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Resilience Roundup - Feb 12

A roundup of news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere including U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan | Sea level research says only a ‘brief window’ to cut emissions | Peak-Oil Predictions Didn’t Pan Out, But Concerns About Supply …

Is Our Future Possible?  

UMMARY: "Reality 101" with Nate Hagens, our minds, our world, the fossil trap. Scientists Alexander "Sandy" MacDonald of NOAA and Chris Clack of CIRES: yes we can power America with solar and wind power.

Small Farmers at the Forefront of Riverside’s Urban Agriculture

The newly formed Riverside Food System Alliance, a coalition of diverse stakeholders is also working to strengthen local food systems.

Does Art Sense Social Change Before Science Does?

Artists rely on emotion to evoke the real raw truths of life.

The Return of Crisis

Financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic; either retreating or plunging. Our view remains that there’s a gigantic market crash in the coming future -- one that has possibly started now.

Edinburgh Tool Library: Creativity, Community, and Cutting Resource Use

Running out of a Dr. Who-style police box near the city’s docks, the Edinburgh Tool Library has been going since early 2015 and now has 1,200 tools, 180 members, and is growing fast.

A Good Move for Flint: Relocating Public Market Improves Food Access

As the city of Flint, Michigan is still mired in the aftermath of the contamination of its water supply—a public health disaster that has left thousands of residents exposed to dangerous levels of lead—it’s encouraging to see evidence of positive health-related reinvestments in this Rustbelt city.

Beyond Paris: Avoiding the Trap of Carbon Metrics

Until recently terms like “carbon accounting,” “carbon footprint,” and “carbon offsetting” would have raised some quizzical eyebrows among the general public. Today, such carbon-based metrics are everywhere, but are they helpful or unhelpful in motivating the …

One Cheer for the Commons

A recent article on Resilience.org proclaimed that ‘the commons is the future’, so let me state my thesis plainly at the outset: no it isn’t...

Sandra Postel: Repairing the Water Cycle

El Niño has been dropping much-needed rain this winter on a parched American West. But it’s making little difference to the greater water scarcity issues the US as well as the rest of the world is increasingly facing.

People Are Not Disposable: 'Zero Waste' and Ecological Justice   

Join Mateo Nube from Movement Generation, as he lays out a Just Transition Framework for Action.

Renewables: The Next Fracking?

As a general rule, in fact, the less direct experience a given person has living with solar and wind power, the more likely that person is to buy into the sort of green cornucopianism that insists that sun, wind, and other renewable resources can provide everyone on the planet with a middle …

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update 11th Feb

A midweek update. Oil prices continued to fall this week with New York closing Wednesday at $27.45 and London at $30.84.

IEA in Davos 2016 Warns of Higher Oil Prices in a Few Years’ Time

This recent forum was about how to transition away from fossil fuels, after the UN conference on climate change in Paris in November 2015.

What Makes a Good Export?

By choosing to live more simply, more kindly, more compassionately, while such an approach would inevitably reduce our physical exports, we need to bear in mind that we would end up exporting something far more important, long-lasting and needed.

Branding Tradition: A Bittersweet Tale of Capitalism at Work

The image on a gallon of maple syrup reflects a way of life – slower and less high-tech, more localized and neighborly – that many people rightly yearn for.

City as a Commons: Flint to Bologna

The disaster with Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, incited by political leaders more devoted to fiscal austerity than the common good, illuminates why it’s important to think of our cities as commons--human creations that belong to all residents, not just the wealthy and politically …

How to Plan a Food Snowball

One of many problems caused by global warming is that fewer people know what it means to say something “snowballs.” How will people understand how food works?

Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

“The message our Living Forest proposal delivers is aimed at the entire world with the goal of reaching the hearts and minds of human beings everywhere, encouraging us all to reflect on the close relation between Human Rights and the Rights of Nature.”‎

Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program

The combination of BK Rot’s many aspects—creating green jobs for young people, raising local awareness about composting, and opening up public space—makes it a useful example of creatively addressing large-scale problems, even on a small scale.

If the World’s Soils Keep Drying Out that’s Bad News for Microbes (and People)

Deep beneath our feet, out of sight and out of mind, millions of tiny communities of microbes are working together to perform key functions for the ecosystem.

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