Other resource depletion

Geopolitics - Nov 4

Staff, Energy Bulletin

World faces growing risk of conflict: US intelligence chief
How we fuel Africa's bloodiest war
China seeks oil for arms in Latin America

archived November 4, 2008

Solutions & sustainability - Oct 31

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Follow Cuba's emissions standard
Sustenance for sustainability
Guardians of the past uncover green lessons for the present
The Most Radical Thing You Can Do

archived October 31, 2008

Solutions & sustainability - Oct. 30

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Staying home as a necessity and a right
Progettazione per zone e settori in ambiente urbano
Creating a Post-Peak Future Worth Living Into
Horticultural Consciousness: Hemenway interview #2

archived October 30, 2008

Deep Thought - Oct 29

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Time to build a new civilization
The temples of doom
The Most Radical Thing You Can Do

archived October 29, 2008

Climate & environment - Oct 29

Staff, Energy Bulletin

World is facing a natural resources crisis worse than financial crunch
Thoreau Is Rediscovered as a Climatologist
Elliot Diringer at Pew on Copenhagen climate negotiations (audio)

archived October 29, 2008

Peak textiles - Oct 27

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Sustainable wool: Baacodes with a backstory
Bioneers 2008: Reincarnated Clothes Get a Second Chance at Cuteness
'Good' and 'bad' textiles are challenging to spot

archived October 27, 2008

Food & agriculture - Oct 24

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Michael Pollan Interview
The Local Grain Revolution II (audio)
Soil health 'threatens farming' (text & audio)
Chinese Farms A Growing Challenge

archived October 24, 2008

Environment - Oct 24

Staff, Energy Bulletin

UK's ancient woodland being lost 'faster than Amazon'
Migrating Alaskan pollock are creating the potential for a new dispute with Russia
Rising water in Florida's Everglades threatens wildlife

archived October 24, 2008

Earth as a magic pudding

Michael Lardelli, Energy Bulletin

Cornucopians - those who believe the Earth’s resources are boundless - have a clever mental trick to avoid acknowledging that the planet is finite. It is commonly called the “resource pyramid”. ... As resources begin to become scarce their price rises. The higher price now makes it economically viable to extract the substance from a less accessible and/or less concentrated source. Amazingly, the total amount of the substance present in this lower-grade resource is greater than in the original, most concentrated resource. ... The resource pyramid idea contains a hidden assumption - that energy is cheap and abundant. In fact, it is the price of energy that ultimately determines the base of the resource pyramid.

archived October 23, 2008

Why we can't pump faster

WebHubbleTelescope, Mobjectivist

Can we actually pump faster? Upping the extraction rate under a limited supply makes the downslope that much more pronounced (the Gompertz curve). First, the good news: oil production does not follow the Gompertz curve as of yet and we may not ever reach that potential given the relative difficulty of extracting oil at high rates. The fact that we have such a high dispersion in oil discoveries also means that the decline becomes mitigated by new discoveries. As for the bad news: easily extractable phosphate may have hit The Overshoot Point (TOP). And we have no new conventional sources. And phosphate essentially feeds the world.

archived October 22, 2008