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Ken White Jul 31, 2014   

As part of Post Carbon Institute’s strategic planning process, we asked for your advice on how we might refine our approach, and better position our efforts. ... >>

New Russia Sanctions: Washington, Delusional About US Energy Capacity, Lashes Out

Richard Heinberg Jul 30, 2014   

The effect of the sanctions will be to speed the Russian decline, forcing up world oil prices as soon as US tight oil maxes out and goes into its inevitable nosedive. ... >>

Divest! - Then What?

Rob Hopkins Jul 28, 2014   

Last year when I visited the US, Peter Lipman (Chair of Transition Network) and myself had supper with representatives from 3 large philanthropic organisations there.  At one point, Peter … >>

Sustainability vs. Resilience

William Rees Jul 17, 2014   

This is a response to the article The End of Sustainability. William E. Rees is the co-creator of the Eco-Footprint concept and a Post Carbon Fellow. He authored the The Human Nature of … >>

West-Slope Colorado Towns Restore Local Flows, Even as Thirsty Front-Range Lawns Drink From their Rivers

Sandra Postel and Todd Reeve Jul 15, 2014   

When residents in Denver, Colorado Springs and other cities on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains turn on their sprinklers to irrigate lawns, they rarely think about the fate of fish in the headwaters of the Colorado River on the other side of the Continental Divide. ... >>

Changing People's Minds about Fossil Fuels

Bill McKibben Jul 11, 2014   

Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. It followed by few weeks the news that the Roman Catholic … >>

Along the Rio Grande, An Innovative Water Market Restores Riverside Habitat

Sandra Postel Jul 8, 2014   

With rivers in the American Southwest dammed, diverted, drought-stricken and running dry, their fate is increasingly in human hands. ... >>

Recent Loss of Freshwater Wetlands Worldwide Valued at $2.7 Trillion per Year

Sandra Postel Jun 25, 2014   

The question of whether to drain a wetland to make way for a shopping mall or a cornfield, or to instead leave the wetland intact, often seems like a no-brainer: the “development” options have a clear dollar value, but the wetlands themselves do not. ... >>

Bottom Up, Top Down

Richard Heinberg Jun 20, 2014   

How can we reverse course to avert an unprecedented series of crises that might entail massive human mortality and the more or less permanent crippling of planetary ecosystems? ... >>

World’s Large Cities Move Water Equivalent to Ten Colorado Rivers to Meet their Annual Water Needs

Sandra Postel Jun 10, 2014   

A new study has estimated that collectively the world’s large cities, defined as those with at least 750,000 people, move 504 billion liters (133 billion gallons) of water a day a cumulative distance of some 27,000 kilometers. ... >>