Author Archives: Norman

You won’t like downsizing

That we are entering a period of decline is not in any real doubt, at least not among those with the inclination to think about it. ‘Downsizing’ seems to be the commonly used term, but few really understand what it … Continue reading

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New names for tropical storms

28 August 2013 Norman Pagett writes: now that you’ve had your laugh, check on reality:

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The dominant species on Earth.

25 March 2013 Norman Pagett writes: Bacteria were here for 2 billion years before we were, and will be here long after we’re gone. It is important to consider what bacterial life forms actually do…as opposed to thinking of them … Continue reading

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Drought Fuels Water War Between Texas and New Mexico

By Sandra Postel reposted courtesy of the Post Carbon Institute As climate change alters rainfall patterns and river flows, tensions are bound to rise between states and countries that share rivers that cross their borders. In the Rio Grande Basin … Continue reading

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Cities and Suburbs in the Energy Descent: Thinking in Scenarios

By Karl North | Archived October 8, 2012 October 10 2012 Original article available here, republished courtesy of Karl North This article was originally reviewed, edited and published by Tompkins County Relocalization, a group in upstate New York that is … Continue reading

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Fracking for oil is negotiable, having water to drink is not.

8 October 2012 Norman Pagett writes: When our hunter forebears slaughtered an animal for food, they were absorbing energy from its metabolic system into their own. The energy from the dead animal powered a human hunter and his family or … Continue reading

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The last place left to look for oil

8 October 2012 Norman Pagett writes: Any species that feeds and breeds unchecked on a sphere must by definition run out of space when it reaches its polar extremities. When the Russians planted their flag on the undersea point of … Continue reading

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Spain – in the eye of the storm

4 October 2012 Article reposted courtesy of Dr Tim Morgan, Tullet Prebon original article available here Sometimes, markets’ surprise can be surprising in itself, and this is certainly the case where events in Spain are concerned. There has long been … Continue reading

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‘Unbridled’ Rush for Land Grabs Leaving a Billion Hungry

4 October 2012 Article reposted courtesy of Common dreams original article available here “Out of control” land grabs by foreign corporations in the last decade have taken over an area big enough to grow food for a billion people, according … Continue reading

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Riots in Spain and Greece

27 September 2012 Norman Pagett writes; So the rioting in Greece and Spain goes on, with the eternal demand that life should also go on as it has always done, that there should be jobs for everyone and wealth generated … Continue reading

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