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Politics in a full world

We can no longer afford to imagine that we live in an empty world in which we can safely ignore or abuse the nonhuman beings and objects in it with minimal consequences. Rather we live in a full world, cheek by jowl with all its inhabitants crowding into our lives with real, tangible …

If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?

Farming as an occupation has been graying steadily for more than three decades

Cake, Anyone?

For people of wealth and conscience, impact investing offers a compelling and convenient promise—that money can be a force for good even as the owners of capital continue to accrue wealth under the auspices of generally accepted investing practices

The World's Forest Will Collapse if we Don't Learn to Say No

An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of “core forest”...are vanishing even faster.

Welcoming Night

These are people who found a tiny and overcrowded raft, floating on the open ocean, safer than their homes. See what you can do where you live -- you probably can't do much, but you might be able to do a little.

The unstoppable rise of 'Demain'

The film 'Demain' ('Tomorrow') is proving to be one of the most remarkable catalysts for Transition and other bottom-up approaches that has ever been made.

How Breaking Down Government Silos Empowers Placemaking

At PPS, we often say, “When you focus on place, you do everything differently.”

Carbon Tax: The Low Oil Price Opportunity

Carbon taxes constitute a widely discussed policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing humanity’s headlong rush toward catastrophic climate change.

Democratic Energy and Climate Change

The environmental crisis, provoked by human activity, is of much bigger magnitude than any of the other crises we have known up till now.

California Offshore Oil Fracking Permits Halted While Federal Government Performs Environmental Review

The U.S. federal government will stop approving offshore oil fracking operations off California’s coast while it studies how damaging the practice is to the health of wildlife and the environment.

Small Scale Farming Really Isn’t Small

Economists sanctify expansion in agriculture as the way farmers survive but in the very act of saying that, they are also pointing out why farmers don’t survive.

How Impact Investing is Saving Nicaragua's Coffee Industry

About half of coffee producers—mostly family farmers—live below the poverty line. Can impact investing help them out?

Peak Oil Review - a Midweek Update - Feb 4

 A midweek update. Price volatility increased this week with oil falling nearly $4 a barrel on Mondayand Tuesday, then reversing to climb by circa $2.40 on Wednesday.

Whatever Happened to Peak Oil?

A few months from now, this blog will complete its tenth year of more-or-less-weekly publication. In words the Grateful Dead made famous, it’s been a long strange trip...

A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland

A Financial Transaction Tax levies a (small to miniscule) percentage tax on financial transactions such as share and bond purchases and derivatives.

The Yardfarmers Trailer is here!   

t’s here! After our successful call for contestants this summer, we produced a trailer with five budding yardfarmers. Watch it now! And then share the video with your friends!

Freedom Technologists and the Future of Global Justice

But what role have internet freedom activists – or ‘freedom technologists’ – played in ongoing struggles for progressive political change around the world and how can the pursuit of liberty be combined with the struggle for social justice?

Renewables Could Outcompete Costly, Risky LNG, Investors Warned

A new industry report warns investors, governments and regulators that renewable forms of energy could outcompete high-cost and high-risk liquefied natural gas projects.

Beyond the Oregon Protests: The Search for Common Ground

Thrust into the spotlight by a group of anti-government militants as a place of confrontation, the Malheur wildlife refuge is actually a highly successful example of a new collaboration in the West between local residents and the federal government.

Food in a Not Too Distant Future

For the last few months, I’ve been working closely with three very different groups, each keen to hitch their wagon to a regional food system.

Catch of the Week

Community-supported fisheries bring the benefits of community-supported agriculture to the seas. Customers support their local economies, while receiving the freshest of seafood.

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