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Moving from gridlock to dialogue

All our great ideas about climate change, peak oil, re-localization, etc. are worthless if we can't communicate with other people. It's easy to get into gridlock and name-calling even with people who should be our allies.

No End In Sight For California’s Climate-Exacerbated Drought

In addition to being the hottest year on record in California, 2014 was also the third year of extreme drought in the state, which scientists tell us is a telltale sign that global warming is already impacting our lives right here and right now.

$5 Million for Co-op Development in Madison

I have to say that of all the different political and social organizations that I have been involved with recently, the co-op groups are easily the youngest, sharpest and most energized groups around.

Peak Oil Notes - Jan 29

A mid-week update. Another large increase in US crude stocks last week sent NY oil futures down to a close of $44.45 a barrel, the lowest in nearly six years.

Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

Hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to crack open difficult oil and gas formations, appears to have set off a swarm of earthquakes near Fox Creek, Alberta, including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week.

You Are What You Eat - And What It Eats Too

We may be getting closer to integrating the science of agroecology and the science of nutrition, toward a holistic approach that would follow nutrients from the soil, to plants and animals, to human bodies.

Oil and Real Estate Bubbles in Canada: What Goes up Won’t so Smoothly Come Down

When prices are high, the debt-based Ponzi scheme functions; when prices sustain lows, the scheme unravels.

The One Way Forward

As the conventional wisdom of flat-earth cornucopians crashes and burns around us, it's time for some real heresy.

Where Do the Transition Environmental Movement and The Social Justice Movement Intersect?

Resource depletion and climate change effects various demographic groups in vastly different ways.

How Nebraskans are winning the fight against Keystone XL

As congressional Republicans jockey to rush approval of the controversial infrastructure project, the millions who live along the Keystone XL’s proposed route have been left out of the conversation on Capitol Hill.

Message to the UK: The Fracking 'Bridge' is Burning!

British anti-frackers can celebrate this week's achievements - but the fight ahead will not be an easy one.

Green Dreams - Future or Fantasy?  

David Fridley on alternative energy, what it can do, and what it can't.

Turn Off the Lights on the Way Out

I started this blog with a longing familiar to many: stop the world, I wanna get off!

The State of our Soil

Without fertile soil, we risk failing to ensure that everyone has the right to adequate food.

Co-operative Commonwealth: De-commodifying Land and Money Part 3

Community Land Trusts, JAK, CoopHab and the WiR Co-operative Bank demonstrate today that there are viable ways to deliver access to land and money as a democratic commons that eliminates usury.

Climate Change Mitigation's Best-Kept Secret

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas — but there’s a lot we can do about it.

Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming

The Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California is one of the many community garden projects in the area, yet is unique in its mission and its everyday actions.

The Precariat and the Basic Income: Part 2

“The 20th century system of economic distribution lasted for 60 years and it’s gone. The 21st century is the century of economic rights.”

Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land

It seems pretty obvious that recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials we no longer need makes a lot more sense than burning or burying them, not just from an environmental, but an economic perspective.

A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists

Imagine if each tap that delivered water from the Colorado River – whether to a farm, a factory, or a home – suddenly went dry for a year. What would happen to the West’s economy?

On Convening Faith Groups

It behoves us as Transitioners to try to diffuse a message to invite people to consider how we’re moving towns and villages and hamlets towards resilience to create that space, because we bump up against so many different types of people here.

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