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Read: “To Live or to Perish Forever”

Nicholas Schimdle’s book on Pakistan

“The U.S. oil peak might be seen as the most significant geopolitical event of the mid to late 20th Century.”

—from the Energy Bulletin’s Peak Oil Primer

The unreal reserves of OPEC

OPEC’s reported reserves stay constant most years, despite continuous pumping, which strains belief

“Goofball weathermen, Climategate, conspiracy theories—these are all a distraction from what’s really happening. Which, apparently, is what we’re looking for.”

— Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change

Read: “In quite a state” in the Economist

It’s hard to tell what counts as a country, and it’s likely to only get to harder

Global Dashboard

on global risks and international affairs

Read: “Zero Point of Systemic Collapse”

article by Chris Hedges in Adbusters, February 2010

Read: “The Nature of the Age”

Chapter 1 of “The Age of the Unthinkable” by Joshua Cooper Ramo

“It’s a healthy sign that a common first response to geoengineering is revulsion.”

—physicist David Keith, in testimony to the US House of Representatives’ Science and Technology Committee, February 2010

Read: “The Way of the World”

A spy story, legal thriller, love story, and more, all wrapped up in one grand narrative about the U.S., Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq


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 »