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November 2008

WATCH: Survival and Sustainability: Mat Stein on How to Boil a Frog

Mat Stein, author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, spoke with the good folks over at How to Boil a Frog about survival and sustainability in the low-energy, post-oil future. The video and transcripts are below. Enjoy! Part One: Part Two: Part One Transcript: STEIN: Without proactive […]

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WATCH: John Abrams: Earth Is an Employee-Owned Business

In this talk from Bioneers by the Bay 2008, John Abrams (author of The Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place) makes the case for an approach to climate change solutions—as well as solutions to other crises—that involves looking at the project in a whole new way: as a cooperative, […]

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Exposed: Cosmetics That Won’t Poison Your Body with Chemicals

When Terri Bly read Mark Schapiro‘s book (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power) and found out the cosmetics industry is completely unregulated—that the products women absorb through their skin and lungs often contain chemicals that are banned in the European Union—she was appalled. She began to search […]

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Alan Weisman Tells the Story of Gaviotas

In the following article, Alan Weisman, author of the New York Times bestseller The World Without Us and Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, tells the stories of Gaviotas—the book and the village. Nearly two decades ago, while covering a rather harrowing story for the New York Times Magazine, I unexpectedly came across a […]

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Tips for Surviving in a Recession: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Scavenge?

Worried about the economy? “No, Einstein,” I hear you saying, “I’ve been locked in a closet for the past two and a half months, reading nothing but clothing labels and eating delicious cotton.” Fair enough. But if you’re like most Americans, you’re thinking about the upcoming holiday season and how to scrape together a little […]

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LISTEN: Riki Ott on This Is America with Jon Elliott

When the US Supreme Court cut the compensatory damages that Exxon Corp. had to pay the people of Alaska for spilling millions of gallons of oil in Prince William Sound from over $5 billion to a mere $507 million, no one was happy (except maybe Exxon). There was a deep sadness and sense of loss […]

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Bruce E. Levine: NPR Embarrassed by Psychiatrist Host: Bad Apple or Bad Barrel?

In a high-profile move, NPR has fired psychiatrist Frederick Goodwin and cancelled his radio show, The Infinite Mind, after finding the doctor was taking millions of dollars from drug companies in speaking and promotion fees at the same time he was dispensing psychiatric advice to his listeners. In one instance, Goodwin reportedly shilled for a […]

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Naresh Giangrande and the 12 Steps to Transition

Last night in Montpelier, Vermont, I attended a presentation by Transition Towns movement co-founder, Naresh Giangrande. At the behest of the burgeoning Transition Town planning groups that are springing up across the U.S., Naresh is traveling from soon-to-be Transition Town to soon-to-be Transition Town with a slideshow that details the goals and groundwork laid down […]

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WATCH: Eric Toensmeier Tours His Perennial Backyard Vegetable Garden

Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles, lives on an average house-lot in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The climate in this part of the world is cold, often wet, and seldom enjoys three days of sunshine in a row. It is not an ideal […]

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The Tyee: Margaret Atwood and Limits to Growth

What is it about Limits to Growth that drives Conservative writers to foaming-at-the-mouth, red-faced apoplexy? Why do they feel the need to abuse, misquote, and straight-out lie about its predictions? I mean, honestly—have they even read it? From Canadian online newspaper The Tyee: On Oct. 24, in the Ottawa Citizen, columnist Dan Gardner attacked Margaret […]

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