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The Peak Oil Crisis: A Window on the Deep

Tom Whipple Jun 03, 2010   

As BP's reputation in the U.S. plummeted, the company in a new spirit of openness began releasing live video feeds from their Remotely Operated (Underwater) Vehicles "ROV"s working on … >>

Museletter #217: Deepwater Horizon and the Technology, Economics, and Environmental Impacts of Resource Depletion

Richard Heinberg Jun 01, 2010   12 comments

Following the failure of the latest efforts to plug the gushing leak from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and amid warnings that oil could continue to flow for another two … >>

Eyeing the difficult path to a sustainable future

David Orr May 26, 2010   6 comments

Environmentalist David Orr says the easy part of helping the United States live within its ecological limits may be passing laws, such as one that puts a price on carbon. The hard part, he … >>

9 Global Experts Steer the Gulf Oil Spill Conversation into Fresh Waters

David Fridley David Hughes Erika Allen Gloria Flora Stephanie Mills Tom Whipple Warren Karlenzig William Ryerson Zenobia Barlow May 20, 2010   2 comments

In an effort to broaden the conversation about the horrific Gulf Coast oil spill, nine Fellows of the Post Carbon Institute offer their perspectives on largely underreported aspects and outcomes … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: The Deepwater Horizon

Tom Whipple May 20, 2010   2 comments

It has been nearly a month since the tragic events aboard BP's drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, which suffered a blowout, caught fire, and sank in the Gulf of Mexico releasing prodigious amounts … >>

Response to “Who’s to Blame for the Population Crisis?” in Mother Jones

William Ryerson May 13, 2010   16 comments

Congratulations to Mother Jones for dedicating the cover of their May/June 2010 issue to the population crisis. I have worked in the population field for four decades, and since joining the … >>

Oil-Choked Spring

Stephanie Mills May 06, 2010   1 comments

Sunday morning May 2nd I drove about fifteen miles across my semi rural county to meet up with a regular group of birders. Our convener is Alice, a quiet, steady naturalist who knows hundreds of birds by sight and song. Alice has been working on piping plover recovery.  There’s a small breeding population of this endangered shorebird here on the Lake Michigan coast. Alice, with her extraordinary ability to sight birds, helps find the plover nests so that they can be protected within mesh cages that exclude predators.  Having banded or observed most of the adult plovers, Alice is acquainted with them as individuals. Some of them, like Rocky, do peculiar things, such as brooding on a clutch of stones. Some of the handful of plovers winter in the Gulf of Mexico. Thus the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout there was preying on her mind. Last Sunday the knowledgeable concern on Alice’s normally serene visage brought the impact of BP’s undersea gusher the thousand-plus miles up from southeastern Louisiana to northern Lake Michigan. ... >>

The Oil Slick You Can't See

Bill McKibben May 05, 2010   

[Excerpt] If you think that slick of oil spreading across the Gulf of Mexico is a nasty sight ... well, it is. And so we'll probably do something about it. Within hours of the crude reaching the … >>

China's Coal Bubble...and how it will deflate U.S. efforts to develop "clean coal"

Richard Heinberg May 04, 2010   15 comments

The conventional wisdom in energy-and-environment circles is that China's economy, which is growing at a rate of eight percent or more per year, is mostly coal powered today and will continue to … >>

Paging Hugh Bennett: The dust up over climate legislation

Asher Miller Apr 29, 2010   

[Excerpt] In the convoluted world of U.S. politics, a debate broke out last weekend over climate change and immigration, but not for the reasons you might think. No, the debate wasn’t about … >>