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Its gas production peaked around , and has declined by about a third.

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Simultaneously, as domestic oil consumption has steadily increased - in fact almost doubling since - this has eaten further into declining production, resulting in net oil exports plummeting by nearly half since These local conditions are being exacerbated by global structural realities. Record high global food prices impinge on these local conditions and push them over the edge. But the food price hikes, in turn, are symptomatic of a range of overlapping problems.

Global agriculture's excessive dependence on fossil fuel inputs means food prices are invariably linked to oil price spikes. Naturally, biofuels and food commodity speculation pushes prices up even further - elite financiers alone benefit from this while working people from middle to lower classes bear the brunt. Of course, the elephant in the room is climate change.

The scenario is based on a projected rise of 2. This is likely to be a very conservative estimate. Considering that the current trajectory of industrial agriculture is already seeing yield plateaus in major food basket regions, the interaction of environmental, energy, and economic crises suggests that business-as-usual won't work. The epidemic of global riots is symptomatic of global system failure - a civilisational form that has outlasted its usefulness.

We need a new paradigm. Unfortunately, simply taking to the streets isn't the answer. What is needed is a meaningful vision for civilisational transition - backed up with people power and ethical consistence. It's time that governments, corporations and the public alike woke up to the fact that we are fast entering a new post-carbon era, and that the quicker we adapt to it, the far better our chances of successfully redefining a new form of civilisation - a new form of prosperity - that is capable of living in harmony with the Earth system.

But if we continue to make like ostriches, we'll only have ourselves to blame when the epidemic becomes a pandemic at our doorsteps. And How to Save It among other books. Steve Kavanagh, a deputy assistant commissioner, said there were three times as many officers on duty on Sunday night as there had been when rioting broke out in Tottenham on Saturday, and promised that even more would be deployed on Monday.

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In an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, when asked whether the police would be able to prevent a third night of disorder, he said: Asked if he could guarantee that rioting would not happen on Monday night, he replied: The police were already facing criticism for allowing rioting to break out in Tottenham after what started as a peaceful protest over the death of Mark Duggan at the hands of police armed response officers, and Sunday night's events will intensify claims that the police response has been inadequate. Kavanagh denied this, saying: We experienced a very rapid increase in the level of violence.

Kavanagh defended Chief Superintendent Sandra Looby, the Tottenham police chief who has been criticised in the media for reportedly flying to Florida on Saturday, just before the rioting broke out. Kavanagh said there were no warnings that a riot would break out, that Looby had handed control to a senior officer and that she was returning to the UK because she was "very committed to that borough".

In a statement issued on Monday morning — before it emerged that she would be returning to the UK to take charge — May said: Many have been arrested and further arrests will be made.

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Asked why the prime minister had now decided to return, a Downing Street source said: But apparent "copycat" riots continued to spread in the wake of Tottenham's riots on Saturday precipitated by the fatal shooting by police of Mark Duggan, 29, a father of four, last Thursday. So far people have been arrested and 36 charged.

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The violence erupted in daylight in Hackney, east London, where police confronted rioters hurling missiles and setting fire to bins and cars. One officer could be seen lying on the ground after being struck on his shield by a missile. In Hackney's Pembury Estate, the centre of the violence in east London, masked youths — both men and women — helped carry debris, bins, sticks and motorbikes, laying them across the roads to form a flaming boundary to the estate.

Several buildings were set alight in Croydon, south London, one massive fire consuming the year-old Reeves furniture store. The fires were so severe that approach roads into Croydon were thick with smoke leaving some residents struggling to see or breathe. It's just gone, it's five generations.

My father is distraught at the moment. It's just mindless thuggery," said owner Trevor Reeves.

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A bus was torched in Peckham as police struggled to respond to the spread of sporadic incidents. Witnesses said a strong mob cheered as a shop in the centre of Peckham was torched and one masked thug shouted: A baker's next door was also alight. Others were just watching on from their homes open-mouthed in horror. At Clapham junction, looters — some as young as 14 — moved from shop to shop laughing as they smashed shop windows and clearing shelves of stock, unimpeded by over-burdened police.

Tim Godwin, acting Metropolitan police commissioner, made a direct appeal to parents to get their children off the streets. Reassuring Londoners police were there in numbers, Godwin added: