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Bicycling for Better Business

Jay Walljasper, Resilience.org

Cities across the U.S. discover that good biking attracts great jobs and top talent to their communities

archived October 24, 2012

Getting my pilot's license

Lindsay Curren, Lindsay's List

Ever since we first got together my husband and I have talked about how to respond to one of our key shared interests — peak oil.

archived October 23, 2012

How to Start a Community Currency

Mira Luna, Shareable

The centralized creation of money and credit has a profoundly negative effect on local economies, sovereignty, and cohesiveness. Bankers value profit at all costs, while locally-controlled institutions tend to hold other values - like community, justice and sustainability - more highly.

archived October 23, 2012

By the numbers: Data highlights from Full Planet, Empty Plates

Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute

As farmers struggle to keep up with soaring demand for grain and soybeans, this ratcheting upward of food prices ensures that many of the 219,000 new guests at the global dinner table each night are facing empty plates.

archived October 23, 2012

Hair of the dog, or, the limits of technology

Mary Logan, A Prosperous Way Down

This post is about the hopeful idea that technology is going to save us from having to adapt to descent. A recent article describes an episode of geopiracy to geoengineer the ocean, so we're back at climate again, since this example provides particular insights and illustrations into our blindspots about the limits to growth and the limits of technology.

archived October 23, 2012

Ontario’s Local Food Act: More maybe than act

Wayne Roberts, Wayne Roberts blog

To get a handle on the Promoting Local Food Act tabled in the Ontario legislature on October 4, it helps to know the difference between government support and government policy. If you choose door 1 and get support, you’re in luck. If you choose door 2 and get policy, that’s the booby prize.

archived October 23, 2012

Shale gas - Oct 23

Staff, Energy Bulletin

-The murky future of U.S. shale gas
-After the Boom in Natural Gas
-US natural gas boom claims first nuclear plant
-Report sees economic boost from unconventional oil and gas
-US fracking sites impact health - report
-UK public favours wind turbines over shale gas wells, poll finds

archived October 23, 2012

Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst

Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

No, shale gas won’t entirely go away anytime soon. But expectations of continuing low prices are about to be dashed. And notions that the U.S. will become a major gas exporter, or that we will convert millions of cars and trucks to run on gas, now ring hollow.

archived October 22, 2012

Pipeline safety - Oct 22

Staff, Energy Bulletin

-Whistleblower forced investigation of TransCanada Pipelines
-Aging Pipeline Poses Threat to Great Lakes, Report Says
-Enbridge, B.C. pipeline spat gains new traction

archived October 22, 2012

Maize and bean farmers threatened by climate change

Andrew Alesbury, Nourishing the Planet

Over the coming decades, climate change is expected to pose major difficulties for one million maize and bean farmers in Central America.

archived October 22, 2012