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Tiffany's Fallacy: the Mineral Pie is Shrinking, and Most of What's Left is in the Sky

In the debates that deal with energy and fossil fuels, it is rather common to read or hear statements such as “oil will last for 50 years at the current rate of production.”

The Growth Trap

Every economy, every self-organizing system which is not also self-limiting within the bounds set by its environment, grows until it exceeds the ability of that environment to support and sustain it.

Review: Dark Peak by George R. Fehling

George R. Fehling's novel Dark Peak is both an effective thriller and a heartfelt eco-polemic.

Why I'm Not Devastated

So what if, to the extent we live in a place where we can, we turn disappointment and bitterness into deep, perhaps sad, reflection? 

The Case of the Vanishing Oil Reserves

Where are Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade when we need them? A crime is in progress, and only a detective who’s unafraid of stepping on powerful people’s toes is likely to get to the bottom of it.

Naomi Klein & the Let­down of the Leap Manifesto: Energy Depletion Dismissal is Just as Bad as Climate Change Denial (part 1/3)

Climate change denial is often decried for its destructiveness. But energy depletion dismissal – and by Naomi Klein of all people – could have consequences just as bad.

Depletion is real, Depletion is now, and if a Jellyfish Stings you, you Know Why

The sea has been nearly emptied of fish, and that has generated a booming jellyfish population and of other invertebrates, such as crabs and lobsters whose numbers, once were kept in check by the fish.

Corruption, resources, climate and systemic risk

Corruption like that revealed in the Panama Papers pales in comparison to the kind that threatens to undermine the very material underpinnings of our society.

Water Risks are Growing; Here’s a Tool to Help Us Prepare

Last week, a team of colleagues and I released a new tool to help planners and policy-makers better understand the geography and nature of water risks around the globe.

The "Syrian Sickness": What Crude Oil Gives, Crude Oil will Take Away

Crude oil had created modern Syria, crude oil has destroyed it.

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