These vintage photos of early car wrecks will make you grateful for crumple zones
The automobile gave individuals a means of traversing great distances quickly and easily, but that convenience sometimes came at a dangerous price. These photographs hit home just how fragile early cars were, and will make you want to thank an automotive engineer.
No place sacred: ENERGY (review) - Resilience
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, the 195 color, mostly full page — often double page — photographs in the Post Carbon Institute’s latest book, ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, speaks volumes beyond its gigantic sized pages about the energy and environmental predicament humanity is immersed in today.
1846: The Year We Hit Peak Sperm Whale Oil
Energy experts predict that the global production of oil will soon start to decline, what's referred to as peak oil. Now while we may not be there yet, there was a time in our history when we did reach a similar plateau, but it was a very different kind of energy source — one that could only be extracted from the heads of sperm whales.
Welcome to The World's Largest Ghost City: Ordos, China
Built for over a million people, the city of Ordos was designed to be the crowning glory of Inner Mongolia. Doomed to incompletion however, this futuristic metropolis now rises empty out of the deserts of northern China. Only 2% of its buildings were ever filled; the rest has largely been left to decay, abandoned mid-construction, earning Ordos the title of China's Ghost City.
The Age of Oil: Every man a master, every man a slave - Resilience
“If we do commit a sin owning slaves,” said one Alabama slaveholder in 1835, “it is certainly one which is attended with great conveniences.” You can say the same thing about using energy from fossil fuels — it may be immoral, but it sure is handy. And that’s the conundrum that Andrew Nikiforuk examines in The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude.
Our Army of Invisible Helpers
A human power station from the BBC's 'Bang Goes the Theory' where human energy slaves were made to power a single household for 24 hours When I started this blog almost three years ago it had a different title to the one you see today. Scratching my head for a good name for it I decided to call it the Peak Oil Dispatch. My idea was to provide a kind of online resource for peak oil news and other articles relating to the decline of industrial life and catabolic collapse. After all, I was…