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- New York Passes Nation’s Most Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation in the Nation June 25, 2019
- Reparations Hearing: See Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Full Opening Statement | NBC New York June 25, 2019
- Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror June 25, 2019
- Leory Chiao discusses China’s growing BeiDou satellite constellation June 25, 2019
- How did China lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty? June 25, 2019
- Ta-Nehisi Coates on Joe Biden: Better than Trump is a very low standard June 25, 2019
- Ta-Nehisi Coates on reparations and racist U.S. atrocities June 25, 2019
- “Somebody Is Going to Die”: Lawyer Describes Chaos, Illness & Danger at Migrant Child Jail i n Texas June 25, 2019
- 70 “Extinction Rebellion NYC” activists arrested blocking street outside NYT Building June 25, 2019
- Why Britain Didn’t Democratize Hong Kong June 25, 2019
- Our Children’s Trust 9th Circuit June 2019 June 25, 2019
- Extinction Rebellion | Climate Change June 24, 2019
- Extinction Rebellion: a week of protest in three minutes June 24, 2019
- Iran expert: Military confrontation is “inevitable” June 24, 2019
- Japanese-American Internment Survivors Protest Plan to Jail Migrant Kids At Fort Sill, a WWII Camp June 24, 2019
- Japanese-American internment survivors protest U.S. treatment of migrants June 24, 2019
- “Children are dying”: Law professor describes migrant detention center June 24, 2019
- Conservative Leadership Race: Boris Johnson exclusive interview – BBC News June 24, 2019
- Opposition candidate wins decisive victory in Istanbul re-run election in blow to Erdogan June 24, 2019
- Chaos In Midtown As XR Protestors Climb Buildings And Block Streets In New York City June 24, 2019
- Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change June 24, 2019
- One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History June 24, 2019
- Arundhati Roy beautifully describes what she loves about India June 24, 2019
- Sanders dismisses idea of “limited strike” on Iran June 24, 2019
- US Congresswoman compares detention centres with Nazi camps June 24, 2019
- Unnamed officials claim U.S. hacked Iranian missile systems June 24, 2019
- Mueller Investigation Report, Part 31 June 23, 2019
- Hispanics in Texas are becoming the majority in an historic population shift June 23, 2019
- Saudi Prince Had Khashoggi Executed, UN Investigation Finds June 23, 2019
- Delhi 360 Heatwave June 23, 2019
- Opinion | The Trumpification of the Federal Reserve – The New York June 23, 2019
- Why U.S. war with Iran would lead to “global economic catastrophe” June 22, 2019
- Spectacular timelapse of approaching supercell storm with lightning June 22, 2019
- Hong Kong braces itself for a third weekend of protests against unpopular extradition bill June 22, 2019
- Former U.S. diplomat: Imposing tariffs is no solution June 22, 2019
- Former U.S. diplomat: Imposing tariffs is no solution June 22, 2019
- Thousands of Fossil Fuel ‘Observers’ Attended Climate Negotiations: UNFCCC Data 2005-2018 for COP1-COP24 | DeSmogBlog June 22, 2019
- Photos: Youth Climate Change Demonstrations Across The World | WBUR News June 22, 2019
- 8 Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom | WBUR News June 22, 2019
- At Commencements Across The Country, Climate Change Is Taking Center Stage | Here & Now June 22, 2019
- Thelma Aldana, Barred from Guatemala Presidential Election, Says Country Is “Captured” by Co rruption June 21, 2019
- Trump Pulls Back from Iran Attack as Bolton & Pompeo Continue to Push for War June 21, 2019
- Congressman booed in reparations hearing June 21, 2019
- Xi Jinping May Be The World’s Most Powerful Leader June 21, 2019
- Climate Protesters Interrupt Speech by UK Finance Minister Hammond June 21, 2019
- What You Don’t Know About the Koch Brothers June 21, 2019
- Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing June 21, 2019
- Why Hong Kong Is Rising Up (HBO) June 21, 2019
- Why Hong Kong Is Rising Up (HBO) – YouTube June 21, 2019
- Anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong June 21, 2019
Daily Archives: October 13, 2015
In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy.
Wessels explains his theory with his three laws of sustainability: (1) the law of limits to growth, (2) the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and (3) the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by Western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in both material and energy usage.
Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the laws of sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in a disregard for the laws of sustainability that is based on the myth of progress, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
“For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis, or understand the links between U.S. farm policy and the ability of the world’s poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable.”
—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma
It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are also more people who are overweight.
To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India’s wrecked paddy-fields and Africa’s bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestor-packed streets of South Korea.
What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa.
Yet he also found great cause for hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.
The vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra’s ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought. In his international bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality. In The Web of Life, Capra takes yet another giant step, setting forth a new scientific language to describe interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena–the “web of life.”
During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications. Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution. In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems. Capra’s surprising findings stand in stark contrast to accepted paradigms of mechanism and Darwinism and provide an extraordinary new foundation for ecological policies that will allow us to build and sustain communities without diminishing the opportunities for future generations.
Now available in paperback for the first time, The Web of Life is cutting-edge science writing in the tradition of James Gleick’s Chaos, Gregory Bateson’s Mind and Matter, and Ilya Prigogine’s Order Out of Chaos.
In May 1315, it started to rain. It didn’t stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe’s livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives—one eighth of Europe’s total population.
William Rosen draws on a wide array of disciplines, from military history to feudal law to agricultural economics and climatology, to trace the succession of traumas that caused the Great Famine. With dramatic appearances by Scotland’s William Wallace, and the luckless Edward II and his treacherous Queen Isabella, history’s best documented episode of catastrophic climate change comes alive, with powerful implications for future calamities.
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public
This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of its products–and get them onto our dinner plates.
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth provides a graphic account of how this elaborate fraud was crafted and how it not only deceived the general public, but Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and a host of other astute and influential individuals as well. The book also exposes how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was induced to become a key accomplice–and how it has broken the law and repeatedly lied in order to usher genetically engineered foods onto the market without the safety testing that’s required by federal statute. As a result, for fifteen years America’s families have been regularly ingesting a group of novel products that the FDA’s own scientific staff had previously determined to be unduly hazardous to human health.
By the time this gripping story comes to a close, it will be clear that the degradation of science it documents has not only been unsavory but unprecedented–and that in no other instance have so many scientists so seriously subverted the standards they were trained to uphold, misled so many people, and imposed such magnitude of risk on both human health and the health of the environment.
Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters – who risked their careers to prove the world wrong.
Things looked grim for American energy in 2006. Oil production was in steep decline and natural gas was hard to find. The Iraq War threatened the nation’s already tenuous relations with the Middle East. China was rapidly industrializing and competing for resources. Major oil companies had just about given up on new discoveries on U.S. soil, and a new energy crisis seemed likely.
But a handful of men believed everything was about to change.
Far from the limelight, Aubrey McClendon, Harold Hamm, Mark Papa, and other wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that Exxon, Chevron, and other giants had dismissed as a waste of time. By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale—a process now known as fracking—the wildcatters started a revolution. In just a few years, they solved America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy—and made and lost astonishing fortunes.
No one understands these men—their ambitions, personalities, methods, and foibles—better than the award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman. His exclusive access enabled him to get close to the frackers and chronicle the untold story of how they transformed the nation and the world. The result is a dramatic narrative tracking a brutal competition among headstrong drillers. It stretches from the barren fields of North Dakota and the rolling hills of northeastern Pennsylvania to cluttered pickup trucks in Texas and tense Wall Street boardrooms.
Activists argue that the same methods that are creating so much new energy are also harming our water supply and threatening environmental chaos. The Frackers tells the story of the angry opposition unleashed by this revolution and explores just how dangerous fracking really is.
The frackers have already transformed the economic, environmental, and geopolitical course of history. Now, like the Rockefellers and the Gettys before them, they’re using their wealth and power to influence politics, education, entertainment, sports, and many other fields. Their story is one of the most important of our time.