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Renewable Energy Provided One-Third Of Germany’s Power In The First Half Of 2014

Thanks to favorable weather and record production from solar and wind power, renewable energy accounted for approximately 31 percent of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014.

Community Action and Science Help Restore New Zealand Lakes

A community group, the LakesWater Quality Society (LWQS), successfully initiated action to restore water quality in a major group of lakes in the Rotorua district.

Resilience Roundup - July 10

A roundup of the latest news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere. Click on the headline link to see the full article.

'Fracking' our food and farming system: "Extreme agriculture" and the politics of denial

It might seem a bit of a jump – talking about "fracking" and food production in the same article. However, when we look at what's planned for the next phase of intensive agricultural development, what we find is the same economic and political theories at the root of the measures …

From Occupation To Reconstruction: This Movement Is Just Beginning

Ever since I wrote a book about Occupy Wall Street, I’ve often found myself on the receiving end of people asking, “What happened to Occupy, anyway?”

How to make bad wine into good vinegar

If you buy your booze from a store, “wine” refers only to grapes, but you can make wine or beer from almost any edible plant and some inedible ones.

Iraq and the Military-Industrial Complex versus a True Cost Economy

A true cost or steady state economy can never be reached in a society consumed with perpetual war, especially warfare over oil.

How to Inspire Millions More People to Bike

You can see big changes happening across North America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.

Bright Were The Halls Then

Arnold Toynbee, whose magisterial writings on history have been a recurring source of inspiration for this blog, has pointed out an intriguing difference between the way civilizations rise and the way they fall.

On the farm at Marin Roots

Securing land is difficult for young farmers, particularly in Marin County, where farms often pass from one generation to the next without going on the market.

Review: The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier

For some years now, author and farmer Jean-Martin Fortier has lived rather comfortably with his family entirely off the proceeds of their market garden in Québec, Canada.

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.

Creating Swales

Swales are simply ditches on contour (contour is a level line across the landscape), with the excavated soil from the ditch being placed downslope to form a berm.

Facing The Looming Foreclosure Crisis

As the Fed runs out of bullets, local governments are stepping in.

The Rolling Rebellion: People Declare Independence from Corporate Rule

For more than 10 years, Backbone Campaign has built, painted, sculpted, marched, organized, trained and occupied in the name of “human rights, thriving communities and ecological wellbeing.”

Towards an Energy Standard of 'Local'

In other essays I presented data showing that small-scale, local farms aren't always more energy efficient than larger-scale producers, but as far as energy used to distribute food  local farms seem to have an advantage.

Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different

Academic researchers Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff have become famous for their book This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly and their earlier paper This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises. Their point, of course, is that the same …

Quakers Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has announced that more than $2 million of assets have been divested from fossil fuels and reinvested in a new Quaker Green Fund offered by Friends Fiduciary Corporation.

An inspiring taste of Transition in Germany

A roundup from Rob about what Transition in Germany is up to these days...

5 Shocking Places Where Fracking Is Taking Off

From scenic coastal waters to vital agricultural land, here are five places where fracking could soon be taking off.

Along the Rio Grande, An Innovative Water Market Restores Riverside Habitat

With water so tight in this part of the country, success depended on a remarkable degree of cooperation among an unlikely group of partners.

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