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Well-Tended Fires Outperform Modern Cooking Stoves

Despite technological advancements since the Industrial Revolution, cooking remains a spectacularly inefficient process.

The Energy Sustainability Dilemma : Powering the Future in a Finite World   

Most of the easy energy is gone. Are we heading for a dead end?

Bioenergy – A Disaster for Biodiversity, Health and Human Rights

A new, global rush to embrace biofuels—for transport,heat, and electricity—is a growing threat to ecosystems, wildlife, human health, and the climate. The trend poses the danger of increased commodification of forests, greater competition between food and energy markets, and even …

Swedish eco-village hosts role-play of life after peak oil

In early October, the eco-village, Änggärdet, Sweden, hosted two days of Live Action Role-Play (LARP) along the theme of life 2016-2027, post peak oil and post economic collapse. Players got the opportunity to explore what various scenarios would be like, including being commaned into a work …

Bioenergy, TLUDs, and our 2012 stove camp

Both Solar Bob and Doc agree that trying to get charcoal-burning cultures like Haiti to give up making and burning charcoal is a lost cause, not worth spending much time on. We are less convinced of the hopelessness of conversion, having the card up our sleeve of eCOOLnomics still to play. Pop …

Energy - Aug 10

-Zero Blade Turbine Could Revolutionize Wind Power Industry -As Coal Sinks, Renewables Soar: Emissions Report Shows Start Of Clean Energy Transition -Counting the carbon cost of the EU's woods

Bioenergy - Apr 18

-A Little Independent Energy Experiment on the Prairie -Analysis raises atmospheric, economic doubts about forest bioenergy - report -NASA one step closer to turning algae into fuel

Energy in East Africa

In most East African countries access to electricity is very low. Besides electricity, there is a basic need for energy. In Eastern African countries most of the energy consumed is produced from traditional solid biomasses, such as the burning of wood. The search for combustibles begins early …

Deep thought - Dec 30

- The Economist: How Ernest Dichter, an acolyte of Sigmund Freud, revolutionised marketing - Corporate monopolies 'may dominate green economy' - Ugo Bardi: The invisible toothpaste: overselling science - The Arctic Will Burn

ODAC Newsletter - Dec 9

OPEC head Abdullah El-Badri warned European leaders on Wednesday against imposing sanctions on Iranian oil, stating that the 865,000 barrels a day which goes mostly to Southern Europe would be difficult to replace. Global supply is already tight and oil prices remain stubbornly high despite the …