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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.

The Deep and Discomforting Point of Populism (and Socialism, and Certain Sorts of Conservatism too)

What would it mean for the Wall Street system (or, again, mainly the one which has emerged over the past generation or so) itself to see less activity?

Learning from the Life of Murray Bookchin

Ten years ago, American radical Murray Bookchin drew his last breath in the bed of his apartment in downtown Burlington.

The Empire of Lies

In those times, just as in ours, a dying empire could be kept together for a while by lies, but not forever.

Why the Wild Descent of Oil Is Cause for Concern

The signs of oil's madcap price collapse are everywhere.

The Path Ahead from Paris

We need to work together to create a “biosphere smart” economy

The Physics of Energy and the Economy

I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some trepidation. An economy seems to be a dissipative system, but what does this really mean?

Lessons from a Young Food Forest: Taking Stock of My 12-year Permaculture Adventure

How many humans does it take to re-invent agriculture?  Just one…you!  Or me!  So that’s what I’m trying to do.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past 12 years.

Baucis and Philemon in the 21st Century: Notes on Living Small

I live in the nation with the highest rates of personal consumption and energy use ever seen on earth, and I live small.

It's not Rocket Surgery: Choosing an Indoor Mini Wood stove for a Tiny House

This article will focus on one item which can keep you comfortable in cold weather, especially when faced with the inevitable fossil fuel shortages in the near future: the indoor wood heater/stove...

A Farmers' Guide to the Senses

 A celebration of farming through the senses.

The Climate and the Commons

The Paris agreement that ensued from the COP-21 summit states that “climate change is a common concern of humankind”.

Does your City have a Future?

In the past, as in the future, local ecosystem resources were the key to the economies of cities. 

Peak Oil Review - Feb 8

 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -The Briefs

Politics in a full world

We can no longer afford to imagine that we live in an empty world in which we can safely ignore or abuse the nonhuman beings and objects in it with minimal consequences. Rather we live in a full world, cheek by jowl with all its inhabitants crowding into our lives with real, tangible …

If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?

Farming as an occupation has been graying steadily for more than three decades

Cake, Anyone?

For people of wealth and conscience, impact investing offers a compelling and convenient promise—that money can be a force for good even as the owners of capital continue to accrue wealth under the auspices of generally accepted investing practices

The World's Forest Will Collapse if we Don't Learn to Say No

An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of “core forest”...are vanishing even faster.

Welcoming Night

These are people who found a tiny and overcrowded raft, floating on the open ocean, safer than their homes. See what you can do where you live -- you probably can't do much, but you might be able to do a little.

The unstoppable rise of 'Demain'

The film 'Demain' ('Tomorrow') is proving to be one of the most remarkable catalysts for Transition and other bottom-up approaches that has ever been made.

How Breaking Down Government Silos Empowers Placemaking

At PPS, we often say, “When you focus on place, you do everything differently.”

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