Category Archives: 3) Or a Fast Crash?

The case for a fast, rather than a slow ecological crash

Who is to Blame? How will the violence play out in the USA?

There will surely be violence as America’s population descends from 350 million to 100 million or less as energy production declines. Leaders will emerge who blame some particular group for our suffering.  So far it’s been those terrorist Middle Easterners … Continue reading

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Energy return on investment, peak oil, and the end of economic growth

David J. Murphy and Charles A. S. Hall. 2011. Energy return on investment, peak oil, and the end of economic growth in “Ecological Economics Reviews.” Robert Costanza, Karin Limburg & Ida Kubiszewski, Eds. Annals of the New York Academy of … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg – collapse in a few years to decades

China or the U.S.: Which Will Be the Last Nation Standing? Feb 3, 2010 by Richard Heinberg Silly me. Here I had thought that world leaders would want to keep their nations from collapsing. They must be working hard to … Continue reading

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Lester Brown on Water shortages, Climate Change, Soil Erosion, Decreasing Crop Yields

Institute of Medicine. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014. BIOFUELS AND THE WORLD FOOD ECONOMY The session’s first speaker was Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth … Continue reading

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The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill

THE MURDERER NEXT DOOR: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill, David M Buss [pp. 36-44] THE COMPETITIVE LEGACY OF OUR ANCESTORS Every breath we take we owe to our ancestors-an unimaginably long and unbroken line of forebears who managed to … Continue reading

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Joseph Romm: we’re stealing from the next 100 billion people to walk the earth

Is the global economy a Ponzi scheme, are we all Bernie Madoffs, and what comes next? Part 1 By Joseph Romm, author of “The Hype about Hydrogen” By “paying ourselves” with the wealth from future generations — indeed, from the … Continue reading

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Oil, The Final Warning

OIL: THE FINAL WARNING June 25, 2008. Ian Sample. New Scientist (pg. 32) Howls of protest have been echoing round the globe as the price of oil punches through record highs with every passing week. In the UK, last month, hundreds … Continue reading

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Catton’s “Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse”

Book Review of  Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse, by William R. Catton, Jr. Reviewed by George Mobus Below are some excerpts (some paraphrased) from from this review: In Catton’s book, Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse, Catton doesn’t mince words: we can’t evade … Continue reading

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Energy in the Food System uses 19% of all energy consumed in the USA. Pimentel 2008

Reducing Energy Inputs in the US Food System David Pimentel & Sean Williamson & Courtney E. Alexander & Omar Gonzalez-Pagan & Caitlin Kontak & Steven E. Mulkey. Hum Ecol (2008) 36:459–471 [some excerpts below. Clearly we’ve got to start reducing … Continue reading

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Energy in Food System. March 2010. USDA

Energy Use in the U.S. Food System 2010. P. Canning et al. USDA. Economic Research Report Number 94 Another great review of this article is Beyond Food Miles by Michael Bomford, a research scientist and extension specialist at Kentucky State … Continue reading

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