Walk this way

Jay Walljasper, On the Commons

We all know that walking is good for us. It sheds calories, tones muscles, and clears our minds. But taking a regular walk is also important to our understanding that we share a common life with others--the psychic foundation of the commons.

archived October 26, 2012

Economics - Oct 26

Staff, Energy Bulletin

-Narcissism, Consumerism and the End of Growth
-Spain's next threat: Losing 20% of its economy
-How Transition is starting to rebuild Ontario
-Amid the Echoes of an Economic Crash, the Sounds of Greek Society Being Torn

archived October 26, 2012

President Declares ‘War on Entropy’

Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

Enjoy this satirical look at the politics of energy by PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg...At a hastily organized news conference, president Obama this morning called for a new national effort to restore America’s greatness by combating “entropy.” Mr. Obama described entropy as “a self-defeating ideology of failure” and called on Congress to replace the Law of Diminishing Returns with a new legislative agenda geared to reversing a range of trends in resource depletion and economic stagnation.

archived October 26, 2012

ODAC Newsletter Oct 26

Staff, Oil Depletion Analysis Centre

BP took a gamble this week, entering into partnership with the Russian state backed energy company Rosneft. The deal frees the company from a stormy relationship with its oligarch partners at TNK BP. At the same time, it effectively makes BP business partners with the Kremlin...

archived October 26, 2012

Bill and Lou: A parable for saving our broken food system

Philip Ackerman-Leist, Common Dreams

Our society has become increasingly divorced from agriculture, and our assumptions about food and farming are too often based more on emotion or business interests than those of real, on-farm experiences and community decision-making about the food we raise and eat.

archived October 25, 2012

Financial co-dependency: How Wall Street has kept shale gas alive

Deborah Rogers, Energy Policy Forum

On October 21, 2012, the New York Times published an article delving in depth into the relationships between large Wall Street investment banks and shale gas operators. The article is outstanding but so much more needs to be said.

archived October 25, 2012

A time of gifts

Charlotte Du Cann, Charlotte Du Cann blog

I am in the woods outside Norwich on a January day with a gang of kids from Catton Grove, a huge primary school in a rough-and-tumble part of the city. I’m here as part of an arts and Transition teach-in, exploring peak oil and honey bees, reconnecting with nature and planting some of the apple varieties that used to grow in the Grove before it was tarmacked over.

archived October 25, 2012

Peak oil notes - Oct 25

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A midweek update of peak oil news, including:
-Developments this week

archived October 25, 2012

Electric velomobiles: as fast and comfortable as automobiles, but 80 times more efficient

Kris De Decker, Low-tech Magazine

The velomobile offers a more interesting alternative to the bicycle for longer trips.

archived October 25, 2012

Economic crisis shakes old paradigms

Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

The world will soon enter the sixth year of the Great Recession, and there is no end in sight. In the United States, where stagnation continues to reign, some 23 million Americans remain out of work, are underemployed, or have simply dropped out of the labor force owing to frustration--a condition that now threatens to precipitate Barack Obama's replacement by a Republican candidate whose program would only worsen the crisis.

archived October 25, 2012