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Planting Wind Energy on Farms May Help Crops, Say Researchers

Wind energy may do more than improve farm income. When sited in agricultural fields, turbines may help crops to grow, new research indicates.

Tar Sands Pipeline Gets Green Light in Environmental Review

Elsewhere, big disagreements on estimates for shale gas, and progress on burying the problem of carbon emissions

The Climate Post: Obama’s new budget would make Big Oil pay for clean energy

In this week’s roundup of climate and energy news: budget battles, foodpocalypse, PetroLeaks, and more

“Mining” Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows

Small-scale rainwater harvesting and new crops could fill the gap

Plane exhaust kills more people than plane crashes

Toxic pollutants from flights kill at least ten thousand annually, study says.

Read: “Beyond the Limits to Growth”

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

Read: “Is the global economy a Ponzi scheme?”

We’re using up the planet, “we’re targeting our own children and grandchildren.” Yep—it’s a Ponzi scheme

Hard-won battles against illegal logging are paying off

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

Too green to fail?

When it comes to protected areas, less really can mean more

“Civilization is precarious: as we climbed the ladder of progress, we kicked out the rungs below. There is no going back without catastrophe.”

from Ronald Wright’s “A Short History of Progress”


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 »