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Permaculture Design


Permaculture Principles
Co-founder of Permaculture David Holmgren’s site
http://permacultureprinciples.com/

Tropical Permaculture
Start here and follow the links on this and the succeeding pages for a basic introduction to permaculture design.
http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/what-is-permaculture.html

Intro to Permaculture
From the site of an intentional community
http://www.heathcote.org/PCIntro/Default.htm

Permaculture Activist Intro to Permaculture article
http://www.permacultureactivist.net/intro/PcIntro.htm

Permaculture Institute of North America
http://www.permaculture.org/nm/index.php/site/index/

Urban Issues

How to green the cities.
http://www.alternet.org/story/154583/photo_tour%3A_what_will_it_take_to_make_our_cities_100_green_?page=entire


Peak Oil

Energy Bulletin
http://www.energybulletin.net/
A daily round-up of the latest news on peak oil and its consequences, including peak food and economic irrationality.

Association for the Study of Peak Oil (International)
http://www.peakoil.net/
One of the oldest, if not “the oldest”, organizations studying and reporting on peak oil and its consequences.

US Association for the Study of Peak Oil
http://www.aspousa.org/
United States section of the leading peak oil study organization.

Oil Drum
http://www.theoildrum.com/
Site with daily columns by contributors, all aspects of peak oil, peak food, climate instability, economic irrationality.

Peak Oil Blues
http://www.peakoilblues.com/blog/
Psychological adaptation to peak oil etc is as important as anything else. This is the cyber-home of the “Peak Oil Shrink”, Dr. Kathy McMahon, Psy. D.

Peak Food

Consolidation in the Food and Agriculture System
Dr. William Heffernan, University of Missouri School of Rural Sociology
http://www.foodcircles.missouri.edu/whstudy.pdf

Global food supply near the breaking point.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33268

Canadian National Farmers Union 2007 press release on shrinking food stockpiles
http://www.nfu.ca/press_releases/press/2007/May-07/food_supply_crisis___grain_stocks_use_ratio_release_THREE.pdf

Access to USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Forecasts 1973 to date
http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194

Access to USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Production, Supply and Distribution
http://www.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/psdhome.aspx

PEAK!
Powerpoint presentation with charts showing, among other things, peak food per capita was somewhere around 1988-1994 (in terms of grain and soy production), peak fish harvest was 1985-90 (in terms of total catch), food prices track energy prices,
http://globalactionplan.com/sites/globalactionplan.com/files/Peak%20Food_SWEDESD.ppt

Peak Food: Agricultural cartels, oil, and seed patents
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogsept09/peak-food09-09.html
An interesting article drawing together several threads of thought, has details showing that 80-87% of the production costs of conventional wheat production in Australia go to giant agricultural cartels.

The Archdruid Report
http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/
This is the blog of John Michael Greer, who writes eclectically on the subject of collapse, peak oil, and the economic irrationalities of the present era often meander into his commentary.  This resource could actually be listed in several different weeks, but I’ll put it here.  Note that despite the title, this is not a religion-oriented blog.

Dimitry Orlov
http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/
Blog of a Russian, now living in the US, who commentates on collapse, and compares the experience of Russians during the collapse of the old Soviet Union with how Americans may fare going into the future.

Richard Heinberg’s Muse Letter
http://richardheinberg.com/category/museletter
Blog of one of the leading commentators on peak oil and peak everything.

Sharon Astyk
http://scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook/
I knew Sharon online before she became a sensation. She is a long-time participant at runningonempty2@yahoogroups.com and writes clearly and compassionately about adapting to peak oil.  Looks like the scienceblogs is more commentary on current events and http://sharonastyk.com is more adaptation, but it’s likely there’s a lot of cross-pollination between the two. 

Economic Irrationality

A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/business/student-loans-weighing-down-a-generation-with-heavy-debt.html?_r=1

Shadow Government Stats
http://www.shadowstats.com/
Reports common indicators like CPI and Unemployment using alternative methods that may be more accurate than the versions presently in use by government and media.

Catherine Austin Fitts Blog
http://solari.com/blog/
Author, observer, commentator, practitioner of financial permaculture.  This is one of my regular personal reads.  If I could only read 1 finance-related blog, it would be this one.

The Automatic Earth
http://theautomaticearth.com/
Leading voice of the new generation of deflationists.

Baseline Scenario
http://baselinescenario.com/

Kunstler
http://kunstler.com/blog/
Always interesting, topical commentary and opinion on the economics and politics of the moment. Not for the faint of heart.

Market-Ticker
http://market-ticker.org/
If you like “hair on fire” rants about corruption in economics, finance, and government, this guy’s your man.  Like Kuntsler, also not for the faint of heart. Nice entertainment, though, plus insight into big finance shenanigans.  Put this guy in charge of prosecuting those responsible for the on-going crisis in big finance.

Calculated Risk
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/
Full-time blogger watching the on-going financial devolution. One-stop round-up for important economic news.

Climate Instability

Real Climate
http://www.realclimate.org/
Climate science from climate scientists.

How to talk to a climate skeptic.
http://scienceblogs.com/illconsidered/2008/07/how_to_talk_to_a_sceptic.php
Answers vetted by real climate scientists.

Real Climate Economics
http://realclimateeconomics.org/
Economic impacts of climate change.

Skeptical Science
http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php
Examining the science of climate change skeptics.

Climate Data Links
http://tamino.wordpress.com/climate-data-links/
Links to primary reports on climate data.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
http://www.ipccfacts.org/index.html
Climate change misconceptions and resources for more information.

Ice Age study delivers blow to global warming skeptics.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2012/0405/Ice-age-study-delivers-blow-to-global-warming-skeptics

Warming boosts plant growth, then causes long term decline.
http://e360.yale.edu/digest/warming_boosts_plant_growth_then_causes_long-term_decline_study_says/3416/

Political Criminality

Noam Chomsky on America’s Declining Empire
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31174.htm

The People Have Become a Nuisance
http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1860381-people-have-become-nuisance
A specter is stalking the financial markets: what if the army of unemployed and poor no longer rubber-stamp the policies of the powerful? No wonder neither politicians nor business leaders want to risk too much democracy.

Storm Clouds Gathering
http://www.stormcloudsgathering.com/
Videos on current events.

End of the American Dream
http://endoftheamericandream.com/

Miscellaneous Sites

Elfin Permaculture/Barking Frogs Permaculture
http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org
This is the site of Dan Hemenway, my permaculture teacher.  If you want to earn a certificate in Permaculture Design, check out the BFPC Online Permaculture Design Course, which is where I earned my certificate and where I am presently a discussion leader.

Adbusters
http://www.adbusters.org/
Originators of the Occupy movement.

Occupy Wall Street
http://occupywallst.org/

Journey to Forever
http://www.journeytoforever.org/
Another rich and tasty site with lots of information for more sustainable living.

The Green Guide
http://www.thegreenguide.com/
Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, meta site of tips and ideas for living more greenly.

Mommy Footprint
http://mommyfootprint.com/ 
Blog chronicling the journey of a mother of 4 towards a more green lifestyle.

Tip the Planet: A Green Wiki
http://www.tiptheplanet.com/wiki/Main_Page

Hope in the Age of Collapse
http://thoreaufarm.org/2012/04/hope-in-the-age-of-collapse/

Consumption dwarfs population as main environmental threat
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/consumption_dwarfs_population_as_main_environmental_threat/2140/

Beyond Sustainability: John Ikerd
http://web.missouri.edu/~ikerdj/papers/TEDx%20-%20Beyond%20Sustainability.htm

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