Apr 242014

Some days the climate change debate is so awfully absurd that it’s a toss up between whether to laugh or cry. Most days, in fact. On one hand, we hear that leaders of the IMF, World Bank and UN are pushing for a price on carbon, and that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for an [...]

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Apr 232014
Rhythm: Douglas Rushkoff on Present Shock

We live in a different now than has ever been known. Now is not the now of your grandma’s careful attention to detail and rhythm. Today, the world pours in through our beeping mobile device’s calendar, emails, text messages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. The frantic attempt to respond to all this everything creates what [...]

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Apr 222014
Plant breeders release first Open Source Seeds

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely. … These days, seeds are intellectual [...]

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Apr 192014
Think like a Commoner

I think the commons has been central to life for most of human existence. Only in the last two hundred years or so has the market essentially emancipated itself from social community, kinship, morality, and religion — and more recently, from political accountability. The Great Transformation, by Karl Polanyi, is a landmark book on this [...]

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Apr 192014
Restoring coastal ecosystems creates jobs

Restoring coastal ecosystems can provide significant economic benefits and even create “pathways out of poverty” for low-income Americans, according to a new report. … “We learned in a nutshell that there’s a win-win, if not a win-win-win, opportunity that presents itself when you invest in conservation,” Mark Schaefer, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and [...]

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Apr 192014
Energy is now Canada’s biggest greenhouse gas source

Canada’s energy industry has officially surpassed transportation as the largest producer of climate-change causing greenhouse gases, in no small part because of large increases in tar sands extraction, according to a [recent] government report. … While total emissions had decreased by 7 percent overall since 2005, emissions from the oil and gas extraction sector increased [...]

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Apr 182014

Rifkin gives a great talk about how the zero marginal costs of the Internet and the emerging Internet of Things are producing a broader socioeconomic paradigm shift away from capitalism towards a more commons-oriented model, which will eventually eclipse it. [I]t's worth noting that the commons is not just an Internet phenomenon or a matter [...]

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Apr 182014
Desmond Tutu calls for fossil fuel disinvestment

Desmond Tutu … has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming. “During the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, using boycotts, divestment and sanctions, and supported by our friends overseas, we were not only able to apply economic pressure on the unjust state, but also serious [...]

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Apr 182014
British Pathe historical film archive free online

The world's finest news and entertainment video film archive. Since the invention of the moving image in the 1890's, British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news, for the cinema. With their unique combination of information and entertainment, British Pathé's documentaries, newsreels, serials and films changed the way the world saw itself [...]

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