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UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

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Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point […]


Iran to sign oil contract to sell Russia 100,000 bpd

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Iran announced on Tuesday it will begin selling 100,000 barrels of oil a day to Russia within the next 15 days and receive payment half in cash and half in goods and services, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh provided details about the deal after meeting Russian energy […]


The Cities of the Future Are Smart, Green, Connected Innovation Hubs

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Humanity has come a long way since the very first cities began to emerge about ten thousand years ago. Today, places like New York, Tokyo and Dubai are centers of innovation and human progress. Urban projects globally are pushing the limits of engineering, design and architecture. Exponential technologies are being integrated into the very skeleton […]


America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

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No matter what your particular political perspective is, if there is one thing that virtually everyone in the United States can agree upon it is the fact that America’s infrastructure is crumbling.  Previous generations of Americans conquered an entire continent and erected the greatest system of infrastructure that the world had ever seen, but now […]


Peak oil demand and why it’s basically impossible to predict

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In the past, forecasters had a relatively simple method of estimating whether demand for oil would increase or decrease and by how much. For the most part, they simply looked at the economy. If people were making more money, it was safe to assume they would spend more, travel more and head to the car dealership more often. […]


Driverless Cars: Their Time Will Never Come

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Can we just get real here for a minute? Our streets and highways are never going to be populated by a significant number of driverless cars. Any more than our lives are going to be enriched by attentive robots exhibiting artificial intelligence. We are no closer to deploying fleets of driverless cars now than we […]


Mining 24 Hours a Day with Robots

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The local mining industry often justifies the tax breaks and incentives it receives on the basis it employs people in the mines (they usually claim to be a major employer but there seems to be little truth to that, employing around 1% of the workforce). MIT Technology Review notes that increasing automation of mine sites, […]


Smart technology could deliver peak oil, coal and iron ore before 2035

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New report suggests rapid advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence could dramatically reshape energy and industrial sectors and save global economy up to $1.6tr Rapid advances in smart technology could fundamentally reshape the global economy and spell an end to future growth in carbon intensive coal, oil, and iron ore consumption by 2035, according […]


Peak Oil: Start With Reality

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  [S]o we have this physical constraint that’s coming because of Peak Oil. There’s nothing we’re going to do about it. We can’t out-clever that. It’s just a constraint, it’s a limitation, there it is. We could manage it well or we can manage it poorly, but it’s there. We have a political system that’s […]


Wringing Oil From Your Beverages, Food, Stuff and Heat (How to Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part III)

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Part I: Taking Stock Part II: Squeezing Oil Out of Your Travel Part III: Wringing Oil from Your Beverages, Food, Stuff, and Heat Part IV: Helping Others Eschew Oil The American way of life is saturated with oil. Part I of this series had a nifty calculator to sum up your yearly oil use. If […]


Does the Australian LNG export experience foreshadow soaring U.S. natural gas prices?

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Two times last winter Australians living in the country’s eastern region paid more than twice as much for natural gas as did Japanese customers taking delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the same region. (Australia has three separate natural gas pipeline networks which create three domestic natural gas markets, Eastern, Northern and Western.) The […]


EV growth may force peak oil demand by 2035

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Fast growth in electric vehicles (EVs) coupled with increased carpooling/sharing and autonomous driving may force peak oil demand by 2035, said the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in its latest research report Global Energy Weekly. Even so, the incoming Trump Administration could well reverse some policies. An aggressive descaling of EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) […]


EIA: Short-Term Energy Outlook

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  Forecast Highlights Global liquid fuels Implied global petroleum and liquid fuels inventories are estimated to have increased by 0.8 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2016. EIA expects the oil market to be relatively balanced in 2017 and 2018, with inventory draws averaging 0.1 million b/d in 2017 and builds averaging 0.2 million b/d […]


Shining a light on Kenya’s electrification

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Reports on the success of Kenya’s electrification program seem too good to be true. Official figures suggest that the proportion of the population with access to electricity at home has increased from 27% in 2013 to 55% this year, putting the country on course to achieve its goal of 95% electrification by 2021. While the […]


The world needs fewer people, but our economy needs more

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What would happen to B.C.’s real estate industry … if the world’s population and consequent in-migration to B.C. miraculously, or tragically, dropped? When I first learned that West Vancouver’s population was declining, amid what I thought was the inexorable arrival of 35,000 new people in the Lower Mainland each year, I enjoyed a little inside […]


Could 3-D printers hasten peak oil demand?

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A global transition away from oil and gas is well underway as booming renewable energy sources and electric cars portend major changes for the industry. Last week BP outlined the challenges ahead, but the company’s crystal ball has yet to focus on the disruptive potential from what may be the biggest paradigm shift in manufacturing […]


Electric Cars – An Existential Threat For Oil?

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Nobody would have predicted ten years ago, back when everyone was talking about Who Killed the Electric Car, that oil would someday have to fear the future of General Motor’s EV1. Practically none of the 1,117 units were still in commission in 2006 when the movie first aired, but today there’s a whole new fleet. […]


Qatar ‘Very Comfortable’ With Current Oil Prices

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Al Emadi says government hasn’t decided on bond issuance Government is spending $500 million a week on capital projects Current oil prices are close to the level Qatar needs to finance spending, and the government hasn’t made a decision on whether to sell debt, according to Finance Minister Ali Al Emadi. “We feel very comfortable,” […]


Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war

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You’re all set — your bags were packed long ago, there’s a dozen solid gold coins stashed inside your belt and a pistol strapped round your waist. There’s no need to say goodbye to the wife and children as they’re already waiting for you 6,000 miles away in New Zealand, having slipped off quietly at […]


Dollar Or Iran? Oil Needs A Serious Catalyst To Breakout

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Oil traded in a painfully dull range yet again this week through Thursday ($54.34 / $52.24) after managing just a $4.53 range in January ($55.24 / $50.71.) The market remains caught between preliminary OPEC data which revealed significant production cuts from six members and Russia in January and poor US data which continues to show […]


Low-Eroei Manifesto: A First-person-view of the Nomadic State-of-Being

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A First-person-view of the Nomadic State-of-Being 1. THE STAGE FULL OF ANONYMOUS MATERIAL I was born a year before the UN commissioned report Our Common Future more or less defined the term sustainable development 1. There have been scientists ever since the 19th century who have warned about the green house effect caused by extensive […]


How Innovation Could Bring Us to Peak Oil by 2020

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Energy companies are grossly underestimating low-carbon advances with a business-as-usual approach says a new report co-authored by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative. The report also points to the falling costs of electric vehicle and solar technology as having the potential to halt the growth in global demand for […]


The world’s tallest vertical garden in Sydney

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Inhabitat has a post on Sydney’s coolest green building, Central Park (it’s actually been up for a few years now but the picture gallery is worth a look) – The world’s tallest vertical garden lives and breathes in Sydney. The world’s tallest vertical garden now graces the Sydney skyline in the form of a towering […]


Irreversible Damage – The U.S. Economy Cannot Be Repaired

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As I outlined in my article ‘The False Economic Narrative Will Die In 2017’, the mainstream media has been carefully crafting the propaganda meme that the Trump administration is inheriting a global economy in “ascension,” when in fact, the opposite is true. Trump enters office at a time of longstanding decline and will likely witness […]


Electric Cars Could Cause Oil Market Disruption on Par With OPEC

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The growth of battery-powered cars could be as disruptive to the oil market as the OPEC market-share war that triggered the price crash of 2014, potentially wiping hundreds of billions of dollars off the value from fossil fuel producers in the next decade. About 2 million barrels a day of oil demand could be displaced […]


The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started

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It’s been a month now that investors and analysts have been closely watching two main drivers for oil prices: how OPEC is doing with the supply-cut deal, and how U.S. shale is responding to fifty-plus-dollar oil with rebounding drilling activity. Those two main factors are largely neutralizing each other, and are putting a floor and […]


End of the “Oilocene”: The Demise of the Global Oil Industry and of the Global Economic System as we know it.

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In 1981 I was sitting on an eroded barren hillside in India, where less than 100 years previously there had been dense forest with tigers. It was now effectively a desert and I was watching villagers scavenging for twigs for fuelwood and pondering their future, thinking about rapidly increasing human population and equally rapid degradation […]


BP Forecasts 50-Year Oil Glut

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Oil markets mostly ignored the glum forecast from BP that the world is facing a long-term oil glut that won’t disappear for 50 years. Now that is a forecast and as we have seen in the past year, forecasts and commodities do not always make an accurate fit. Figures from Baker Hughes on Friday revealed […]


IEA does not foresee oil demand peaking soon

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) does not expect oil demand to peak any time soon due to rising consumption in developing economies, Director Fatih Birol said on Monday. Birol also warned that oil markets could enter a period of high volatility unless companies develop new projects after two years of sharp drops in investments sparked […]


The Coming Era Of Depression Economics

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Like it or not, this is where we have been all along and a great many people are just now catching up. No matter what Janet Yellen says about the economy, she is talking out the side of her mouth. Internally, the recovery is gone, and it is never coming back. Externally, we have sub-5% […]


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