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Reality Report: Ecological Economics

26 Dec 2007 |
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In this edition of the Reality Report, economics Professor Joshua Farley of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont discusses the false assumptions of dominant economic theory, why this leads to problems, and what an alternative economic system might look like. During the interview, Prof. Farley explains how policies to protect the environment, stem the loss of biodiversity, conserve fossil fuels, and deal with climate change will fail without economic reform that first sets the sustainable scale of the human economy, secondly decides what is a just distribution, and finally allows the market to find the most efficient allocation. Among many publications, Prof. Farley is coauthor with Herman Daly of the college text book "Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications."

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NASA research scientist on peak oil and climate change

24 Dec 2007 |
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"In terms of resolving these two problems of peak fossil fuels and climate change... mitigation policies for peak oil, peak coal and peak gas should be done in tandem with mitigation policies for climate change. And I think there's no reason that that shouldn't happen. In fact it makes the most sense to me." NASA research scientist Dr. Pushker Kharecha speaks with David Room about "Implications of 'peak oil' for atmospheric CO2 and climate," a paper Kharecha co-wrote with one of the world's foremost climate scientists, Dr. James Hansen. The paper, which has been submitted for peer-reviewed publication in a scientific journal, is one of few that consider both climate instability and oil depletion.

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Peak Moment: A No-Nonsense Look at Climate Change and Petrocollapse

28 Nov 2007 | |
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Former energy analyst Jan Lundberg opens by singing "Have A Global Warming Day" and closes with "The Depaver's Song." In between is an unabashed look at climate distortion, peak oil, and declining ecosystems, all bringing a necessary collapse of our "pigging out" economy. He envisions a future with radically curtailed energy use, and people coming together groping for local solutions. Episode 81.

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Peak Oil Activists Gather, Plan for Hard Times, Will Lead the Way

28 Nov 2007
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Former professor and author David Korten told close to 300 applauding peak oil activists that they are not a fringe minority but the leading edge of a super-majority "and it's time we start acting like it." Korten issued his rallying call in October at the "Fourth U.S. Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions" where activists from 30 some states discussed ways to respond to declining oil production and other coming planetary woes. Korten joined a dozen other speakers in "Planning for Hard Times," the theme of the three-day conference sponsored by Community Solution at Antioch College.

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Reality Report: the Energy Bulletin's Bart Anderson

20 Nov 2007 |
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Bart Anderson of Energy Bulletin recaps recent news related to resource depletion, climate change and more. In the past several weeks, with the rising price of oil, Energy Bulletin's readership has increased by over 40%.

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BBC Radio 4 on peak oil and climate change

17 Nov 2007 |
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Today BBC Radio 4 talked to oil geologist and local energy farms advisor Jeremy Leggett about OPEC and $100 oil prices - Leggett says "we haven't seen anything yet." Later in the broadcast, Radio 4 covered the newly released IPCC 4th Assessment on climate change, which notes that climate change is "severe and so sweeping that only urgent, global action" can head it off.

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Richard Heinberg's Museletter: Big Melt Meets Big Empty

04 Nov 2007
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"The only way to avert massive social chaos and famine as extraction levels decline will be to devote public capital domestically toward the building of low energy infrastructure (e.g., electrified rail networks, trolley lines, wind farms) while moving many people to rural areas and teaching them to farm sustainably. Production and consumption will have to be largely re-localized, essential goods rationed by quota. Basically the same thing will have to happen in the poor nations."

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Peak Moment: Climate Change, Despair and Empowerment -- A Roadshow from "Down Under"

26 Oct 2007 | |
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After summarizing the facts of deepening global climate chaos, New Zealander Kelly Tudhope notes that our psychological response is often overlooked. Feeling powerless, many people stay in denial. But if we acknowledge our feelings, we can find empowerment arising from our hopelessness. Kelly identifies "false solutions", which are forms of business-as-usual, in contrast to "true solutions", which ask us to change our behavior. Episode 77.

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Tim Flannery: we have to stop our emissions

04 Oct 2007 |
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Tim Flannery, one of Australia's top scientists and author of The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change talks to Andi Hazelwood of Global Public Media about his suggested mitigations for climate change on the heels of the alarming new report from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Flannery also discusses Australia's drought and food crises, relocalization and Bjorn Lomborg's skeptical new book on global warming.

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Planning For Hard Times: The Community Solution

26 Sep 2007 |
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Megan Quinn Bachman, Outreach Director for The Community Solution, talks with Andi Hazelwood of Global Public Media about The 4th Annual US Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions: Planning For Hard Times on October 26-28, 2007. Quinn Bachman also discusses the impacts of the DVD, "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil."