What are we to make of Monsanto’s sponsoring of organic school gardens? Of local food bike tours made possible by Pepsi?
Ultimately, the issue is that to extract oil or any fossil fuel, we have to keep the financial and political systems together. These systems can be expected to fail, far before we run out of oil in the ground.
In early January, on a visit back to my old stomping grounds in western Massachusetts, I trekked along the snowy banks of Amethyst Brook, a beautiful headwater tributary in the Connecticut River watershed.
In Extraenvironmentalist #75 we discuss our global systems of money and finance with Ben Dyson of Positive Money UK and Brett Scott author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money.
You are about to hear one of the most important and most lucid deconstructions of the false promise of American energy independence.
The UK may very well be the first of the advanced economies to be taken down by energy supply constraints.
Worldly Women Philosophers is an active contribution to the transformation of economics, exploring one significant group that economic history has overlooked – women.
Born from the thought that maybe, just maybe, we could one day build a house debt free, we had long ago begun a conversation of outside-the-box ideas about what a stepping stone dwelling to that debt free house might be – Sailboat? Cabin? RV?
The air is cold and the snow is deep, but inside the hoop houses at Green Gardens Community Farm, the greens are growing. Donna McClurkan talks with Trent and Ruthie Thompson about their year-round operation and the slow money that made it possible.
What does Transition look like in a place with just 4" of rain a year?
If human history is a novel, then we’ve reached the climax, the final turning point in which the protagonists (us) either change or die.
A weekly update including Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, China, Quote of the Week, The Briefs.
There is no U.S. oil and gas export "weapon" to aim at Russia to counter its moves in the Ukraine. The U.S. isn't even supplying its own needs. But you wouldn't know that from media reports and editorials in the last week.
The threat of economic sanctions would be more realistic if Europe did not depend so heavily on Russia for its natural gas. 40% of Germany’s natural gas and one third of Europe’s natural gas in general is imported from that country.
Ukraine is a lot more portentous than it appears. It is fundamentally about the play for Persian Gulf oil. So was World War I. The danger lies in the chance of runaway escalation, just like World War I.
The first in a 3-part series of teleseminars on economic transformation by Marco Vangelisti.
Wendell Berry wrote about and practiced “sustainable agriculture” long before the term was widely used.
Diplomatic efforts are underway to diffuse tensions between Russia and the West following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovych. Should tensions escalate, one risk is the disruption of gas supplies from Russia to Europe via the Ukraine.
A Community Supported Agriculture project is based on direct person-to-person contact and trust, with no intermediaries or hierarchy.
•Wells That Fizzle Are a ‘Potential Show Stopper’ for the Shale Boom •The View from Europe: America’s Shale Boom Looks More Like a Blip •BP carves off US shale gas operations into separate unit •Shale, the Last Oil and Gas Train: Interview with Arthur Berman …
Paul Kingsnorth wrote recently of the floods that have hit the UK, arguing that they represent the beginning of "a gradual, messy, winding-down of everything we once believed we were entitled to".