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Mining the truth on coal supplies

A view that the world’s leading electricity fuel—and major contributor to climate change—is running out

“We live in a society of consumption where growth is the Santa Claus who will cure all future problems.”

—Jean Laherrere, former head of exploration techniques for French oil company Total

Road to Serfdom: “right-wing crank” becomes best-seller

John Cassidy’s “How Markets Fail” explains how and why Hayek and his fellow free market advocates were cranks

Was the market undone by growth itself?

If the push for economic growth contributes to another crash, we may decide that we’re better off without it

Read: “Beyond the Limits to Growth”

a chapter by Richard Heinberg from “The Post Carbon Reader”

Post Carbon Reader – book chapters free online

From a new book on “managing the 21st century’s sustainability crises”, edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch

In striving for the simple life, how far should we go?

Life among the Amish or the “Minimites” can help us all figure out when technology has gone too far

Hard-won battles against illegal logging are paying off

Action inside forested countries and on the international market has slowed illegal logging

Kicking the oil subsidies habit

We’re “addicted to oil,” as George W. Bush put it—but oil companies, it seems, are addicted to oil subsidies

Read: “A revolution in global aid to the poor”

On the “most exciting new idea for tackling poverty and feeding billions”


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »