Opinion | Time to Panic – The New York Times


By David Wallace-Wells

Mr. Wallace-Wells is the author of the forthcoming “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.”

Feb. 16, 2019

The age of climate panic is here. Last summer, a heat wave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tires and the sneakers of those trying to escape the flames. Pacific hurricanes forced three million people in China to flee and wiped away almost all of Hawaii’s East Island.

We are living today in a world that has warmed by just one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 1800s, when records began on a global scale. We are adding planet-warming carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at a rate faster than at any point in human history since the beginning of industrialization.

In October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released what has become known as its “Doomsday” report — “a deafening, piercing smoke alarm going off in the kitchen,” as one United Nations official described it — detailing climate effects at 1.5 and two degrees Celsius of warming (2.7 and 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). At the opening of a major United Nations conference two months later, David Attenborough, the mellifluous voice of the BBC’s “Planet Earth” and now an environmental conscience for the English-speaking world, put it even more bleakly: “If we don’t take action,” he said, “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

Scientists have felt this way for a while. But they have not often talked like it. For decades, there were few things with a worse reputation than “alarmism” among those studying climate change.

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Moorings: Portuguese Expansion and the Writing of Africa, Josiah Blackmore

In this first book to study Portuguese texts about Africa, Moorings brings an important but little-known body of European writings to bear on contemporary colonial thought. Images of Africa as monstrous, dangerous, and lush were created in early Portuguese imperial writings and dominated its representation in European literature.

Moorings establishes these key works in their proper place: foundational to Western imperial discourse. Attentive to history as well as the nuances of language, Josiah Blackmore leads readers from the formation of the “Moor” in medieval Iberia to the construction of a full colonial imaginary, as found in the works of two writers: the royal chronicler Gomes Eanes de Zurara and the epic poet Lu s de CamAes. Blackmore’s original work helps to explain how concepts and mythsOCosuch as the “otherness” of Africa and Africans Cooriginated, functioned, and were perpetuated. Delving into the Portuguese imperial experience, Moorings enriches our understanding of historical and literary imagination during a significant period of Western expansion.

Civilsation Could End – But That’s Not the Worst Thing

Thom Hartmann Program   Published on Feb 19, 2019

How close are we to wrecking the planet and have we reached the point of no return? Could civilization end soon? The reports Thom highlights, seem to think so. Global climate change is blamed for rising temperatures. Could it destroy all life on earth? There is a group that wants to give corporate personhood to nature, but is this the right way to save the planet?

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The Spread of Hate and Racism: Confronting a Growing Public Crisis

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Published on Feb 14, 2019

In 2017, reports of hate crimes in the United States increased for the third consecutive year, according to the FBI. In addition to physical acts, such actions and other messages of racism, intolerance and extremism potentially impact large numbers of people online. In this Forum, experts tackled the painful and distressing spread of hate and racism. What social, political and psychological forces drive prejudice? How do modern media and the Internet enable and amplify hateful and racist messages? What are the impacts on the health and cohesion of society — and what can be done? This Forum event was presented jointly with PRI’s The World & WGBH on February 13, 2019. Watch the entire series: https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/

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“Rubbish and Racism: Problems of Boundary in an Ecosystem,” The Yale Review (1983).

“Rubbish and Racism: Problems of Boundary in an Ecosystem,” The Yale Review, (Winter, 1983), pp. 225-244.

The Yale Review article was based on original article published twelve years earlier by the Journal of the Anthropology Society of Oxford: T. C. Weiskel “Rubbish and racism: the problem of boundaries in an ecosystem,” Journal of the Anthropology Society of Oxford, 2, 1, (1971), 38-51.

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The Spread of Hate and Racism: Takeaways

Noam Chomsky – The Structure of Language

Chomsky’s Philosophy
Published on Dec 28, 2016

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH8Si…