I am a shadow dwelling twisted green juice guzzling monkie overlord, inhabiting the DarkPlanet. Using my own oozing brain juice, I go about my days infecting the helpless drones who unfortunately find themselves on my domain.
Australia’s top investigative journalist Jonathan Holmes hosted a special TV documentary on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) on Peak Oil on July 10. This is a very well-executed multimedia presentation representing some key voices on the topic. Highly-recommended, and you can see it here if you have Flash 8.
What is Peak Oil, or Hubbert’s Peak? Here is the official explanation. It has been covered elsewhere on this site and many others, including Worldchanging.com at length, but in case you are new to the idea it involves the peak of a bell-shaped curve that defines global oil production by the late Shell Oil geologist M. King Hubbert who predicted peak of U.S. oil production decades before it happened in the 70s as well as a prediction for global peak oil production which may be true as well. Peak oil is the point on the curve where you reach maximum oil production before the supply begins to fall. The costs of extracting oil as it passes it’s peak gets increasingly expensive, goingskyward long before the actual supply runs out. “This does not mean that the world is running out of oil: it means that we are running out of the cheap pumpable oil that has fueled the economic development of the 20th Century,” – Hubbert’s website.
Although the U.S. Department of Energy’s Robert L. Hirsch has acknowledged the serious nature and ramifications of Peak Oil here in 2005 (“The peaking of world oil production presents the U.S. and the world with an unprecedented risk management problem…”), the Bush Administration publicly remains optimistic about the exploration and supply of oil and in fact has been promoting new drilling proposals, including the recent House of Representatives resolution to end the 25-year ban on offshore drilling.
Other great links on Peak Oil information and resources include Post Carbon, Colin Campbell, and the award-winning documentary End of Suburbia among many others I hope to list later. Please add more in comments.
Things are definitely winding up in a good way at G Living. The crew and guests on our LIVE show had such a blast Sunday and Monday, learning, sharing stories and information, finding inspiration in each other – not your typical tv production environment – a modern home in Venice Canals, a minimal crew, our talented hosts…including Boise Thomas and Tara McNamara…for those wondering what’s been happening, we are reformatting the show- and will be back online next week. Meanwhile, yeah, shooting has been superfun.
Vanessa Sherwood, our Green Chef from Chicago, turned us on to a mind-blowing 10-dish medley of raw exotic summer recipes – so amazing I can only say stand back and stay tuned. Vietnamese spring rolls, Summer’s Bounty exotic summer salad, raw chocolate ice cream, ginger limeade, jerk-marinated vegetable skewers, lemon-strawberry trifle and more…
As the United States heads into a deep economic depression, G Living looks back at what happened to a community urban farm in a depressed industrial part of Los Angeles. The farm was called South Central Farm and was the pride and joy of thousands low income families living in this area.
Julia Hill, Alicia Silverstone and Daryle Hannah all are trying to save the farm.
Julia “Butterfly” Hill is sitting in a tree to try and save the trees and the 14 acre L.A. urban farm from the bulldozers.
The tree-sit has reached Day 11, and Julia Butterfly Hill is on a significant 18th day of her water-only fast. Daryl Hannah has been on the farm 24 hours a day and continues in her commitment to the farmers and the South Central Farm”s survival.
Back in 1997 Julia climbed into a 55-meter (180 foot) tall California Coast Redwood tree. Her aim was to prevent the destruction of the tree and of the forest where it had lived for a millennium. Her action epitomized the tradition of Mahatma Ghandi. She put her own life on the line to save the life of a forest that was under immediate threat of destruction.
A film by the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation shows a remote prestine reef system completely destroyed in just a few years from over warming of the oceans. This is a clip from Current TV.
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The Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) was founded in 1991 to address the coral reef crisis. Since its inception, PCRF has pursued an unprecedented global mission to preserve coral reefs through innovative programs in science, technology and education.
PCRF’s research vessel, the RV Heraclitus, is now completing year twelve of an ongoing expedition to map and monitor the worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s coral reefs. To date, the RV Heraclitus is the only ship continually at sea studying coral reefs on a planetary basis.
To create the first-ever comprehensive baseline map of living coral reefs, PCRF is pioneering a Coral Reef Satellite Mission in cooperation with scientists at College of Charleston, MIT, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SeaSpace, Stevens Institute of Technology and USC.
Today Eric Holthusen one of Shells fuels technology mananger for the Asia-Pacific region, said, Shell is developing bio fuels from wood chips and plant waste and considers using food crops for fuel, morally inappropriate.
“If we have the choice today, then we will not use this route,” Malaysia-based Holthusen said at a seminar in Singapore.
“We think morally it is inappropriate because what we are doing here is using food and turning it into fuel. If you look at Africa, there are still countries that have a lack of food, people are starving, and because we are more wealthy, we use food and turn it into fuel. This is not what we would like to see. But sometimes economics force you to do it.”
HOTTEST YEAR EVER, 2005. Our former Vice President and almost President (the one we all voted for and elected) has focused on a new mission in life. Bringing alternative media to the world. His first act was to start a new network called current tv, and his second is a new movie about Global Warming. The movie is called An Inconvenient Truth, and looks like it maybe an incredible tool to allow people to actually see global warming.
Al Gore lays out the bare facts and the science behind global warming, but I am guessing the visuals will have the biggest impact. The movie compares a series of historical photos of the planet from the past 30 years, to the present day, with shocking results. Ice covered mountains now bare, massive rivers now dry, lush fields now vast deserts. Everyone should see this film… And you can start by watching the trailer.
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