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Transition News February 2013

Welcome to the February update on TransitionNC news, events, stories and discussions.

The facts about Global Warming are just not getting through to the public, so here is my bit:

If Global Warming exceeds 2C then natural positive feedback processes will push it to 6C with unstoppable force, which will result in the desertification of most of the planet surface.
So far global temperature has risen by 0.8C and a further 0.8C worth of CO2 is already in the atmosphere. We therefore have just 0.4C to play with before the planet will be set to become largely uninhabitable by humans.

Fossil fuel reserves already known but not yet dug up and burnt will, if burnt, produce four times more CO2 than is required to push us through the 2C barrier. And of course every oil company is looking for more.

The only solution that anyone has ever come up with is to leave much of the coal, oil, gas, shale gas and oil, tar sands and heavy oils in the ground, not burn them and instead switch as rapidly as is feasible to renewable energy, including numerous wind turbines, solar panels, AD plants, wave and tidal energy, energy storage facilities and even nuclear power.

That is why it is our duty to our children and grandchildren to support just about every proposal for renewable energy project at least up to the level of local energy consumption. Anything else is tantamount to generational genocide.

(Extract from my newspaper article, also published in a full version as a blog on TransitionNC.org) Here are a few events of interest and numerous news stories, showing that at least some reporters are aware of the horrendous situation our civilisation is in.

Forthcoming events:

29Jan2013: Economics – what is it good for? Economics is getting a bad name. With the global financial crisis it would appear that it is out of touch with the physical reality of living on a finite planet. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2822#comment-2822
30Jan2013: How to visualise more sustainable futures: Professor Dave Hicks will share his expertise in helping teachers and young people think about the future - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2805#comment-2805
7Feb2013: Introducing a new Producer Market: Tamar Grow Local, Tavistock College and Transition Tavistock - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2828#comment-2828
8Feb2013:Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Farms: A focus group meeting with farmers, for farmers, by farmers - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/97/2808#comment-2808
10Mar2013: How to run your house on free energy: Winners of the Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme Award open their house - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2798#comment-2798
19Mar2013: Renewable Energy Marketplace: south west's biggest energy event covering renewables, efficiency measures and generation - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2815#comment-2815
29/30Apr2013: Joel Salatin workshop: This is a rare (perhaps his first?)
visit to Britain and an opportunity not to be missed, although expensive - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/97/2830#comment-2830
26-28Jun2012: Global Energy Systems: tackle the energy challenges of rising energy costs, energy security, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12/2779#comment-2779

All these and others listed in http://www.transitionnc.org/node/12

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

Lord Stern: climate change – it's far, far worse: Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is 'on track' for 4C rise - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2825#comment-2825
The 'carbon bomb' is ticking: the ‘Point of No Return’ making it almost impossible to avoid global temperature rises of 5 – 6C - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2820#comment-2820
World Economic Forum: climate 'increasingly dangerous': grave threats from 'markets and mother nature' - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2806#comment-2806
2012: the year we abandoned the natural world: It was the year of living dangerously. In 2012 governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority over an immediate concern, however trivial. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2800#comment-2800
Wind energy could surpass global power demand: It's a huge scale-up … but not unimaginable - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2789#comment-2789
Another Government cop-out on emissions:
No comment ... speaks for itself. Exasperated - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2782#comment-2782

Peer-to-peer lending boom could make banks obsolete: The days of the banking middlemen may be numbered - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2781#comment-2781

Why is Britain clinging to the delusion that growth will return?: To buy any of this economic downgrading/upgrading, one has to partake of the collective delusion about the return of "growth". Fool's gold indeed. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2770#comment-2770
We must leave most of our fossil fuels in the ground: truly global implications of the International Energy Agency's 2012 report lie in the quietly devastating statement that no more than one-third of already proven reserves of fossil fuels can be burned by 2050 if the world is to prevent global warming exceeding the danger point of 2C. This means nothing less than leaving most of the world's coal, oil and gas in the ground - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2752#comment-2752
Climate change: the terrible truth: What really shook me up is when he raised the spectre of people starving in this country within 20 years as climate change disrupts global food supplies. Did I hear him right? In the UK? - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2750#comment-2750
Our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan: Cutting household costs is vital, but that can only be part of a much wider approach to how we keep the nation going - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2724#comment-2724
50 months to avoid climate disaster? beyond 2C increase an environmental "domino effect" is likely to operate in a volatile and unpredictable dynamic accelerating and reinforcing the warming effect - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2692#comment-2692
Peak cheap oil is an incontrovertible fact, The Telegraph: disturbing pattern has emerged where each tentative recovery in the world economy sets off an oil price jump that it turn aborts the process - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/53/2675#comment-2675

News and events for farmers amongst us at are here: http://transitionnc.org/node/97

The library of Learning Resources:

Why peak oil threatens the International Monetary System : This connection is critically important, but far from obvious. - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2809#comment-2809
Redesigning Civilization - with Permaculture - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2802#comment-2802
ENERGY and the Delusion of Endless Growth : Every peak oil-aware person out there knows the difficulty of convincing the energy unaware of energy crisis - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2801#comment-2801
Resilience: Why so many parents today are getting it wrong - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2766#comment-2766
Renewable Energy: The Vision And A Dose Of Reality: The world stands on the precipice - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2733#comment-2733
A revolutionary paper by the International Monetary Fund: IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2732#comment-2732
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2342#comment-2342
Peak Oil: You don't have to take my word for it : If you write about, speak about, or talk with your family, friends and co-workers about peak oil, you've almost certainly been asked: "Well, who else is saying what you're saying?" here is the answer - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50/2315#comment-2315
plus Personal Energy Descent Plan item of some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet.
So you think you have a pension? - you'd better think again
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic book, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking
and others in http://www.transitionnc.org/node/50

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles and discussions such as these

Good Energy proposals for Weeks St Mary Energy Park - summary: producing enough clean electricity to power around 20,000 homes - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/71/2817#comment-2817
What’s so good about Good Energy? Article about the Week St Mary Renewable Energy Park for local Parish magazines in Week St Mary, Jacobstow, Warbstow and North Petherwin - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/71/2819#comment-2819
Banks: Why Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2816#comment-2816
The really, really big picture: economic growth: There isn't going to be enough net energy for the economic growth we want, by Chris Martenson - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2814#comment-2814
Impotence, Leverage and Central Banking- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2778#comment-2778
The economics of oil dependence: a glass ceiling to recovery: Why the oil industry today is like banking was in 2006 - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2764#comment-2764
We're Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions: Famous investor, previously not interested in climate change or peak oil, is describing much the same problems that brought the Transition Movement into existence. The world of business is at last catching up! - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2759#comment-2759
Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming- http://www.transitionnc.org/node/105/2728#comment-2728
Model for Cornish Energy Independence - http://www.transitionnc.org/node/44/2057#comment-2057
Cornish Devolution : the whys and what for's of Cornish devolution and Cornish Assembly with law making powers - an essential step to safeguard our few advantages for the benefit of Cornwall residents: food and renewable energy

The Organisations Directory now includes Café Scientifique Launceston, Frack Off, CornwallTogether.com, Eradicating Ecocide, REconomy Project, Timebanking UK at http://transitionnc.org/node/44

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Good luck and take care

Paul
www.TransitionNC.org
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