Crash on Demand – or Rapid Transition?

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The Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb (Duration: 1:11:11) Please watch before continuing with the article. Can we talk about transition, please? Regular readers will have noted the semi-recent flurry of conversations over ‘crashing’ the system (if not, see here, here, here, here and here) and possible pathways to transition (see here and… Read more »

Crash on Demand? A Response to David Holmgren

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D. Lange “Mr. Dougherty and kid. Warm Springs, Malheur County, Oregon” October 1939 David Holmgren, for whom I have the utmost respect, is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept. Permaculture is an ecological design method for regenerative agriculture, where the principles of natural systems are employed in order to create… Read more »

Naomi Klein on Geoengineering and the Western Lifestyle (Podcast)

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Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, gives an insightful talk in the podcast below on the madness of our western lifestyles and the geoengineering it’s giving birth to. For more reading on geoengineering click here, and to understand global dimming, click here. Click play below to hear Naomi’s talk:

A Solar Powered Life, Part VI – The Ideological Debate

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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,… Read more »

Our Moral Dilemma: Because We Don’t Live on an Inflatable Earth

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The Group of Eight members have just decreed we should limit global average temperatures to no more than 2°C above what they were in the year 1900. Is it enough? And, more importantly, do we really care? If only it was this easy… If the G8’s decision were made in 2002 it would have been… Read more »

Veiling Our True Predicament – Global Dimming

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Have you heard the expression ‘Global Dimming’ yet? The documentary embedded in this post examines the phenomenon, but, in brief, I’ll endeavour to give a rough heads up on the topic. It’s yet further evidence that our dangerous habit of underestimating the complexities of natural systems will surely backfire on us, and in direct proportion… Read more »