Start the new year with these new books for reds and greens. End of the Megafauna. Brave New Arctic. The Big Heat. The End of Ice. Socialist Register 2019.
By failing to name the system responsible, the new Living Planet report undermines its own call for a collective response to the biodiversity crisis.
In past warming events, atmospheric CO2 rose too fast for many species to adapt. Today it is rising 10 times faster than at any time in 66 million years.
Proposals to remove all humans from half of the Earth ignore the root causes of the biodiversity crisis and undermine progressive struggles for social justice.
In ‘The New Wild,’ Fred Pearce argues nature will restore itself if we just leave it alone. Is passive acceptance really the best response to biodiversity loss?
“Fifty years ago biologists expected to be the first to find a species, now they hope not to be the last.”
Will the EU ban technology that electro-shocks fish into nets before bottom-dwelling fish in the North Sea are driven to extinction?
Recommended reading: CO2 rise and denialism; women, nature and capital; left eco-modernists; carbon pricing; massive insect die-off; food nutrients in decline
Long term research by German ecologists proves that loss of biodiversity has “direct, unpleasant consequences for mankind.”
A biology professor says the sixth mass extinction is no big deal because other species will evolve to fill in the gaps. History, ecology and ethics say he’s dead wrong.
Martin Empson reviews an important book for activists, a frightening examination of the impact of industrial agriculture on the environment, and particularly biodiversity.
Ashley Dawson: ‘Today’s mass extinction crisis is one of the clearest indications we have of the fundamental irrationality and destructiveness of the capitalist system.’
Fred Murphy argues that John Bellamy Foster misrepresented and unfairly criticized Jason W. Moore in a recent C&C interview about ecological Marxism. Ian Angus disagrees, and explains why he thinks Foster’s remarks were measured and accurate.
Ecosocialist Resources, published monthly (more or less) in Climate & Capitalism, links to articles, reports, talks and videos that are relevant to our mission
Ecosocialist Resources, published monthly in Climate & Capitalism, links to articles, reports, talks and videos that are relevant to our mission.
Grabbing back … A world to build … The anthropology of utopia … We make our own history … Red skin, white masks … Dodging extinction … Plebeian power
In ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ Elizabeth Kolbert accepts the claim that overkill by early humans led to the extinction of many large mammals. That charge is politically motivated and there is little evidence to support it.
Book Review: Elizabeth Kolbert’s best-selling account of mass extinctions blames human nature, ignoring the crucial role of capitalism’s relentless search for growth and accumulation.
Diego Pacheco, head of the Bolivian delegation to CBD: “Everything connected with nature is being commodified, putting at risk the livelihoods of indigenous and local people, and of the common goods.”
An important book argues that conservationists who focus on creating nature preserves are undermining their own cause. To truly protect biodiversity, environmentalists must support the global struggle of peasant farmers for human rights, land, and sustainable agriculture.