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Theater belongs to the people: Occupying Rome's Teatro Valle

The three-year occupation of Teatro Valle in Rome is now legendary: a spontaneous response to the failures of conventional government in supporting a venerated public theater, and the conversion of the theater into a commons by countless ordinary citizens.

Making Good Food Affordable

I'm always stunned at how uninformed many people are regarding the nutritional benefits (and costs) of the food they buy and eat. 

Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever

With sea levels rising, coastal communities...in the U.S. and Europe are realizing the value of wetlands as important buffers against flooding and tidal surges.

Our watershed moment

We humans need water for life, we love it for leisure, we make art out of it; yet we also waste it, dirty it, privatise it, use it as a weapon and, most dangerously, stir it up brutally in the form of manmade climate change.

Shales vs. solar: An investment perspective

But perhaps the real proof of a new energy paradigm shift lies in the fact that financing for solar is becoming in some cases more attractive than financing for oil and gas projects.

A Framework For Assessing Country-Level Resilience

With no meaningful actions on such things as climate change and peak resources in sight, a realistic assessment of country (and regional) level resilience is required.

Against the Odds

Unlike other jobs, cooperatives promote [the} development and growth of workers.

Natural gas: A green bridge to hell

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

Going Soil-Friendly

This is one of the most exciting developments I’ve heard about in a long time. Farmers who want to stop using chemicals can get support in the switch—and stay profitable during the transition.

You can't taper a Ponzi scheme: Time to reboot

Ideally, we might mimic the ancient Mesopotamians, the oldest and most long-lasting civilization in history, and devise an economic system that lasts for millennia.

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization

As the EU sells its soul by pushing Greece to privatize its natural and cultural heritage, ordinary citizens are mobilizing to save their common wealth.

Peak Oil Review - July 28

A weekly review including Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, Ukraine, Quote of the Week, The Briefs.

The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises: A pep talk for those paying attention by Nate Hagens   

Suggestions on how society might better adapt, physically and psychologically, to what's ahead.

The Changing Face of World Oil Markets

My conclusion is that hundred-dollar oil is here to stay.

Why doesn't the 'long emergency' feel like an emergency?

What appears to be masking the ongoing emergency is the rise in stock and bond markets. The disconnect between the still sluggish economy and the stock market which keeps hitting new highs is one indication that dangers lurk in the world economy.

Open Source, Time Banks, Fablabs - Welcome to the "Irrational" Economy

 The idea that people may actually choose to cooperate with each other in managing important resources, and to reap their gains in nonmonetary forms, is “irrational” to economists.

Strengthen Community Forest Rights to Fight Climate Change

Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation, according to a new report.

IEA Oil Market Forecast: Optimistic Assumptions And An Economy Unable To Grow Out Of Its Problems

The International Energy Authority does does its best to paint a rosy picture of peak cheap oil. The reality is an economy which can no longer grow its way out of its problems. 

Energy Crunch: Global debate heats up

News that last month was the world’s hottest June on record provided another reminder that urgent global action is needed to combat climate change.

BikeSurf: Open Source Bikesharing Powered by Community

BikeSurf, a donation-based bikesharing program built on “karma, trust, and community,” fosters communication, encourages shared resources, and builds community.

Three Weeds You Can Eat

When I’m out weeding, I’m foraging as well.

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