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Dreaming New Mexico – Peter Warshall – TEDxABQ video

posted December 16, 2011

Dreaming New Mexico has built a map of pragmatic and visionary solutions to create a more localized and green economy with greater local self-reliance and enhanced prosperity. Peter Warshall is Co-Director of the Bioneers’ Dreaming New Mexico Project, and a world-renowned water steward, biodiversity and wildlife specialist, research scientist, conservationist, and environmental activist. from 2011 […]

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Rapid rise in Arctic methane shocks scientists

posted December 15, 2011

Rapid rise in Arctic methane shocks scientists By Steve Connor Wednesday Dec 14, 2011, New Zealand Herald Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The […]

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Empty Southwest – Where Did All the People Go?

posted December 11, 2011

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$4B Public-private Program for Energy-efficiency planned

posted December 2, 2011

The following national plan for investing in the energy-efficiency of our buildings is a further evolution of  Ed Mazria’s 2009 Plan which Sustainable Tucson is suggesting as a model to develop a local green retrofit  stimulus program. See the Mazria Plan here:   $4B public-private program for energy efficiency planned Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press […]

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Greenhouse emissions exceed worst case scenario

posted November 14, 2011

The global output of carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the US Department of Energy has calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for last year mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst-case scenario outlined by climate […]

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Obama Delays Tar Sands Pipeline, McKibben Responds

posted November 14, 2011

U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After Election By JOHN M. BRODER and DAN FROSCH published in New York Times 11/10/11 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any […]

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“The world is looking straight into the face of a great depression”.

posted November 13, 2011

New recession threatens the globe as debt crisis grows by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – Telegraph  (UK)  published 11/10/11 Europe’s escalating debt crisis has cast a black shadow over the world’s fragile recovery, threatening to tip large parts of the global economy into a deep downturn and even outright recession. The OECD’s index of leading indicators for […]

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Saying No to WalMart, A Town Builds its Own Store

posted November 13, 2011

Buying Underwear, Along With the Whole Store By AMY CORTESE   SARANAC LAKE, N.Y.   THE residents of Saranac Lake, a picturesque town in the Adirondacks, are a hardy lot — they have to be to withstand winter temperatures that can drop to 30 below zero. But since the local Ames department store went out […]

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The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City

posted November 7, 2011

The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City By Andrew Ross PHOENIX The struggle to slow global warming will be won or lost in cities, which emit 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So “greening” the city is all the rage now. But if policy makers end up focusing only on those who can afford […]

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Sustainability Lessons for the United States

posted October 18, 2011

How Germany became Europe’s green leader: A look at four decades of sustainable policymaking by Ralph Buehler, Arne Jungjohann, Melissa Keeley, Michael Mehling In Brief Over the last 40 years, all levels of government in Germany have retooled policies to promote growth that is more environmentally sustainable. Germany’s experiences can provide useful lessons for the […]

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Occupy Wall Street & the Climate Movement

posted October 10, 2011

Subject: #OccupyWallStreet and the #Climate Movement From: organizers(at)350.org Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 19:49:56 +0000 Dear friends, I’m writing from New York City, where the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking off. What started as a small group of young people with a vague call to action is evolving into something truly inspiring — and […]

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Updated Primer on Ongoing Financial Crisis

posted September 10, 2011

The Automatic Earth is a unique, one-stop website which presents the world’s best current writing on the ongoing financial and economic crises. The following Primer lists key articles and analyses written by the Automatic Earth team. Nicole Foss (aka Stoneleigh) writes: It is time to undertake the yearly review and update of our primer guide, […]

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The peak oil crisis: reality on hold

posted September 9, 2011

The peak oil crisis: reality on hold by Tom Whipple   As much of America bakes in some of the highest temperatures ever recorded and while Washington argues interminably over taxes, budget cuts and debt caps, one is struck by the unreality of it all. When the House of Representatives votes to preserve the incandescent […]

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Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy

posted September 9, 2011

Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy by Richard Heinberg   During recent weeks, evidence has piled up that U.S. and European economies, far from recovering, are swirling back into recession. Failure of American politicians to address the federal debt crisis, the U.S. credit rating downgrade, and increasing fragility of European economies have investors running for the […]

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SEKEM: A visionary Egyptian desert project

posted August 8, 2011

Learn about an important example of sustainable development in Egypt. SEKEM, founded by Ibrahim Abouleish, winner of the Right Livelihood Award — the “Alternative Nobel”   Sekem: Born of the sun  5:17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-D23-OjmoM&feature=fvsr   Ibrahim Abouleish – Founder Sekem Group   9:58 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2tmH1wK2YU   SEKEM English Part 1   9:51 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXXpamUjYmg   SEKEM English Part 2   2:47 […]

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“We are experiencing a high level of uncertainty”

posted August 4, 2011

August 4th , 2011 from CNBC.com   Dow Sinks 500, Worst Day Since Dec. 2008   Stocks plunged sharply Thursday, with the Dow down more than 500 points, in its worst one-day drop since December 2008.   All three major averages tumbled into negative territory for the year as investors were rattled over an intensifying […]

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National Academy of Sciences Issues Warning!

posted May 12, 2011

The Academy of Sciences says: ”Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses significant risks for a range of human and natural systems. Emissions continue to increase, which will result in further change and greater risks. Responding to these risks is a crucial […]

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350 Home & Garden Challenge

posted May 3, 2011

Transition US is committed to enabling action-oriented programs at the national level.  The Home and Garden Challenge is just such an opportunity. Inspired by the the amazing work done in Sonoma County, CA last May where over 600 gardens were planted, we have decided to take it (inter)national this May 14th & 15th. Organizing a […]

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Overpeck Testifies on Regional Drought

posted May 3, 2011

Jonathan Overpeck recently gave testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about drought conditions in New Mexico and the Southwest. Read his testimony here: http://energy.senate.gov/public/_files/OverpeckTestimony42711.pdf

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Farmer/Gardener Alert

posted April 22, 2011

Native Seeds/SEARCH would like suggestions from local farmers and gardeners who grow for local markets.  We want to know what we can trial or grow for seed at our farm this summer that will help the local food movement.  We want to know what crops and what varieties you need to be successful. Contact Bill […]

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Tucson Walk Scores

posted April 21, 2011

Tucson’s overall “Walkscore” is barely passable grade. You might be interested in how various neighborhoods in our community fare. Visit the site here: http://www.walkscore.com/AZ/Tucson

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Good News on the Energy Front

posted April 19, 2011

Russel Lowes recommends the following articles for some much needed good news on the energy front. 1. Global power generation by renewable energy sources outpaced that by nuclear energy for the first time in 2010, a recent report published by a U.S. think tank showed. Read the details here: http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/85866.html   2. Germany will drop […]

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Arizona Transportation Planning Survey

posted April 18, 2011

ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) is putting together a 25 year Arizona transportation plan and has a short 4-question online survey about how to spend its budget on transportation (more highways/road expansion vs. rail and transit). If you have an opinion about this please fill out the survey and pass on the invite. Visit www.whatmovesyouarizona.gov […]

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Bicycle Economics

posted March 21, 2011

Elly Blue has written a series of informative articles challenging mainstream assumptions about the economics of transportation. “Imagine getting a $3,000 to $12,000 tax rebate this year. Now imagine it coming again and again. Every year it grows by around a thousand dollars. Imagine how this would change your daily life.” Read the rest of […]

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Frankenfish Phobia?

posted March 18, 2011

Timothy Egan, writing in the New York Times, has offered a few words of concern about what seem to be quite serious risks from GMO salmon; his message rings brightly in the wake of recent events in Japan…. Read this well written piece here.

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Bike Fest 2011

posted March 11, 2011

Gas Prices Got You Down? Bike Fest 2011 Begins Tomorrow! Tucson, Arizona (March 10, 2011) – Let the fun begin as Bike Fest 2011 kicks off over 20 different events designed to inspire us to park the car and hop on the bike to experience the many benefits bicycling brings to our community. From March […]

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Climate Change and Ideology

posted March 11, 2011

Naomi Klein, who has written a new book on climate change examined the ideological basis of the rising opposition to the science and the public policies needed to address this global threat in an interview with  Amy Goodman: “NAOMI KLEIN: Well, some people believe in climate change, but the main thing is they don’t believe […]

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Resilience 2011: An upcoming conference

posted March 3, 2011

March 11-16, 2011, Arizona State University Welcome to the Conference Website for Resilience 2011; Resilience 2011 website A conference that will bring together scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in the major science and policy challenges that face us all as a result of global change. The conference is organized […]

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The Myth of Electric Vehicles

posted March 2, 2011

The Sierra Club’s new “Go Electric” campaign aims to make a rapid expansion in electric vehicles in the US a reality by advocating for policies that make EVs both affordable and accessible — and by debunking some common misconceptions. You can read the complete article here.

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Water and Natural Gas

posted February 27, 2011

The New York Times reminds us that getting to the natural gas that many see as an alternative source of “cleaner energy” may have equally serious threats to our water supply. In the words of one expert: “We’re burning the furniture to heat the house,” said John H. Quigley, who left last month as secretary […]

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Labelling GMO in Foods? Why Not?

posted February 16, 2011

Mark Bittman, writing in the New York Times explores this issue. “If you want to avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, MSG, or just about anything else, you read the label. If you want to avoid G.M.O.’s — genetically modified organisms — you’re out of luck. They’re not listed. You could, until now, simply buy organic foods, […]

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Monsanto Insiders and Food Safety

posted February 8, 2011

Dr. Mercola (www.Mercola.com) offers a critical look at the background and orientations of several Monsanto insiders who have been assigned responsibility for protecting the public food supply. You may wish to pursue this story further.

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Bad News on the GMO Front

posted January 28, 2011

The New York Times reported that “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa, setting aside a controversial compromise that had generated stiff opposition.” This pending decision has potentially devastating implications for the organic farming effort. Read the entire article here.

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The Year of Living Dangerously

posted January 24, 2011

Michael T. Klare offers dire warnings for the year ahead as we see the impact of climate change at a global political level we’ll not soon forget” “Get ready for a rocky year.  From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the […]

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Our IGT Conversation

posted January 21, 2011

On January 10th, as part of our General Meeting, Sustainable Tucson held its own version of the community conversations being held around the city by Imagine Greater Tucson. After completing a paper survey about what we liked and what we wanted to change about the Tucson region, four groups of people discussed their answers to […]

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Community Conversations with Imagine Greater Tucson

posted January 19, 2011

Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT) is a grassroots effort to define a publicly supported vision and clear action plan to shape the region’s future. The collaborative effort will engage people from business, government, neighborhoods, nonprofits, education and others interested in joining the effort through additional Community Conversations. Check the IGT website regularly for Community Conversations that […]

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Free Crisis Counseling Offered

posted January 10, 2011

OptumHealth announced Sunday that a free help line was established for people in Tucson , Ariz. , faced with the emotional consequences of the recent shooting. Staffed by experienced master’s-level behavioral health specialists, the free help line offers assistance to callers seeking help in dealing with stress, anxiety and the grieving process. Callers may also […]

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Stop Historic Home Demolition in Residential-Zoned Neighborhoods

posted January 7, 2011

Members of our community are urging Tucson’s Mayor and Council to immediately halt all demolitions of historic properties in Jefferson Park and other Residential-zoned neighborhoods and to strengthen and enforce existing SFR (single family residence) regulation. We are sick and tired of our historic properties being destroyed to put up mini-dorms! Visit the website here […]

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Solar off the grid

posted December 26, 2010

The New York Times ran a heart warming story about the spread of renewable energy technology (primarily) solar, that is transforming the lives of the rural poor in Africa (and around the globe). There may be some lessons for us here. Read (and look at the pictures) here.

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Update on Climate Change

posted December 22, 2010

In the final sentence, a New York Times article on measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide ends this way “At midnight Mauna Loa time, the carbon dioxide level hit 390 — and rising.” This fascinating article tells the story of our current path to the future. Read it here.

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Water Study Comments Invited

posted December 17, 2010

Jim Barry, who served as Chair of the citizen’s Oversight Committee for the City/County Water Study, has prepared a Public Comment Report documenting the major issues and themes that emerged during the public process for the two year study. Mr. Barry invites your feedback on the report by way of the Comment Form on this […]

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The Evolution of Transition in the U.S.

posted December 12, 2010

Michael Brownlee from Transition Colorado has written an critical and timely challenge to all who are identified in some way the Transition Movement in the U.S. We owe it to ourselves and our communities to take his challenge to heart. Please download his message here.

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Pittsburgh Bans Fracking

posted November 17, 2010

The Pittsburgh City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance banning corporations from conducting natural gas drilling in the city. The ordinance was drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) at the invitation of Councilman Bill Peduto, and was introduced by Councilman Doug Shields. Read more here.

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New Thinking about Energy

posted November 17, 2010

The New York Times has special section on energy covering: “New oil and gas sources, investing in coal, uranium prices, a diesel comeback and the risk solar storms pose to the power grid.” You can read these articles here.

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Public Hearing on Solar Farm Proposal

posted November 2, 2010

The Pima County Hearing Administrator will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 10th at 10AM in the Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, Basement, Conference Room C. The hearing concerns a proposal to establish a solar power plant at 9000 N. Sanders Rd, on property owned by the City of Tucson. It is […]

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Shockingly Sane Solutions Rally

posted October 28, 2010

2602 E. Grant Road The Rally will be held locally while Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive occur in Washington, D.C. Our rally highlights Tucson organizations that are providing sane solutions to intensifying global challenges. A solar-powered sound system will broadcast the tunes of local musicians, a […]

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Imagine Greater Tucson Community Conversation

posted October 25, 2010

IMAGINE GREATER TUCSON TO HOST FIRST PUBLIC COMMUNITY CONVERSATION IN TUCSON, OTHERS SCHEDULED IN REGION TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 22, 2010) – Imagine Greater Tucson will host its first public Community Conversation on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Resource Room  at the Sentinel Building at 310 N. Commerce Park Loop. Seating […]

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10-Mile Diet

posted October 22, 2010

Vicki Robin has shared some of her insights from her month of existing on a “hyperlocavore” diet: food from no further than ten miles away from her home. There are useful insights for all of us as we think about the links between energy, food, and our carbon footprints. Read the article in Yes magazine […]

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Sonoran Permaculture Guild Workshops

posted October 14, 2010

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010- Natural Building and Passive Solar Design – This workshop includes hands on work with straw bales, adobe blocks, mud based plasters, cement based plasters, and cob. We’ll do hands on building of small structures like benches and walls – projects that you can easily do at your own place to create […]

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One step forward, two steps back…

posted October 6, 2010

Tomas Friedman’s New York Times column describes the well funded effort to reverse California’s pioneering effort to reduce the impact of green house gas emissions. “A.B. 32 was designed to put California on a path to reducing greenhouse gases in its air to 1990 levels by 2020. This would make the state a healthier place, […]

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