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Review: Snake Oil: how fracking's false promise of plenty imperils our future

For those who thought the 'fracking' issue was just about water pollution and earthquakes, Richard Heinberg's Snake Oilmight be a little perplexing.

Review: Paradise Lot

In practice, self-reliance can be harder than permaculture experts sometimes make it sound. This is where Eric Toensmeier’s 'Paradise Lot' comes in. Anyone who finds him or herself discouraged in their permaculture garden efforts should take heart and read this book.

Less is more, more or less

The basic tenet of the steady state economy (or SSE) is an observation that makes complete sense: you can’t have infinite growth in a finite system. Unfortunately, conventional economics – perhaps in an attempt to defy its characterization as the dismal science – says …

Economies should be shaped to suit man

Sacred Economics is a hugely ambitious book. It takes aim at the most basic intellectual and moral foundations of our modern industrial societies. The author, Charles Eisenstein, is fully aware that many of his arguments and proposals will seem naïve, utopian and hopelessly idealistic to …

Energy literacy through an astonishing coffee table book

It is hard to imagine a more unlikely vehicle for advancing energy literacy than a finely crafted large format picture book. Energy, after all, is invisible. We see its effects, but never the thing itself. And yet, Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth succeeds and succeeds …

No place sacred: ENERGY (review)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, the 195 color, mostly full page — often double page — photographs in the Post Carbon Institute’s latest book, ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, speaks volumes beyond its gigantic sized …

What happens when we shock a system?

Have you ever noticed that some things in the world like to be disrupted? Rogue militant groups set out to garner counter-attacks that distract their opponents while draining their resources. Viruses encourage multi-cellular organisms to activate their immune systems in attempts to wipe them …

If you’re not doing politics, you’re not doing enough

If you look closely, you'll see that local government is not just something you need to get around and that you don't, in fact, have to fight City Hall. Indeed, City Hall may be just waiting for you to walk through the front door and take your place as an active citizen.

Review: Starvation Ridge by Risa Stephanie Bear

What geographical area offers the best chance of survival during the coming oil shortage?

Slow Democracy

What we have now is the McDonald's of democracy.

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