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November 14, 2009


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I expect you have found HT and EC Odum's "Modelling for All Scales".

A shame this is not adapted for high school use. The fundamental ideas you are working on are not beyond the reach of intelligent adolescents, and they are the ones who offer some hope of saving what can be saved of our deteriorating world.

Odum's Environmental Accounting offers a policy framework which is grounded in both the built and natural worlds. Unlike market driven economics.

The EPA has published emergy analyses of West Virginia and Minnesota, two of eight states (including Caligfornia)they analysed using Odum's methodology.

The very brief summary comments on Minnesota's carrying capacity are neutral, but very sobering.

I am glad I live in Tasmania, but remoteness is no guarantee of a future when resources are being squandered so rapidly

Keep at it - You are at the barricades, right now.

Kind regards,


(The "Energy Cocoon" link doesn't work. Delete the 2nd ".html".)

George Mobus


Thanks for the heads up. I've fixed it. Typepad has a new interface that inserts the extra .html onto old urls for some reason when I cut and paste. It has caught me a few times.



This post, more than past ones, really starts to feel like you've just watched an episode of James Burke's Connections ( ), especially with the mention of the jacquard loom.

George Mobus


Indeed I have (not too recently but I have the DVD set at home). Burke is one of my all-time favorite historians. I have his various books as well. The Connections series is something every thinking human being should see!


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