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Professor Says Peak Oil in 2008 Caused Financial Crisis

Written by , on November 13, 2010

Professor Kjell Aleklett has told the ABC Science Show that oil production peaked in 2008 and has been in decline since. He says that the reserves are there but the flow is lower than in the past. Professor Aleklett, who is head of the Global Energy Systems group at Uppsala University in Sweden, also says […]  Read more »

New Approach to Rice Growing Increases Yields and Reduces Water Use

Written by , on November 10, 2010

Oxfam America is promoting a new approach, called "the System of Rice Intensification" or SRI, for small farmers which helps them produce more rice at lower cost without relying on harmful fertilizers and pesticides that can decrease soil fertility and threaten clean air, soil, and water. Farmers using the SRI method simply transplant younger seedlings […]  Read more »

More Rice with Less Water

Written by , on October 20, 2010

According to Oxfam America, rice farmers could produce 50% more rice using less water than with current techniques.   Rice farmers normally rely on flooding their fields to keep seeds covered in water throughout the growing season. But farmers in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and India have been able to produce as much as […]  Read more »

The Ins and Outs of Coal-fired Power

Written by , on September 27, 2010

Take a look at our new video about the amazing amount of coal and water that it takes to run a coal-fired power station – and the huge volume of carbon dioxide emitted, as well as all of the other pollutants.  Read more »

Study Predicts Peak Coal As Early As 2011

Written by , on September 10, 2010

A study, led by Tad Patzek, chairman of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, says that the world will face "peak coal" as soon as 2011. (The study defines "peak coal" as the peak in the amount of energy produced globally from coal.) In contrast, the U.S. […]  Read more »

German Military Study Warns of Potential Oil Crisis

Written by , on September 10, 2010

The German magazine Der Speigel has published part of a leaked draft German military analysis of the possible consequences of peak oil. The study was carried ou by the Future Analysis department of the Bundeswehr Transformation Center, a think tank set up to fix a direction for the German military. Last week the Guardian newspaper […]  Read more »

Compute for Cleaner Water

Written by , on September 9, 2010

IBM has announced a series of projects aimed at making safer drinking water – which is currently not available to some 1.2 billion people. The projects will use IBM’s World Community Grid to provide the computing power for the project. The World Community Grid is the network of 1.5 million computers from 600,000 volunteers around […]  Read more »

Eat Insects to Save the World?

Written by , on August 6, 2010

A policy paper on the eating of insects is being formally considered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. Professor Arnold van Huis, an entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the author of the paper, says eating insects has advantages: “There is a meat crisis,” he said. “The world population will grow […]  Read more »

40% Decline in Marine Phytoplankton

Written by , on August 3, 2010

Researchers led by Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, have published a paper in the journal Nature showing that marine phytoplankton have declined substantially in the world’s oceans over the past century. Phytoplankton are the basis of the entire marine food chain. They produce around half of the oxygen in […]  Read more »

Concerns about Shale Gas

Written by , on June 26, 2010

Shale-gas drilling involving hydraulic fracturing has been increasingly used in the United States and Canada. A new documentary called Gasland focuses on the impact that the natural gas extraction process has on communities and the environment.  Read more »