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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, […]

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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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