Showing posts from June 7, 2016

Chile Producing So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving Electricity Away for Free

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[The country’s central grid has increased four-fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. We need to stop listening to the vested interests in North America that keep sneering that it can't be done and simply do what is already being done around the world. *RON*]
By Lorraine ChowEco Watch / AlterNet, 4 June 2016

Thanks to Chile’s major investments in renewables, the Latin American country is seeing an incredible solar boom.
Chile Has So Much #Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free— In Sun We Trust (@InSunWeTrust) June 3, 2016 In a new Bloomberg report, Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free, solar capacity from the country’s central grid has increased four fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. Another 1.4 gigawatts will be added this year with many solar power projects under development.

Α Τhird World War?

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[Subtitled: Our Prospects Against The Russians And Chinese In World War III. *RON*]

By Paul Craig Roberts, Defend Democracy Press, 4 June 2016

May 28, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – The Saker reports that Russia is preparing for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression but because Russia is alarmed by the hubris and arrogance of the West, by the demonization of Russia, by provocative military actions by the West, by American interference in the Russian province of Chechnya and in former Russian provinces of Ukraine and Georgia, and by the absence of any restraint from Western Europe on Washington’s ability to foment war.

Like Steven Starr, Stephen Cohen, myself, and a small number of others, the Saker understands the reckless irresponsibility of convincing Russia that the United States intends to attack her.

It is extraordinary to see the confidence that many American…

Value of eco crimes soars by 26% with devastating impacts on natural world

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[The environment vs. capitalism. Environmental crime is now the world’s fourth biggest crime and is a growing threat to security and natural resources, say UN and Interpol. It's precisely like being blind: capitalism possesses no sense-organ that allows it to perceive damage to the environment or other crimes against humanity. Another reason to help to fight against so-called 'free trade' agreements that try to erode environmental protections. *RON*]
Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 3 June 2016
The value of the black market industry behind crimes such as ivory smuggling, illegal logging and toxic waste dumping has jumped by 26% since 2014 to between $91bn (£62bn) and $258bn, according to an assessment by the UN and Interpol.

Environmental crime is now the world’s fourth largest illicit enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking and has outstripped the illegal trade in small arms.

How to Prepare for a Collapse in 9 Steps – a Case Study with David Holmgren

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[This one's from a year ago, and maybe it's just because I noticed a couple of these articles lately, but I have the impression that I'm running across a growing number of these "what to do when the world ends" articles in my feeds lately. By the way, there's no necessary association between permaculture growing techniques and end-of-the-world thinking. There are a number of people in the community garden I belong to who use these practices, simply because they think it's a better way to grow things. *RON*]

William Horvath, Walden Labs, 24 June 2015

It’s 2025, the long troubled financial markets have finally crashed the overleveraged banking system and the world is experiencing global depression on a massive scale. Precipitated by environmental destruction, heatwaves are scorching the planet, destroying the monoculture food crops, and there are food riots in every major city. In order to maintain the social order upon…

Working people face homelessness as rental competition heats up

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[Class wars. A growing number of people who work in Metro Vancouver are facing the prospect of homelessness, being pushed out of the pricey market. "...26 per cent of people using emergency homeless shelters have jobs and almost one-third of the year-round shelter population have paying jobs." See also:'A hallway is not a bedroom': Twitter mocks miserable Vancouver rent ads*RON*]
CTV Vancouver, 2 June 2016

With the high demand for buying property and the lack of rental housing, some working Vancouverites could be facing homelessness.

Single mother Robyn Nelson said she is scrambling to find an affordable place to live with her two boys. Despite working as a hairdresser, Nelson is unable to find a place to rent in Metro Vancouver and said she has been on the search for a place across the Lower Mainland.

“We’re contending with at least 50 to 100 other people in all of these open houses,” Nelson told CTV News.

According to the lates…

Saudi Arabia approves plan to diversify economy

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[Yet Alberta still can't wake up and smell the coffee. *RON*]
Reuters, posted in Al Arabiya, 7 June 2016

Saudi Arabia plans to more than triple the government's non-oil revenues and clamp down on public-sector salaries over the next five years, cabinet ministers said on Monday as they described reforms designed to reduce the economy's dependence on oil and build a sustainable future.

The National Transformation Plan (NTP) aims to boost non-oil revenue to 530 billion riyals ($141 billion) by 2020, creating some 450,000 non-government jobs, according to comments by ministers and documents distributed to reporters in Jeddah.

The plan aims to "enhance the level and quality of services" provided by government and "achieve a prosperous future and sustainable development," it said.

The NTP, which includes over 500 projects and initiatives as well as performance indicators for ministries and other government agencies, will co…