Kurt Cobb

Kurt Cobb is a freelance writer and communications consultant who writes frequently about energy and environment. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Common Dreams, Le Monde Diplomatique, Oilprice.com, OilVoice, TalkMarkets, Investing.com, Business Insider and many other places. He is the author of an oil-themed novel entitled Prelude and has a widely followed blog called Resource Insights. He is currently a fellow of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.

Ovum and Sperm

Self-extinction: Male fertility, pesticides and the end of the human project

It is a common meme these days that humans are busy bringing about their own extinction. This is usually imagined to take the form of mass death resulting from the effects of climate change including food shortages, and/or from the rapid decline in the availability of fossil fuels, and/or from a worldwide pandemic … But what if our path to extinction is really taking the form of damage to human fertility?

November 19, 2023

Sand dunes at Al-Tawqi, northeast of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

We’ll never run out of sand, right?

If there is one resource that seems like it would be truly inexhaustible, it’s sand. But we are now using sand at an unsustainable rate.

November 12, 2023

Android contemplating equations (Artificial intelligence: Reasoning, problem-solving ).

AI: The information economy becomes ever more energy and resource intensive

The information economy was supposed to be light on physical resources compared to the old industrial economy. Turns out it’s not.

November 5, 2023

Drone from DJI in flight.

The miniaturization of death: How technology has tipped the balance away from state power

Violence is coming in smaller and smaller packages these days.

October 29, 2023

Graphite Pebble for Pebble Bed Reactor, Diameter 60mm

Graphite: A new energy economy resource is suddenly harder to get

More and more countries are becoming stingy about what natural resources they will ship abroad. That has implications for new energy economy products and industries.

October 22, 2023

Cropduster spraying pesticides

We’re poisoning teenagers (but it doesn’t seem to matter)

What happens when guilt gets spread around so thin that no one feels responsible.

October 15, 2023

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