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From Concrete to Green: Urban Agriculture Initiative Seeks to Transform LA River into Ag Oasis

“How do we get into schools to help bring children up to be good stewards?” she asks.

Change Everything or Face A Global Katrina

For me, the road to This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate begins in a very specific time and place.

Europe Oil Consumption Peaked in 2005

Consumption peaked 7 years after the production peak and is falling now in sync with production.

“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”

University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he's standing up to tar sands extraction.

Should We Move to Bioregionalism?

“It’s time to consider that bioregional self-sufficiency—the principle of meeting human needs within the constraints of resource areas—is really what leads to democracy and prosperity.”

Peak Oil Review - Aug 31

 A weekly roundup, including: -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia/Ukraine -The Briefs

Top 10 Reasons to Read “Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense

Whether or not you live in Vermont this new handbook presents 28 specific tools for promoting local investment, and presents examples of people, initiatives, and programs in Vermont carrying out each of them.

Anxiety turns to fear: Markets, energy, Pan and the Zeitgeist

The characteristic feeling of the post-2008 world has been one of anxiety. Occasionally, that anxiety breaks out into fear as it did in the last two weeks when stock markets around the world swooned and middle class and wealthy investors had a sudden visitation from Pan, the god from whose …

The Collapse of Western Civilization: Review

Collapse is a scenario of decline. The question is whether it is a useful one.

Don’t jump to Rasher Conclusions. Pigs offer Bacon of Hope to Sustainable Food Systems

The access to local and sustainable pork tells a story of its own.

Alternatives to Capitalism

It is said that capitalism believes in competition but hates competitors. With this thoughtful book, Robin Hahnel and Erik Olin Wright aim to strengthen the resources of anti-capitalist politics against the charge that ‘there is no alternative’.

The Anthropocene and Ozymandias

Much has been made lately of the so-called Anthropocene — the idea that Homo sapiens has so taken over and modified Earth that we need a new name for our geological age instead of the outmoded Holocene.

Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas

A resilient place has traditionally been considered one that is capable of “bouncing back.”

Resilience Roundup - Aug 28

China air pollution: Beijing records its cleanest air ever | Global sea levels have risen 8cm since 1992, Nasa research shows | Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says...

Everything Gardens: Growing Transition Culture

Academic work on Transition can often be infuriating rather than illuminating.

Rethinking Degrowth: Islamic Perspectives

With the “Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change” published by the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium earlier this month, another world religion has expressed heavy concerns about the pursuit of relentless economic growth.

Two Peachy Economies

I cheer for the local food movement every chance I get, but I’m a little uneasy with the word “local.” Just as all politics are local, as someone famous has said, all food is local.

Own a Home in Just Four Years? This Co-Op Program Keeps Workers in the Neighborhood

Alex Cedeño quit renting two years ago. Now, he has just two years left until he owns his own home. And it’s all thanks to his employer, Evergreen Cooperatives.

Peak Oil Notes - Aug 27

A midweek update. Oil prices fell sharply on Monday in response to another sell off in China’s stock markets, trading for a while below $38 a barrel in New York; rebounded on Tuesday; and were down again on Wednesday with New York closing at $38.60 and London at $43.14.

Deflationary Collapse Ahead?

Both the stock market and oil prices have been plunging. Is this “just another cycle,” or is it something much worse? I think it is something much worse.

A Willingness to Try Again: Resilience Reflections with Brian Miller

Anyone who farms experiences setbacks on a daily basis. That rate of failure and a willingness to try again seems teach a few practical lessons in being resilient.

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