Energy Archive

Orwellian Newspeak and the oil industry’s fake abundance story

When what you are saying is so obviously at odds with the plain truth, it is useful to choose your words carefully to obscure this fact. This was the strategy of the Ministry of Truth, the propaganda

Renewable Energy Provided One-Third Of Germany’s Power In The First Half Of 2014

Thanks to favorable weather and record production from solar and wind power, renewable energy accounted for approximately 31 percent of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014. Non-hydro renewables made up 27 percent of the

Iraq blowback: Isis rise manufactured by insatiable oil addiction

Following the bulk of western reporting on the Iraq crisis, you’d think the self-styled ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria‘ (Isis) popped out of nowhere, took the west completely by surprise, and is now rampaging across the

After the harvest — learning to leave the planet gracefully

Barren field (Flickr / Jonathan Grado) Every time I read the latest bad-and-getting-worse news about the health of the ecosphere, such as last month’s report that the melting of some giant glaciers had passed the point of

What is shared space?

PPS is pleased to announce an evening chat with the preeminent shared space guru in the world, Ben Hamilton-Baillie! What is Shared Space? Shared Space was pioneered by the late Dutch traffic engineer and PPS friend Hans

Soil Science

Shared Planet explores the link between a growing human population and wildlife and there is no other part of the natural world that is under as much pressure as the earth’s soils. We rely on them to

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast downgrade of recoverable oil resources now thought to be available from California’s Monterey Shale. Almost all climate activists have rejected any talk that the world’s

For Our Children’s Earth… rebuilding the soil, sustaining the future.

Child, planting image via shutterstock. Reproduced at with permission. Earth is “the blue planet”, in consequence of its large water body, which weakly absorbs light at the red end of the optical spectrum, so highlighting wavelengths

Thailand militarisation is symptom of accelerating global system failure

Military coups in Thailand are nothing new. But the latest seizure of power by army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha underscores the risks to democracy when governments consistently fail to deal adequately with the complex convergence of systemic

What Happened to My 13 Billion Barrels?

In 2011, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy commissioned INTEK Inc., a Virginia-based consulting firm, to estimate how much oil might be recoverable from California’s vast Monterey Shale formation. Production of tight