Category: Peak Oil

Cuba Uses Localized Permaculture as One Solution to Peak Oil

The Malecon in Havana with people and traffic

Permaculture offers alternatives to fossil fuels by tackling problems on a hyper local level whilst remaining mindful of their place within the global picture. We find success when this is done in a manner that is sensitive to biodiversity and cultural diversity, whilst favoring a revival of traditional techniques and encouraging innovation. Working smarter, not harder, and seeing nature as an ally are key pillars of the permacultural philosophy. It […]

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The Paradox of Oil: The Cheaper it is, The More it Costs

There will be oil, but at what price? – Chris Nelder and Gregor Macdonald     Samuel Alexander – is a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs and research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), University of Melbourne. He also co-directs the Simplicity Institute. The author would like to thank MSSI for supporting the writing of this article, and Josh Floyd, Matt Mushalik, and Jonathan Rutherford for […]

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Perennial Polyculture Prevails over Peak Oil

KrisCan visits Eric Toensmeier in his Holyoke, Massachusetts home garden that was transformed from a bleakly barren backyard into a thriving oasis of year-round, productive perennial fruits and vegetables. Eric talks about how waste heat from factories and power plants can be utilized for greenhouse gardening; urban food security and self-reliance in the face of diminishing petroleum supplies; edible forest gardens and how they mimic the patterns and designs of […]

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Light Bulb Moments

Think of the Industrial Revolution as the start of carbonifeous capitalism. — Dr. Ian Stewart Many a contemporary scientist has commented that they started talking about climate change 20-30 years ago and figured once they educated people, they could go back to their respective fields of research. That never happened. They learned that knowledge does not necessarily lead to action, because humans are not motivated by logic but emotions. So […]

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Join the Global Frackdown this Weekend! (October 11, 2014)

This Saturday we’re joining concerned citizens all over the world who are coming together to take a stand against fracking. Will you join us? As you know, fracking is an ongoing disaster for communities around the U.S.A. and increasingly around the world. But that hasn’t stopped the fossil fuel industry — they’re on the march, working tirelessly to buy off politicians and dig up every last bit of oil and […]

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Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD7koag4QqE Part I Broken into two parts (one above, one below, and a question & answer session after that), this is a long but interesting watch. It was filmed in 2011 at a presentation by Dr Anthony Ingraffea (Ph.D., P.E., Cornell University) in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and covers many interesting and pertinent aspects of all fracking entails. Mr. Ingraffea’s good sense of humour makes the time pass fast, and […]

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Will You ‘Rock the Gate’ With Us? (Australia)

We’re excited to invite you to the biggest anti-fracking rock concert ever held in Australia – Rock the Gate – at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, Sydney, 23rd November, 2014. All proceeds go to support Lock the Gate Alliance. Get your tickets now! It’s spring and there is so much happening right across the country. This newsletter brings you lots of great events and all the latest updates – from […]

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The Great Oil Swindle: What Happens When the Shale Boom Goes Boom?

The shale gas revolution was meant to bring lasting prosperity. But the result of the gas glut may be just a bubble, producing no more than a temporary recovery that masks deep structural instability. Originally published March 2013 Recent headlines in the US press about the coming economic boom heralded by the shale gas revolution would lead you to think we are literally swimming in oil. A spate of reports […]

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Report: The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking

Download report (2.7mb PDF) In many ways, fracking is the environmental issue of our time. It’s an issue that touches on every aspect of our lives — the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities — and it is also impacting the global climate on which we all depend. It pits the largest corporate interests — big oil and gas companies and the political leaders […]

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Voices from the Gaslands (Fracking in Australia)

Voices from the Gaslands is a series of short videos of people whose lives and businesses have been damaged by the coal seam gas industry in Queensland. The videos showcase the harrowing stories of individuals who have suffered a range of impacts from health effects, stress and depression, to loss of production and water bores that are drying up. Gas companies have spent millions of dollars to perpetrate a myth […]

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Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment

by Emily E. Adams Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players’ eyes kept looking at the pieces involved in the familiar […]

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