Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …

Creating conditions conducive to life: Why sustainability is no longer enough, yet still very important on the road to regeneration

Daniel Wahl: “We need to learn to design as nature, engage in regenerative design and development, and create diverse regenerative cultures elegantly adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of place. Such cultures would design as nature understanding themselves as healers of local ecosystems and humble caretakers of the community of life — biodiversity — that shares a unique place with us.” “Allied with the community of life …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

January 21, 2019 Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. Megan Kerins, RMI When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in …

Catholicity: attunement to physical world, to have a sense of the cosmos or the whole order of things, including physical and spiritual things

Summary highlights from Ilia Delio’s Cosmos and Catholicity January 25, 2017 References are to the kindle version. Wholeness and wholemaking that emerges from the nexus of catholicity, cosmology, and consciousness. The early Greeks coined the word catholic to describe attunement to the physical order, so that catholicity meant living in harmony with the stars. To live in catholicity was to …

Optimizing Restoration Can Deliver an Eightfold Increase in Cost-Effectiveness

A new study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution presents a novel approach to identify optimal priority areas for restoration, considering multiple criteria such as biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and reduction of costs. In a context of multiple local, national and global targets for ecosystem restoration, the study presents a flexible tool capable of increasing restoration cost-effectiveness by up to eight …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

Rooftop Solar + Storage = Hurricane Energy Resiliency. Roof-mounted systems and nearly all ground-mounted systems in Florida came through Hurricane Irma

Clean Technica, Feb 2018, by Danny Parker Figure 1: Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Florida on September 8th, 2017. (NOAA) Improving Storm Resiliency with Rooftop Solar & Electrical Storage One series of complaints in the wake of Hurricane Irma came from some individuals who had installed solar electric PV systems and then were unable to use the produced solar power …

Half of island without power, but Puerto Rico generation back up to 72%, as microgrid rules are released

GTM Jan 8 2018 Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape With power restored for just about half of the island’s residents, and 1.5 million still without power, regulators look toward a remade grid. By EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT  Cleanup and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29 pages of proposed …

Research shows that every $1 invested in restoring degraded land generates an estimated $7–$30 in economic benefits

Be Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné and Andrés Anchondo Ortega – December 19, 2017 WRI   Costa Rica is a restoration success story. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people—governments, NGOs, investors, the public—are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. , including improved food production, carbon sequestration, and …