Category: Economics

National Sustainable Food Summit Talks

In Melbourne, on April 5th and 6th, was held the National Sustainable Food Summit, where key Australian food and agriculture players and academics met to discuss the challenges and possible solutions for Australia’s increasingly vulnerable food security situation. Some of the talks were quite interesting. The first video is where Julian Cribb (Adjunct Professor of Science Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Academy […]

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Underground Movement

The public reaction to new power lines could kill renewable energy: they must be buried. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Why do those who oppose wind power insist on spoiling their case with gibberish? In his column on Friday, Simon Jenkins claimed that onshore wind farms were being planned “with no concern for cost.”(1) But the only reason for building them is […]

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Thought for the Day – Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

I think the irony to be found in the following quote will likely have been completely unnoticed by its author: Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on exporting its natural resources. — BBC It’s a statement nestled near the beginning of the article. The alarming thing is that we can be so fundamentally confused about our present economic trajectory that such a statement is considered perfectly normal and nothing at all […]

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Vandana Shiva x3

by Øyvind Holmstad In this interview for CSSC Encounters, Dr. Vandana Shiva gives the history of her engagement and explains the situation we are in now, facing a new fascism as corporations and governments merge. Still, she is always using an optimistic tone, in spite of corporate grabs of our common heritage, the natural world — a world caught in a system where the ecology and the economy are fierce […]

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Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in China

Editor’s Note: Turn many of our products upside down today, and you’ll find the words ‘Made in China’. China is today called the ‘factory of the world’. We are outsourcing our pollution to this country on a massive scale, and it doesn’t happen without consequence. To give you an idea of the seriousness, non-smoking women in one region of Yunnan Province die from lung cancer at a higher rate than […]

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Pass the Parcel

How will the UK achieve a 50% carbon cut by 2027? By getting someone else to make our stuff. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Not for the first time, the Prime Minister was happily promoting the irreconcilable. “By stepping up, showing leadership and competing with the world,” he announced last week, “the UK can prove that there need not be a tension […]

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International Day for Biological Diversity – Getting Back in Touch With Our World

All photographs © Craig Mackintosh Since 1992, every May 22 has been the International Day for Biological Diversity. It’s a UN attempt to raise awareness of the importance of biological diversity to our lives and our future. So, did you notice anything different about this past Sunday? Did you wake up in the morning and hop out of bed with the distinct feeling that the day was something special?

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Interviews with Chris Martenson on Budget, Corruption, Economy, Investing, Energy & the Japan Nuclear Crisis

Those who appreciated Chris Martenson’s Crash Course will no doubt want to take some time to listen to these interviews. The first, in two parts, is a video interview of Chris by the David Pakman Show, and at bottom you’ll find a podcast interview by Financial Sense’s Jim Puplava.

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Education Leads to Lower Fertility and Increased Prosperity

by Brigid Fitzgerald Reading, Earth Policy Institute Photo © Craig Mackintosh As the world continues to add close to 80 million people each year, high population growth is running up against the limits of our finite planet, threatening global economic and political stability. To stay within the bounds of the earth’s natural resources, the world’s population will have to stabilize.

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How The Global Oil Watchdog Failed Its Mission

How the IEA was silenced about the future of global oil production. by Lionel Badal 12 years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) discovered that Peak Oil would threaten the prosperity and stability of our societies. Yes, they knew it. While some IEA officials tried to inform the world about this game-changing event, it appears that others had different priorities.

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Democracy Comes to Town

Sopot, Poland On the 6th of May the city council of Sopot in Poland has passed a landmark resolution that starts the process of participatory budgeting in our city. It means that the citizens of Sopot will have a direct say in what the public funds are spent on. We’re beginning with a modest amount of 1.1 million USD – I say “modest”, because it’s less than 1% of the […]

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IEA Concedes that Peak Oil Already Occured – Back in 2006

Click on image above, and see title ‘Dr Fatih Birol’ in the ‘Extended Interviews’ section In the past I’ve made fun of the International Energy Agency (IEA) for their inexplicably optimistic projections for oil production mining supply capacity. And in similar fashion, the IEA has made fun of us gloomy ‘peakers’. Well, click on the image above, and look for the video titled ‘Fatih Birol’ — he being head of […]

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