Mother Nature's Tillers

Been thinking how to grow a prairie. I am facing a steep learning curve.

Inspiring New Film, “Voices of Transition,” on the Agriculture That We Need

How will agriculture have to change if we are going to successfully navigate past Peak Oil and address climate change?

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