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    Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon

Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon

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In Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics, Ihnji Jon explores how researchers, city planners and the public can develop a bottom-up approach to environmentalism in urban areas, focusing on the cities of Cape Town, Cleveland, Darwin and Tulsa. This book contributes to establishing a new approach to urban research that understands cities as complex environments and stresses […]

Hot tempers can help cool the planet

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When conveyed in a bipartisan fashion, collective anger can be a powerful unifier across partisan divisions. Anandita Sabherwal, Adam Pearson, and Gregg Sparkman write that, by expressing their anger, activists can turn individuals who may be sitting at home stewing into a collective that is emboldened to act. Despite our differences, our anger reflects our shared values, and a […]

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    Book Review: The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty: Decolonizing Nature, Economy, and Society by Franklin Obeng-Odoom

Book Review: The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty: Decolonizing Nature, Economy, and Society by Franklin Obeng-Odoom

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In The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty: Decolonizing Nature, Economy, and Society, Franklin Obeng-Odoom explores scholarship on the commons, showing the weaknesses of existing conceptions and pushing for a more radical vision of commoning land that is bound up in transforming our wider social, political, economic and environmental systems. This book opens an avenue for imagining the possibilities of a new […]

Is infinite economic growth possible on a finite planet?

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Many people believe that economic growth is incompatible with protecting the environment. Alessio Terzi disagrees. He writes that economic growth does not imply ever-expanding extraction of natural resources, or inevitable greenhouse gas emissions. Growth can be made green with the use of new technologies. 

Twenty-twenty will enter the history books as a tragic year for humanity. And yet, if it’s true that […]

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    Book Review: Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero is Not Enough by Holly Jean Buck

Book Review: Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero is Not Enough by Holly Jean Buck

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In Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero is Not Enough, Holly Jean Buck argues that the framework of net zero and its concentration on emissions diverts public and policy attention from the fundamental task of ending the use of fossil fuels to ensure effective and lasting climate change mitigation. Reviewing the book ahead of the start of COP26, Sibo Chen recommends […]

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    Why the conservative case against stakeholder capitalism is faulty

Why the conservative case against stakeholder capitalism is faulty

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There is a groundswell of support for stakeholder capitalism among corporations. But with the movement’s success comes a backlash from conservative voices. Peter Vanham focuses on one such voice, expressed in the book Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam, by Vivek Ramswamy, who decries America’s turn to stakeholder capitalism. According to Vanham, Ramswamy loses the plot in […]

The other merchants of doubt: big oil’s economists

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Climate change is no longer a distant threat. Today climate change-induced disasters—smoke-filled air, freak floods, and huge storms—have become routine events. But how did we get here if scientists have been warning for decades of the impending crisis? Benjamin Franta writes that oil companies used their economic power to delay action, even hiring economists to produce reports saying climate action […]

Book Review: Lessons from Plants by Beronda L. Montgomery

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In Lessons from Plants, Beronda L. Montgomery offers a deep engagement with plant lives, showing how growing our plant awareness can benefit our understanding of human societies and relationships. Inviting us to reflect on the biological and plant metaphors we think with in our everyday lives, this book shows the power of scientists writing about the inspiration that fuels […]

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    Book Review: The Power of Narrative: Climate Skepticism and the Deconstruction of Science by Raul P. Lejano and Shondel J. Nero

Book Review: The Power of Narrative: Climate Skepticism and the Deconstruction of Science by Raul P. Lejano and Shondel J. Nero

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In The Power of Narrative: Climate Skepticism and the Deconstruction of Science, Raul P. Lejano and Shondel J. Nero offer a narrative analysis of climate skepticism, exploring its emergence and transformations as well as its position in the ‘post-truth’ era. This book will help readers to critically understand the social and political construction of public narratives surrounding climate change […]

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    Book Review: Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters by Steve Koonin

Book Review: Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters by Steve Koonin

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In Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, Steve Koonin sets out his scepticism about the science of climate change, arguing that increasing global temperatures could be down to natural variability rather than human activities. Bob Ward finds that the book is not a robust guide to the subject and is based on […]

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