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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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    Environmental direct action may be forgiven by voters if they can see that conventional politics are not working.

Environmental direct action may be forgiven by voters if they can see that conventional politics are not working.

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Recent environmental activist protests like Extinction Rebellion are not new: groups including Earth Liberation Front and Earth First! have been using direct action tactics for decades. But with political polarization and political violence seemingly on the rise, are we likely to see more forceful or violent environmental protests? In new research, Ben Farrer and Graig Klein look at the […]

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    Book Review: The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power by Megan Black

Book Review: The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power by Megan Black

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In the award-winning book The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power, Megan Black traces the activities of the US Department of the Interior from its founding in 1849 to the 1980s, showing how a government organ best known for managing domestic natural resources became a key site of soft power that supported and projected American power globally, particularly enabling the […]

The road to zero emissions

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The dice are loaded in the game to survive global heating. We need a radical plan to win, write Klaudia Chmielowska and Rod Dowler.

War-games are old hat. Destroying a tank, a battalion, even an army, pales to insignificance compared to laying waste to an entire planet in the global heating game. Let us say, the dial to climate catastrophe […]

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    When it comes to harmful air pollution, denser cities aren’t greener cities. 

When it comes to harmful air pollution, denser cities aren’t greener cities. 

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Where urban planning is concerned, the conventional wisdom is that more compact cities are greener. While this may be the case for greenhouse gas emissions, new research on US cities from Sefi Roth and Felipe Carozzi find that denser cities are also more likely to have greater concentrations of harmful air pollution which can be detrimental to human health and well-being.

Air pollution is bad for us. We all […]

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    War rhetoric is rarely the best way to communicate about climate change

War rhetoric is rarely the best way to communicate about climate change

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We must move away from the language of cost, hardship and sacrifice, and towards innovation, growth and investment opportunities, writes Josh Burke.

Wartime rhetoric, especially harking back to World War II, pervades public discourse in many fields. In the UK, this is currently a device associated particularly with the Brexit ‘debate’. But here and around the world such emotive framing […]

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    To pass climate legislation, Democrats should link it with labor protection

To pass climate legislation, Democrats should link it with labor protection

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Alleviating climate change by moving to a carbon-neutral economy will not come without cost – those employed in carbon-intensive industries are likely to experience job losses and dislocation, and this can have electoral implications for those that represent them. By studying 2009’s American Clean Energy and Security Act, Daniel Yuichi Kono finds that lawmakers who represented districts with more […]

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    US factories are polluting less, but regulation rollbacks threaten air quality

US factories are polluting less, but regulation rollbacks threaten air quality

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Stringent environmental regulation explains most of the decrease in pollution emissions from US manufacturing, write Joseph S. Shapiro and Reed Walker.

In the 1960s, there were worries that U.S. economic growth would lead to increasingly dangerous levels of pollution, and that by the year 2000, air pollution would make cities like Los Angeles and New York uninhabitable. Instead, U.S. air […]

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    Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

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In Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, Bruno Latour explores the political and philosophical challenges proper to a time defined by an environmental and socio-economic crisis. Rodrigo Muñoz-González welcomes this energetic, compelling and provocative attempt to find an alternative vision to the contradictory and flawed project of modernity. 

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Bruno Latour (trans. by Catherine […]

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