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Heading Toward The Sidewalk

Talking about historical change is one thing when the changes under discussion are at some convenient remove in the past or the future. It’s quite another when the changes are already taking place.

Channeling rage into change, from Watts to Ferguson

As news of the protests surrounding Mike Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Mo., has circulated, many have noted an eerie coincidence: last week also marked the 49th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles...

Grandmothers lead U.K.-wide wave of direct action against fracking

On a U.K.-wide day of action on Monday, anti-frackers locked-on to gates to defend planned fracking sites and occupied fracking companies.

Can we leverage common assets to reduce inequality?

Everybody talks a lot about economic inequality, but there don’t seem to be many credible proposals out there, let alone ones that have political legs.

The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?

This is the year of obscure atmospheric phenomenon.

Shedding light on a gas patch blackout

When a friend recently asked me how work was going, I told him about an investigative research project that Earthworks was finishing up. He responded with a quote by writer Kurt Vonnegut: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and …

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium

The last nutrient I'll focus on in this series is magnesium, which, like iron and calcium, is a mineral rather than a vitamin, and it serves a range of purposes in our bodies.

A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits

Harvests from Hemp Heroes

An earlier blog post..discussed the promises of hemp cultivation to employ US veterans, grow a generation of new farmers, and revitalize a cellulose-based alternative to our current resource-intensive fiber industries.

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 2

This raises the question: To what extent can the Transition movement avoid the pain, hardship, and conflict historically associated with significant social movements...?

Our Power climate gathering builds ‘roots to weather the storm’

The campaign intends to accomplish two broad goals: end the era of extreme energy and implement a just transition to local, living economies.

Community supported enterprise – how might that work?

One of the REconomy Project’s aims is to find new ways that communities can provide support and investment to local enterprises, who in turn offer benefits back to the community – not just in terms of jobs – but also strengthened local resilience, minimal environmental impacts …

The Shale Sugar Lick

A well known American comedian, Ron White, quips about the amount of sugar Americans eat by suggesting that certain restaurants install a sugar lick. Patrons can “belly up” and take their fill at the trough. Such an analogy might be apropos of some shale operators with regard to …

A little help from the fungus kingdom

Yesterday I went on a quest for the fabled fungus that’s been mopping up petrochemicals from a food co-op’s parking lot.

Early days for regenerative agriculture: Can it help solve climate change?

A planned rotation of the cattle mimics movements that herds of ruminants would make in response to predation by pack hunters when such environments evolved as systemic wholes.

Plain Sailing - Jan Lundberg interview  

Changing the way food is distributed.

Peak Oil Review - Aug 18

A weekly review including: Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, China, Ukraine, Quote of the Week, The Briefs.

Unlikely Suspects – Deep Outreach: Resilience for Whom, and to What End? - “Transitioning for All”

It’s time to ask some thorny questions of the Transition movement. We need look no further than Kingston, the first capital of New York, to begin.

You Did This! The Birth of the Sharing Cities Network   

The Sharing Cities Network is a grassroots network of communities from around the world that are want to live happier, healthier, and more sustainably by sharing resources and knowledge.

IEA report implies US crude production may start to peak 2016

When it becomes apparent that US tight (shale) oil has peaked, there will be a public confidence crisis because the media are parroting the oil and gas industry’s claim that shale oil is an energy revolution and game changer. Indeed, the game will change, but in unexpected ways.

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

A well-coordinated attack is being waged on a proposed federal rule aimed at clarifying Clean Water Act protection for the nation’s water resources...

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