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The New American Dollar

by: Heather on 10/09/2008

What's happening to the economy is definitely no laughing matter, but this bit of light relief is making the email rounds.

It seems the US government is preparing to issue a new dollar bill:

 

I haven't been able to track down the artist, but the original post seems to be here.

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Friends of the Earth One-Minute Film Competition

by: Heather on 10/07/2008
Posted in: Activism

Friends of the Earth has sponsored a one-minute film competition aimed at inspiring people to think about environmental issues. Participants are invited to take "60 seconds to show which bit of the Earth they're a friend of". Entries range from the fanciful to the serious, and the overall winner will be given a £4,000 budget to make a film with …

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Black Monday

by: Heather on 10/06/2008
Posted in: Guest Posts

This just in from Mike Nickerson, author of Life, Money & Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay , reflecting on the state of the financial markets in the context of other historic downturns. Thanks Mike!

The current stock market plunge has more in common with its name sake "Black Monday," two decades earlier, than the news has explained.

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Intro to Renewable Energy

by: Heather on 10/02/2008
Posted in: Author Events

Dan Chiras, author of The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy is teaching a two-day workshop entitled Intro to Renewable Energy through the Continuing Education Program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 25 and 26.

In this two-day introductory course, you will explore numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy …

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Evolution's Edge - The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World

by: Heather on 10/01/2008
Posted in: New Books

Are we poised at the brink of catastrophe or the edge of evolution? With a plummeting economy, accelerating climate change and the onset of Peak Oil, this is a very timely question. Author Graeme Taylor shares his answers in Evolution's Edge - our latest release.

This excerpt from Evolution's Edge examines the potential outcomes of societal and economic collapse.

The consequences of system failure

We don't have to look to the ancient past to see the consequences of societal collapse -- the world is full of failed and failing states. In the last few decades many societies have collapsed, with consequences ranging from war, genocide and ethnic cleansing to civil wars and economic ruin. Some examples are Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Soviet Union. In almost every case government services such as law and order, public health care and education almost disappeared, living standards sharply declined, mortality rates rose and criminal gangs took control of entire regions.

While failed states are a major source of conflict, terrorism and drugs, they do not destabilize the global economy.The real danger to the survival of our species does not come from the collapse of individual nations, but from the collapse of major ecosystems and the global economy as a whole. The global economy was able to recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s because major ecosystems were intact and the world was still full of undiscovered resources. But if the next great depression is caused by a combination of climate change and resource shortages, the world may not have the ecological or economic resilience to recover.

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