La Nouvelle Trahison des Clercs

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When scholars sell out, the consequences are grave. by George Monbiot In 1927 the French philosopher Julien Benda published a piercing attack on the intellectuals of his day. They should, he argued in La Trahison des Clercs (the treason of the scholars) act as a check on popular passions(1). Civilisation, he claimed, is possible only… Read more »

Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

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by Janet Larson, Earth Policy Institute When New York City opened registration for its much anticipated public bike-sharing program on April 15, 2013, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Eager for access to a fleet of thousands of bicycles, they became Citi Bike members weeks before bikes were expected to be available…. Read more »

The “Long Emergency”, Permaculture, and Towns that Food Saved

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by Andrew Willner We live in dangerous times, when economic collapse, climate chaos, and peak oil threaten the foundations of society, abundance, and all we hold dear. “Business as usual” will no longer suffice, because that way leads to certain pain, peril and impoverishment. Unspeakable acts of violence like the slaughter at the Sandy Hook… Read more »

Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide

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by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute Politicians, lobbyists, and tourists alike can ride bicycles along a specially marked lane between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, part of the 115 miles of bicycle lanes and paths that now crisscross Washington, DC. In Copenhagen, commuters can ride to work following a “green wave” of signal… Read more »

Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

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by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including the push for more home-grown biofuels and for the construction of the new Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the… Read more »

Energy Advice: Think Long Term and at the Local Level!

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Interview of Nikos Salingaros by Mumtaz Soogund on Defimedia, Mauritius, 8 March 2013. Dr. Salingaros recently joined the CT (Centrale Thermique) Power debate in Mauritius, and in this light graciously agreed to share his views on the matter with the readers of News on Sunday. MS: A coal-powered plant proves to be a massive investment… Read more »

Frozen Assets

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Why are we exploiting unconventional gas when we can’t afford to burn existing supplies? by George Monbiot Click for larger view There’s only one way of knowing whether or not governments are serious about climate change: have they decided to leave most of their fossil fuel reserves in the ground? We have already discovered far… Read more »

Fracking for Shale Gas

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A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Shale gas could be a useful stop-gap substitute for more conventional fossil fuels on our way towards fully green renewable energies, but health and environmental risks including pollution to ground water remain to be addressed…. Read more »

Greeks Return to the Land

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Those who read Bad News, and Good News, for Greece, It’s Time to Re-Ruralise and Greeks Reclaim the Land to Ease the Pain of Economic Austerity will want to follow up with this encouraging video. For the last several decades, modern society has been shaped by Big Business with a very narrow focus combined with… Read more »

Letters from Ladakh – Culture Demolition in Fast Forward

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Editor’s Preamble: Despite the title, I’m no longer in Ladakh. Indeed, it was way back in August 2009 when I was there, so this article has been a long time coming (thanks to work on the WPN keeping me too busy, amongst other things!). I keep the ‘Letters from…’ part of the title to make… Read more »

The Edible City

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I believe that we will need to produce food in our urban centres, because I can’t figure out how else we are going to meet an increased demand from our cities. With over 50% of the world’s population living in them, currently relying on an unsustainable agricultural system to deliver all the nourishment they need,… Read more »