Although oil prices are already causing extreme hardship to the poor in many African countries they are likely to go higher still. South Africa could use its prestige and power to work with its neighbours to prevent living standards getting even worse.
This document was printed for distribution at the energy conference in South Africa.
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According to the World Bank, higher energy prices can hit the poor twice as hard as those in the highest income group.1 A study in Yemen found that a $15 …
Energy Networks Linking Innovation in Villages in Europe Now
The ENLIVEN project is a cross sector partnership led by Irish Rural Link. Partners are: Offaly County Council; Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; Dundalk Institute of Technology; Methanogen; EOS Architects; Martin Langton, Developer; Pauric Davis and Associates, Engineers; Michael Layden, Community Energy Consultant; Sean Riordan, Developer.
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Historically, communities developed in places where resources were available. Today however, many rural communities are in decline because the use of fossil fuels has devalued their renewable energy sources, made the growing of many non-food crops irrelevant, and exposed their food products to price competition from places where land is more abundant.
This project is based on the premise that the tide may be about to turn. Restrictions on the use of fossil fuel in response to the threat of climate change and because of oil and gas depletion are about to make energy supplies scarcer and more costly. Handled correctly, this could create the circumstances in which rural communities will again be able to grow by developing their local resources, particularly those of energy.
Date: October 7-9 2005
Venue: Nano Nagle Centre, Nr Mallow, Co Cork…
Date: Wednesday 12 October 2005
Venue: Cultivate, Temple Bar, Dublin
Without the cheap fossil energy that has fuelled economic growth since the industrial revolution our economies will change radically. What steps should be taken to ensure that Ireland can continue to thrive in a world where supplies of oil and gas are increasingly constrained if increasing energy demand is driving prices higher and higher?
How high will oil and gas prices go?
Will economic growth continue at its present pace?
How will changes in price affect the Irish economy and our way …
Opening Lecture at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin (19:30 Wednesday, June 22nd)
An evening lecture by Richard Heinberg introduced ‘Peak Oil’ and the potential effects on societies, on economies and on the world’s food supply. This lecture was introduced by Richard Douthwaite and is open to a wider audience.
Three Day Conference at the Faculty of Agri-Food and the Environment, UCD
Session 1: Food Under Threat (Thursday Morning, June 23rd)
Session 2: Examining Our Food Supply Systems (Thursday Afternoon, June 23rd)
Session 3: Possible Solutions 1 (Friday Morning, June 24th)
Session 4: Possible Solutions 2 (Friday Afternoon, June 24th) …
Feasta held a major international conference on June 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2005, at the Faculty of Agri-Food and the Environment, University College Dublin, Ireland.
The systems that produce the world’s food supply are heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Vast amounts of oil and gas are used as raw materials and energy in the manufacture of fertilisers and pesticides, and as cheap and readily available energy at all stages of food production; from planting, irrigation, feeding and harvesting, through to processing, distribution and packaging. In addition, fossil fuels are essential in the construction and the repair of equipment and …