National Gardening Leave – Why Britain Would Be Better Off If We All Spent Less Time at the Office

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The case for a new, voluntary scheme to introduce a shorter working week, and for the rapid expansion of productive and pleasurable gardening in Britain’s towns and cities. by neweconomics.org Executive Summary Click to download (1.34mb PDF) The Proposal – National Gardening Leave: for a stronger, healthier and happier Britain. This pamphlet argues that Britain… Read more »

Angle of Descent

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The justifications for airport expansion turn out to be bogus. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. When politicians say that we need more runways and more airports, they invariably claim that “the economy” depends on them. They seldom specify what they mean by this, but in most cases… Read more »

A Computer Geek Starts a Garden, Part I – Background, Design and Initial Implementation

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The yard in winter, before work begins… A great many people today are living in fear. The future looks uncertain, but bleak. Many cannot see a future at all. The post-WWII baby boomer generation, with their short-lived cheap energy era, have been largely calling the shots, shaping the world we have today. After the miseries… Read more »

ASPO 2012 Presentations

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From May 30 — June 1, 2012, the 10th ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas) meeting took place. This year it was held in Vienna, Austria. I haven’t had time to check out all of these presentations yet, but want to ensure you’re all aware they’re available to watch as you… Read more »

Summary Presentations for Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

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Editor’s Note: Some permies may wish to download the slideshow files at bottom to use, or modify to use, for "It’s time to wake up" type presentations in your local schools and community halls, etc. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class – Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

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by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. One of many ‘Hoovervilles’ during the Great Depression 1. Introduction How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I… Read more »

Why are the FAO and the EBRD Promoting the Destruction of Peasant and Family Farming?

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Editor’s Note: It is intensely infuriating when people in suits make wholly inaccurate, ignorant statements about incredibly important issues, and due to their position get it published in the mainstream media, where far too many people take it at face value. The rapid conversion of the world from small-scale, diverse ecological farming systems towards factory-floor… Read more »

Making the Case for the Genetically Modified Human

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If we fail to change trajectory, then perhaps we should be re-engineering the root cause of our problem — ourselves? It’s true that I’m well known for attacking the GMO industry, its industry financed scientists and their thus-incentivised reductionist ‘science’. I’ve expressed many times that GMOs are a "solution looking for a problem". We know… Read more »

Don’t Count on Revolution in Oil Supply

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This is a guest post by Sadad al-Huseini, now a petroleum consultant and formerly executive vice president of Saudi Aramco for exploration and production, and is a response to the recent article in PIW (Petroleum Intelligence Weekly) by Leonardo Maugeri on his new study Oil: the Next Revolution, challenging his optimism about future oil supplies… Read more »

Hunger Games

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The rich world is causing the famines it claims to be preventing. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I don’t blame Mo Farah, Pele and Haile Gebrselassie, who lined up, all hugs and smiles, outside Downing Street for a photocall at the prime minister’s hunger summit(1). Perhaps they… Read more »