Monthly Archives: November 2012

More Dust Bowls on the way

Gaskill, M. 27 Nov 2012. Climate Change Threatens to Create a Second Dust Bowl. Rising temperatures, persistent drought, and depleted aquifers on the southern Great Plains could set the stage for a disaster similar to the Dust Bowl of the … Continue reading

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Permafrost Carbon Dioxide

  Morello, Lauren. 27 Nov 2012. Large-Scale Melting of Permafrost May Be Underway. Release of CO2 is overlooked in climate models; better monitoring needed. Scientific American. As the climate warms, thawing permafrost could have a major impact on the world’s … Continue reading

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A better way to measure Planetary boundaries: global plant production

Running, Steven W. 21 Sep 2012. A Measurable Planetary Boundary for the Biosphere. Science. Forty years ago Meadows et al, in “Limits to Growth 1972″ concluded that by the first part of the 21st century, limits to essential global resources … Continue reading

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Craig Dilworth

Dilworth, Craig. 2010.  Too smart for our own good : the ecological predicament of humankind.  Cambridge University Press. Biography: Craig Dilworth, born and raised in Canada, received his PhD in Sweden in 1981. He is presently Reader in Theoretical Philosophy … Continue reading

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MicroChips after Collapse: kiss your computer and cell phone goodbye

I encourage you to read about how pencils are made and Thwaite’s attempt to build a simple toaster from scratch before you read what follows.  I don’t even attempt to list the hundreds of materials, rare metals, complex chemicals, catalysts, … Continue reading

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Even Pencils will be hard to make

Most of us are unaware of how complex our society is, how things are made, how food is grown, how stuff is delivered, and the people, energy, transportation, and kinds and sources of materials in every day objects.  This essay, … Continue reading

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Toasters are Toast

Thomas Thwaites’ book, “The Toaster Project” illustrates why it will be so hard, if not impossible, to bounce back from collapse in the future to anything like what we take for granted today.  Thwaites set about trying to make a … Continue reading

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How to find a good Property insurance company

What is a good homeowners insurance company? Solvent enough to pay your claim in a large disaster such as a fire or earthquake, and willing to pay you a reasonable amount of money in timely manner. After the 2008 financial … Continue reading

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Delay, Deny, Defend

Jay M. Feinman.  2010. Delay, Deny, Defend: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Pay Claim and What You Can Do About It. Nearly all of the 3,500 families who burned down in the Oakland 1991 firestorm formed groups by insurance company to … Continue reading

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David Korowicz : Tipping Point Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production

David Korowicz. 15 Mar 2010. Tipping Point Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production.  Feasta & The Risk/Resilience Network. A decline in energy flows will reduce global economic production; reduced global production will undermine our ability to … Continue reading

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