Category Archives: What to do

Weatherizing homes costs twice as much as the benefits

Summary: In a randomized controlled trial of over 30,000 households in Michigan, where 6% of them received energy efficiency improvements, the cost of efficiency upgrades were about double the energy savings, with a negative -9.5% rate of return of annually. … Continue reading

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Book list: What to do

I’m not sure that collapse can be coped with, but if it can, it’s at a local level cooperating and sharing with people nearby, because few have all the skills necessary to survival on their own year after year.  Given … Continue reading

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Agriculture. Climate change impacts in the United States.

Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., et. al. 2014: Ch. 6: Agriculture. Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The Third National Climate Assessment. 150-174. Note the main calorie growing regions of the United States (not shown: hogs, cattle, milk … Continue reading

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Wasting less food will be an important way of coping with Peak oil in the future

[Clearly at the point when food rationing begins due to limited amounts of transportation oil, not wasting food will be important, and composting can expected to be the main way of disposal since garbage trucks will run less frequently. Alice … Continue reading

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Oil Shocks. Airplanes are energy gluttons. Shut down the airports. Refine crude for ships, trains, and trucks.

[As oil declines and the energy crisis worsens, airplanes ought to be the first to be denied fuel, since they are 600 times less energy efficient than large cargo ships, 120 times less efficient than trains and 15 times less … Continue reading

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Pedro Prieto on Population

[I haven’t always agreed with Pedro about population, but I think he’s right now. It’s too late to do anything about overshoot, and we probably could have never done anything about it because we are animals. Though still, it is … Continue reading

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Better truck fuel efficiency to delay the end of the oil age

NAS. 2010. Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (National Academy of Sciences Study) This free, 251 page document is one of the best I’ve seen on the myriad ways trucks could double their … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg Only less (population) will Do

Only Less Will Do by Richard Heinberg,  Post Carbon Institute    Mar 16, 2015 [portions of this article were cut and rearranged] Almost nobody likes to hear about the role of scale in our global environmental crisis. That’s because if … Continue reading

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Big Gap between What Scientists Say and Americans Think about Climate Change

Big Gap between What Scientists Say and Americans Think about Climate Change January 30, 2015. By Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire On controversial topics such as climate change, a significant number of Americans do not use science to inform their views. Instead, … Continue reading

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Life before Cars: When Pedestrians Ruled the Streets

When Pedestrians Ruled the Streets December 2014, By Clive Thompson. Smithsonian Magazine. When you visit any city in America today, it’s a sea of cars, with pedestrians dodging between the speeding autos. It’s almost hard to imagine now, but in … Continue reading

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