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    Book Review: Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age by Nicole Seymour

Book Review: Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age by Nicole Seymour

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In Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age, Nicole Seymour turns attention away from despair at climate change and environmental devastation to instead look at gestures and responses rooted in the comical, the silly and the ridiculous and their capacity to offer sites of resistance. This is a powerful example of humanities scholarship that makes a forceful intervention into […]

What are green jobs and where are they?

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An exploratory study on the magnitude, geographical distribution and effects of green employment in the United States from Francesco Vona, Giovanni Marin, and Davide Consoli.

Addressing grand environmental challenges (e.g. climate change) entails adapting the skill base and, thus, the composition of the workforce. Recent interventions both in the form of environmental regulation or of subsidies – i.e. the American Recovery […]

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    Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicising their environmental certifications?

Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicising their environmental certifications?

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It’s for fears of accusations of greenwashing, argue Chad Carlos and Ben Lewis.

IKEA uses a lot of lumber. You may have become acquainted with that lumber when you sweated over assembling a Billy bookcase correctly. Is IKEA callously felling old-growth forests to prop up our old college textbooks? No, for years it has sourced its lumber from forests certified […]

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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 […]

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