Other resource depletion

Let's party 'til the helium's gone

Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

The fun qualities of helium stand in stark contrast to its deadly serious applications which are increasingly endangered. For although helium is the second most abundant element in the universe--hydrogen is the first--it is exceedingly rare on Earth; and, our cavalier attitude toward its use threatens tasks that are critical to maintaining our complex society.

archived May 10, 2009

Review: 'Tar Sands' by Andrew Nikiforuk

Frank Kaminski, Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (SPOA)

If you’ve been following energy news with a discerning eye, then you already know better than to buy into all the hype about the Canadian tar sands...Far from being a panacea for declining supplies of conventional oil, the sands could...leave Alberta resembling “a third-rate golf course in the Sudan”...The quote comes from Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book Tar Sands, a powerful, eloquent litany of horrors associated with North America’s frenzied dash toward tar sands bitumen.

archived May 5, 2009

Peak oil & supplies - April 27

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Al-Naimi says Saudi oil output below target; stockpiles to fall
Where have all the gold mines gone?
Energy in Latin America: US proposes "variable geometry"
"Peak Summit" (TOD-ASPO) June 26-28 in Perugia, Italy
Aleklett talk: the peak oil view

archived April 27, 2009

Revisiting the Limits to Growth after peak oil

Charles A. S. Hall and John W. Day, Jr., American Scientist

In the 1970s a rising world population and the finite resources available to support it were hot topics. Interest faded — but it’s time to take another look

archived April 24, 2009

Decisions, Decisions: "Blind Spot" or "The Great Sqeeze"?

Carolyn Baker, Speaking Truth to Power

Always eager to preview Long Emergency, end-of-civilization-oriented documentaries, I recently found myself in a rather blessed quandary. I received review copies of "Blind Spot" from Director Adolfo Doring and Producer Amanda Zakem and "The Great Squeeze" by Director/Producer Christoph Fauchere and Co-Producer, Joyce Johnson, but as I watched both several times, I found it almost impossible to decide which one I preferred.

archived March 31, 2009

Review: 'Future Scenarios' by David Holmgren

Frank Kaminski, Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (SPOA)

Future Scenarios serves as a good introduction to the concept of future energy descent/climate change scenarios.

archived March 29, 2009

Common myths of the population debate

Michael Lardelli, On Line Opinion

In any debate there are particular key arguments that are used to undermine the opponent. A debate as heated as that over the importance, or not, of population growth is sure to feature these. It should be clear to readers of my essay published last week that I regard population growth as the core issue in any discussion on sustainability. Many of the arguments used by those who wish to dismiss or lessen the importance of population growth are false, misleading or simply mental tricks allowing their advocates the comfort of self-deception.

archived March 17, 2009

The Great Outdoors: Energy depletion.... and camping!

Paul Mobbs, The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors arose out of ideas developed from the Free Range Network's Less is a Four Letter Word initiative. We had to solve the problem of communicating the need for change encapsulated in the question, "in a world of excess consumption and luxury, how do you develop a means of teaching people to live simply?" ...After much deliberation we hit upon a quite novel approach -- we go camping!

archived March 12, 2009

Apollo 13: a guilty pleasure in the age of scarcity

Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

I was watching the movie Apollo 13 recently for what was probably the fifth time, consuming it in the manner of a guilty pleasure. I say guilty pleasure because this movie is the paradigmatic technofix movie. And, I have little faith that the mounting challenges of resource depletion and climate change can be addressed by technology alone

archived March 1, 2009

Washing Dishes at EntropyPawsed

Bonnie Gifford, EntropyPawsed

At EntropyPawsed, we have a hand pump well. This reminds us at least daily of our water usage. This daily reminder encouraged us to develop our current system of dish washing in which we use about one gallon of water to wash the dishes.

archived February 25, 2009