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Finite Resources and Infinite Growth

February 4, 2014 by Andrew Leach

Resources and Growth


Globe and Mail featured a column by Gary Mason on a world without oil. "If you believe that the economy is structured in such a way that it needs to grow continually in order to survive," it states, "then it will take an endless supply of energy to feed it."[read more]

Green Electricity Suppliers in the UK Compared to the Big 6

December 12, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Green Electricity

When you buy green electricity you are paying for a commitment by your supplier to put green electricity into the grid, in some proportion of what you use. This is done by procuring renewables from plant owners or building their own capacity. To use truly ‘green’ electricity you would need to go off grid.[read more]

Why I Don’t Believe Randers' Limits to Growth Forecast to 2052

September 27, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Consumption Forecasts

In 1972, analysis suggested that serious resource depletion issues would occur about now–the first part of the 21st century. In comparison, current indications look much better, with world GDP growth continuing to rise through 2050, and energy consumption growing until 2040.[read more]

Climate Change and Water Levels: Should Waukesha Tap Into Great Lakes?

August 8, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Great Lakes Levels

The City of Waukesha, WI is roughly five years into an effort to tap the Great Lakes for a water source. But because of climate change, Waukesha officials may eventually realize, one way or another, that pursuing an alternative water source might be more sensible.[read more]

Philippe Cousteau on Water, Climate Change, Resources in the 21st Century [VIDEO]

July 22, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

World-famous ocean and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr. speaks of the relationship between water and climate, and the coming challenges to address human population and resource demand in a changing climate.[read more]

Nobel: Ostrom and Williamson!

October 12, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

Hearty, heartfelt congratulations to Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson for winning this year’s Economics Nobel! From the press release: Economic transactions take place not only in markets, but also within firms, associations, households, and agencies. Whereas economic theory has comprehensively illuminated the virtues and limitations...[read more]

Sterilized Dishes. The Latest Trend in Shanghai

July 31, 2009 by Richard Brubaker

Go to any number of restaurants these days, and you will be handed one of the above bundles of dishes that includes a plate, bowl, spoon, and glass. they are the sign of the new trend in Shanghai’s restaurants, outsourcing of dish washing to third parties. Initially, you might think they are a good idea. A sign of safety that the...[read more]

Memorial Day, 2029

May 25, 2009 by Joseph Romm

The two worst direct impacts to humans from our unsustainable use of energy will, I think, be Dust-Bowlification and sea level rise, Hell and High Water.  But another impact — far more difficult to project quantitatively because there is no paleoclimate analog — may well affect far more people both directly and indirectly than...[read more]