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     Revised: Monday 18 September 2017 01:11pm PST less 3 hours for Hawaii HST

Grid Beam is Minecraft for real life

Grid Beam is like a LEGO set for grownups who want to build real things.

How (not) to run on renewables

How will we be able to rely on renewable power to operate our society.

On the Road to Extinction

The devastating consequences of our "superiority" over Nature are clear.

Walking on Lava

Promotion of writings from the Dark Mountain project by one of its editor's.

America can't afford to rebuild

The grand credit experiment is on its last legs, even with ultra low rates.

In the Dark

Value of money and cost of borrowing money are detached from reality.

13 Years of Permaculture

Video of what 13 years of permaculture can do to the place you live. 

You are Facebook's product

Zuckerberg after a few drinks creates a website to compare people’s looks.

France votes against glyphosate

It has voted against the renewal of an EU license for glyphosate use.

Systemic uncertainty, meet fragility

It will only be revealed when multiple storms push things past the limit.

Pulling back from the blog

After 7,000 articles on this website it may be time to smell the roses  more.

How America Lost its Mind

Our post-truth moments are what have made America so "exceptional".  

No more half-measures

McKibbon's solution is 100% renewables 'As fast as humanly possible'.

The myth of "White Safety"

People are safer living in diverse places - especially white people. 

Diminishing Returns

We'll soon awake to the reduced possibility for supporting 7-billion people.

Back to the Future

The place to start looking for solutions is history not some techno-future. 

Object Permanence

I brush a lock of hair from my face catching garden scent on my fingertips. 

The wisdom around us

Societies healthy and happy with little waste, government or energy need. 

Civil Beat views US military in Pacific

Will a military in far-flung Pacific islands destroy their unique environment?

Electric cars don't reduce CO2

They mostly use fossil fuel to recharge and have batteries to be replaced.

Family life without fossil fuels

The Possibility Alliance farm reminded me life can be slow and satisfying.  

Climate Change not our biggest issue

Tech won’t save us. Only hope is moral awakening to systemic change.

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Kauai is often called the "Garden Island". It is lush and fruitful - yet threatened. If this island cannot be self-sustaining there is little hope for the rest of this world.

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