Thursday, September 29, 2005

Fossil Fuels Set to Become Relics, Says Research Group

Abid Aslam, OneWorld US
Wed Sep 28, 3:21 PM ET




WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 28 (OneWorld) - Energy drawn from the wind, tide, sun, Earth's heat, and farm waste is poised to begin replacing oil and other fossil fuels, a prominent research group said Wednesday in a wake-up call to industry executives and government officials worldwide.

In a Melting Trend, Less Arctic Ice to Go Around

By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: September 29, 2005, New York Times.
One of the most important consequences of Arctic warming will be increased flows of meltwater and icebergs from glaciers and ice sheets, and thus an accelerated rise in sea levels, threatening coastal areas. The loss of sea ice could also hurt both polar bears and Eskimo seal hunters.

Romance Made Electric



By DANNY HAKIM
Published: September 29, 2005, New York Times




"These days, everyone paying $40 or $50 at the gas pump would like a silver-bullet alternative to gasoline. There are none. But devoted pioneers around the country are trying something else - driving cars that do not use gasoline, or even combustion engines."

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Steps to Limit Global-Warming Gas

By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: September 28, 2005, New York Times



Capturing and storing the carbon dioxide generated by power plants and factories could play an important role in limiting global warming caused by humans, says an international climate research group associated with the United Nations.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report In a new report the group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says doing so could cut the cost of stabilizing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere as much as 30 percent compared with other options, like switching to cleaner technologies.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Top 10 Reasons to Ride Your Bike To Work


from David S. and Jessica L. taken from the Bike Transportation Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington.



10. Multitaskers take note: get your cardio workout while you get to work.

9. It's patriotic: President Bush says we need to conserve energy.

8. Stepped out of the shower late? You can dry your hair on the way to work!

7. Meet your neighbors on your ride.

6. Enjoy a new form of public art: altered bicycling icons on the pavement.

5. Splurge on fabulous new wardrobe items like lycra tights and booties.

4. Trade in that $20,000 or $30,000 vehicle you use as a purse on wheels for a pair of waterproof panniers!

3. It's a crash course in amateur meteorology: learn wind speed and direction; predict where the rain will come from.

2. It's economical: costs $0 to fill up the tank.

1. Best reason: ROCK STAR PARKING: roll right up to the front door, park your vehicle, and walk into theaters, restaurants, the dentist office!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Driving Change: An Interview With Mike Millikin


Interviewed By Erik Kancler,September 13, 2005, Mother Jones Magazine



"The global energy economy is on the brink of a fundamental and forced transformation, with enormous market opportunities for new solutions in energy and transportation." So says Mike Millikin, a former Internet consultant and now publisher of Green Car Congress, a web site dedicated to educating the public on the energy challenges -- and choices -- posed by climate change and our over-dependence on fossil fuels"

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Energy Vacation - The Zen of a Reduced Ecological Footprint


September 5, 2005 09:16 AM - Michael G. Richard, Ottawa, Treehugger.com

"This fall, plan a weekend, or two consecutive days and nights as an "energy vacation". Start upon waking Saturday and go until waking on Monday morning. During your "vacation", turn off your thermostat, refrain from using any lights and use electricity only sparingly - i.e. to keep food from spoiling. No driving. No TV. And, yes not even any blogging or 24 hour news updates."

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Big Picture TV


"Welcome to Big Picture TV - an online media channel that streams free video clips of global leaders in sustainability. Browse a growing archive of internationally renowned names including scientists, environmentalists, politicians, journalists, academics and activists.

BPTV is easy to watch. Simply select a speaker, choose a clip and press play (see how to watch tv). Our video clips can only be watched with Microsoft's Media Player. If you do not already have it installed you can download Media Player here for free.

Please sign up here if you would like to receive periodic email alerts as new speakers are added."

What to do in a failing civilization

Copyright © 2005 David M. Delaney



Can global civilization adapt successfully to degradation of the biosphere and depletion of fossil fuels? I argue that it cannot. Important elements of all constituent societies would have to be reformed. Reform would have to be radical and would be uncertain of success. It could be undertaken only in the presence of incontrovertible necessity—a necessity that will reveal itself incontrovertibly only when catastrophic collapse has become unavoidable. I conclude that those who seek to preserve civilization should plan for its survival in restricted regions.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Many gas guzzlers are gathering dust

September 19, 2005, By Don Aucoin,Boston Globe September 19, 2005




That very month, gasoline prices started to climb. And climb. And climb some more. By July, it was costing Kennedy $70 a week to fill her tank. Something had to give. So Kennedy parked her SUV and clambered aboard her mountain bike each day for her 10-mile commute from her Arlington home to the Burlington software company where she works. Even though her commute time lengthened from 15 minutes one way to 40, she found herself wishing she had tried the two-wheeled approach a lot sooner.

Film: End of Suburbia - Oil Depletion and The Collapse of the American Dream


Free Showing Tuesday September 27th at 6:30 PM in the Fox Room at Rutland Free Library - Sponsored by the Rutland Sustainability Network.



Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness.



Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.



But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.



The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ?



Hosted by Barrie Zwicker. Featuring James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe, Michael Klare, Richard Heinberg, Matthew Simmons, Michael C. Ruppert, Julian Darley, Colin Campbell, Kenneth Deffeyes, Ali Samsam Bakhtiari and Steve Andrews. Directed by Gregory Greene. Produced by Barry Silverthorn. Duration: 78 minutes



For more information contact Mike O'Brien at skyobrien@adelphia.net. DVD copies for sale to benefit Rutland Sustainability Network.

Global Warming 'Past the Point of No Return'

Published on Friday, September 16, 2005 by The Independent / UK, by Steve Connor. Posted by Commondreams.org



Experts believe that such a loss of Arctic sea ice in summer has not occurred in hundreds and possibly thousands of years. It is the fourth year in a row that the sea ice in August has fallen below the monthly downward trend - a clear sign that melting has accelerated.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Katrina Havoc Reflects the New America

Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 by the Long Island, NY Newsday, By Bill McKibben, Posted on Commondreams



"If the images of skyscrapers collapsed in heaps of ash were the end of one story - the United States safe on its isolated continent from the turmoil of the world - then the picture of the sodden Superdome with its peeling roof marks the beginning of the next story. It is the one that will dominate our politics in the coming decades of this century: America befuddled about how to cope with a planet suddenly turned unstable and unpredictable"

Rising oil prices will impact food supplies


Posted: 13 Sep 2005 by Danielle Murray, People & the Planet.



From farm to plate, the modern food system relies heavily on cheap oil. And as food undergoes more processing and travels farther, the gobal food system consumes ever more energy each year. But, as the present shortage of refined oil shows, the days of cheap oil are probably over. So what are the implications for food supplies? Danielle Murray reports

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sucker's Bets for the New Century:The US after Katrina

Published on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 by TomDispatch.com by Bill McKibben, Posted on Commondreams.org



" Our rulers have insisted by both word and deed that the laws of physics and chemistry do not apply to us. That delusion will now start to vanish. Katrina marks Year One of our new calendar, the start of an age in which the physical world has flipped from sure and secure to volatile and unhinged. New Orleans doesn't look like the America we've lived in. But it very much resembles the planet we will inhabit the rest of our lives. "

Monday, September 05, 2005

Ever higher society, ever harder to ascend

Dec 29th 2004 | WASHINGTON, DC
From The Economist print edition




"A growing body of evidence suggests that the meritocratic ideal is in trouble in America. Income inequality is growing to levels not seen since the Gilded Age, around the 1880s. But social mobility is not increasing at anything like the same pace: would-be Horatio Algers are finding it no easier to climb from rags to riches, while the children of the privileged have a greater chance of staying at the top of the social heap. The United States risks calcifying into a European-style class-based society."

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Ecology Professor at Home in Straw House

By GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press Writer - Yahoo News

"Womersley takes special pride in the fact that it's built entirely from recycled or renewable materials. The construction cost came to less than $20,000."

"Every piece of junk that went into this house has a story," the red-bearded, bespectacled professor said with a slight hint of an accent that gives away his British background.