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Is Renewable Energy a Commons?

Energy Bulletin - 24 May 2017 - 12:15pm

Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good? Why is this relevant in the first place? Here we look at why energy is part of our commons, from the sources to the product itself.

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The Carbon Code: Imperfect Answers to Impossible Questions

Energy Bulletin - 24 May 2017 - 12:13pm

“How can we reconcile our desire to save the planet from the worst effects of climate change with our dependence on the systems that cause it? How can we demand that industry and governments reduce their pollution, when ultimately we are the ones buying the polluting products and contributing to the emissions that harm our shared biosphere?”

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The Case for Phasing out Alberta’s Tar Sands

Energy Bulletin - 23 May 2017 - 11:17am

Proponents call them oil sands while opponents call them tar sands. Whatever they’re called, Alberta’s bitumen reserves are so massive, James Hansen warns that it could be game over for the world’s climate if all are extracted and burned.

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Storage is the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Energy Transition – or is it?

Energy Bulletin - 22 May 2017 - 12:25pm

However, determining whether storage can indeed solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar requires assessing the ‘energetic productivity’ of using energy storage in combination with variable renewables.

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Air Pollution is a serious problem for children of our age!

ASPO International - 20 May 2017 - 2:09pm

The Problem Unhealthy levels of air pollution in many American cities are harming the health of residents, especially those who have asthma. Although clear air laws that regulate industrial smokestacks, car engines and other sources of pollution have resulted in cleaner air, primary sources of air pollution remain. Among the largest remaining sources of harmful…

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Organics isn’t good enough

ASPO International - 20 May 2017 - 1:11pm

I’m a self-confessed shopaholic. I don’t just have a wardrobe overflowing with clothes; I have three. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hoarder so don’t expect that any of what’s in my cupboard to no longer fit me or suit my taste because they all do. In fact every year, I do a…

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Going green, is it just for the rich?

ASPO International - 20 May 2017 - 12:45pm

Supporting the eco cause is a noble one, but sometimes even I’m forced to admit it’s slowly starting to feel like eco-conscious living is only for wealthy and privileged people. You really can’t fault anyone for not taking up a greener life because some things associated with it are just so expensive. It’s so easy…

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Alternative Energy – List Of Renewable Energy Sources

ASPO International - 20 May 2017 - 12:43am

What are some Alternative Energy Sources? Each day, our energy needs rise, our supplies of fossil fuels run out, and the state of our planet become precarious. We increasingly need to look at alternative energy sources to meet our requirements for our modern lifestyles. Each of the methods below has been touted both a possible…

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Solar Water Heating System Basics For A Sustainable Future

ASPO International - 18 May 2017 - 1:18pm

Introduction Solar water heating uses the sun’s energy to heat water for many different uses. There are successful examples of its use in homes for heating hot water, pool, and spa, as well as the home itself. It has also been used successfully in a variety of commercial and institutional buildings. Solar water heating is…

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Can Renewables Power the World?

Energy Bulletin - 18 May 2017 - 12:41pm

If you’ve heard that the net energy of renewables is too low to run society, and that as a result the renewable energy transition is destined to fail…then you need to listen to this interview with net energy researcher Rembrandt Koppelaar and check out his new research. His findings will probably surprise you.

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Fuel cell – What is it and how does it work?

ASPO International - 18 May 2017 - 2:08am

During the 19th century, William Grove found that the energy produced by simple chemical reactions could be harnessed and exploited. His work led to the creation of the first alkaline one-kilowatt fuel cell system in the 1950’s. The power producing the potential of fuel cells was quickly adopted by NASA, which used them in the…

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What is a Green Household?

ASPO International - 17 May 2017 - 3:00pm

We are hearing more and more about “being green” every day in the news. But what does “being green” really mean to the typical American household? We’re flooded with green product marketing every day, but which of these products will make the most difference, and (since we’re all on a budget) for the least cost?…

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What is Permaculture?

ASPO International - 16 May 2017 - 3:49pm

Permaculture is a design for sustainable living called permaculture (permanent + agriculture). It’s Tasmanian founder, Bill Mollison, coined the phrase in 1972 because there was no word in our language to describe a system of farming which did not deplete the land or endure without constant human inputs. The Founder Of Permaculture During his most…

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Solar Power – An Economic No Brainer

ASPO International - 15 May 2017 - 4:43pm

In the past, I’ve given examples of the cost-effectiveness of going solar. Today the details have changed, but the answer is still the same. While rebate levels have dropped, so have prices, solar power is still a cost-effective “no brainer” for most people. Let’s look at an example to see why. Let’s assume you have…

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Transition Ingredients Cards: in English, Italian and Chinese!

Transition Culture - 13 February 2017 - 11:54am

Our great Transition resource, the Transition Ingredients Cards, are now available in three languages.

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Transition meets Degrowth on a Caribbean island

Transition Culture - 8 February 2017 - 9:08am

Degrowth and Transition debated on Dominican TV show…

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Richard Heinberg on ‘America First’.

Transition Culture - 6 February 2017 - 8:37am

“Transition is more important than ever in a world of Donald Trump”, Richard Heinberg tells us.

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‘Essential Guide to Doing Transition’ published in French

Transition Culture - 3 February 2017 - 8:00am

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer la publication de la version française du ‘Le Guide Essentiel
de la Transition‘. Traduit par Caroline Durieux et ses collègues de Réseau Transition, le Belgian Transition Hub, c’est un merveilleux ajout, rejoignant les versions anglaise et espagnole déjà existantes, et les prochaines versions russe et chinoise.

We are delighted to announce the publication of the French version of ‘The Essential Guide to Doing Transition’.  Translated by Caroline Durieux and colleagues at Réseau Transition, the Belgian Transition Hub, it is a wonderful addition, joining the English and Spanish versions already existing, and the forthcoming Russian and Chinese versions.

Also available fullscreen or as a .PDF

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February 2017 – Transition Newsletter

Transition Culture - 2 February 2017 - 5:05pm

We offer antidotes to feeling daunted, such as a real example of how good can overcome hate, enthusiasm for Transition in France, local community activism in Hungary, and ‘Rooting in Tooting’.  Responding to the US election with a heartfelt call for empathy and we have insights into community change. The challenges and opportunities Dominica has could apply to many places, as do these characteristics of doing Transition in an University.

How do I know good can overcome ignorance, spite and hate? Because I’ve seen it.
A tweet moves Rob Hopkins to share a personal experience from his family’s life.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/know-good-can-overcome-ignorance-spite-hate-ive-seen/

“Now you’re all here, and it feels fantastic”: 3 days in France.
Grenoble’s city government are holding a Biennale in March on the theme of ‘Villes en Transition’ (‘Towns in Transition’). Rob Hopkins was at the launch and reports back from a packed 3 day programme of talks and events in France.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/now-youre-feels-fantastic-3-days-france/

7 characteristics of doing Transition in an University
Last week we published our new guide, ‘How to do Transition in your University/College’ by Maria Cooper. Today we share an excerpt from it, which sets out seven key characteristics of doing Transition in a University setting.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/7-characteristics-transition-university/

THINKING ALOUD

Inauguration Day: Kicking Against the Prick(s)
Rob Hopkins offers, through somewhat gritted teeth, some reflections on Donald Trump’s inauguration.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/kicking-against-the-pricks/

The New Economy in 50 words?
In the shortest blog of his life, Created for the latest edition of Stir Magazine, Rob Hopkins offers 50 words that capture the future of the economy.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/new-economy-50-words/

Change Starts With Communities
We talk community development with Cormac Russell.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/cormac-russell-change-starts-communities/

COMMUNITY

Transition Town Tooting celebrate Aviva Community Fund award
Chuck Whitehead of Transition Town Tooting shares exciting news from the ‘Gardens of Refuge’ partnership project.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/transition-town-tooting-celebrate-aviva-community-fund-award/

A her-story of Transition Wekerle: an experience of local community activism in Hungary
Tracey Wheatley of Transition Wekerle in Hungary shares her initiative’s story.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/story-transition-wekerle-experience-local-community-activism-hungary-2/

10 keys to Transition in Dominica
Naresh Giangrande‘s final report from his recent adventures with a round up of his time spent in Dominica, and the challenges and opportunites the country has.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/10-keys-transition-dominica/

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“I give my every waking moment to the creation of a new narrative, one rooted in possibility, imagination, care, connection and action. It’s my daily practice.”
Rob Hopkins

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“Now you’re all here, and it feels fantastic”: 3 days in France.

Transition Culture - 1 February 2017 - 10:41am

Rob Hopkins reports back from a packed 3 day programme of talks and events in France.

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