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10-Day Local Food Challenge Update: 9/16

Local food as a consumer preference is definitely on the rise.

The 4th International Degrowth Conference: New Convergences

Degrowth? For most Americans, the idea of a movement dedicated to non-growth, let alone one that can attract so many people, is incomprehensible.

How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement

Chef Dan Barber says the farm-to-table movement that he helped build has failed to support sustainable agriculture on a large scale.

Call to Action: Reclaim the Climate Movement (Australia)

...I won’t be marching this weekend. I’ll be taking action instead.

US shale oil growth covers up production drop in rest-of-world

The world is transfixed on growing world crude production driven by US shale oil but forgets to look what is happening under this remarkable growth curve.

There's a lot more to Transition than community gardens

There is little mindfulness about how the way in which we communicate our message comes across to people beyond the bubble.

New Urban Ag Study Touts Potential of Small Cities

To see beyond the hype to urban agriculture's true potential to meet the growing need for healthy food in cities, a recent study published by IOPScience looked at how much food (specifically vegetables) the world's “urban clusters” could actually produce.

Living the New Economy in Jamaica Plain

 Chuck tells all on making the new economy real, bridging race and class divides, and more.

How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now

“Querencia,” as it is used in the ordinance, means both a respect and love of place, and a safe haven from which one draws strength.

Ebola as a game-changer

In crises, anxiety focuses attention. I am continuing to focus on the growing Ebola epidemic, which has no real restraints to keep it from becoming a global pandemic.

To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Most, but not all, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic.

Block Power

Genuine communities place members in a circle of support rather than in a pyramid powered by interpersonal competition for external rewards.

Chalk Like an Egyptian

The authors ran their observations through a mathematical model and provided proof of an environmental maxim: a diverse ecological community is a strong ecological community.

Why We March

On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York.

Making markets mainstream

For most small-scale farmers and producers, the local farmers’ market is the engine of their business.

Watching The World Go By: Iceland

When we think of Iceland, thoughts of sustainable fisheries and renewable energy come to mind. Is that really an accurate picture?

Peak oil review - Sept 15

 A weekly update including, -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -Ukraine -Quote of the Week -The Briefs

Who Will Carry Big Dividend Checks at the People's Climate March?

There are many challenges in communicating about climate change and its best solution, a carbon price. It needs to be simple, allay economic fears, and convey universal fairness.

America: You’ve got three more years to drive normally!

Three more years? That’s pretty scary! Surely there must be a mistake in that headline.

Are we on the path of 'Limits to Growth'?

Researchers are finding that the business-as-usual scenario in the 1972 "Limits to Growth" study is unfolding before our eyes. Will reality follow that scenario further into the beginning of industrial decline this decade?

The Revenge of the Circulating Fan

Cooling people by increasing local airflow is at least ten times more energy efficient than refrigerating the air in a given space, and it also adds the benefit of a personally controlled thermal environment.

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