Category: Global Warming/Climate Change

Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory

by Emily E. Adams, Earth Policy Institute Increasing global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping gas, are pushing the world into dangerous territory, closing the window of time to avert the worst consequences of higher temperatures, such as melting ice and rising seas. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have grown exponentially. Despite wide agreement by governments on the need to limit […]

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Food or Fuel?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, the importing countries were beginning to ask themselves if there were alternatives to oil. In a number of countries, particularly the United States, several in Europe, and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel for cars was appealing. The modern biofuels industry was launched. This was the beginning of […]

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How Non-GM Cassava Can Help Feed the World

Great strides are being made in improving this important staple through conventional breeding by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The hidden importance of cassava Cassava is a food that most people in a country like the UK never think about. It’s easy enough to find, at least if you live in a […]

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Ghost Plane

Lobbying results in old and dirty technologies being maintained long beyond their useful life. by George Monbiot Hoisting 180lbs of human flesh 30,000 feet into the air and 4,000 miles across the ocean every time you want to talk to someone: does that sound like 21st Century technology, or a 20th Century throwback? The lobbying power of well-established industries will always be greater than that of new or emerging businesses. […]

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The Landed Mafia

It’s time we confronted the National Farmers’ Union and the millionaires it works for. by George Monbiot Is there any organisation as selfish, grasping and antisocial as the National Farmers’ Union? Is there any organisation, except the banks, which secures so much public money while offering so little in return? Here are some of the positions the NFU has taken over the past few months.

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Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 liters of […]

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Climate Change Adaptation Technologies – Permaculture Design Brings Results

//www.youtube.com/embed/RQkiv_U5AoU Climate Change Adaptation technology: Stone Lines (The Sahel)(More videos below) It’s uber exciting to see simple design solutions bringing yields, low-carbon prosperity and health, to people who would otherwise suffer needlessly. Watch the excellent videos below to see how permaculture land management techniques are spreading across Africa and beyond, and giving communities an insurance against the growing threat of climate change — a problem these small-holder farmers had no […]

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A Serengeti on Our Doorsteps

Is it really possible? Yes, I think it is. by George Monbiot Here’s a video of the 15-minute talk I gave at 5×15, where I spell out the remarkable potential for rewilding in Europe, including the possibility of reintroducing the elephants, rhinos, hippos, hyenas and lions we’ve lost. I also talk about how this could transform our own lives. I love this subject more than any other. You can read […]

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Pistols at Dawn

A three-year, £100 bet on solar power has matured. Who won? by George Monbiot The UK — a solar powerhouse…? Summer solstice. At dawn. What better time could there be for resolving a duel, albeit one not fought with flintlocks? The time is of my choosing, as the other party, though he accepted the challenge, would not agree terms. It is appropriate in another sense too, as this is the […]

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Mark Shepard’s Proven Technique – “Sheer, Total, and Utter Neglect” (video)

Broadacre permaculturist Mark Shepard takes us on a tour of his 106-acre farm, where he grows dozens of crops with almost no care at all. Mark tells you how, twenty years ago, he and friends put thousands of varieties of perennials in the ground, and left them there. Now, parts of his farm that are completely unattended are growing 14 different kinds of food.

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Genetically Modified Crops and Hunger – Another Look at the Evidence

Genetically modified crops are hailed by their proponents as the basis for a “new green revolution”, and as the key solution to feeding the world in the face of population growth and the exhaustion of new sources of agricultural land. There is a massive volume of research and research literature around genetically modified crops, but how much of it is really of value in assessing this often heard hypothesis about […]

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