Mushrooms, manure, and the secret of French food

Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf Parisian Fields:
Recently, at The Astrolabe Gallery, a print and map store on Sparks Street in Ottawa, I chanced upon a page from the London Illustrated News, Dec. 4, 1869. Two woodcuts depicted “Mushroom Culture in France.” The “entrance to a mushroom cave at Montrouge, near Paris” intrigued me. The…

How the Peak Oil story could be „close,“ but not quite right

Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf Our Finite World:
A few years ago, especially in the 2005-2008 period, many people were concerned that the oil supply would run out. They were concerned about high oil prices and a possible need for rationing. The story was often called „Peak Oil.“ Peak Oil theorists have also branched out into…

2019: World Economy Is Reaching Growth Limits; Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence

Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf Our Finite World:
Financial markets have been behaving in a very turbulent manner in the last couple of months. The issue, as I see it, is that the world economy is gradually changing from a growth mode to a mode of shrinkage. This is something like a ship changing course,…

Electricity won’t save us from our oil problems

Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf Our Finite World:
Almost everyone seems to believe that our energy problems are primarily oil-related. Electricity will save us. I recently gave a talk to a group of IEEE electricity researchers (primarily engineers) about the current energy situation and how welcoming it is for new technologies. Needless to say, this group…

Die Katastrophe naht: Lügen sich Klimaschützer in die eigene Tasche?

Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf UMWELTNOTIZEN – von Markus Hofmann:
Ein gängiges Argument von Klimaschützern lautet so: Alle Daten deuten darauf hin, dass der Klimwandel in eine Richtung verläuft, die für die menschliche Zivilisation katastrophale Auswirkungen haben wird. Doch es besteht Hoffnung, das Ruder noch rechtzeitig herumzureissen und das Desaster abzuwenden. Genauso hat sich etwa…