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Posts from ‘January, 2012’

Researchers Argue Peak Oil Is Here, Bringing Permanent Volatility

January 26, 2012 |  6:30 am By John Timmer, Ars Technica The global production of oil has remained relatively flat since 2005 and peaked in 2008, declining ever since even as demand has continued to increase. The result has been wild fluctuations in the price of oil as small changes in demand set off large shocks [...]

Calling all Educators – Have a say in how education is being reshaped to meet the requirements of the 21st century – October 2012

International Greening Education Event 2012 | Germany Reply-To: A three-day International Greening Education Event will be held from 10th to 12th of October 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring together academia, policy makers, representatives of government and international development agencies, senior members of academic institutions, school administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners, environmental management professionals [...]

Transition Town Bolton LDF submission to Bolton Council – Increasing job creation, building cheaper housing with very low energy prices (£90-140/year) and addressing food poverty

27.1.12 – Original LDF submission. 14.2.12 – Updated  (see notes at the bottom of this page) To Cliff Morris (Head of the Council) Keith Davies (Director of Development and Regeneration) Tim Hill (Head of Planning) CC Julie Hilling MP, Linsey Kell, Pat Barrow, Transition Town Bolton - Without prejudice or malice.   1. We object to all policies [...]

Robert Rapier: The Scientific Challenges To Replacing Oil with Renewables

Robert Rapier has been devoted to energy issues and has worked on cellulosic ethanol, butanol production, oil refining, natural gas production, and gas-to-liquids (GTL). He grew up in Oklahoma, and received his Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is presently the Chief Technology Officer for Merica International, a renewable energy company. Merica [...]

Miscanthus – overview

  It’s a perennial (grows again every year) grass you can burn. Can we grow it around Bolton? Miscanthus can be grown anywhere in the UK. In fact, it thrives anywhere in the UK. Our maritime climate provides excellent growing conditions which allow the crop to be harvested in the otherwise quiet winter months. Miscanthus [...]

Energy Trends – a good place to look if you want to know what drives the UK economy

  The main points for the third quarter of 2011: Total energy production was a record 19 per cent lower than in the third quarter of 2010. This decline in output is due to a significant fall in petroleum and gas production as a result of maintenance work and slowdowns on a number of fields, which resulted [...]

Open Architecture Network

Architecture for Humanity and the designers who volunteer with us and through our local chapters grew out of our collective frustration in sharing ideas and trying to work together to address shelter needs after disaster, in informal settlements and in our own communities.    

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Transition Guides)

Book Description Series: Transition Guides | Publication Date: August 10, 2008 We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition [...]

Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse

Book Description Publication Date: February 19, 2009 The collapse of industrial civilization is rapidly unfolding and offers us an opportunity far beyond mere survival, even as it renders absurd any attempts to “fix” or prevent the end of the world as we have known it. Sacred Demise is about the transformation of human consciousness and the [...]

Navigating The Coming Chaos

Book Description Publication Date: January 7, 2011 The collapse of industrial civilization, well underway since at least 2007, presents humankind with unprecedented and daunting challenges in the area of energy, environment, and economics. Just as the Transition Handbook of 2008, provided specific strategies for addressing these changes logistically, Navigating The Coming Chaos, provides a toolkit of emotional and [...]