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    Book Review: Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics by Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese

Book Review: Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics by Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese

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In Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics, Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese set out a vision of how we can avoid a dystopian future by stabilising the environment and simultaneously working towards a just society. The book reorients the dominant values, priorities and politics of current environmental approaches that have been fuelled by […]

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    Book Review: The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis by Amitav Ghosh

Book Review: The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis by Amitav Ghosh

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In The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, Amitav Ghosh explores the spice nutmeg as a parable for our contemporary climate crisis, showing how human history has always been entangled with earthly materials. Offering a lucid call to action that seeks to inspire a collective response to the crisis, this book is urgent reading, writes Shaan Kashyap.

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    Why renewable energy policy advocates should lobby state lawmakers later in the legislative process

Why renewable energy policy advocates should lobby state lawmakers later in the legislative process

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Under the federalist system, US states have a great deal of decision-making power over a wide range of policy areas. In new research, Srinivas “Chinnu” Parinandi looks at how states can be encouraged to enact renewable energy development policies. Looking at the diffusion of state renewable energy development policy legislation over decades, he finds that state legislators are more […]

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    Book Review: Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds by Jonathan Pugh and David Chandler

Book Review: Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds by Jonathan Pugh and David Chandler

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In Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds — available open access— Jonathan Pugh and David Chandler explore the importance of thinking with islands in the Anthropocene, showing how island thinking and practices can provide solutions to our planetary crises. This thought-provoking book delivers a loud and clear message that a research agenda for island studies is urgently needed in the Anthropocene era, writes Sibo Chen. 

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    Book Review: Interspecies Politics: Nature, Borders, States by Rafi Youatt

Book Review: Interspecies Politics: Nature, Borders, States by Rafi Youatt

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In Interspecies Politics: Nature, Borders, States, Rafi Youatt explores instances in which relations between human and nonhuman beings complicate and transform our conventional understandings of politics. This is an important contribution to burgeoning transdisciplinary scholarship that demonstrates not only the injustices that anthropocentrism inflicts upon human and nonhuman worlds, but also how it makes us systematically misunderstand ourselves, writes Philip Conway.

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    The green revolution will not be led by international treaties, but by persistent voters

The green revolution will not be led by international treaties, but by persistent voters

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The limited progress of climate diplomacy is often imputed to the shortcomings of national leaders who fail to see humanity as one, or their inability to simply follow the science. Alessio Terzi writes that the green revolution will not be made top down by binding international treaties, but bottom up, by the determination and persistence of climate-conscious citizens.

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    Multinationals and renewable energy: boosting innovation through foreign direct investments

Multinationals and renewable energy: boosting innovation through foreign direct investments

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Multi-technology corporations making green foreign direct investments, such as in renewable energy, increase the capacity for innovation in their own headquarters, as well as in their subsidiaries. Access to environmentally friendly knowledge pools in the global economy gives them an advantage over non-globalised companies in sustainability-oriented innovation. Based on these findings, Vito Amendolagine, Rasmus Lema, and Roberta Rabellotti argue that deglobalisation […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Season 4 Episode 2: California: Environmental Policy in the Golden State

The Ballpark Podcast Season 4 Episode 2: California: Environmental Policy in the Golden State

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For this episode of The Ballpark, we head to California to take an in-depth look at the Golden State’s considerable economic power and what that means for its ability to influence environmental policy nationwide. We also discuss the state’s worsening wildfires, and what actions the state and federal government can take to mitigate them. This episode includes contributions from […]

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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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