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Resilience Roundup - July 3

The World is Defenceless Againts the Next Financial Crisis Warns BIS | Global Climate Pact Gains Momentum as China, U.S. and Brazil Detail Plans | Climate pledge puts China on course to peak emissions as early as 2027 | UN tells oil giants to stop lobbying against climate deal...

It Was the Creditors who Pushed Greece over the Edge

If they had truly cared, the creditors could have easily prevented a default. Sadly, they found it more important to punish Greece and set an example.

Will Climate Chaos Reign in the Anthropocene?

“Far from being self-stabilizing, the Earth’s climate system is an ornery beast which overreacts even to small nudges.”

The Art of Journalism

It could be said that journalism, the world over, is in a bad place these days.

The Mystery of the Missing Carbon

It’s a whodunit with huge consequences for life on Earth.

Living Co-operatively: Everyday Dissent

Co-operatives (housing, energy, food and worker) act in opposition to the ruthlessness of capitalism, and provide security, opportunity and positivity to those involved with them.

I Live In A FarmUNtopia

If the new notion of local farming and food production is to endure, it must start with determined individuals willing to go through the hellfire of unpleasant physical work and low financial returns.

What Does Community Mean?

Community is an important buzzword these days. People recognize that social structures are deteriorating and that people want more of a sense of connection with others.

Defra Reports Reveals Extent of Impacts on People Living near Fracking Wells

People that live near fracking sites could be affected by health problems and financial hardships – and fracking might not even help climate change – a government report has revealed.

The Dream of the Machine

The fact that one narrowly defined aspect of the universe seems to behave like a machine, though, does not prove that the universe is a machine, any more than the fact that one machine happens to look like a purple dinosaur proves that all machines are purple dinosaurs.

Peak Oil Notes - July 2

 A midweek update. Despite a rally on Tuesday, New York oil futures closed on Wednesday at $56.69 a barrel, the lowest level since mid-April.

Launch of Transition Streets in the US

After more than a year in the making (with lots of expert and volunteer support) we have finally released our neighborhood carbon/water/waste reduction project, Transition Streets.

Asia depends on Middle East for 66 % of its oil imports

Of Asia’s total incremental oil imports since 2001, 4.5 mb/d (47%) have come from production growth, 3.9 mb/d (41%) from taking away imports of other countries (US, Europe, Africa and others) and 1.2 mb/d (12%) from direct consumption decline (US, Europe and others).

Reflecting on Today’s Market Trends: A Report from Barcelona

Is today’s public market a place to buy food, to sit and eat a meal, or to have a unique educational or culinary experience? Can it be all of these things?

Supreme Court Rejects Argument to Dismiss Landmark Fracking Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a motion by the country's most powerful energy regulator that Jessica Ernst's case involving fracking and groundwater contamination raises no significant constitutional claim and should be dismissed.

Spain in Transition?: Answers from the grassroots facing a collapsing country

“Curiously, during these years of crisis I sometimes feel it’s the worst time of my life, but other times I feel it’s the best”

Laudato Si: Signalling towards Degrowth?

But whether or not „degrowth“ would make a better translation of the Pope’s intended meaning, much more significant than a single word is the manner in which the letter as a whole points in direction of the territory constituted by the thinkers and activists of degrowth.

Justice isn't Inevitable: Talking Resilience with Ellen Choy

Transition is inevitable, but justice is not.

Closed In and Crowded Out: Urbanising against the City

European institutions were designed to direct flows of global capital. In doing so, they’ve become less accountable to people.

Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom

Last week the Western Slope Colorado witnessed a huge victory for energy freedom and rural renewable power.

“We are in danger of winning. But….”  

First in-depth radio interview on The Winning of the Carbon War, on Radio Ecoshock. Covers road to Paris, reasons for cautious optimism, Solarcentury and SolarAid in holistic context as microcosm direct actions in the market.

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