Post Carbon Newsletter - No more hot air
1. end of growth update
2. debunking big energy hype
3. latest publications
4. fellows in the press
5. energy bulletin picks
6. transition us update
June has turned out to be a great month for hot air. Yet-again-record temperatures are cooking much of the US. The Rio+20 Summit in Brazil did next to nothing about reducing the heat in the atmosphere while producing copious hot air of its own. And a recent report by a prominent contrarian 'environmental' think tank argues that physical planetary limits aren't actually, well, limiting, giving a big green light to further future gales of (geoengineered?) hot air.
We're not about not to let bad energy and climate science go unanswered. Read Who do you trust: Mother Nature or Mr. Wizard? for our response to cornucopian and techno-optimist fantasies.
Limits are of course very real — and Richard Heinberg's recent updates to The End of Growth (now available as an eBook) explore the limits that Europe is coming up against right now in its worrying economic crisis.
But there are ways to deal with limits that don't treat our lovely planet like a game of SimEarth. Nobel lauerate Elinor Ostrom, who died on June 12th, made one of the most important discoveries about managing our resources of the last few decades: collaborative stewardship, rather than centralized techno-management, is what builds resilience and enables sustainable communities.
As PCI Fellow Bill Rees put it, in his usual straightforward way:
"If the world community wishes to save itself, it should extend Ostrom's vision to recognize that on an ecologically full planet, the entire Earth is a commons and needs to be nurtured as if our collective lives depend on it—because they do!"
end of growth update
debunking big energy hype
fellows and advisers in the press
energy bulletin highlights
transition US update
A monthly update from the US national hub of the international Transition movement.
Image credit: Navy Seal — Kristopher Wilson
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Image credit: A farmer in Nepal employs a low-cost drip system — courtesy of iDE
Image credit: Man & boy gardening — European Environment Agency
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Image credit: Woman with child — NaHyun Cho