There Will Be Oil, But At What Price? - Chris Nelder and Gregor Macdonald by Chris Nelder and Gregor Macdonald | 11:26 AM October 4, 2011 Daniel Yergin’s typically sunny outlook on oil in his recent Wall Street Journal piece, “There Will Be Oil,” suggested that technology and new energy discoveries would avert any of the economic disasters portended by peak oil. We found Mr. Why Green Infrastructure Makes Cities Awesome The American Society of Landscape Architects has just released a massive database of 479 case studies describing the successful application of ”green infrastructure” techniques that collect and process rainwater naturally before it flows into receiving waterways as polluted runoff. The database demonstrates the power of increasingly widespread application of sustainable practices to prevent pollution while simultaneously bringing nature and natural process back into urban environments. The case studies come from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. This promises to be a great resource: One of the most pressing environmental challenges facing cities and suburbs in the US is the impact of polluted stormwater runoff from developed land – highways, parking lots, rooftops and other impermeable surfaces – into our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. The problem becomes particularly acute in cities that drain both stormwater and sewage into a common set of pipes and conveyances.
Exxon's Dangerous Outlook Image from ExxonMobil presented its latest Energy Outlook report recently, the 2013 Outlook for Energy: a view to 2040 (pdf). The report is chock full of figures and graphs showing an inexorable rise in global energy demand and supply and the growing market for Exxon’s products. As can be expected, the report shows that despite some recent efficiency gains, the world is on course to consume ever growing amounts of energy, a large proportion of which will likely be derived from fossil fuels. Exxon’s places global growth in energy demand at 35% between 2010 and 2040. In this regard, the report is more or less in line with recent business as usual forecasts from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the U.S.
August 25, 2012 - Resist Monsanto: Reassert Your Faith in Non-GMO Seeds and Properly Labeled Unnatural Foods Additional Background Civil society organizations, small-holder and organic farmers, local communities, and social movements globally are increasingly resisting ecocidal and socially destructive industrial agriculture. Corporations like Monsanto have created a global food emergency through genetic engineering of seeds, and resisting labeling genetically modified organisms (GMO) grown for food. 90% of U.S. soybeans, corn, canola, and sugar beets are now genetically engineered and routinely inserted into human and animal foods with no labels or independent safety testing – and GMO food is spreading globally. Monsanto's GMO foods have failed to deliver higher yields or drought-resistance. Sustainable, just and equitable food systems are threatened by patents on seed which create monopolies and make it illegal for farmers to save and exchange their own seed. Recently the U.S. moved to deregulate several varieties of GMO crops, despite major associated ecological and social issues.
Japan has Worst Whaling Season Ever This year, Japanese whalers had their least successful hunting season on record, taking fewer than half the animals they killed during 2011-2012. The Japanese government blamed the meager harvest on “unforgivable sabotage” by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an accusation that Sea Shepherd claims as a badge of honor. It was a short, dismal season for the whalers, who were followed and harassed by four Sea Shepherd vessels across the waters off southwest Australia. They returned to Japan with their lowest Antarctic catch ever: just 103 minke whales, far short of their stated goal of 935.
Peak oil is about price, not supply Heading down to Washington to speak at the Association for Peak Oil-USA‘s Truth in Energy conference on Nov. 2, I sense a general malaise within the peak oil movement. The pequists, as they have become known, appear to be on the defensive these days as they once again roll back their dating of the dreaded supply peak, confounded by the oil industry’s never ending ability to develop new extraction technologies and discover new sources of supply. While conventional production may have peaked long ago in the lower 48 U.S. states as predicted by the father of the peak oil movement, geophysicist M. King Hubbert, new sources of supply have been found in Alaska and under the Gulf of Mexico. And now oil sand production from Alberta and oil from the Bakken shale deposits may soon replace conventional oil in the mix of North American fuel.
5 Green Cities of the Future Follow Eco Preservation Society on FaceBook and Twitter Videos and Articles on Costa Rica Eco Travel Plan your Costa Rica Travel Adventure / Volunteer Application Form More Sustainabe Technologies News by Maria Colenso Single-car drivers commuting in fossil-fuel burning cars, smog , pollution, crime -- what other ur ban scourges can you think of? Half of the world's population currently live s in urban areas; yet these urban areas make up only 2 percent of the world's land and spend three-quarters of the world's resources [source: MIT]. That's a lot of people in a very small space consuming a great deal.
What if we never run out of oil? As the great research ship Chikyu left Shimizu in January to mine the explosive ice beneath the Philippine Sea, chances are good that not one of the scientists aboard realized they might be closing the door on Winston Churchill’s world. Their lack of knowledge is unsurprising; beyond the ranks of petroleum-industry historians, Churchill’s outsize role in the history of energy is insufficiently appreciated. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911.
One GMO Success We Missed On Election Day Written by Matt McDermott One very interesting ballot initiative we missed: Examiner reports San Juan County, Washington passed Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, making it illegal to “propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms which have been genetically modified.” Exceptions are allowed for GMO cultivation for research and health care use. The initiative does not prohibit the sale of products containing GMO ingredients, nor require labeling of those products made with them. Victory for whales as forum votes to protect World Court ruling against Japan’s ‘scientific whaling’ in Antarctic There was a major victory for whales on the final day of the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) today when the forum passed a key resolution to uphold the recent World Court ruling that Japan’s ‘scientific whaling’ in Antarctica was illegal and no further permits should be issued. Days of wrangling between pro and anti-whaling nations meant the resolution by New Zealand, which could have been passed by consensus, was pushed to a vote which went through 35-20 with five abstentions and one absence. The measure aims to protect and enshrine the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in the procedures of the IWC to help ensure that no further illegal permits for scientific whaling will be issued. The result was welcomed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which had lobbied hard in support of the resolution and against moves to water down its effectiveness. Ends
When subsidies are not on the level Half a trillion dollars is the yearly bill governments are paying to support fossil fuels through subsidies and tax breaks, according to a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). That is a challenge for the UN's youngest agency, which promotes the adoption of renewables from its headquarters in Abu Dhabi and a research centre inaugurated this week in Bonn, Germany. Adnan Amin, the director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), spoke to The National about the world's economic troubles and how to advance clean technology from a base in the world's fourth-biggest oil exporter. Are the high oil prices we've seen this year good for renewables?
Policies for a Shareable City #10: Shareable Rooftops UPDATE: We've summarized much of the series this article is part of in a new report, Policies for Shareable Cities: A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders. Get your free copy here today. The sky’s the limit when it comes to getting creative with our rooftops. As we run out of horizontal spaces in our cities, rooftops come to mind as an important resource. Because they get more sun than almost anywhere else, we should harness rooftop spaces to collect solar energy, grow plants, or create sunny social spaces.
The Twilight of Petroleum In this post, Antonio Turiel examines the perspectives of oil production in light of some often neglected parameters: the energy density, the energy yield (EROEI), and realistic estimates of new discoveries. As expected, the result are far from supporting the optimism that seems to be prevalent today. Translation By Max Iacono (translated from a previous translation to Italian from Spanish by Massimiliano Rupalti. Can This Farmer Finally Defeat Monsanto? NOTE: This is a guest post from The Safe Food Foundation, an Australian based not-for-profit campaign and advocacy organization. Our mission is to make the World’s food supply clean, safe, nutritious, full of taste and produced in a way that enhances our environment, as well as our social and economic systems. We are working partnership with Slater & Gordon Law Firm to raise the funds required for farmer Steve Marsh’s landmark case. While big business and corporate power may have defeated California’s proposition 37 to get GMOs labeled, the battle for good, safe food rages on. With all the recent media attention surrounding genetically modified (GM) foods, real change is slowly but surely brewing!