Other resource depletion

Peak caviar

Ugo Bardi , The Oil Drum: Europe

Once, black caviar from the Caspian Sea was ubiquitous in Russia in its typical blue cans. Now, it has disappeared. "Peak Caviar" has taken place around 1980 in Russia. ... "Peak Caviar" is another confirmation of how common the "Hubbert" behavior is. It doesn't matter if a resource is theoretically renewable, as sturgeons and whales are. If sturgeons or whales are killed much faster than they can reproduce, then they behave as a non renewable resource; just as crude oil.

archived August 5, 2008

Sustainable phosphorus - new research effort

Cordell, Neset, Drangert and White, Sustainable Phosphorus Futures

The newly formed Global Phosphorus Research Initiative (GPRI) promises to "undertake quality transdisciplinary research on sustainable global phosphorus resources for future food security." Their website has articles on peak phosphorus and the importance of phosphorus.

archived August 3, 2008

Review: 'Plan C' by Pat Murphy and 'Small is Possible' by Lyle Estill

Frank Kaminski, Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (SPOA)

Pat Murphy’s Plan C is a rich treasury of practical suggestions for reducing fossil fuel consumption and fostering community cooperation—while Lyle Estill’s Small is Possible is an engrossing portrait of a small Southern town that is already taking these steps

archived July 26, 2008

Coal - July 2

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Richard Heinberg: Coal in China
Aluminium supply in deficit on coal shortage - UBS
Equipment shortage slows US coal output growth-CEO

archived July 2, 2008

Food & agriculture - June 28

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Scientists warn of lack of phosphorus as biofuels raise demand
Fertiliser shortage hits India's farms
Food for thought
Energy farm experiment in Kentucky

archived June 28, 2008

The era of peak phosphorus is coming

Belinda Tromp and Michael Mackenzie, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Bush Telegraph)

You probably heard of peak oil - the idea that global petroleum supplies are about to, or have, passed their peak. But have you ever heard of peak phosphorus? Probably not, but it's something you'll hear alot more about in years to come because when the earth's phosphorus supplies run out, so too will food. It sounds like a doomsday scenario, but my guest today believes deposits of phosphorus could be depleted this century.

archived June 25, 2008

Latin America - May 24

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Mexico's battle over oil

Export Land Model in Mexico
Limits of economic growth in Latin America

archived May 24, 2008

Fertilizers - May 18

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Perfect storm for fertilizer prices
'Nitrogen cascade' - threat to ecosystems
High cost of fertilizer makes livestock manure attractive

archived May 18, 2008

Metals - May 14

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Military cracks down on scrap-metal scavengers
Metal theft plagues troubled neighborhoods

Some homes worth less than their copper pipes
Copper theft could have been deadly

Preventing home copper-tubing theft
Steel once again a hot commodity

archived May 14, 2008

Fertilizers - May 12

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Nitrogen fix - nature's way to make fertilizer
Australian Compost Week (half a billion dollars of compost)
No relief in sight for high fertilizer prices
PotashCorp quotes Borlaug: 'without fertilizer, forget it. The game is over.'

archived May 12, 2008