Category: Peak Oil

A Solar Powered Life – Part I

Photo of the house showing some of the solar panels and solar hot water system I was happy to read that Zaytuna Farm had installed an off grid solar power system for their electrical requirements — “Advanced Solar, and independence, at PRI’s Zaytuna Farm”. However, upon reading the comments relating to this, I could see that there was quite a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation relating to solar power. This […]

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Advanced Solar, and Independence, at PRI’s Zaytuna Farm

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Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, sets up an advanced solar electric system to demonstrate the best example of stand-alone solar electric power we can find. Here at Zaytuna Farm we have endeavored to demonstrate the efficiency and advantage of a stand alone power system. This is especially relevant now in times when large areas of Australia, and elsewhere, for that matter, have been flooded. Everyone […]

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Respecting Ourselves, Part III: Needs Met Ineffectively or at Great Cost

Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a three-part series. If you haven’t already, please read Part I and Part II before continuing. Those of us who live in the ‘developed world’ frequently see their higher needs compromised. But, unlike much of the world’s population, we rarely find ourselves destitute of our most basic requirements, like shelter, water, and food. Our housing may not be particularly secure, our water may […]

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Richard Heinberg: Peak Oil and the Globe’s Limitations

Those who watched the video at bottom of my recent ‘crystal ball’ post will want to follow up with the next in this new series we’re being drip-fed from The Nation. Richard talks about the very close correlation between increased energy consumption and economic growth, and reiterates that each time the economy begins to recover we’ll hit a supply ceiling that’ll knock the economy back onto its knees. What politician […]

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Gerald Celente on 2011 – Internet Revolution and Lawn Liberation

A reader of my recent ‘crystal ball‘ post supplied the following video via comment. I thought I’d put it up front and centre, as it’ll likely get missed by most otherwise, and Gerald Celente‘s thoughts are quite interesting, as we embark on another year’s journey in an increasingly interesting life. Most of us are realistic enough to balance what we want to see happen in the world (and our efforts […]

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Glancing at the Crystal Ball – What Do You See?

As the new year turned over, I noticed a few websites running article series where correspondents made their predictions about what they anticipate being hot news topics over 2011. Although a few deteriorated into meaningless waffle over who’ll be top of the pops, or who’s going to light up the silver screen this year, there was a general overriding focus on the likelihood of increasing economic gloom. It seems 2011 […]

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Making Democracy Work

Editor’s note: This is what I like to see, and hope others will emulate: concrete action to bring about organised, localised change. Some subscribe to free market magical thinking — that self-interest combined with market mechanisms will somehow automatically harmonise our social, and even environmental problems. But, permaculture is not about blind hope and trust in disorder. In contrast, it’s all about intelligent design — not just of food forests, […]

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Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was Better Prepared for Collapse than the US

by Dmitry Orlov Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to you to decide just how urgent a message it is. My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in […]

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An Agriculture that Stands a Chance: Perennial Polyculture & the Hard Limits of Post-Carbon Farming

More and more articles are being written that continue to hit the proverbial "nail on the head". This one was posted to the Energy Bulletin website a couple of days ago. It does a great job of summarizing the problems with annual monoculture-based food systems and the advantages of those which are perennial polyculture-based. The evidence is undeniable and overwhelming. It has been for a very long time. Now it’s […]

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Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century

by Dmitry Orlov A decade and a half ago the world went from bipolar to unipolar, because one of the poles fell apart: The S.U. is no more. The other pole – symmetrically named the U.S. – has not fallen apart – yet, but there are ominous rumblings on the horizon. The collapse of the United States seems about as unlikely now as the collapse of the Soviet Union seemed […]

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