As a child of the 1950s I grew up immersed in a near-universal expectation of progress.
In short, we need fossil fuels to go away, but in a measured and predictable way.
Industrial civilization and its fossil fuels have allowed for a lacksadaisy modern way of life that places an overwhelmingly stronger inclination on the various guises of narcissism than on genuine civic participation, leading to a crisis of democracy.
How we use energy is as important as how we get it.
What will we do when the Great Burning comes to an end?
Richard Heinberg on his new book Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.
This week we saw three important signs of the increasingly moribund state of the fossil fuel industry.
Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy
The price of oil fell below $50/barrel this week, extending the recent rout and causing turmoil in financial markets, worsening economic crisis in Russia and Venezuela, and helping to push the Eurozone towards deflation.
Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack. Increasingly grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry.
At the essential center of the framework of the Crash Course is the almost insultingly simple idea that endless growth on a finite planet is an impossibility.
Panarchy is a concept that recognizes the cycle of growth, collapse and renewal inherent in complex systems. What can this concept tell us about human society’s cycles?