Monthly Archives: January 2012

Die-off: several predictions of when and how bad will it be

Friedemann: it’s said that if fish were scientists the last thing they’d discover was water — it’s so ubiquitous and taken-for-granted that it’s not visible.  In the same way, oil permeates every tiny detail of our life support, from transportation, … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg

Heinberg, Kunstler, Foss, Orlov & Chomsky on A Public Affair I think the likelihood of a coherent national, government-led strategy to adapt to the end of cheap energy and to the end of easy credit and so on is just … Continue reading

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Dmitry Orlov

March 31, 2008. The Collapse Party Platform. cluborlov.blogspot.com If the entire country were to embrace the notion that collapse is inevitable and that it must prepare for it, a new political party might be formed: the Collapse Party. …This government … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg vs Tom Athanasiou: Peak Oil or Climate Emergency?

Debate Dec 15, 2011 between Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute) and Tom Athanasiou (Earth Island Institute) at the David Brower Center.  Peak Oil or Climate Emergency? We know we’re in Big Trouble. But What Kind Exactly? Climate change books and articles … Continue reading

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Fungi killed most of world’s trees during runaway greenhouse Permian Extinction

Marshall, M. 20 Aug 2011.  Mass-extinction fungi could turn on trees again. NewScientist. “During Earth’s biggest mass extinction 250 million years ago, usually tame soil fungi ran amok, decimating most of the world’s trees. A repeat is possible, if climate … Continue reading

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Loss of Top Predators

James A. Estes, et al. 15 Jul 2011.  Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth. Science vol 333. Before men, large predators and herbivores had huge influences on nature across land, ocean, and fresh water ecosystems.  Their loss has a “trophic cascade” … Continue reading

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Bakken Shale and U.S. Oil Production

Roger Blanchard. 26 Dec 2011. ASPO-USA peak oil newsletter On Sept. 25, 2011 National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program had a segment consisting of what I considered highly questionable information concerning oil production in the Bakken Shale region of … Continue reading

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Departments of Descent

RAYMOND DE YOUNG “As it becomes more acceptable to openly talk about the need to downshift our personal material expectations, a few geographic locations (e.g., Flint, Detroit) will come to realize this same need exists at the community level. In … Continue reading

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When will the decline of oil begin, at what rate?

If the German Peak Oil report is correct, once investors believe oil production is declining, that will be the end of the stock market, since growth can no longer occur and debts be repaid.  The financial system is precarious enough … Continue reading

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Climate Change: creatures collide, compete, parasitize one another

Climate change models of biodiversity loss are underestimating future extinctions, because as animals move around they compete and parasitize each other.  Already animals and plants that can’t handle increasing temperatures are moving to cooler places. Some can’t move fast enough … Continue reading

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