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Prepared for the Peak for January 19, 2013


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Is population the problem?

There is an article below that asks, "Is the population the problem?" It contains a solid overview of the resource depletion problem.

Before really understanding oil depletion well, I remember learning about the more general problem of resource depletion. On one side were the totally clueless economists who asserted that if we needed more copper, we'd simply learn how to make it. On the other were those people who understand the laws of physics and that non-renewable resources simply don't last forever. To the environmentalists, it really seemed that cut and dried.

But not so fast. I'm no Luddite and I understand that technology does advance. And, according to this article in Forbes, it has advanced far enough that many resources once thought to be growing tight are now abundant.

Go ahead and read the Forbes article, it's got some interesting points. Then ask yourself: does the argument for resource depletion still count?

(As with many questions, there is as much value is in attempting to answer the question as in the answer itself.)

— André

Big Picture

The Peak Oil Crisis: The Year Ahead | Falls Church News Press, January 9, 2013

What is this Resilience, anyway? | Transition Network, January 14, 2013

Earth is not a global village: Start living more locally before it’s too late | Resilience, January 14, 2013

Global Resource Depletion, Is Population the Problem? | Peak Oil News, January 16, 2013


Themes for 2013 | Of Two Minds, January 11, 2013

Scale Matters | The Automatic Earth, January 11, 2013

Will 2013 be the year globalization died? | Transition Voice, January 14, 2013

Why Expansionist Central States Inevitably Implode | Of Two Minds, January 15, 2013

Practical Preparation

RE-volv is making a community pot of solar gold | Grist, January 10, 2013

What's Sustainability Got to Do with Business? | Original Green Blog, January 15, 2013

Environmental News

Not Even Close: 2012 Was Hottest Ever in U.S. | New York Times, January 8, 2013

Reforming Energy Subsidies Could Curb India’s Water Stress | WorldWatch, January 8, 2013

Draft Climate Change Assessment Warns Of 9°-15°F Warming for Most Of U.S | The Energy Collective, January 14, 2013

Do Cities Really Take the Lead on Climate Change? | The Atlantic Cities, January 15, 2013

Papal infallibility comes to climate science | Transition Voice, January 16, 2013


Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions III: Stop Energy Dips & Cravings | Chris Kresser, January 9, 2013

Dear Mark: Seaweed Supplements, BMI and Mortality and Sleep Versus Exercise | Mark's Daily Apple, January 14, 2013

Create A Life You Love: Here's How | Mind, Body, Green, January 15, 2013

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