global warming

Wed 12.02.15 | Meatification

Tony Weis, The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock Zed Books, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There's a "population bomb" brewing, with enormous social and environmental consequences: it's the immense growth in the numbers of livestock globally and the industrial system of production that has driven the explosive increase in animals for human consumption. Political ecologist Tony Weis reflects on the meatification of our societies, North and South. He enumerates its effects on global warming, ecosystem destruction, and inequality.

Mon 11.30.15 | Oil and the American Way of Life

Matthew T. Huber, Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital University of Minnesota Press, 2013

 

 

 

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Why is it so difficult -- politically unfeasible, apparently -- to reduce American's massive consumption of petroleum, despite global warming? Geographer Matthew Huber reflects on the "American Way of Life" and how it was generated in response to the crisis of capitalism in 1930s -- and, in turn, set off a rightwing backlash in the 1970s.

Mon 7.20.15 | Profiting from Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming Penguin, 2014

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Getting rich off of global warming may seem like the ultimate cynical business plan. But corporations are hedging their bets on unchecked climate change and the opportunities it affords. Journalist McKenzie Funk reports about the very lucrative business to be made from the deleterious effects of climate change, from opened shipping lanes in the melting Arctic to newly exposed mineral deposits, from food production on previously inhospitable land to the sale of artificial snow to the Alps.

Mon 3.23.15 | Age of Humans or Age of Capital?

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The effects of human-generated climate change have become ever visible, from droughts to raging wildfires to floods and superstorms. So are we now living in a new geological epoch? Jason W. Moore argues against the notion of the Anthropocene -- or the age of humans -- in understanding global warming. He posits that we should instead see climate change as the product of the Capitalocene, or age of capital.

Mon 3.09.15 | Engaging the State, Stopping Global Warming

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Does the radical left need to stop worrying and learn to love the state? Marxist writer Christian Parenti argues that, if global warming is to be halted, it will only be through activism directed at shaping government policy. He also discusses what Alexander Hamilton -- the first Treasury Secretary of the United States -- might be able to teach us about the predicament we're in. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 1.13.15 | Profiting from Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming Penguin, 2014

Deca

 

 

 

 

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Getting rich off of global warming may seem like the ultimate cynical business plan. But corporations are hedging their bets on unchecked climate change and the opportunities it affords. Journalist McKenzie Funk reports about the very lucrative business to be made from the deleterious effects of climate change, from opened shipping lanes in the melting Arctic to newly exposed mineral deposits, from food production on previously inhospitable land to the sale of artificial snow to the Alps.

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