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Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Solar Energy

This article was originally published by Planet Experts. It can be found here. More articles from Planet Experts can be found through their RSS feed. The global energy economy is rapidly transitioning to sustainable energy [sources] and those that stand still will soon be left behind. Too much information about the cost of transitioning to a renewable energy [source] […]

What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?

Fifteen thousand scientists have issued a dire warning to humanity about impending collapse but virtually no-one takes notice. Ultimately, our global systems, which are designed for perpetual growth, need to be fundamentally restructured to avoid the worst-case outcome. For a moment, the most important news in the entire world flashed across the media like a […]

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide – and that’s not good

One day last March I talked with Juliana and Elisa, a mother and daughter who farmed just outside the city of Huánuco, Peru. Although they had only one acre of land in this mountainous landscape, they grew dozens of local varieties of potatoes and corn, along with other crops. And they knew each of their […]

We Were Warned: A Great Grandfather’s Perspective

This article was originally published by Planet Experts. It can be found here. More articles from Planet Experts can be found through their RSS feed. A significant portion of humanity believes the planet will continue to provide its fruits indefinitely. An even larger portion doesn’t care — they are understandably too occupied with life’s daily burdens. […]

Racial Inequality and Boundaries of Analysis

We’re all familiar with the popular understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement, or at least the popular, progressive understanding. You might also be aware of the populace that thinks the group is composed of Muslim terrorists trying to institute Sharia Law, but hopefully you’ve seen past that out-group-biased, tribalist rhetoric to see BLM for […]

Humanianity: From authoritarian ethics to rational ethics based upon the HUEP

We hear more and more frequently that our species is affecting our planet (nonliving and living things, including ourselves) in ways that are highly dangerous to our species, and life in general. These negative effects are the outcomes of things that we do, individually and as groups. The list of these dangerous activities and their […]

Confronting Our Global Growth Obsession

This article was originally published via Transition Earth, it can be found here. A longer version of this article was written for the online magazine, ReImagining, published by the Chicago Wisdom Project. Lately it seems as if the entire world is veering wildly off course. From climate change to species extinctions to rising inequality, many people – not to mention […]

Age of the Nuclear Moron

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A […]

Why We Don’t Need Coercive Population Control

In his recent post on this blog, “When and How Will Growth Cease?,” Jason G. Brent argues that humanity should immediately begin discussion and debate about the merits of implementing coercive population control policies on a global scale. Although Brent’s position overlaps with one that my co-authors and I have defended elsewhere, his argument fails […]

The Future Is What We Make of It—But What Will That Be?

Imagine a satellite being launched into orbit, but its controls aren’t working too well. If the trajectory gets too steep, it will break through Earth’s gravity field and soar into outer space. If it accelerates too rapidly, atmospheric resistance will cause it to come crashing down in a fiery ball. Only if everything is managed […]

Rizoma Field School: Practicing Resilience in a Latin American Context

I was sitting in grad school class and my mind was seven thousand miles away – thinking of a plot of land I bought with my husband in Uruguay, hoping for a future there. As I daydreamed, the discussion in my Environmental Sociology class turned to risk society theory[i]. The theory goes that our global […]

The Human Ecological Predicament: Wages of Self-Delusion

Techno-industrial society is in dangerous ecological overshoot—the human ecological footprint is at least 60% larger than the planet can support sustainably (Wackernagel et al. 2002; Rees 2013; WWF 2016). The global economy is using even renewable and replenishable resources faster than ecosystems can regenerate and filling waste sinks beyond nature’s capacity to assimilate (Steffen et […]

Listening to Extinction: Rachmaninoff, science, and a moral call to action

It is impossible to hear the silence of vanished birdsong. We can’t see the absence of rainbow fish in bleached coral reefs. The bodies of extinct frogs don’t pile up around our knees. So we have to engage our imaginations every way we can, to understand that human activities are driving the Earth into a […]

Is Human Sustainability Possible? | A Review of Roy Morrison’s Sustainability Sutra

A Review of Roy Morrison’s book, Sustainability Sutra: An Ecological Investigation In my Foreword to Roy Morrison’s new book Sustainability Sutra (SelectBooks, Inc., New York, 2017) [full disclosure, Roy is a friend and close colleague] I urged everyone to read this important new work, “a treatise of earnest and telling sobriety, informed by brilliant reasoning […]

What the River Knows: Siem Reap, Cambodia

This article was originally published by National Geographic’s Water Currents. The original can be found here. Siem Reap, Cambodia–As I flow through the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia, I am slow moving and bucolic-looking most of the year, with green parks and benches for people to sit and watch me flow by. But sometimes during rainy […]

What the River Knows: Nisqually River, Washington State

This article was originally published by National Geographic’s Water Currents. The original can be found here. Birthed in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington from glacier melt on the southern slope of Mount Rainier, I flow seventy-eight miles into the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and on into Puget Sound, a fast and galloping ride […]

Kigali Principles for Peacekeeping: Protecting civilians becoming a priority

The Kigali Principles On December 14th, the US Institute of Peace held an event with two impressive panels on Implementing the ‘Kigali Principles’ for Peacekeeping. How to Carry Out the New Best Practices for Protecting Civilians? The question mark on the end of this long but explanatory title was answered with two words.  Political Will.  Without […]

10 reasons to reconsider democracy –A non-comprehensive list

One phrase we often hear is “Don’t kill the messenger.” It is meant as a reminder that informer and information are not necessarily intimately related. In addition to asking you to keep this in mind, I also want to emphasize that the following consideration constitutes a crude oversimplification. Listing gives the impression of completeness. However, […]

Can We Save the World? Part II

This article is the second in a two-part series by Tormod V. Burkey. Part One: Can We Save the World? can be read here. In our busy and fragmented lives, things have a way of slipping. Ordinary people, politicians, organizations, international bodies, bureaucrats, we all kind of muddle along, trying to keep up with our […]

Solving Overshoot: End Overpopulation or Stop Overconsumption

The evidence is clear: the scale of the human enterprise has outgrown our planet. We need to scale back in order for the children of the world to have a chance to live decent lives. But what is it that we need to scale back? Do we need to dramatically contract our population, or drastically […]

Of Population and Pollution –A Global Warming Primer

One Man’s Thoughts on What We Need to Do to Prevent Human Extinction from Overpopulation and Global Warming In an effort to end overpopulation and solve the global warming dilemma, author Arnold J. Byron defines humanity’s severest situation in order to work backward from it—and find a solution that will revitalize our stressed planet into […]

The Ecological Aftermath of a Politically-Counterintuitive Situation

It is by no means the first time that a nation has narrowly voted to ensure that the world remain somehow inconceivably flat, ecologically speaking. History is replete with one mass delusion triggered by inner demons after another; of a variety of terrors unleashed on those who remain incredulous that there are so many stark […]

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