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400 Chernobyls

MIT engineer warns of nuclear Armageddon, urges preventative measures There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more either under construction or in the planning stages. Imagine what havoc it would wreak on our civilization, and the planet's ecosystems, if we were to suddenly experience not just one or two nuclear meltdowns, but 400. In this article, you will come to understand that unless we take significant preventative measures, this Apocalyptic scenario is not only possible, but probable. Over the past 152 years the Earth has been struck by at least two naturally occurring severe geomagnetic solar storms of such a magnitude that if they were to occur today, in all likelihood would initiate a chain of events leading to catastrophic failures at most of our world's nuclear reactors. During the Great Geomagnetic Stor
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Matthew Stein is the author of the highly praised book When Technology Fails (Chelsea Green 2008) a comprehensive manual on sustainable living skills. As the owner of Stein Design & Construction, he has built hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. The mechanical engineering side of his firm specializes in product design and development. Among other things, Mat has designed consumer water filtration devices, photovoltaic roofing panels, medical bacteriological filters, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, and portable fiberglass buildings. In recognition of his expertise, Stein has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and is a repeat guest on Fox News, Lionel, Coast-to-Coast AM, and the Thom Hartmann Show. He has also written several articles on the subject of sustainable living and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post. Stein is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. He is an active mountain climber and serves as a guide trainer for blind skiers with the Ski for Light cross-country program. Stein currently resides with his wife Josie in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.


Backcasting Into the Future

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. –Albert Einstein It used to be that as the New Year approached and people reminisced about the passing of the old one, they would optimistically look forward to the coming year, anticipating that it would be fertile with opportunities for advancement, growth, […]
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What Is True Sustainability?

“We have the capacity and ability to create a remarkably different economy, one that can restore ecosystems and protect the environment while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, meaningful work, and true security. The restorative economy unites ecology and commerce into one sustainable act of production and distribution that mimics and enhances natural processes.” — Paul Hawken, […]
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Time for America’s Dunkirk!

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post I had my hair cut last week. While she was cutting my hair, Kelli and I were talking about the Gulf Oil Spill. As she swept the clumps of hair off her salon’s floor she said, “that is a nice contribution”. Explaining herself, Kelli proudly pulled out […]
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Game Change or Game Over

The mortal enemy of today's world is not Kennedy's nuclear demon, but simply the logical outcome of continuing to do "business as usual" in a world that is reaching its environmental and natural resource limits. Tragic as it is, there is nothing highly unusual about the Gulf Oil Spill, which may be considered both a wake up call as well as a preview of coming attractions.
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The Perfect Storm: Six Trends Converging on Collapse

There are dark clouds gathering on the horizon. They are the clouds of six hugely troubling global trends, climate change being just one of the six. Individually, each of these trends is a potential civilization buster. Collectively, they are converging to form the perfect storm--a storm of such magnitude that it will dwarf anything that mankind has ever seen. If we are unsuccessful in our attempts to calm this storm, without a doubt it will destroy life as we know it on Planet Earth!
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If a Disaster Struck Your Town, How Could You Cope?

Watching the poor people suffering in Haiti points out our all-too-human vulnerability when disaster strikes, things fall apart, nothing is working, and the few facilities and rescue workers that are functioning are hopelessly overloaded! Most Americans are in the danger zone for some kind of disaster, whether it be terrorism, hurricane, firestorm, flood, or earthquake, yet few of us have developed any type of survival plan, or laid aside supplies and materials that could make the difference between life and death in times of trouble, or between severe discomfort and relative ease.
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Tiger Woods and the Broken Wing Act

Last summer, I was admiring a pair of adult quails ambling through the sage brush adjacent to my back yard. Following close at hand were roughly twenty puffball-like baby quails. Apparently I got a little too close for comfort. At a signal from the adults, the entire flock of puffballs froze in their tracks, blending into the landscape, and one of the full grown quails started fluttering on the ground.
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When a Super-Bug Strikes Close to Home, How Will You Deal With it?

“Certain bacterial infections now defy all antibiotics.” –Stuart Levy, M.D. “We have to recognize that we are in the most dramatic moment of the epidemic… And the number of cases will unfortunately increase and that’s why we will reinforce all the measures necessary to contain the outbreak.” –Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova, Monday April […]
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We’re Running Our World Like a Ponzi Scheme!

Bernie Madoff sure made a name for himself, didn’t he? First he made a name for himself as a “Wall Street Genius” whose coveted firm not only promised, but consistently delivered, extraordinarily high annual returns on investment, even when the economy was down. More recently he made a name for himself as the architect of […]
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