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Welcome to the 21st Century

This is the time for our species to “turn 21”: to transition from adolescence to responsible adulthood as citizens of the planet, before we destroy our own future.

Population & aging - Sept 20

 New report overturns 20-year consensus on population estimates. New prediction is for a 70% chance of  a rise from 7 billion to 11 billion by 21200.  

Beyond divestment: climate-concerned philanthropists pledge to move billions to wind and solar

Groups have been divesting money from oil, coal, and gas for years. Now they’re hoping to get more climate-healing bang for their buck.

How Land Trusts Can Counter New Urbanism's Gentrifying Tendencies

There are some exciting aspects to New Urbanism but there are downsides as well, including the displacement of lower-income people as new urbanism moves into an area.

The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises

I say: rock that boat. It’s a lifeboat; maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing.

Ebola Outbreak: Lessons from the Hot Zone

Just after Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the ebola outbreak "completely out of control," the government of Sierra Leone ordered its citizens to stay indoors for three days.

With 38% of Global Shale Gas Located in Regions of Water Stress, More Oversight of Fracking is Urgently Needed

As more data emerge, shale gas increasingly appears to be in the cross-hairs of the water-energy nexus, and far too little is being done to defuse impending conflicts.

Farmers Refusing to Follow the Herd

By producing, processing and packaging the milk themselves in smaller operations, dairy farmers can bypass the big processors and retailers and sell directly to local consumers.

Energy Crunch: What next for Scottish energy?

 So it’s a no. Months of debate are finally over. But what’s the future for Scottish energy?

Falling Empires  

John Michael Greer returns in Extraenvironmentalist #81. Then,Chris Martenson joins us to discuss his work in communicating difficult information to people who don’t want to believe it.

Resilience Roundup - Sept 18

 A roundup of the news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere.

Making Space for Nature: The Community Charter

Firstly, we can work hard at reviving our local economies and creating green jobs but if we neglect to pay attention to the wellbeing of our air, water and soil we are by-passing what makes economies long-term sustainable and humans and other species healthy.

Josh Fox: It’s Easy to Switch to Renewable Energy

Solutions Grassroots is a reaction to how often people asked the renewable energy question on our tour. So it was a response to our audience, a response to our fans, a response to the people who are fighting fracking.

Fighting Hunger with Street Smarts

In a city that has nearly 30 farmers markets and the most restaurants per capita nationwide, it may be hard to believe that thousands of adults don’t have access to healthy, nutritious food.

A Public Bank Option for Scotland

Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country.

Ur-ganic: An Alpine Township Considers Banning Pesticides

Should agricultural pesticides be banned to protect the health of the residents, the surrounding ecosystem and the integrity of the township's historical agricultural practices?

Peak oil notes - Sept 18

A mid-week update. After a $2 a barrel jump on Tuesday, NY futures slid back a bit on bit on Wednesday after an unexpected jump in US crude inventories of 3.7 million barrels which was 5 million higher than analysts had been expecting.

Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order

Capital of every kind has to be maintained, and as a civilization adds to its stock of capital, the costs of maintenance rise steadily, until the burden they place on the civilization’s available resources can’t be supported any longer.

Growstuff Uses Open Data to Help Local Gardeners

Growstuff provides information gathered from local gardeners on crop-planting times, best-suited varietals, and more for the regions growers calls home.

Naomi Klein on the Great Clash Between Capitalism and the Climate

Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate is coming out just as the UN is meeting on climate change, and a massive rally to protest the lack of progress on global warming is shaping up in Manhattan on Sunday.

10-Day Local Food Challenge Update: 9/16

Local food as a consumer preference is definitely on the rise.

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