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Defying gravity

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

Peak oil and our finite world; or, in praise of waste

Shortages won’t bring on a “Mad Max” world, Krugman argues—and we have our wasteful ways to thank for that

“Mining” Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows

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

America is falling apart—and selling the pieces

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

80 percent of global water supplies at risk

A new report gives the most comprehensive river assessment yet

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

Read: “Rethinking Clean Energy Innovation”

New York Times’ blog post on open innovation for solving big problems

Read: “The Revenge of Gaia”

book by scientist James Lovelock, originator of Gaia theory

Saving Fuel on the Farm by Making Hay

A new look at crop rotations show farms could cut their energy use and still stay in business

Can businesses be too small to fail?

“Localwash” may be the new greenwash, but still there’s an important trend backing local goods


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 »