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The Future Looks Bleak For Coal And We Shouldn’t Invest In It

Anthony Perl Jul 23, 2014   

In the transition towards a post-carbon future, infrastructure built today for fossil fuels could easily become stranded assets which burden investors and taxpayers with sunk costs. The proposal … >>

Two Realities

Richard Heinberg Jul 22, 2014   

Our contemporary world is host to two coexisting but fundamentally different—and, in at least one crucial respect, contradictory—realities. Political Reality and Physical Reality. ... >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: Iraq on the Precipice

Tom Whipple Jun 27, 2014   

The daily newspapers are now full of stories predicting that Iraq, as we know it, will soon disintegrate into three or more warring states. ... >>

Want to Change the World? Read This First

Richard Heinberg Jun 16, 2014   

If you want to change society—or are interested in aiding or evaluating the efforts of others to do so—some understanding of exactly how environmental circumstances affect such efforts could be extremely helpful. ... >>

The Global Energy Market’s Moment of Truth

Paul Gilding Jun 06, 2014   

Sustainability is not good for many businesses – in fact it means they’ll have to go out of business. This is what sustainability at its core is all about – things that are unsustainable will stop. ... >>

The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities

Michael Shuman Jun 03, 2014   

Solutions invited two pioneers in local and regional economic development to discuss new trends in sustainable communities. ... >>

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

David Orr May 30, 2014   

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. ... >>

A Sacred Reunion: The Colorado River Returns to the Sea

Sandra Postel May 29, 2014   

It is the first time in sixteen years that the Colorado River, which flows 1,450 miles (2,334 kilometers) from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Sea of Cortez... ... >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: The Monterey Shale Debacle

Tom Whipple May 28, 2014   

Last week the LA Times ran a story saying that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is about to reduce “its” estimate of the amount of shale oil that can be recovered from … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: Parsing 2014

Tom Whipple May 15, 2014   

Some 15 years ago when the current concept of peak oil was posited, it was all going to be simple. Somewhere in the early part of the 21st century oil production was going to reach a peak and … >>