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    Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

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In Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing, Ian Gough places climate change at the centre of his discussion of the social dimensions of wellbeing. The book offers important and deep insight into the relationship between climate change and the global capitalist economy, finds Marianne Takle, and explores how the former demands a qualitatively new agenda in order for […]

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    Floods are not going to go away. Here’s how we can make them less costly.

Floods are not going to go away. Here’s how we can make them less costly.

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Devastating hurricanes in 2017 in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and the recent landfall of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas show that flood events are likely to affect the US with far greater frequency in the near future. Beverly A. Cigler takes a close look at why floods have become so much worse in recent years and what we […]

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    Book Review: California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader by David Vogel

Book Review: California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader by David Vogel

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California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader presents a political history of California’s environmental leadership. David Vogel carefully details how citizen mobilisation, business support and regulatory capacity have iteratively enabled progressive reforms. This is a fascinating case study in its own right, but it also provides broader insights about progressive policy change – both methodologically and substantively, […]

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    Long Read Review: ‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’ by Leslie Sklair

Long Read Review: ‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’ by Leslie Sklair

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In recent years, the term ‘Anthropocene’ has travelled from its birthplace in the Earth sciences into the social sciences, the humanities and the creative arts. In this long read review, Leslie Sklair examines two new books that help us to understand how this unusually fertile coming together of the so-termed ‘two cultures’ has come about. 

From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene

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    Data silos are the greatest stumbling block to an effective use of firms’ data

Data silos are the greatest stumbling block to an effective use of firms’ data

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Resolving inconsistency in systems, formats and strategy would help improve return on investment in data, writes Gaurav Dhillon.

Greater access to data has given business leaders real, valuable insights into the inner workings of their organisations. Those who have been ahead of the curve in utilising the right kinds of data for the right purposes have reaped the rewards of […]

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    What do Republicans and Democrats think about climate change? It depends on where they live

What do Republicans and Democrats think about climate change? It depends on where they live

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As with most political issues, neither Republicans nor Democrats are completely against or in favor of action to tackle climate change. In new research Matto Mildenberger, Peter Howe, Jennifer Marlon, and Anthony Leiserowitz investigate how support for climate action varies from state to state for both party’s supporters. They find that the belief that global warming is happening […]

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    We can’t rely on corporations to save us from climate change

We can’t rely on corporations to save us from climate change

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The demands of radical decarbonisation clash with the imperatives of profit and shareholder value, write Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg.

Climate change is now the ever-present reality of human experience. Late last year we witnessed a procession of huge hurricanes batter the US and Caribbean, the largest wildfires on record burn through California, and in Australia, despite the death of […]

Socially responsible investment is growing at a fast clip

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Financial reward is the key driver; institutional investors are starting to embrace environmental concerns, writes Tim Fright.

The Paris Agreement on climate change took place in December 2015 with signatories agreeing to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius (above pre-industrial levels). The most recent follow-up meeting took place in Bonn, Germany in November. Politicians, NGOs and […]

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    Why Trump’s pull-out of the Paris Agreement may open the door for state Governors to push their own climate action.

Why Trump’s pull-out of the Paris Agreement may open the door for state Governors to push their own climate action.

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In June, President Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change, prompting some US cities and states to reaffirm their own commitments to the agreement. In new research, Katja Biedenkopf looks at how federal inaction can spur state Governors to push for ambitious policies to mitigate climate change. She cautions that such […]

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    Book Review: The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century by John A. Duval

Book Review: The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century by John A. Duval

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In The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century, John A. Duval offers a comprehensive survey of recent environmental documentary films, covering such topics as climate change, peak oil, food and water politics and animal extinction. This is an accessible introduction to the genre, with a passionate commitment to the environment that makes it a work of activism […]

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