Noah Raford is an urban planner and the Director of Space Syntax Limited in North America. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and recently gave a talk at the London School of Economics titled "Collapse Dynamics: Phase Transitions in Complex Social Systems." This show discusses how complex social systems become inflexible, leading to their collapse, and what strategies individuals aware of collapse might use to cope.
What does a modern, productive food system without fossil fuels look like and how might we get there? In this episode of The Reality Report, host Jason Bradford speaks with Michael Bomford of Kentucky State University. Mike discusses his research on the energy and labor inputs of different farming methods and covers much of the information contained in the booklet “The Food and Farming Transition" co-authored with Richard Heinberg.
As the economy shrinks so does our consumption. Do we view this as a bad thing or an opportunity? Jim Merkel and Peter Lawrence chose to earn less money and live more simply. We’ll find out how they do it, and how they like it on the Reality Report.
Explanations of the economic downturn focus on greed, corruption, incompetence and inequality. But this isn’t the whole story. The Reality Report interviews Jon D. Erickson, Professor at the University of Vermont and Fellow of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics.
This show of the Reality Report discusses household and community food
security through local granaries and local currency. The guest is
Cyndee Logan of Mendo Food Futures, a project funded by the California
Endowment that includes the local, food-backed money called Mendo
Matthew Stein, author of /When Technology Fails: A Manual for
Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency/ is the
guest on The Reality Report. Learn about the "Survivor Personality"
and "What are the best bugs to eat," as drawn from Mat's encyclopedic
Ben Gisin is co-founder and publisher of Touch the Soil magazine, an agricultural magazine promoting resilient agricultural practices. He speaks with Jason Bradford about the crumbling industrial agricultural system and its close relationship with the global economy. With transcript.
In this edition of The Reality Report host Jason Bradford interviews Nate Hagens. Topics in this program highlight how the current financial melt down and impact the timing and severity of peak oil and natural gas--including the dreaded "natural gas cliff" as rigs go idle due to low prices. We discuss whether this means economic growth now over, and if so, how should societies adjust?
The global crises of 2008 all relate to growth in debt, pollution and consumption reaching their limits, but will the incoming Obama administration recognize the new reality? This show discusses "Energy Realism and the Green New Deal" with Richard Heinberg of The Post Carbon Institute. Hear what message Post Carbon Institute is presenting to the incoming U.S. President.