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Transition News August 2014

Hello and welcome to the late August edition of TransitionNC news.

Events, courses and many new interesting news stories, papers and articles for everyone. Some of the events and highlights are listed below, but for the full range of stories click . I find this item particularly revealing: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change !?!

It would be great if you could help make sure the next Good Energy renewables project gets planning approval: Send an e-mail quoting 'PA14/02107' in the subject box to and tell them that you support The Big Field wind farm near Jacobstow. Its one of the best renewable installation I have ever come across. Every email helps

Forthcoming events:

30Aug2014: Tresmeer Agricultural Show -
8-23Sep2014: Natural building course: Plan-it Earth Eco Project in Cornwall -
9Sep2014: Unlocking Potential: Application of sustainability to your business -
14Sep2014: Heritage Open Day @ award winning organic farm: hands on experience of usage reduction and installed renewable energy -
18Sep2014: Creating Sustainable Innovation: Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change -
19Sep2014: Environment Day, Launceston: Our aim is to promote individual actions, come, see and help -
20-21Sep2014: Bude for Food: festival will be located on the iconic Castle lawns, in a large marquee. -
23 Oct2014: Resilience Show: Eco-Sustainability Products, Services & Ideas -

News and events for farmers are here:
Health boost for organic food: New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food -
The farming lobby has wrecked efforts to defend our soil: “British soils are reaching crisis point.”, Farmers' Weekly -

Major news stories and opinions from the past month include:

How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling?: progress and obstacles -
Cornwall Council to introduce charges for waste disposal: Appalling decision by the council -
New legal duty to maximise greenhouse gas emissions! : you couldn't make it up -
Global warming: it's a point of no return: collapse of a large part of Antarctica is now unstoppable -
IEA Says the Party’s Over, again: report that should send policy makers screaming and running for the exits, but more likely ignored -
Onshore wind now cheapest energy source in Europe: renewable energy is not only green, but cost-effective -
The "Unstable" West Antarctic Ice Sheet: rise in global sea level by about 16 feet (5 meters) inevitable -
Age predicts opposition to onshore wind: opposition to wind barely registers among the under 45s. Don't let your parents spoil your future! -
Nasa study: civilisation headed for irreversible collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation -
Support The Big Field Wind Farm near Week St Mary: Showing your support for The Big Field Wind Farm is easy -
We Could Be Living in a New Stone Age by 2114: kids need to fix our mistakes -

Many more news and comment stories at and

The library of Learning Resources:

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change: Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel prize in economics for his research on the psychological biases such as "loss aversion", which means that people are far more sensitive to losses than gains -
Fracking 'as bad for climate as coal': UK's dodgy dossier exposed -
The great taboo of our age: It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up. It's the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing -
Economic models are based on a world without limits: In a world with limits, there are feedback loops with causes -
Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics & Community Resilience. The nearly ubiquitous belief of our elected officials is that addressing the climate crisis must come second to ensuring economic growth. This is wrongheaded—both because it underestimates the severity of the climate crisis, and because it presupposes that the old economic "normal" of robust growth can be revived. It can’t -
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 -
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
Cornish people formally declared a national minority -
immerSUN: use up ALL of your PV/turbine electricity:

The Organisations Directory now includes North Tamar and Bude Transition, Green Party South West, Bideford Sustainability Group, Deep Green Resistance, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, various local Transition groups at

Here is our Local Food Directory: and Renewable Energy Directory: with new entries including FarmDrop, Food Assembly in Britain, Yarrow and its Medicinal Benefits

And finally, Transition Matters:, including
Being Here for the Long Haul: Globally it is hard not to feel that we are in apocalyptic times -
Why ‘degrowth’ is gaining traction across the globe: a sustainable alternative to traditional growth-based business -
The Transition Movement: Questions: A mood of defiant positivity is a defining characteristic of the Transition Town movement, but -
Recent Transitions Research: bibliography of Transition Towns related research -
Building Thriving, Resilient Communities: Collection of Resources for You & Your Neighbours -
The 5 factors that will enable Transition to scale up: There is no route map to a powered-down, resilient future -
6 ways to become more miserable: top points to succeed at self-sabotage -
Stories of the Great Turning, Joanna Macy: including a story by Celia -

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