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Outage in India Could Be a Harbinger for the Rest of the World

Outage in India Could Be a Harbinger for the Rest of the World | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
India's electric grid is particularly challenged in keeping up with its economy, but grids around the world are at risk from growing complexity and conflicts between water and power.

 

Very good article on India's power blackout in Technology Review.

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On the cusp of collapse: Complexity, energy & the globalised economy

This long but brilliant analysis by David Korowicz of the interconnections of societal complexity, globalisation, energy descent and the economic/financial crisis should be mandatory reading for all decision-makers.

 

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It's Too Late for Solutions

It's Too Late for Solutions | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"There is a clamor for “solutions.” Everywhere I go, people say "Don't be a doomer; give us solutions." And I discovered that the subtext to all that is they really want solutions for allowing them to keep on living exactly the way they are living now. To keep on running Wal-Mart, and keep on running Suburbia, and keep on running the highway system, and the whole kit of parts. And what that really means is that they are looking for ways to add on additional complexity to a society that is already suffering from too much complexity.."

 

Good Podcast with American author James Howard Kunstler at Peak Prosperity.

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Drilling Down: Tainter and Patzek Tell the Energy-Complexity Story

"The energy-complexity spiral occurs because the availability of abundant, inexpensive energy permits increased complexity. Complexity has the advantage of allowing society to solve more problems, but it has the disadvantage of being more costly–that is requiring more energy for its creation. The need for more energy (and the fact that Energy Return on Energy Investment (EROEI) is declining) leads to a need for more complexity to obtain this additional energy, assuring that the cycle continues. With growing complexity, there is an increased risk of accidents that can be expected because of the complex nature of the system, but which are hard for participants to foresee."

The Oil Drum's Gail Tverberg on a new book by Joseph Tainter and Tadeuse Patzek on the Gulf Oil spill, the connection between energy use and societal complexity and lessons for our energy future.

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