The Cancer Stage of Capitalism by John McMurtry

By John McMurtry

In this daring new examine the new out of control unfold of worldwide capitalism, John McMurtry, professor of philosophy on the collage of Guelph, develops the metaphor of recent capitalism as a melanoma. Its invasive progress, he argues, threatens to collapse our society's immune method and--if no longer quickly restrained--could opposite all of the development that has been made towards social fairness and balance. On each continent, in each nation, there are symptoms of profound financial and environmental cave in. From the lands of indigenous groups to the foreign money markets of Asia, from the sea flooring to the ozone layer, the cave in is all-encompassing and deep-reaching. John McMurtry lines the factors of this worldwide affliction again to the mutating assumptions of industry concept that now govern the world’s economic climate. He diagnoses the malaise as a pathologist might a organic melanoma, monitoring the delinked circuits of the worldwide system’s monetised progress as a carcinogenic affliction on the social point of life-organization. within the wide-lensed culture of Adam Smith, Marx and Keynes, McMurtry cuts throughout educational disciplines and limits to penetrate the interior common sense of the system’s difficulties. faraway from pessimistic, he argues that the way in which out of the worldwide situation is to be present in an evolving substructure of historical past which supplies a standard floor of answer throughout ethnic and nationwide divisions. achieving past traditional textbooks, this interesting examine deals a brand new paradigm that is available to clever voters the area over.

Show description

Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives by Riley E. Dunlap, Robert J. Brulle

By Riley E. Dunlap, Robert J. Brulle

Weather swap is likely one of the most important problems with the twenty-first century, providing a tremendous highbrow problem to either the common and social sciences. whereas there was major growth in usual technological know-how figuring out of weather swap, social technological know-how analyses haven't been as totally built. Climate swap and Society breaks new theoretical and empirical flooring by means of providing weather switch as a completely social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, associations, and cultural practices.

This selection of essays summarizes latest techniques to knowing the social, monetary, political, and cultural dimensions of weather swap. From the criteria that force carbon emissions to these which effect societal responses to weather switch, the quantity presents a finished assessment of the social dimensions of weather swap. a better realizing of the advanced dating among weather switch and society is vital for editing ecologically damaging human behaviors and institutional practices, growing simply and powerful environmental regulations, and constructing a extra sustainable destiny. Climate switch and Society presents a useful gizmo in efforts to combine social technology examine, common technology examine, and policymaking concerning weather swap and sustainability.

Produced via the yankee Sociological Association's job strength on Sociology and worldwide weather switch, this publication offers a hard shift from the normal weather swap discourse, and provides a priceless source for college students, students, and execs excited by weather switch learn and coverage.

Show description

Brazil’s Emerging Role in Global Governance: Health, Food by M. Fraundorfer

By M. Fraundorfer

The writer examines Brazil's rising function as an immense actor in a variety of sectors of worldwide governance. via exploring how Brazil's workout of strength built during the last decade within the sectors of well-being, foodstuff protection and bioenergy, this publication sheds mild at the energy concepts of an rising nation from the worldwide south.

Show description

Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security by Kurt M. Campbell

By Kurt M. Campbell

Weather swap threatens not just the surroundings yet international peace and defense besides. Climatic Cataclysm brings jointly specialists on weather technological know-how, international coverage, political technology, oceanography, background, and nationwide safety to take degree of those hazards. The participants research 3 eventualities as a foundation for destiny making plans. the 1st state of affairs tasks the most probably results of the predicted point of weather swap over the following thirty years, according to present medical types. The critical state of affairs, in keeping with a miles more desirable reaction to present degrees of carbon loading, foresees profound and in all probability destabilizing international results over the following iteration or extra. ultimately, the catastrophic state of affairs is characterised by means of a devastating "tipping aspect" within the weather method, might be fifty or 100 years for this reason. during this destiny international, the land-based polar ice sheets have disappeared, international sea degrees have risen dramatically, and the prevailing ordinary order has been destroyed past fix. Climatic Cataclysm analyzes the protection implications of those situations, starting from affliction proliferation, large-scale migration, and elevated low-intensity clash to the danger of nuclear battle. It additionally considers the teachings that may be discovered from earlier civilizations faced with normal catastrophe and asks what the 3 greatest emitters of greenhouse gases—the usa, the ecu Union, and China—can do to minimize and deal with destiny dangers. weather swap may perhaps end up to be the one maximum problem confronting the us and certainly, human civilization. Climatic Cataclysm is helping clarify why. individuals: Sharon Burke (Center for a brand new American Security), Leon Fuerth (George Washington University), Jay Gulledge (Pew middle on international weather Change), Alexander T. J. Lennon (Center for Strategic and foreign Studies), J.R. McNeill (Georgetown University), Peter Ogden (Center for American Progress), John Podesta (Center for American Progress), Julianne Smith (Center for Strategic and overseas Studies), Richard Weitz (Hudson Institute), and R. James Woolsey (Vantage element enterprise Partners).

Show description

Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow: Shaping by Robert Olson, David Rejeski

By Robert Olson, David Rejeski

We take a seat on the doorstep of a number of revolutions in robot, genetic, details, and communique applied sciences, whose robust interactions promise social and environmental variations we're purely commencing to comprehend. How will we count on their affects and make sure that those new applied sciences aid movement us in a extra sustainable path? Environmentalism and the applied sciences of the following day is a set of essays via top scientists, technologists, and thinkers that learn the character of present technological alterations, their environmental implications, and attainable options for the transition to a sustainable destiny. It deals a baseline knowing of recent technological advancements, in addition to vital insights for relocating past business-as-usual by means of constructing extra anticipatory methods to environmental defense and extra entire ideas for selling the transformation of technology.Among the individuals are Brad Allenby, David Bell, Steward model, Michael Braungart, Lester Brown, Joanne Ciulla, Denis Hayes, Hazel Henderson, Amory Lovins, William McDonough, Gary Marchant, David Ronfeldt, John Seely-Brown, Gus Speth, and Timothy Sturgeon.

Show description

Legacies and Change in Polar Sciences (Global by Monica Tennberg, Jessica M. Shadian

By Monica Tennberg, Jessica M. Shadian

Offering case learn analyses of the politics of technology in and round the overseas Polar yr of 2007-2008, this quantity makes a special contribution to ongoing study targeting the connection among technological know-how, overseas politics, legislations and historical past. The participants mix either interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical techniques to have interaction at once with the newest debates in diplomacy scholarship, to incorporate discussions of arctic weather switch, governance matters, reflections at the Antarctic Treaty and the technology - geopolitics interface among others. this can be the 1st finished account to seem explicitly on the courting among worldwide politics and technology via an account of the overseas Polar Years.

Show description

American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for by Giles Slade

By Giles Slade

Some scientists expect the ocean will upward push one and a part meters prior to 2100, yet speedily melting polar ice caps can make the genuine quantity a lot better. within the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and warmth occasions can be annual threats. All it will happen as inhabitants grows, and declining water assets desiccate agriculture. what's going to ensue whilst the U.S. can't supply foodstuff or clean water for the overheated, overcrowded towns the place eighty percentage of american citizens at the moment live?

The excellent news is this total decline of habitability within the mid-latitudes could be matched by way of raises within the wearing skill of carefully populated lands above the forty ninth parallel. This phenomenon means that waves of environmental refugees will commute poleward as southern stipulations aggravate. Our northern lands are our Noah's ark—a important safe haven opposed to the instant of mankind's maximum need.

In this compelling cautionary paintings, Giles Slade argues that we're getting into a protracted interval of world desperation as a way to be characterised via human migration on an remarkable scale. American Exodus is a frighteningly plausible survey of our speedy destiny, however it ends on a observe of desire: we may possibly but live on the arrival century of climatic swap if we act now to defend our shield of final resort.

Giles Slade is the award-winning writer of Made to Break and The immense Disconnect. A recuperating educational with complicated levels in rhetoric and literature, he's usually released in quite a few print and on-line journals.

Show description

Conserving and valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity: by K N Ninan, Achim Steiner

By K N Ninan, Achim Steiner

This can be the main complete booklet to handle the industrial, social and institutional problems in protecting biodiversity. It covers quite a lot of matters corresponding to biodiversity, atmosphere companies and valuation within the context of various ecosystems similar to tropical forests, marine components, wetlands and agricultural landscapes, non-timber woodland items, incentives and associations, funds for environment companies, governance, highbrow estate rights and the safety of conventional wisdom, administration of secure parts, and weather swap and biodiversity.It additionally covers the appliance of environmental economics and institutional economics to assorted instances and using options reminiscent of contingent valuation strategy and online game thought. The publication spans the globe with case reviews drawn from a go element of areas and continents together with the united kingdom, US, Europe, Australia, India, Africa and South America.Contributors comprise Jeffrey McNeely, Charles Perrings, Clem Tisdell, Timothy Swanson, Lucy Emerton, R Kerry Turner, Ian Batemen, John Loomis, Leslie Richardson, Unai Pascual, Timothy Hass, Krystyna Swiderska, Regina Birner, Randall Kramer, Jane Kabubo-Mariara, Ernest L Molua, and others.

Show description

The Corporate Greenhouse: Climate Change Policy and by Yda Schreuder

By Yda Schreuder

This well timed booklet addresses the political economic climate of weather swap. the writer questions the disconnect among the present countryside established negotiation framework and the forces within the worldwide economic climate that: are pushed by means of neo-liberal guidelines, prepared round transnational organisations or overseas creation networks and, refute potent weather switch coverage. With the emergence at the global fiscal and carbon scene of China and India and a number of other constructing economies, the talk on "who is in charge, and who's to pay" can now not be neglected. rigorously researched and sourced from unique paintings and case reports, The company Greenhouse argues that failing to account in weather swap treaties for the actions of transnational firms will prevent suggestions to worldwide weather change. 

Show description