As electric vehicles become commercially viable, they have the potential to yield dramatic reductions in air pollution. The UK plans to have no gasoline vehicles by 2030, Norway by 2025, and California by 2035. But what is the best policy to achieve that? Is banning an effective option? Stephen P. Holland, Erin T. Mansur, and Andrew J. Yates provide a framework for […]
Book Review: Planet On Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton
MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation candidate Flora Parkin reviews Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton’s new book, Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown, which encourages the reader to reimagine an economy that can foster a healthy and flourishing environment for all.
This review was originally posted on the LSE International Development blog.
Planet On Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of […]
Book Review: Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness by Joshua O. Reno
In Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness, Joshua O. Reno offers a new ethnographic study of the long retired physical manifestations of the US military-industrial complex in order to unravel the impact of US military waste on the people and communities living outside of formal war zones. This book is an essential contribution to the larger global conversation […]
Building Back Better: Biden has made a promising start with an ambitious international and domestic program to tackle climate change.
When he entered the White House in January, President Joe Biden inherited a country which had abandoned many of its international commitments on tackling climate change under President Trump. As part of our new Building Back Better series, Bob Ward looks at how the new Biden administration has already sought to reengage with the world on climate action and […]
Book Review: Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure and Expertise edited by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton and Janet Farrell Brodie
In Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure and Expertise, editors Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton and Janet Farrell Brodie bring together contributors in a timely call to place ‘toxicity’ back at the centre of public health discussions, exploring different toxic landscapes in North America and Japan to denaturalise the presence of inorganic contaminants in an environment. Revealing toxicity as the outcome […]
If global temperature increase is to be limited to 1.5oC, CO2 emissions must reach net zero in 2050, if not sooner. Consumption of oil must begin to fall in the next few years and fall substantially thereafter – far from the gentle plateauing expected by many in the industry. Gas consumption, considered by the industry to be a “growth engine”, […]
Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program show the moral and political dimensions of addressing Climate Change
For more than 50 years, the National Flood Insurance Program has underwritten flood insurance for homes and small businesses in the US. Rebecca Elliott writes that the way the program addresses flood risk is set to change this coming October. This technical and political transformation will see a move from collective to individualized risk assessments potentially atomizing the politics […]
The COVID-19 pandemic, during which companies around the world are being forced to rethink their ways of doing business, requires thinking about post-crisis business models for sustainability, including the concept of degrowth (taking the focus away from economic growth and into quality of life), Florian Lüdeke-Freund and Tobias Froese introduce business model innovation, combined with sustainability paradigms such as degrowth, as a […]
In Ecocide: Kill the Corporation Before it Kills Us, David Whyte argues that corporations are a critical yet neglected cause of our global environmental crisis. Accessibly written with excellent examples and case studies of modern business conduct, this bold book will be a valuable addition to reading lists, particularly for those studying political economy and business, recommends Atul K. Shah.
Ecocide: Kill the […]