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Falling Oil Prices Could Rock Canada's Politics

What do the plummeting oil prices tell us not only about our near term economic future in Canada, but the political fragility of the world's petro states?

Peak Oil Notes - Dec 18

Most observers are saying the pause in the rapid decline in oil prices is mostly techincial and that lower prices still are expected.

Review: Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era

Before anything else it seems important to say that there are lots of chapters in this book that I think are quite excellent as short pithy descriptions of the key concepts of degrowth.

Breaking: Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

In a victory for environmental, health and community activists, fracking has been banned in New York state.

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Every square on the bingo card marked “economic debacle” has been filled in with a pen dipped in fracking fluid.

Even climate change experts and activists might be in denial

One could argue that those who are very close to the reality of climate change are particularly prone to a need to split their identity. The knowledge they have, and the images they have seen, might unconsciously lead them to the above-mentioned counter-balancing and coping behaviours.

Oil Prices as an Indicator of Global Economic Conditions

But another reason oil prices have slid so much is weakness in demand for the product, which may be related to a slowdown of overall world economic growth.

Connecting with Nature: Farmsters + Citizen Science  

This week on Sea Change Radio, we feature Lauren Markham who has chronicled the new generation of hipster farmers, or “farmsters, and Sharman Apt Russell on citizen science.

A Framework for New Economy Organizing

When I first got involved in the co-op movement I didn’t do it because I thought the co-operative model was an end in itself.

Omni Commons Opens Collaborative Space for Collectives in Oakland

As urban property becomes more unaffordable and commercialized and the commons disappear, some groups are pooling their resources for shared space, shared resources, and creative collaboration.

Brighton Food Waste Collective

What I love most about this project is the way it delivers multiple benefits at once....bringing people together to solve communal problems in the most positive way, while also learning to view food as something to be celebrated, appreciated and shared.

Coexistence: The Power of the Flerd

The power of carbon + coexistence struck me while visiting a farm in New South Wales, Australia, a few years ago.

How Technological Progress can Generate a Faster Collapse

The collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery industry gives us a good example of the abrupt collapse in the production of resources - even resources which are theoretically renewable.

Public Health’s Response to Decline: Loyalty to the 1%

American institutions are in decline and rife with corruption brought on by a combination of hitting the limits to growth while under the control of neoliberal capitalism.

Fighting Back Against Oil Bomb Trains

Crude by rail has increased 4,000 percent across the country since 2008 and California is feeling the effects.

How a Startup D.C. Purchasing Coop Saved Members $1 Million

A social-purpose cooperative that leverages the buying power of community institutions, the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA)...helps over 130 churches, synagogues, schools and other institutions save money and make investments in environmental sustainability, worker equity, and community …

The Surprising Data Behind Shale Oil

Hooray, oil is suddenly much cheaper than it used to be. That's great news, right? Not so fast.

Emissions-Cutting Deal Reached at COP 20 Lima, But Will It Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change?

After more than 30 hours of extended talks, a global agreement on climate change was reached over the weekend at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

“Farming with Native Beneficial Insects” Means Solving for Pattern

A necessary guide for anyone who farms, gardens, or who wants to learn more about ecology-based land management

Right to Land and Seed

“Food sovereignty” is the main political demand of the landless and peasant movement in Bangladesh in times of climate change and intensifying land conflicts.

The Global Bankers’ Coup: Bail-In and the Shadowy Financial Stability Board

On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses.

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