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The World Could Reach Peak Coal And Oil In Three Years, Thanks To Cheap Renewables

We’re not running out of fossil fuels, they’re just not going to be worth it.<p>The world could reach peak oil and coal in as little as three years–not because either is close to running out, but because of the falling cost of solar power and electric cars and stronger climate policy.<p>A new report from …

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Trump’s Win Was About Culture. Understand This.

The media have way overstated the economic frustration of Trump’s voters. Their anger was cultural. If you get this wrong, you’ll get everything else …

The normalization of Donald Trump began in “1984”: How George Orwell’s Newspeak has infected the news media

The mainstream media has been complicit in a dangerous rebranding of Trump, his associates and their views<p>The poet Maya Angelou wisely observed, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”<p>In keeping with his fascist and authoritarian beliefs, during the 2016 presidential …

Donald Trump

Degrowth - is it time for a new kind of economics?

With the planet reaching its biophysical limits on what it can provide us, a growing number of economists and environmentalists say we need to switch …

Sustainability

Environmentalists launch 'emergency' campaign to persuade Trump climate change is real amid fears of 'planetary disaster'

One of the biggest ever environmental campaigns has been launched by a group of the world's most eminent scientists and environmentalists in an …

Climate

Here’s How Donald Trump Could End America’s New Feudalism

Trump tapped into a class rebellion among workers left behind our the post-industrial, asset-inflated new economy. It remains to be seen if he’s up …

'Something will crack': supposed prophecy of Donald Trump goes viral

Americans trying to unpick the phenomenon of Donald Trump have turned to a late left-leaning academic, who predicted that old industrialized democracies were heading into a Weimar-like period in which populist movements could overturn constitutional governments.<p>In 1998, the late Stanford …

Donald Trump

Why Power Women Are Micro-Dosing LSD at Work

It's a different type of career high.<p>Karen Smith has a lot on her mind. The 32-year-old lives in Chicago, where, after working for tech startups abroad for 10 years, she moved last year with her husband to attend a graduate program in data science. On top of her academic studies, Smith works 10 to …

The Brain

Denying climate change is only part of it: 5 ways Donald Trump spells doom for the environment

President-elect Donald Trump is no friend to planet Earth. Here are some reasons why<p><i>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.</i><p>If the world's governments don't prevent the planet's surface temperature from increasing more than 2°C, then life on Earth will become a difficult proposition for many …

Climate

We are living in a depression – that's why Trump took the White House

Since 1975, the fruits of economic growth have disproportionately been taken by the few. Donald Trump tapped into the quiet simmering anger of the many<p>Words matter. The process of understanding why Donald Trump is now heading for the White House starts with the correct description of what has …

Economics

There’s no way around it: Donald Trump looks like a disaster for the planet

This is happening. Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States.<p>And there’s no way around it: What he’s planning to do looks like a disaster for the planet (and the people on it). Specifically, all the fragile progress the world has made on global warming over the past eight years is …

Climate

This deck of cards could help you 'master the guitar in every single key'

<b>Another day, another product focused at making learning guitar easy, but this time, it's something a little different... a deck of cards.</b><p>Recently …

Guitar

LORD TURNER: 'We may be at a turning point in the nature of capitalism'

In an interview with Business Insider, Lord Turner said: "We have an economic malaise where the capitalism system is not delivering as well or to enough people to maintain its legitimacy.<p>"There's a certain sort of equality of citizenship that requires that everybody does OK. I think that may …

Economics

The Big Con: what is really at stake in this US election

Big government helped make America great but it was so successful its effect has become invisible. Anti-Washington hatred helps only the super-rich and puts progress at risk for millions living with wage stagnation and rising inequality<p><i>Do you remember, your President Nixon?</i><p><i>Do you remember, the</i> …

Great Depression

Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run

WikiLeaks’ dump of messages to and from Clinton’s campaign chief offer an unprecedented view into the workings of the elite, and how it looks after itself<p>The Hillary Clinton email controversy explained: what we know so far<p>The emails currently roiling the US presidential campaign are part of some …

Silicon Valley

Why do we still accept that governments collect and snoop on our data?

Bulk collection clearly violates global rights to privacy and free speech, and now, with a case before the European court of human rights, is the time to stop it<p>In recent weeks, the Hollywood film about Edward Snowden and the movement to pardon the NSA whistleblower have renewed worldwide attention …

Surveillance

7 Spooky Short Stories to Read for Halloween

You may have your Netflix queue all filled up with scary movies to watch for Halloween, but what about your bookshelf? Here are seven scary short …

The 30 Best Science Fiction Books in the Universe

When it comes to quality science fiction, there’s a lot to choose from. With competing classics from subgenres like cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic …

10 terrifying books to read when you’re feeling spooky

Horror movies are on every Halloween fan’s to-do list during the month of October. It’s fun to have a reason for a re-watch.<p>But it’s also an …

The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing review – work matters less than what you own

Our unfair system benefits rentiers, those who live on income from property and investments – from Goldman Sachs to Uber to landlords. Can capitalism be purified?<p>The time would come, Marx and Engels thought, when there would be only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and all people …

Economics

Algorithms are simplifying humanity

We are entrusting key decisions to flawed and biased formulas<p>For better or worse, America is in the midst of a silent revolution. Many of the decisions that humans once made are being handed over to mathematical formulas. With the correct algorithms, the thinking goes, computers can drive cars …

Artificial Intelligence

Privacy is creating a new digital divide between the rich and poor

How come Facebook knows that I have a mother with Alzheimer’s, a woman asked the other day. She was sure that she hadn’t provided the social medium …

China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives

Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and …

Social Media

The Last Nuremberg Prosecutor Has 3 Words Of Advice: 'Law Not War'

When the Nazi leadership was put on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, in the wake of World War II, the notion of an international war crimes tribunal was new and controversial.<p>British Prime Minister Winston Churchill proposed a summary execution of Nazi leaders. But it was decided that trials would be …

World History

The 9 best fantasy book series

There may have been a time when fantasy novels were the stuff of bookworms and nerds, but in the past 20 years, tales of witches, elves, magic, and …

How to sleep better and enhance your writing

How's your sleep lately?<p>Sleep isn’t just about being a functioning human being; it also has a lot to do with <i>writing</i>. That’s because sleep affects …

Inuit fear they will be overwhelmed as ‘extinction tourism’ descends on Arctic

Visit of giant cruise ship will bring money and tourists to the Northwest Passage, but fears grow for the area’s people and its ecosystem<p>In a few days, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, the Crystal Serenity, will visit the tiny Inuit village of Ulukhaktok in northern Canada. Hundreds of …

Global Warming

The Kind Of Books You Read Have A Much Larger Impact On You Than You Think

When was the last time you fell asleep reading a book? Or which was the last book you finished without being distracted by Facebook or Instagram? …