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Transition News April 2013

Hi and welcome to the April update on TransitionNC news, events, stories and discussions.

Another information packed newsletter for your enjoyment and education.

I would particularly draw your attention to the various events about to take place, the immerSUN unit that will double the amount of energy you get free from your own renewable energy devices, and the Methane Hydrate article. You might also like to glance at my latest blog here:

Forthcoming events:

14Apr2013: People and the planet: How can we all live and flourish on a finite Earth? Sir John Edward Sulston FRS, British biologist,chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester -
14Apr2013: SuperHome Open Day: opening its doors to the public to explain what we are doing, why and how -
16Apr2013: Sustainable Communities Act in Cornwall: Ask group leaders to vote to use the Act! -
16Apr2013: Transition groups in Cornwall: The goal of the evening is to explore where Cornish Transition stands at the moment, where it needs to go and how the university might support it on that journey. -
17Apr2013: Stories of the Great Turning launch: stories written by people who decided to act, in their own lives, in response to the challenges of our time, and found their own way to make a difference -
29/30Apr2013: Joel Salatin workshop: This is a rare (perhaps his first?)
visit to Britain and an opportunity not to be missed, although expensive -
26-28Jun2012: Global Energy Systems: tackle the energy challenges of rising energy costs, energy security, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

Fossil and Nuclear Fuels – the Supply Outlook: short overview on the future
availability of fossil and nuclear fuels with an emphasis on critical issues -
Methane Hydrates: Pondering the Explosive Implications: Methane hydrates are the world’s largest source of untapped fossil energy -
Solar no longer need subsidies: report stunner: global solar market will become sustainable on its own terms by the end of 2014, no longer needing subsidies -
The world is hottest it has been since the end of the ice age: We are heading for somewhere that is far off from anything we have seen in the past 10,000 years – it’s through the roof. -
How wind and solar are getting cheaper than gas: -
Local Economic Blueprint: potential of community resilience: ‘Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint‘ can be downloaded for free. The Blueprint is the first attempt that I am aware of to map in detail a local economy and to put a value on the potential benefits of an increased degree of localisation. If you like, it identifies “the size of the prize” of Transition. -
Cheap to build & free to run houses: some of the most cost effective and environmentally-sound options for housing -
UK incinerator plans? They're just rubbish: As garbage-burning plants proliferate, Britain could end up with too little waste to put in them -
The World According to The Automatic Earth: five years of wide-ranging discussion on a huge range of issues, in the process of developing the biggest possible big picture of our present predicament... -
Feral elites and the culture of ‘I’m worth it’: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth have been the ideological handmaiden to the creation of contemporary elite entitlement culture. Challenges now facing us, to include environmental imperatives which have been scandalously undervalued and airbrushed as we panic about economic growth in a fundamentally unstable economic system, we must question how far we can tolerate entitlement cultures which serve to undermine us all -

News and events for farmers amongst us at are here:

The library of Learning Resources:

How to Nationalize Money, Not Banks: Is there not a better away? Yes, there is. We need not go back to the gold standard. Keep fiat money, but move from fractional reserve banking to a system of 100% reserve requirements on demand deposits. -
Why peak oil threatens the International Monetary System : This connection is critically important, but far from obvious. -
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 -
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy -
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 -
plus Personal Energy Descent Plan, 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

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

immerSUN: use up ALL of your PV/turbine electricity:
Do you have PV panels on your roof? Do you run a windturbine on your land? If so then you really should get an immerSUN. The immerSUN unit monitors the electricity which is about to be exported to the grid by your renewable energy device(s) and diverts it to your immersion heater, night storage heaters or similar. It will double or triple the amount of your renewable energy used in your own home. -

Energy Revolution Campaign: Over 100 major charities, businesses, unions and consumer groups have come together to call on the Government to support a far more ambitious programme to make all UK homes highly energy efficient. Directly applicable to Cornwall -
Transition Free Press: The Transition Free Press is a new 24-page newspaper containing news, views, and analysis. -
Feed yourself for free: the 12 'Survival Plants' Part 1: While there are hundreds of edible foods to be found in the wild, just 12 plants will provide enough sustenance for you to live on -
what to do if your Transition initiative comes under attack: As Transition groups deepen their work and begin to have a tangible impact, it is, perhaps, inevitable that those who disagree may express their opinions with vigour. -
Banks: Why Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable-
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 -
Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming-
Model for Cornish Energy Independence -
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,, Eradicating Ecocide, REconomy Project, Timebanking UK at

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Good luck and take care


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