Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Capitalism: Should You Buy It?: An Invitation to Political Economy

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Before there was economics, there was political economy, an interdisciplinary adventure boldly and critically seeking to understand capitalism. Over time, the social sciences evolved into specific disciplines―economics, sociology, political science―that less often questioned capitalist perspectives and the state.

This accessible and hopeful book is a call to everyone―citizen, student, public intellectual―to revive the critical edge and ask if capitalism provides a society that promotes the well-being, indeed the survival, of humanity. It contrasts three traditions―neoclassicism, Keynesianism, and neo-Marxism―tracing the historical development of each and evaluating whether it views capitalism as the root cause of or the solution to the pressing problems now facing humanity, including war, poverty, racial and sexual inequality, and environmental crisis.

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Ottmar Edenhofer IPCC WGIII Co Chair


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Published on Jul 15, 2015

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Published on Dec 2, 2014

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – Synthesis Report

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#1 What if we change – Hope in a Changing Climate by John D. Liu


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Published on Jan 17, 2013

A major project is restoring fertility and hope to China’s Loess Plateau, until recently one of the poorest regions of the country. Centuries of continuous agriculture have removed the trees and leaving land vulnerable to erosion from wind and rain. An area the size of Belgium, its once fertile soils have been washed away, leaving a blighted land scarred with deep ravines – and farmers scarcely able to make a living. According to soil scientist John D. Liu of the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), it’s a story repeated all over the world. For 15 years John has been following a remarkable project to replant trees and stabilize the soils of the Loess Plateau. Once bare hillsides are now cloaked with green forest and productive fields. Hope in a Changing Climate follows John on a journey from China to Africa to find out how the lessons learnt about the Loess Plateau could help restore degraded lands around the world.

More information: http://www.whatifwechange.org

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#2 What if we change – Forests of Hope by John D. Liu


whatifwechange

Published on Jan 17, 2013

John D. Liu, who was involved in the massive Chinese Loess Plateau restoration project, now turns his eyes towards Rwanda in this inspiring example of permaculture observation and action.

In this new film you’ll see John analyzing developments in Africa, where Rwanda is now the focus of an earnest bid to restore its degraded forests and farmland, whilst simultaneously improving the lives of the communities they host. You’ll see many excellent examples of holistic thinking in this short documentary. You’ll also learn of the praiseworthy work of Dr. Rene Haller, whose observational skills are highly adept at tailoring biological solutions towards rehabilitating the most degraded of lands.

More information: http://www.whatifwechange.org

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