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Reinventing Law for the Commons: Introduction

Although it is customary for mainstream economists and politicians to consider the commons a failed management regime – the “tragedy of the commons” – it is in fact a pervasive and highly generative system for meeting people’s needs.

Slowly, With Earth Pushing Hard, A Confederacy Of Concern Develops

Underlying so much of the economic and ecological turmoil unfolding before us is a slow collision between the operating practices of the resource-wasting, vertically-managed 20th century and the much more crowded, polluted, and dangerous ecological and economic conditions of the 21st century.

The Simpler Way: Economics of Happiness   

The full length interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge from the upcoming documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity.

The Dearth of Grass

Just three grass family plants – wheat, rice and maize – furnish about half the energy we eat worldwide.

Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do

To make it simple as a crayon sketch, there are two ways to mitigate climate change that, in tandem, could work.

Community is Created by Filling the Cup: Talking Resilience with Lynn Benander

I think that if you haven't built connections with other people when good things are happening, they probably won't be there when bad things are happening. Community is created by filling the cup that you share with other people...

New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building

A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.

Creating Livable Spaces

Architect, scientist and author Jana Revedin champions sustainability in architecture and urban development. Her work makes a case for unhurried design and lasting quality.

Mushrooms to the Rescue   

Tradd Cotter and his mushrooms are stepping up as pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and Merck abandon the responsibility to test and develop new antibiotics to keep up with new, dangerous bacteria.

U.S. tight oil production decline

U.S. oil production has begun to drop in response to low oil prices, but not as dramatically as many had anticipated.

Peak Oil Ass-Backwards: Peak Oil, Meet Fractional-Reserve Banking

The convention says that the supply constraints of peak oil lead to an increase in oil prices. But when you factor in fractional-reserve banking, does this not instead imply a decrease in prices?

Pioneering Modern Natural Dyes

There’s a duality to natural dyeing that Kristine Vejar embraces: the naturalist and plant pigment explorer; the scientist and careful recipe creator.

Social Justice and Climate Justice Movements Merge in New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Marguerite Doyle Johnston, a resident of New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward, did not take part in the multitude of events surrounding Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary that celebrated the city’s resilience.

Why Johnny can't understand climate: functional illiteracy and the rise of "unpropaganda"

Unpropaganda aims at stopping a message from propagating by presenting a lot of contrasting information to a public unable to fully evaluate it.

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?”

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.

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