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

wise words from gail: see also why when sliding down the energy cliff to a lower net-energy world will bring us more dirty sources of energy not cleaner a paradox: civilication is a heat engine. the more we move into a net-energy degraded world or the less EROIE we get from our conventional sources, the … How the Peak Oil story could be „close,“ but not quite right weiterlesen

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

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, from going in one direction … 2019: World Economy Is Reaching Growth Limits; Expect Low Oil Prices, Financial Turbulence weiterlesen

Electricity won’t save us from our oil problems

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 did not come with the … Electricity won’t save us from our oil problems weiterlesen

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…