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The New Economic Events Giving Lie to the Fiction That We Are All Selfish, Rational Materialists

Jeremy Rifkin's new book, “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” brings welcome new attention to the commons just as it begins to explode in countless new directions.

Peak oil notes - April 17

A mid-week update. Oil prices in London have risen this week on concerns that the Ukrainian situation will lead to sanctions and reduced oil and gas flows into Europe.

The End of Employment

Nothing is easier, as the Long Descent begins to pick up speed around us, than giving in to despair—and nothing is more pointless.

Hemp Fiber Crop Research & Development

With the advent of state laws that overturn a sixty-year ban on hemp agriculture, a new and yet anciently rooted era of farming is on the horizon.

Years of Recapping Dangerously

Just like on Game of Thrones, where winter is a destabilizing force on all of Westeros (plus: ice zombies), climate change is having a similar impact on our non-fictional planet.

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”

Millennials and the Slave Economy

Similarities abound between today’s declining civic ethos and mid nineteenth century, pre Civil War era human flesh markets starting with America’s contemporary desperation class composed of minimum wage workers toiling in America’s most praised corporations (e.g. Wal-Mart …

New Book Inspires Us to Think Like A Commoner

David Bollier, an award-winning policy strategist and international activist, is out with a new book that explains the rich history and promising future of the commons...

Redefining Local

What does “local” mean when you live on a remote farm or ranch?

Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More

In the next month, millions of Californians will receive their first "climate credit."

In memoriam: Michael C. Ruppert

Investigative journalist and peak oil activist Michael C. Ruppert died Sunday, April 13, following his Lifeboat Hour radio show.

Pop-up Stores Build Local Economies Through Sharing

The idea behind pop-ups is to allow new businesses to test their products without having to invest in expensive long-term leases and infrastructure.

Don't Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money)

Among activists one often finds an aversion to even thinking about money.

The Buzz Tour: walking across England to pollinate change on climate

“What can I do about climate change?” “Very little. What can WE do about climate change? EVERYTHING.”

Living Dangerously

It's happening again, a TV presentation intended to wake people up to the challenge of the age.

Mobilizing for the common: some lessons from Italy

What can organizers elsewhere learn from Italy’s movements?

Local Food is Not a Local Food System

Many people are now familiar with the phrase “farm-to-fork” but most of us haven’t a clue about all the steps in between.

Kashagan – Back to the drawing board?

The recent shutdown of Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan represents one of the most scathing riches-to-rags stories in modern oil history. 

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change - headlines

What's in the latest IPCC report?

King Coal Is Dying a Slow Death in America

In cities choked by pollution and a world coming to grips with the realities of climate change, what future does coal really have?

The Final Word on Food Banks?

Every week, in Britain and across the world, new food banks are opening their doors.

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