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

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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… Read more »

The New Geopolitics of Food

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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… Read more »

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 »

Britain’s Private Militias

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The Ratcliffe miscarriage of justice shows that we need a sweeping reform of the police. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Here, so far, are the results of the undercover surveillance operation the police conducted against a group of climate change activists: one trial abandoned, after great expense… Read more »

The War on Africa’s Family Farmers

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Proposing ‘grandiose solutions without first diagnosing the causes of what ails Africa and her people has never stopped the World Bank, corporations and the odd billionaire from prescribing the wrong medicine for the continent,’ writes Joan Baxter, as the Bank makes plans to ‘unlock’ the future of African agriculture. by Joan Baxter, originally published on… Read more »

Let No Man Say It Cannot Be Done

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute We need an economy for the twenty-first century, one that is in sync with the earth and its natural support systems, not one that is destroying them. The fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy that evolved in western industrial societies is no longer a viable model—not for the countries… Read more »

Earth Policy Institute Video Asks “How Many Failing States Will It Take?”

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Watch the full episode. In this PBS-produced video, with actor and philanthropist Matt Damon narrating, Lester Brown gives a good overview of some of the current issues we face as a race. He connects the dots between the world’s rapidly melting glaciers, extreme weather events, and resource depletion, etc., and what it will mean to… Read more »

Climate Change – Meet the Scientists

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It’s tiring hearing some write off many thousands of peer-reviewed studies by climate scientists — by brandishing apparent petitions by ‘thousands of climate skeptics‘ who supposedly say the exact opposite. Now, these thousands aren’t putting forth peer-reviewed studies and thoroughly researched counter-claims. No, they’re just putting forth their signature…. As a sound bite, it sounds… Read more »

Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure for Climate Crisis?

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We’ve run posts on Alan Savory’s Holistic Management a few times (here, here and here for example), but for those who can’t get enough, here’s another for good measure. This is a 1-hour lecture given in Dublin at the end of 2009. It’s well worth a listen. Allan Savory argued that while livestock may be… Read more »

What To Do With Nuclear Boy?

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Given recent events in Japan, I wanted to broach the somewhat controversial topic of nuclear fission power plants, and the following video (thanks Thomas) — making the Fukushima nuclear situation a little easier for even little Japanese children to comprehend — makes a good lead-in to the topic. At time of writing, water and food… Read more »