Category: Economics

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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Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever

Editor’s Preamble: This is a first for me. Who would have thought I’d be posting a quarterly newsletter written by the Chief Investment Officer of a large investment firm? "Jeremy Grantham is a British investor and Co-founder and Chief Investment Strategist of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO), a Boston-based asset management firm. GMO is one of the largest managers of such funds in the world, having more than US $107 […]

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The Nuclear Race to the Bottom

One thing that often is forgotten in discussions about nuclear energy utilization is that it involves quite a lot of very dirty and dangerous work. According to Bill Mollison, Uranium mining companies in Australia often employed Aborigines as miners, knowing that they would not go to court should they develop cancer. The situation in the U.S. was fairly similar, with the Navajo Indians in the role of the miners (1). […]

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Permaculture Professional Development Courses

Professional development for permaculture consultants is one of the biggest opportunities moving forward — expanding permaculture into a business/energy transfer system. (Most permies I run into get scared when money is mentioned, so lets call it energy transfer.) Geoff and Nadia Lawton have given me a monumental opportunity to integrate professional development into PRI’s education line up and for that I’m very grateful. Since most of the world’s population live […]

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The New Geopolitics of Food

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars. In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. If, however, you live in New Delhi, […]

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A Solar Powered Life, Part VI – The Ideological Debate

The series, A Solar Powered Life, is intended for those that have an interest in the generation and storage of electricity using solar panels. I’ve tried to write the series in such a way that it is accessible for everybody and not just for those that are technically minded. By the end of the series, if people have followed all of the parts, then they should walk away with a […]

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