- Low much energy does it take (on average) to produce 1 kilogram of the following materials? Low-tech Magazine
- Aluminum Seen Facing ‘Doomsday’ If Rusal Sanctions Proceed, Bloomberg News
- Yellowstone's wolves are back, but they haven't restored the park's ecosystem. Here's why. By Katharine Lackey, USA Today,
- #NotInvisible: Why are Native American women vanishing? by Sharon Cohen, AP News
From figures mentioned briefly in tis article, it seems to me that the problem is much worse, per capita, in Canada than the U.S.
- What I Do When My Students Praise Hitler, by Jessica Wildfire, Medium
"Teachers aren’t supposed to be political, but we have to be."
- Why U.S. Electricity Sales Surged In 2018, by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge
- 12 reasons why people refuse to address the idea that we’re headed for near-term societal collapse, by Prof. Jem Bendell, lowimpact.org
- Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, by Professor Jem Bendell.
Bendell covers the problems climate change is bringing our way, the various forms of denial the people engage in and what "deep adaptation" might look like. He concludes that collapse is inevitable, catastrophe is likely and extinction is possible. And when it comes to adaptation, he gives us a new version of the three r's: Resilience, Relinquishment and Restoratio. About 23 pages not counting then references at the end, but a worthwhile read.
- Fixing Infrastructure Isn't as Simple as Spending Another Trillion Dollars, by Charles Hugh Smith, of two minds
- A review of EROEI-dynamics energy-transition models, by Craig D. Rye, Tim Jackson, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey
The need for an environmentally sustainable economy is indisputable but our understanding of the energy-economy interactions (dynamics) that will occur during the transition is insuﬃcient. This raises fascinating questions on the future of economic growth, energy technology mix and energy availability.
- Oil could surge 30% into the mid-$90s within months, creating $4 per gallon gas: Energy expert John Kilduff, by Stephanie Landsman, CNBC
- Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought. The Straits Times.
- Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels. By Nicholas Casey, New York Times.
- Climate change cycles have happened throughout Earth’s history. The Earth has always been able to rebalance and repair itself. If this is true, why are we concerned about the environment?
A Quora question well answered by a variety of authors, with not a single dud answer among them.
- Some Inconvenient Truths About Collapse Economics, by Eddie, at the Doomstead Diner
- Lies, damned lies and media economic reporting, by Tim Watkins, The Conciousness of Sheep
It seems to me that we can generalize this from the UK to just about anywhere in the developed world.
- Why America's Sub-4% Unemployment Rate Means A Recession Is Not Far Off, by Jesse Colombo, Forbes
- "Lower For Longer": Yellen Urges Fed To Commit To "Booms" To Offset Crashes, by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge
- The Science Behind Home Disaster Preparedness Kits Is a Disaster, by Adam Rogers, Wired
Agriculture and Food
- Reducing food waste can protect our health, as well as our planet’s, The Conversation
- The Scientific Case for Eating Bread, by Markham Heid, Medium, The Nuance
The widespread vilification of bread isn’t supported by strong research.
"When looking at specific sources of grains, whole-grain bread, whole-grain breakfast cereals, brown rice, and wheat bran were all associated with reduced risks."
- Consumers Union knows this anti GMO activist is a “loon”, but keeps helping her, by Stephan Neidenbach, Medium
Lacking an Owner's Manual
The human body/mind/spirit doesn't come with an owner's manual, and we continually struggle to figure out how best to operate them.
- People Like You More Than You Know, by Susana Martinez-Conde, Scientific American
All it takes is a little conversation.
- Talking to Strangers Is Not My Thing, by Lindsay Hunter, Medium
- Living a Minimalist Life: What I Learned From My Flatmate, by Dan Silvestre, Medium
- Stop Overlooking These Essential Skills—Do not neglect the small skills for the flashy ones , by John Mashni, Medium
Refugees and Migration
- The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change and Wall Street Almost Killed Puerto Rico, by Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
Poverty, Homelessness, Minimum Wage, UBI
- Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life, by Richard Eisenberg, Market Watch
I re-read Kim Stanley Robinson's "Science in the Capital" trilogy this month.
- Forty Signs of Rain, by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Fifty Below Zero, by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Sixty Day and Counting, by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Intelligence and How To Get It, by Richard E. Nisbett.
The book works as a solid rebuttal of the Bell Curve, and "hereditarianism" in general.