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- Covering Coronavirus: United States of Conspiracy | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site May 28, 2020
- Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on challenges in farming during pandemic (FULL STREAM 5/27) May 28, 2020
- Will coronavirus end? Covid-19 may become endemic and last years – The Washington Post May 28, 2020
- Greta Thunberg | COP 25 High Level Event on Climate Emergency | Extinction Rebellion May 28, 2020
- 2020 Harvard Extension School Virtual Graduation Ceremony May 28, 2020
- A new coronavirus crisis: Cities and towns face financial peril as pandemic drags on May 28, 2020
- The Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus | The Fact Checker May 28, 2020
- Ask A Scientist LIVE Ep3: Agroecology: can we feed the world without destroying it? May 28, 2020
- “We feel forgotten”: Detainees face horrid carceral conditions amid COVID-19 May 28, 2020
- Coronavirus outbreak: WHO warns from COVID-19 threats on access to vaccines globally | FULL May 28, 2020
- Why are some Western countries so nervous about the national security legislation for Hong Kong? May 28, 2020
- Mike Pompeo: The dark side of the Trump administration May 28, 2020
- WHO Says Covid-19 ‘May Never Go Away’ May 28, 2020
- Webinar: ‘The Future of Land Cover, Land Management and Climate Change’ May 28, 2020
- No Health Without Mental Health: Denny Morrison at TEDxBloomington May 28, 2020
- Mental Health for All by Involving All | Vikram Patel | TED Talks May 28, 2020
- Robert Reich: While Average Americans Struggle, Major Corporations Are Coming Out Ahead During The Pandemic May 28, 2020
- Florida Hit With Extreme Flooding As Sea Levels Rise | NowThis May 27, 2020
- How COVID-19 is Changing Restaurants May 27, 2020
- South Africa’s Mental Health Care Falls By Wayside During Coronavirus Pandemic May 27, 2020
- Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series: COVID-19 and the African Economy | Harvard University Center for African Studies May 27, 2020
- Maps of Africa to 1900 | Digital Collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library May 27, 2020
- The Land Institute: James Bowden, Soil Ecology – Technician Takeover May 27, 2020
- President Trump Plays Golf as COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 100,000 | Amanpour and Company May 27, 2020
- FRGND Interview with Dave Chapman May 27, 2020
- The Land Institute: Spencer Barriball, Perennial Legumes – Technician Takeover May 27, 2020
- Expert: Fact-checking Trump tweets ‘appropriate’ May 27, 2020
- Will We Have to Purge the Republican Party To Save America? May 27, 2020
- What John Maynard Keynes Can Teach Us About The Coronavirus Crisis May 27, 2020
- WATCH LIVE: Answers to your questions on summer plans during the coronavirus pandemic May 27, 2020
- The 2020 James Beard Award Nominees | James Beard Foundation May 27, 2020
- Taco Chronicles | Netflix Official Site May 27, 2020
- 4p1000 Initiative May 27, 2020
- Seth Itzkan 4p1000 Presentation May 14, 2020 May 27, 2020
- Noam Chomsky – Manufacturing Consent May 26, 2020
- Yuval Noah Harari: Workplace Automation & the “Useless Class” May 26, 2020
- Yuval Noah Harari: “An algorithm that knows you better than you know yourself” May 26, 2020
- A.I. is as threatening as climate change and nuclear war, says philosopher Yuval Noah Harar May 26, 2020
- Coronavirus: Yuval Noah Harari, philosopher and historian, on the legacy of Covid-19 – BBC HARDtalk May 26, 2020
- The Spread of Disinformation and the 2020 Election | Amanpour and Company | Amanpour and Company May 26, 2020
- Some Universities Are About to Be “Walking Dead” | Amanpour and Company May 26, 2020
- Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care May 26, 2020
- Trump’s anti-coronavirus farce May 26, 2020
- How COVID-19 hurts the fight against measles and other diseases May 26, 2020
- What future for universities? Coronavirus upends higher learning May 26, 2020
- The Story Of Coronavirus Whistleblowers in the U.S. May 26, 2020
- Climate activism in the age of COVID-19 May 26, 2020
- “Diarrhea, Dehydration, Hunger, Exhaustion”: India’s Rural Poor Suffer Most Under Lockdown May 26, 2020
- Photojournalist: Bolsonaro is destroying institutions, committing genocide on Indigenous groups May 26, 2020
- Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets for first time, Trump fires back May 26, 2020
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.