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  Today Nate Hagens released a new series of short courses on the human predicament created for the University of Minnesota NEXUS ONE freshman program. More information on Nate’s educational initiatives can be found at the Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future (ISEOF). You can also find another excellent Reality 101 course … Continue reading "By Nate Hagens: Reality 101 Short Courses"

Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. In recent decades, as climate change has come to dominate environmental concerns, there has been a significant shift in the discussion. Our failure to see climate change in context may be our undoing.

Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, skillfully explains why systemic change driven by a moral awakening, and not technology, is our only hope to solve our biggest environmental problem. Reposted from EcoWatch.

I don’t read ZeroHedge much anymore because they don’t understand and/or deny the relationship between energy, overshoot, and the economy. Today the US Fed lowered the interest rate so I had a peak at ZeroHedge to see what the knuckleheads were saying. It seems we’re approaching a Minsky Moment. Endgame: Starting In 2024, All … Continue reading "Endgame"

Earth Overshoot Executive Director Terry Spahr explains how promoting smaller families can ensure our individual freedoms in the form of sustainability, prosperity and peace.

Something big has recently changed in our culture. We no longer accept any unpleasant reality, no matter the costs of denying it, nor the benefits it might return in the long run. For example, parents who do not permit their children to play unsupervised for fear of a scuff. And school teachers who no longer … Continue reading "Removing the Safety Valves"

  A year ago I wrote an essay that tried to capture the depth and breadth of our predicament, and that offered a simple idea for increasing awareness, gratefulness, and temperance. If you’re not an engineer the essay may be a painful read because my goal was to communicate maximum content with minimum words in … Continue reading "Saving the World by Recycling My Garbage"

A report issued by the United Nations last week states that up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction with devastating implications for human survival. How did we get to this point?

In 1953 Watson and Crick wrote a brief letter to the journal Nature to lay claim to being the first to identify the mechanism for replication of genetic information. It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material. I’m following Watson and Crick’s … Continue reading "On the Emergence of Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Denial to Domesticate (DtD) Theory"

The concise modern history of the Fire Ape, also known as Homo Sapiens Oblivion Oblivious. Thanks to Tim Watkins for finding this graphic.

  Notice the tight correlation between CO2 emissions per person and standard of living: That’s not a coincidence as physicist Tim Garrett has explained: So if we ever decide to do something effective about climate change (assuming it’s not already too late due to self-reinforcing feedback loops) then that solution must include some combination … Continue reading "Mashup"

Tim Watkins has emerged as one of the most accurate and articulate communicators of our predicament. In today’s essay Watkins clearly explains both our problem and our options. There isn’t a hint of denial here.  Well done!   To express our predicament as simply as I can, it is this: In order to prevent … Continue reading "By Tim Watkins: The Green Deal is Hopium"

In the movie, The Matrix, Keanu Reeves' character, Neo, observes his current life and senses foreboding, a palpable feeling that something else is unfolding around him to which he and everyone else is oblivious.

Xraymike79 doesn’t write very much anymore, but when he does, he’s awesome. Here are a few excerpts from today’s essay that stood out for me, but the whole thing is worth your time. Today’s global consumption of fossil fuels now stands at roughly five times what it was in the 1950s, and one-and-half times … Continue reading "By xraymike79: The Inconvenient Truth of Modern Civilization’s Inevitable Collapse"

One Strange Rock is a 10 part, 8 hour documentary produced in 2018 by Darren Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith and 8 space station astronauts. I’ve watched a lot of nature/science documentaries in my life, and I’ve probably seen most of the good ones, but I say without hesitation that One Strange Rock is the best. … Continue reading "One Strange Rock: A Must Watch"

  So many Canadian trees are dying that on balance our forests emit more carbon than they sequester. The Canadian government is trying to weasel out of our CO2 reduction commitments by claiming that CO2 from our trees should not be counted because they are dying due to forest fires and insect infestations, which are … Continue reading "The Canadian Weasel: A Whiny Species"

Tad Patzek, a professor of petroleum engineering and physicist, gave a talk on January 16, 2019 at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. His talk is titled “How Can We Salvage Our Global Civilization?” however Patzek does not answer his own question. Instead he reviews the brief history of … Continue reading "By Tad Patzek: On Human Overshoot"

Nate Hagens just released a new video course titled “Reality 101” that he produced for honors freshman at the University of Minnesota where he teaches. The course is backed by 15 years of research into energy by Nate, and distills his 45 hour university course of the same name into 2 hours of video. I’ve … Continue reading "By Nate Hagens: Reality 101: What every student (and citizen) should know about energy"

Thanks to James at Megacancer for bringing my attention to this 2011 essay by Dr. Michael Mills, an associate professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles California. The interests of Dr. Mills include the evolutionary psychology of peak oil. In this essay Mills demonstrates an excellent understanding of human overshoot, and uses … Continue reading "By Michael Mills: How to Avoid Population Overshoot and Collapse"

  Chris Martenson is a rare journalist with a wide view and deep understanding that is able to connect the dots between ecology, economy, energy, and human overshoot. Martenson’s free video course titled “The Crash Course” is the best place to start for someone wishing to get educated on our predicament. Martenson yesterday published an … Continue reading "By Chris Martenson: Collapse is Already Here" Jack Alpert here explains that a one-child policy will not reduce our population fast enough to avoid the starvation of over 8 billion people this century. Our survival is totally dependent on rapidly depleting non-renewable resources, especially oil and other fossil energy, but also aquifer water, and minerals. Our survival also depends on … Continue reading "By Jack Alpert: Why a One Child Policy is Not Sufficient"

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are a variety of different ways to be more charitable without spending money. Here are some ideas to try.

Gail Zawacki is an important thinker, activist, and chronicler of human overshoot. You can find my favorite work by Gail here, and all of Gail’s work at her blog Wit’s End. Gail’s largest contribution has been to bring attention to the worldwide decline of tree health due to the rising concentration of ground level ozone caused … Continue reading "By Gail Zawacki: Why Are Climate Scientists Less Than Truthful?"

Tad Patzek is a professor of engineering working on the thermodynamics and ecology of human survival, and food and energy supply for humanity. Because Patzek is an engineer, and not an economist, you can pretty much believe everything he says.

I’m an atheist without a supernatural bone in my body. When I die my “spirit” will extinguish into nothing forever. This reality does not trouble me or cause me to wish that I denied death with some form of religion or spirituality, as do most of my 8 billion close cousins. Given that I’m a … Continue reading "On Meaning"

A succinct climate change status report by Tom Lewis… Here, in the 18th year of the New Millennium, the 28th Year of Our Internet (delivering unlimited information to all), and the 30th year of the Great Harangue over Climate Change (dating it from James Hansen’s testimony to the Senate), this is where we are: The world’s … Continue reading "By Tom Lewis: It’s Too Late to Brace for Impact"