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‘Hopeless’: some questions about hope and modernity

  2024-02-27 by in resilience

There is a lot to be optimistic about, just not the stuff in which we are being told to place our hope.


A New Report Maps Canada’s ‘Daunting’ Path to Net-Zero Carbon

  2024-02-26 by in resilience

Canada’s road to net zero by 2050 will be bumpy, winding and “daunting.”That’s the mathematical conclusion of David Hughes, one of Canada’s foremost energy analysts, in a comprehensive new report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released today.

  Tagged under: Net Zero


Inexhaustible Flows?

  2024-02-21 by in resilience

It should not be surprising that we have not yet been—and may never be—able to engineer long-term-sustainable modernity (i.e., high-tech). I strongly suspect that’s not even a thing. Why on Earth would we just assume that it’s possible?


Approaching the Energy Cliff

  2024-02-07 by in resilience

The longer we wait to act, the higher the cliff, the more painful the landing, and the more difficult the transition to a steady state economy.


Ending the beginning?: ‘The end we start from’ brings the climate fightback alive

  2024-01-22 by in resilience

Will we wait until after our great cities have flooded, before we start taking adequate action? We cannot go on like this. Beginning from this end of normalcy, we badly need to choose a new future together. To make it real in our lives.


Climate Change and Energy Transition: The 2023 Scorecard

  2024-01-16 by in resilience

To reach net zero emissions by 2050 (which the IPCC considers necessary to cap warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius) by providing 100 percent of total global energy from renewables, we would need a nearly ten-fold increase in renewable energy production, even assuming zero growth in overall global energy demand during that time.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Global Warming | Net Zero


  2023-12-07 (or before) in resilience


The Gasoline-Powered Leaf Blower as a Metaphor for Industrial Society

  2023-11-01 by in resilience

We need far, far more than a green energy retrofit. We need an entirely different way of existing on this unique, imperiled planet—a way that many Indigenous people are still familiar with.


2023 – 2033, The Decisive Decade

  2023-10-02 by in resilience

I really, really don’t want to waste the next ten years, which may be the most crucial and decisive years of all of human history, collectively pretending that we can avert worst case future climate scenarios by dramatically increasing fossil fuel consumption.


The Emerging Human Transformation Shaping a Habitable Future for Life on Earth

  2023-08-24 by in resilience

Humanity can and must come together to embrace a new planetary-scale, cultural direction, a gender-equal, transformative cultural direction in which we all commit ourselves by the need to protect the natural world we all depend on.


Our Time on the River

  2023-08-23 by in resilience

We might now wish to slow things down, but modernity was built on a lie; a fatal flaw. If we voiced the command: “Slow down, Hal,” we’d get the response:  “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

  Tagged under: Rivers


A Long Way to Venus

  2023-08-18 by in resilience

We may not end up like Venus, but we are already at the brink of a hot, unstable world well beyond our ability to cope as a civilization.


The Eco Collapse We Were Warned About Has Begun

  2023-07-25 by in resilience

In 2023, different climatic anomalies have been recorded that set new historical records in the tragic progression of climate change at the global level.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Polycrisis, Unraveling, Simplification, or Collapse: Coming Soon to a Planet Near You?

  2023-06-15 by in resilience

A new report seeks to build a coherent narrative about the roots of the 'polycrisis,' the signs of its arrival and evolution, and why we should be thinking differently about the future.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Nuclear Fusion: Eternal Energy = Eternal Damnation

  2023-06-06 by in resilience

Contrary to widespread propaganda, humanity does not desperately need more energy.  We desperately need to live better with less energy.

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power | Nuclear Fusion


On the emerging copper shortfall, mainstream media notices

  2023-06-04 by in resilience

Denying there are limits to resources doesn't negate this fact. It only makes it harder when limits appear because we are unprepared.


Capturing Carbon With Machines Is a Failure—So Why Are We Subsidizing It?

  2023-05-25 by in resilience

The clear path forward to addressing the looming catastrophic effects of climate change is to restore nature.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


Are you preparing for degrowth? And if not, why not?

  2023-05-22 by in resilience

What’s your immediate reaction when you hear the term ‘degrowth’? If it’s to instantly dismiss it as nonsense or wishful thinking, it’s worth suspending your disbelief as, chances are, what you’ve heard about it isn’t fair or accurate.

  Tagged under: Degrowth


The Old Future Is Gone, and Technology Won’t Bring It Back

  2023-05-19 by in resilience

In coming decades, it will be essential that communities across the nation and world find a way to sustain a decent life amid ecological breakdown, in a future they themselves didn’t create.


I Warned Against the Green Energy ‘Boom.’ It Sparked Debate

  2023-05-11 by in resilience

And then comes the long-term thinking Arcadians. They are asking, how do we learn to live with less and do better to prevent the exhaustion of the Earth’s resources?


Another offering from our tech overlords: A climate change solution without sacrifice

  2023-04-16 by in resilience

The late Eric Sevareid, a CBS reporter and commentator, coined what is now known as Sevareid's law: The chief cause of problems is solutions.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


The Rising Chorus of Renewable Energy Skeptics

  2023-04-10 by in resilience

We are going to have to dramatically downsize the dream of a future in which we replace 150-year-old fossil fuel infrastructure with “clean energy” by 2050.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy


The Heinberg Pulse

  2023-04-05 by in resilience

I do not believe we can have a non-violent, non-insurrectionary revolution of the kind which is necessary without grounding our revolutionary praxis in our neighborhoods.


Why We Can’t Just Do It: The Truth about Our Failure to Curb Carbon Emissions

  2023-03-23 by in resilience

We’re at a crisis point. A sacrifice is needed. Only a sacred cow will do. Economic growth is our society’s most sacred of cows. And guess what? The cow is sick anyway.

  Tagged under: Economic Growth


Lützerath bleibt!

  2023-02-21 by in resilience

On the 14th of January 2023, a large-scale demonstration of around 35,000 people proved that the evicted village of Lützerath (Germany) has reignited the climate movement’s determination.

  Tagged under: Germany


Why Understanding Limits Is the Key to Humanity’s Future

  2023-01-19 by in resilience

Taoist sages proclaimed, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Don’t just respect limits; celebrate them and work in harmony with them.


Redwashing consumerism will not save the planet

  2022-11-16 by in resilience

Any model that begins from the proposition that consumption patterns can remain unchanged is a nonstarter.


The Final Doubling

  2022-11-03 by in resilience

It is better to anticipate the final doubling too soon rather than too late, because it will take time to shift expectations away from continuous growth.


Oil, war and the fate of industrial societies

  2022-10-13 by in resilience

The world teeters on the brink of economic disaster due to energy shortages caused by war. The main oil-producing nations are unable and unwilling to increase output, even though prices are high and threatening to go much higher. The solutions being proposed—electric cars and renewable energy technologies—are coming on line, but not fast enough. Sound familiar?

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Electric Cars | Cars


A Sexy Future

  2022-09-02 by in resilience

I pity them, you see.. Because nothing they’ve done was ever as good or wholesome — or sexy — as degrowth.

  Tagged under: Degrowth


High-profile paper on “catastrophic” climate impacts echoes our "What Lies Beneath" analysis on fat-tail, existential risks and IPCC reticence, published four years ago

  2022-08-10 by in resilience

There is a need to outline current knowledge about the likelihood of extreme climate change, and to develop a research agenda.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | IPCC | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts


Misplaced positivity on climate is harmful. Preparing for breakdown could help.

  2022-07-26 by in resilience

The millions of people being uprooted by climate change do not benefit from the ‘stubborn optimism’ of environmental elites.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


Time for a Climate Insurgency

  2021-08-23 in resilience

One way to overcome our thrust to mutual destruction could be to transform the global climate movement into a global climate insurgency.


Revisiting The Limits to Growth

  2021-08-16 by in resilience

The paper is by Gaya Herrington and is called ‘Update to limits to growth’. It seeks to follow up Graham Turner’s work...


Defibrillating democracy

  2021-04-12 in resilience

Rich Wilson and Claire Mellier explain how citizens’ assemblies have the potential to restart the beating heart of democracy.


Our power comes from acting without escape from our pain

  2020-07-30 in resilience

People involved in discussing their own Deep Adaptation to anticipated societal collapse are not defeatist. They are creatively exploring how to prepare

  Tagged under: Collapse


It Bears Repeating: Renewables Alone Won’t End the Climate Crisis

  2019-11-26 in resilience

David Hughes added that it’s physically impossible to replace all primary fossil fuel energy on a business-as-usual scale with renewables.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy


Don’t Call Me a Pessimist on Climate Change. I Am a Realist

  2019-11-12 in resilience

Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is the greatest waste by weight produced by industrial economies. Climate change is a waste management problem!

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Fossil Fuels


Brexit: Systemic Risk and a Warning

  2019-09-26 in resilience

Seen from this perspective, it is likely that we are severely underestimating the potential for large-scale systemic risks.


Cap and Adapt: A Failsafe Approach to the Climate Emergency

  2019-08-28 in resilience

Cap and Adapt's adaptive features provide fairness that helps defend against challenges to its cap. This is the best that climate policy can do.


Sustainability is not Enough: We Need Regenerative Cultures

  2018-05-23 in resilience

Aiming to design for systemic health may not save us from unexpected side-effects and uncertainty, but it offers a trial and error path towards a regenerative culture. 

  Tagged under: Health | Sustainability


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