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Daniel Yergin in the Wall Street Journal: Since the beginning of the 21st century, a fear has come to pervade the prospects for oil, fueling anxieties about the stability of global energy supplies. It has been stoked by rising prices and growing demand, especially as the people of China and other emerging economies have taken…

Just watch, and understand why the death of what passed for culture in our youth is probably something we can bear with equanimity. Plus, the hair gave us a taste for the apocalyptic – the bangs are exactly what your hair will look like during a zombie attack. Sharon

Get the F*** Off Fossil Fuels

Almost all conversations with every other parent of late includes “Have you read Go the Fuck to Sleep yet? Have you heard Samuel Jackson read it?….” It is safe to say that the book touches a nerve. And it is extraordinarily funny, and it does evoke precisely the reactions that most of us have trouble…

Richard Glover has a very funny – and in many ways on-target analysis here. Don’t get me wrong – as I’ve said many times before, I know a lot of people who don’t take climate change seriously, but who also recognize for various other reasons that we can’t burn fossil fuels the way we are.…

Whenever I talk about going to lower energy usage, a percentage of people shout out something like “But that would mean going back tothe stone age, to lepers walking the streets and people throwing their feces out the window on our heads!!!” I think it is fair to say that variations on the “without power,…

Revisiting the Riot for Austerity

Almost exactly four years ago, my friend Miranda Edel and I were discussing the recent IPCC report on Climate Change and George Monbiot’s book _Heat_ and the reactions that we got when we talked about about the sheer depth of the reductions in climate emissions that would be needed to stabilize the climate. Whenever we…

The Sustainable Marriage

I‘ll be offline much of the next few days for the Passover holiday. This is a subject we’re talking about in the Adapting-in-Place class, and one that comes up a lot – how do you make environmental changes with a spouse who isn’t on board? What happens when this strains your marriage? I get emails…

There’s a very good piece in the Guardian about the ways that Eastern Japan’s energy crisis is a model for experiences we might have in the future: For large parts of eastern Japan that were not directly hit by the tsunami on 11 March 2011, including the nation’s capital, the current state of affairs feels…

The Oil Drum has a well-referenced, thoughtful summary of the present situation at Fukushima – bad and getting worse as it gets harder and harder for workers to get close to the facility. The word “entombment” has been mentioned – which may be the only viable outcome. More than a million Japanese people risk losing…

Some of you may know that a publisher contacted me last year about turning a piece of short fiction I’d written from an adult perspective into a young adult novel. There are several reasons I wanted to do this – the first is that in many ways, the young adult fiction market is much more…