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    Book Review: Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure and Expertise edited by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton and Janet Farrell Brodie

Book Review: Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure and Expertise edited by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton and Janet Farrell Brodie

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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 […]

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    The oil and gas industry will need to scale back much faster to limit warming to 1.5°C

The oil and gas industry will need to scale back much faster to limit warming to 1.5°C

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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”, […]

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    Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program show the moral and political dimensions of addressing Climate Change

Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program show the moral and political dimensions of addressing Climate Change

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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 […]

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    ‘Degrowth’ inspires business model innovation for a sustainable post-COVID economy

‘Degrowth’ inspires business model innovation for a sustainable post-COVID economy

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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 […]

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    Book Review: Ecocide: Kill the Corporation Before it Kills Us by David Whyte

Book Review: Ecocide: Kill the Corporation Before it Kills Us by David Whyte

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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. 

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    Lessons from the world’s largest market-based approach to lowering CO2 emissions

Lessons from the world’s largest market-based approach to lowering CO2 emissions

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The Paris agreement can learn from the political idiosyncrasies of the Kyoto protocol’s ‘Clean Development Mechanism’, write Hans Rawhouser, Shon Hiatt and Michael Cummings.

 

As part of the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as foment sustainable development in developing economies. Carbon offsets are created when private project developers undertake […]

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    There is more pollution when Congress and state Governorships are under Republican control

There is more pollution when Congress and state Governorships are under Republican control

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Republican politicians have been portrayed traditionally as having less concern for the environment, but what does the evidence say about the GOP and pollution? In new research, Luke Fowler and Jaclyn Kettler examined 20 years’ of data on state-level toxic waste releases. They found that there was likely to be more pollution when the US Congress and state Governorships […]

How to address sustainability risk in a dangerous universe

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Cost-benefit analysis using discount rates may not be our best option for a sensible intergenerational outcome, writes Kevin R. James.

While our galaxy is full of planets that could harbour life, there is no evidence that any of them besides our own actually do. This observation suggests that the universe is a dangerous place and that we may be facing […]

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    How the federal government can learn from green bank innovation in the states

How the federal government can learn from green bank innovation in the states

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As concern about climate change continues to grow, so does interest in developing cleaner energy sources. Matthew J. Razzano looks at how some US states have created green banks, which aim to finance green projects by promoting private investment. Green banks in states like New York and Connecticut, he writes, could provide a road map for the federal government […]

Book Review: After Extinction edited by Richard Grusin

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What comes after extinction? In After Extinction, editor Richard Grusin brings together contributors to address this question by considering extinction within cultural, artistic, media and biological debates. This is a timely contribution to contemporary discussions regarding the future of our planet, writes Anda Pleniceanu, that will leave readers with a renewed perspective on the relevance of the humanities to understanding our […]

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