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Transition News August 2013

Welcome to the August update on TransitionNC news, events, stories and discussions.

Another information packed newsletter for your enjoyment and education to read while you wait for the sun to emerge again!

Forthcoming events:

15-19Aug2013: Uncivilisation, The Dark Mountain festival: Three days of music, art, performance, debate, storytelling and conversations in search of new stories -
23-24Aug2013: positive change in this world: Do you want to learn how to make positive change in this world? -
27Aug2013:Community Energy Group Network event: This event will be all about finance and there will be a presentation from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) about the Rural Community Energy Fund -
4Sep2013: Renewable energy farm proposals at Week St Mary: a combined wind and solar farm. Up to 14 wind turbines and 80 acres of solar panels with a combined potential output of 47MW, enough electricity to power around 19,600 homes -
17Sep2013: Café Scientifique-Energy sustainability in practice: Whole farm approach to sustainable farming without fossil fuels -
22Sep2013: Open Day, sustainability and resilience in practice: Visitors will be able to touch and feel, see and ask questions about all our renewable energy devices and all the whats/ hows and whys -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:
Why the Peak Oilers are still right: by Richard Heinberg - this piece is excerpted from the new book Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future-
The horrifying story of Helen and her boyfriend the police spy by Franny Armstrong -
Aviation – the transport mode most targeted to wreck the climate -
Renewables to surpass gas by 2016: IEA report sees renewable power increasingly cost-competitive with new fossil-fuel generation -
Waiting on new climate deal 'will set world on a path to +5C: The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels -
Peak soil: global food crisis in the making: New research on land, oil, bees and climate change points to imminent global food crisis without urgent action -
Solar will get to grid parity within four years-
Local Economic Blueprint: potential of community resilience: ‘Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint‘ can be downloaded for free. The Blueprint is the first attempt that I am aware of to map in detail a local economy and to put a value on the potential benefits of an increased degree of localisation. If you like, it identifies “the size of the prize” of Transition. -
Feral elites and the culture of ‘I’m worth it’: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth have been the ideological handmaiden to the creation of contemporary elite entitlement culture. Challenges now facing us, to include environmental imperatives which have been scandalously undervalued and airbrushed as we panic about economic growth in a fundamentally unstable economic system, we must question how far we can tolerate entitlement cultures which serve to undermine us all -

Many more news and comment stories at and

News and events for farmers are here:
How to farm properly: We – humanity; the world – need to produce, distribute, and generally treat our food in quite a different way, because the way we do things now is a disaster on every front -
New crop technology to eliminate use of fertilisers: major new technology , which enables all of the world's crops to take nitrogen from the air -
Rip off food industry will continue until consumers reconnect with producers-
6Aug2013: Homeopathy for farmers and smallholders: a gentle system of medicine that has no side effects and is a first choice of treatment on organic farms -
How Joel Salatin markets and sells: This understanding of 'tribe' can be applied to any business large or small -
Allan Savory: Grassland ecosystem pioneer: works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world -

The library of Learning Resources:

Snake Oil: Fracking's False Promise of Plenty casts a critical eye on the oil-industry hype -
We need a new monetary system: defects, problems and solutions -
174 Global Warming & Climate Change Myths: Here is a summary of global warming and climate change myths, sorted by recent popularity vs what science says -
STEPHEN KING: When the money runs out: Western economies may never recover from the financial crisis -
Why can't we quit fossil fuels?: Despite the clean technology of the past decade, we continue to extract and burn fossil fuels more than ever before. If and when we emerge from this insanity, the carbon bubble will burst and those investments will turn out to have been as toxic as sub-prime mortgages. But can we bring ourselves to prioritise a safe planet over cheap fuels, flights, power and goods? -
ENERGY and the Delusion of Endless Growth : Every peak oil-aware person out there knows the difficulty of convincing the energy unaware of energy crisis -
plus Personal Energy Descent Plan, some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet.
So you think you have a pension? - you'd better think again
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic book, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking
and others in
Latest blog:
Farms need to provide large proportion of UK energy:

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles and discussions such as these

immerSUN: use up ALL of your PV/turbine electricity:
Do you have PV panels on your roof? Do you run a windturbine on your land? If so then you really should get an immerSUN. The immerSUN unit monitors the electricity which is about to be exported to the grid by your renewable energy device(s) and diverts it to your immersion heater, night storage heaters or similar. It will double or triple the amount of your renewable energy used in your own home. -

The really, really big picture: economic growth: There isn't going to be enough net energy for the economic growth we want, by Chris Martenson -
Ten Charts That Make Clear The Planet Just Keeps Warming-
Model for Cornish Energy Independence -
Cornish Devolution : the whys and what for's of Cornish devolution and Cornish Assembly with law making powers - an essential step to safeguard our few advantages for the benefit of Cornwall residents: food and renewable energy

The Organisations Directory now includes The Cornish Green Party, Deep Green Resistance, Reversing community decline in Cornwall at

Here is our Local Food Directory: and Renewable Energy Directory:

And finally, Transition Ideas and Solutions:, including
Living on the Land - at Last! by Patrick Whitefield -
Stories of the Great Turning, Joanna Macy: including a story by Celia Sousek about Cottage Farm -
Energy Storage for Grid Connected PV/Wind Systems: Never be without power -

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