Survival 101: They don't teach that in most colleges, and there's a dilemma

Carl Etnier, Barre Montpelier (Vermont) Times Argus

Can a young person risk going to college these days?
If you're 18 and college-bound, you may be skilled at computers and driving a car; know how to take the second derivative of a quadratic equation in calculus and have learned about electron orbits in chemistry; and may be able to discuss Shakespeare and "To Kill a Mockingbird" intelligently. But do you know how to kill and dress a chicken, or find and prepare wild edible plants in every season, or keep a goat healthy so it produces milk and meat?

archived September 15, 2008

Food & agriculture - August 27

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Masanobu Fukuoka, 1913-2008 - Long live 'do-nothing farming'
Australia's gardening icon Peter Cundall going strong at 81
Rich countries once used gunboats to seize food. Now they use trade deals

archived August 27, 2008

Illusions of inclusivity in the culture of "whatever"

Carolyn Baker, Speaking Truth to Power

As the collapse of civilization exacerbates and intensifies, the most well-intentioned and open-hearted human beings will make many mistakes. And at the same time, it is possible to become adept and wizened by warrior/elder principles that skillfully set limits and to adhere to them when it would be much easier to garner kudos from self and others for indiscriminate inclusivity. It is a delicate and daunting dance-sometimes ecstatic, sometimes excruciating. But regardless of its outcome, its pathway traverses nowhere near the land of "Whatever".

archived August 27, 2008

Population - August 14

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Population Bomb Author's fix for next extinction: educate women
Peak population
Social Scientists Seek Answer To Exploding Population

archived August 14, 2008

Food & agriculture - August 13

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Organic garden takes over San Francisco’s City Hall lawn
NPR misses real story, plants wrong seeds
A solar success on the farm
The curse of Yemen - qat
Alternative trade networks and the coffee system
Feeling the heat of food security
Brazilian agriculture faces huge losses from climate change

archived August 13, 2008

Climate & environment - August 8

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Local gardeners do their part to record possible 'global weirding'
Climate-change program to aid poor nations is shut
Environment: Intense rainfall due to global warming could raise flood risk

archived August 8, 2008

Energy and the health sciences: A strategic management perspective

Dan Bednarz, Ph.D., Energy Bulletin

Although it is not yet palpable or palatable, it is logical and an empirical fact that rising energy prices equally threaten the health sciences. The vast majority of health professionals with whom this author has spoken classify high energy costs as troublesome but temporary, as well as outside the boundary of the health professions. A review of the literature shows virtually no research has been conducted on energy strategy and the health sciences – or the role of petroleum-based products - for three decades.

archived August 8, 2008

Solutions & Sustainability - August 5

staff, Energy Bulletin

Bring on the Staycation / Relocalizing fun
She’s ready: Just add water
12 Tips for the sustainability shift
This week on Worldchanging Seattle

archived August 5, 2008

Climate & Environment - August 4

staff, Energy Bulletin

The final countdown
Stinging tentacles offer hint of oceans’ decline
The scientific case for modern anthropogenic global warming
Tories deny burying release of climate-change report

archived August 4, 2008

Energy descent preparation - interview with Vermont peak oil educator Carl Etnier

Carolyn Baker, Speaking Truth to Power

What would make a private consultant with a solid, secure income quit his day job to teach people about Peak Oil?

archived August 1, 2008