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Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

A worldwide coalition gradually formed that forged, essentially, to sign an agreement to make another agreement—but it is progress

Nuclear Generation Capacity Drops in 2011

If nuclear power continues to decline, the world will need a lot more renewable energy

Defying gravity

Covering five thousand years of humanity’s history of managing water, Brian Fagan’s book “Elixir” is a fascinating and frightening read

The Climate Post: The Clean and Dirty of Obama’s Energy Plan

In other news, a Koch Industries-funded project finds that global warming is in fact real, and environmentalist George Monbiot still stands up for nuclear

From Wikileaks or Saudi sheiks?

Why the world needs better data on oil, and how we might get it

America is falling apart—and selling the pieces

Time to start looking for a prosperous way down, for ways of failing gracefully

“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

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: “Resilience and the incredible power of slow change”

a blog post by marketing guru Seth Godin

Read: “Why politicians dare not limit economic growth”

by Tim Jackson of the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, in New Scientist


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 »