In addition to his major contributions to the theory and practice of organic chemistry, the Red Chemist authored the first history of the subject, a book written from the standpoint of historical materialism.
With all the damage that the capitalists have done to the people through their misuse of science, can you create a science that is truly human? Can we work collectively to defend life and humanity?
Carl Shorlemmer’s contributions to chemistry were described in this biographical note, published 99 years ago. And there is a statue of him in Germany.
World Meteorological Organization says 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat. Extreme weather and climate conditions continue in 2017.
Accounts of Marx and Engels’s lives ignore Carl Schorlemmer’s influence on their studies of the natural sciences. It is time to acknowledge his rightful place in the socialist tradition.
New research proves that the countries least responsible for global warming, those least able to adapt, have already been hit much harder by deadly extremes than rich nations — and the gap is growing
The call for a March for Science on Earth Day is a major step forward in the fight to reverse Trump’s anti-science agenda and to build support for science in the public good.
“It is not too great an exaggeration to claim that On the Origin of Species was, along with Das Kapital, one of the two most significant works in the intellectual history of the nineteenth century.”
The authors of this book have very little to say about the Anthropocene, the crisis of the Earth System, or the new global epoch, and most of what they do say is misleading or wrong.
Long before the Anthropocene Working Group reported on the new epoch, Yrjö Haila and Richard Levins argued that global ecohistory entered a new stage sometime after World War II
Key conclusion of Anthropocene Working Group report to Geological Congress: the ‘Great Acceleration’ in the second half of the 20th century marked the end of the Holocene and the beginning of a new geological epoch.
Ian Angus: “We must have a concrete materialist understanding of how our world works and is changing. Without that, our political views would be floating in mid-air, with no concrete foundation.”
Cowspiracy’s argument is based on badly flawed and almost unanimously rejected interpretations of science. Actual science and scientists are hard to find among the many talking heads in the film.
“We don’t know how long we have before climate change goes from dangerous to extremely dangerous, but we know that continuing with business as usual makes such a shift increasingly likely.”
We don’t need models or computer projections. As these graphics show, we already face a planetary emergency, and it is getting more serious every day.
Experts agree: Changes since 1950 rival those that ended the last ice age. The Holocene is over, and the Anthropocene has begun.
Objections to the word ‘Anthropocene’ are misguided.
“The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent a potentially catastrophic risk to human health.”
If greenhouse gas emissions aren’t stopped soon, unprecedented and deadly heat waves will become the new normal in most of the world.
Ian Angus: “Socialists cannot ignore a change of this magnitude, or treat it as just one aspect of our program. In our time, understanding and responding to the Anthropocene must be at the top of the socialist agenda.”