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Why human waste should be used for fertilizer

[ At John Jeavons Biointensive workshop back in 2003, I learned that phosphorous is limited and mostly being lost to oceans and other waterways after exiting sewage treatment plants.  He said that it’s dangerous if done incorrectly and wasn’t going … Continue reading

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Escape to Mars to solve our problems? How absurd

                      [ Go to Mars?  Really?  We tried that already, in the three acre sealed Biosphere complex, which is far larger than anything we could hope to construct on Mars.   … Continue reading

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Water-borne diseases will increase as energy declines

[ Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are the main reason lifespans nearly doubled. Not medicine. Read Laurie Garrett’s  “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health” for details.  As energy declines, the ability of towns and cities to … Continue reading

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How the Catholic Church and politics helped cause overpopulation and overshoot

[ All of what follows is from the article below.  Mumford makes the case that: “Had the recommendations of NSSM 200 been implemented in 1975, the world would be very different today. The prospects would have improved for every nation … Continue reading

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Unpave low traffic roads to save energy and money

The U.S. has 4.1 million miles of roads (1.9 million paved, 2.2 million gravel). About 3 million miles of roads have less than 2,000 vehicles a day, less than 15% of all traffic. The paved portion of these low-volume roads … Continue reading

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Millions of hours of magnetic tape will be lost forever

[ Sarah Everts writes about the race to save magnetic tape in the August 21, 2014 issue of NewScientist in Wiped out: The race to save our video heritage. This article suggests that the fix is to convert magnetic tape … Continue reading

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Why did the environmental movement drop the issue of overpopulation?

Roy Beck & Leon Kolankiewicz. The Environmental Movement’s Retreat from Advocating U. S. Population Stabilization (1970-1998): A First Draft of History [This is most of the 27 page report. Beck and Kolankiewicz have written this excellent paper explaining why the … Continue reading

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Nature: All women in the world should have the right to birth control

[ Nature and Science are the top two science journals in the world, so it is a big deal that Nature finally acknowledged a growing population will wreak enormous havoc on the world, and that the best way to slow … Continue reading

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Why did everyone stop talking about Population & Immigration?

[ I’ve summarized the 20 top reasons why population growth was abandoned by environmental groups and received little coverage in the news media the past 40 years.  I highly recommend reading Beck and Kolankiewicz (2000) “The Environmental Movement’s Retreat from … Continue reading

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House Representative Stewart Udall (Arizona) 2005 Time to discard 50 years of energy myths

Stewart Udall and Matthew R. Simmons. Nov 20, 2005. Time to discard fifty years of energy myths. Arizona Daily Star. Stewart Udall was elected to Congress more than 50 years ago, and served as secretary of the Interior during a … Continue reading

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