Monthly Archives: September 2013

Book Reviews: Why I Write Them, How I Find Them

I’ve read thousands of mainly non-fiction books over the past 40 years. Why I write Book Reviews I write book reviews for a number of reasons — to give my brain a “workout”, as a source of information for my … Continue reading

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Willpower: How to get it and lead a more joyful life

A book review by Alice Friedemann of “Willpower.  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney, 2011. Self-control is ultimately about enjoying your time on earth and sharing joy with those you love. Warning Signs Your Willpower … Continue reading

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How fuel prices are being affected by the current boom in domestic oil production

Senate 113-71. July 16, 2013. Gas Prices Hearing on how U.S. gasoline and fuel prices are being affected by the current boom in domestic oil production and the restructuring of the U.S. refining industry and distribution system. Senate Hearing. [ … Continue reading

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Peak Gold

Kerr, R. A. March 2, 2012. Is the World Tottering on the Precipice of Peak Gold? Science Vol. 335: pp. 1038-1039. $1700 per ounce gold is driving a mining frenzy, but analysts are concerned that miners can’t extract gold any … Continue reading

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Phosphates add heavy metals such as cadmium to soils

Larsen, A., et al. March 1, 2001. Re-engineering the toilet for sustainable wastewater management. Environmental Science and Technology Vol 35(9):192-197  http://www.internal.eawag.ch/~maurer/abstracts/09larsen.html Current fertilizer production and use consume limited resources and harm the environment. At current extraction rates, reserves of phosphate … Continue reading

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Peak element and mineral production

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Jeremy Faludi: Your Stuff: If It Isn’t Grown, It Must Be Mined

Below is an excerpt from Jeremy Faludi’s “Your Stuff: If It Isn’t Grown, It Must Be Mined” (25 Dec 2007). Where does your stuff come from? Before the store, before the factory, where did it really begin? If it isn’t … Continue reading

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Tsunami in California generated by an Alaskan Earthquake

A tsunami spawned by a huge Alaskan earthquake could hit the California coast at any time and cause at least $10 billion in damage across the state, forcing at least 750,000 people to evacuate flooded areas, destroy port facilities in … Continue reading

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Pandemics

As declining energy leads to lower farm yields, malnutrition and starvation will make people far more vulnerable to diseases.  A lack of anti-biotics, and little transportation to get to medical facilities at some point down the oil depletion curve is … Continue reading

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