The Magna Carta turns 800 years old today. Known as the "Great Charter," it is widely considered the foundation of parliamentary democracy, human rights and the supremacy of the law over the crown.
Peak oil appears close but is not yet here, delayed rather than dead (as widely written in the media since 2012), and disguised by the inclusion of natural gas liquids in BP's accounting. Put this writer down for a likely (80% odds) peak in oil production between now and 2020.
Invoking Yellow Peril tropes over China’s carbon footprint fails to recognise the fact its energy use is tied to our consumption, the country’s coal demand is dropping and Chinese people care more about climate than we do
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No nation has as high a penetration of residential solar as Australia, with one in five homes now powered by the sun.
This is a true challenge. If the story is told as one of avarice, private gain and exceptionalism, the human race will go extinct.
Buying local these days can be difficult, as most of the food in supermarkets travels thousands of miles.
Imagine going to a shop, borrowing anything you like, and returning it when you're finished.
Ecological Economics represents the extension into economics of the thermodynamic revolution of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
If what you're selling cannot be sold on the world market as crude oil, then it's not crude oil. The implications are fairly obvious: The world has substantially lower oil production than widely believed, and growth in world oil supplies has slowed considerably in the last several years.
Press coverage (including a Hollywood-style trailer) of Pope Francis's coming papal letter calling for an end to the "tyrannical" exploitation of nature. NYT says it"could place the Roman Catholic Church at the forefront of a new coalition of religion and science."
At the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be "mechatronic engineers" and repair electronic devices.
If money is just an IOU, why are we delivering the exclusive power to create it to an unelected, unaccountable, non-transparent private banking monopoly?
This week the latest edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy noted two important trends.
While Elsie’s annoying qualities as a narrator dampen her effectiveness as an environmental agitator, the points she makes are spot on. She eloquently admonishes her human readers, "You can't just wear the food chain around your neck like a bauble or necklace. You're part of it and if you keep treating it with disdain, that chain will strangle you."
It’s not every day that someone who steals water from the commons for private use on his large estate gains folk hero status in the sustainability movement.
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If a Basic Income is indeed a Good Thing, then new currencies will increasingly seek to build it into their design from the outset.
No sight is more glorious to me than the first strawberries of the year.
US scientists re-examine the collection of data which seemed to show global warming slowing since 1998 and say temperatures have continued to rise steadily.