According to a report in the LA Times Air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil and gas drilling method which is being promoted in areas of the West of Ireland, may contribute to “acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites”. Critics have largely focused so far on fracking’s possible contamination of underground and surface water, but it presents other problems too: studies have shown that air pollution at many of these sites is greater than in surrounding areas.
The Savory Institute has strong ties with Feasta: Allan Savory delivered the Feasta annual lecture in 2009. Partly as a result of this and of Richard Douthwaite’s subsequent recommendation, he went on to win the Buckminster Fuller award in 2010.
Dynamic experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, local food movement, human health, conservation biology and alternative finance will present their views at this conference. These world renowned experts include Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust, celebrity farmer Joel Salatin, world-renowned permaculture consultant Darren Doherty, and soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham, and author
There’s an interesting excerpt here from the environmental documentary “Mother” on the under-recognised problems with economic growth, including the fact that sprawl always ends up costing a municipality more than it brings in. Also some great imagery of the craziness of mass industrialisation.
- From Our Archives: The Problem with Economic Growth
- Economic growth, population growth and climate change
- What could a post-growth society look like and how should we prepare for it?
- Slideshow on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from the UNSCD meeting
- 1999 Feasta Annual Lecture: Uneconomic Growth in Theory and in Fact – Herman Daly
In a crystal-clear Huffington Post article, Molly Scott Cato explains why liberating ourselves from the private credit model of money creation is a necessary first step on the path to a more just, sustainable society.
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Michael Layden and Emer O'Siochru had a discussion about the Irish Department of Agriculture's recent document "Food Harvest 2020" - described by Michael as 'surreal' - which you can read here.
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Sean Conlan has organised a second webinar on transforming education and healthcare which is open to all by invitation. It will take place on Friday 28 February 2014. If you’re interested please register here. A Youtube video of the event will be available to watch after it takes place.
- European Health Future Forum webinar: the transformations of self care and self learning
- Transforming Finance: notes from the conference on 10th May 2013
- Occupy Education: Two reviews
- Challenging (Un)certainties – the Future of Education and Sustainability – May 23-25
- Seminar: ‘Strengthening the role of the Irish Higher Education