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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming“Merchants of Doubt should finally put to rest the question of whether the science of climate change is settled. It is, and we ignore this message at our peril.”-Elizabeth Kolbert “Brilliantly reported andwritten with brutal clarity.”-Huffington Post Now a powerful documentary from the acclaimed director of Food Inc., Merchants of Doubt was one of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: It tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit grou…

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and PeaceWorld-renowned environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, condemning the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods. She explores the issues she helped bring to international attention—genetic food engineering, culture theft, and natural resource privatization—uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, violence against women, and planetary death. St…

Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering (New Human Frontiers)Climate change seems to be an insurmountable problem. Political solutions have so far had little impact. Some scientists are now advocating the so-called ‘Plan B’, a more direct way of reducing the rate of future warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space, creating a thermostat in the sky.    In this book, Mike Hulme argues against this kind of hubristic techno-fix. Drawing upon a distinguished career studying the science, politics and ethics of climate change, he shows why using s…

System Upgrade v2.016: Solutions for a failing economy, wealth distribution, declining democracy, climate change, and robots that steal jobsThe new industrial revolution – where machines, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating a huge disruption in the job market – is filling the news with headlines that spread fears and worries about the uncertain future of work. Robots and algorithms will make many occupations obsolete, leaving millions of people without jobs. For the first time in history, industry is not creating near enough new jobs to meet the number of jobs that will be lost. As a result, a huge number of people…

Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of ConsensusClimate change is the greatest challenge of the age and yet it is also one of the most disputed. Fierce disagreement still exists over the best way to tackle the problem and, indeed, even about whether it should be tackled at all. Viewed as problematic, however, such disagreement is often dismissed as irrational, irrelevant or unethical and is thus hidden behind an artifice of consensus. This book provides a refreshing new perspective that decries the illusions of consensus in current climate ch…

Democracy and Climate Change (Routledge Global Cooperation Series)Democracy and Climate Change explores the various ways in which democratic principles can lead governments to respond differently to climate change. The election cycle can lead to short-termism, which often appears to be at odds with the long term nature of climate change, with its latency between cause and effect. However, it is clear that some democracies deal with climate change better than others, and this book demonstrates that overall, stronger democratic qualities tend to correlate with i…

Climate Change and the Politics of Interdependence (Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures Book 29)The collection of lectures and publications from the Schumacher Center for a New Economics represents some of the foremost voices on a new economics.Benjamin Barber’s explanation as to why political process combating climate change has stalled is based on the idea that “in a market economy the logic of consumers trumps the logic of citizens.” By consistently favoring privatization and market-based decisions over public discourse and conscious decision-making based on the public good, we ha…

Energy Democracy: Germany’s Energiewende to RenewablesThis book outlines how Germans convinced their politicians to pass laws allowing citizens to make their own energy, even when it hurt utility companies to do so. It traces the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from the Power Rebels of Schönau to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. The authors explore how, by taking ownership of energy efficiency at a local level, community groups are key actors i…

Economics, Sustainability, and Democracy: Economics in the Era of Climate ChangeHow should we conduct economics in an era of climate change, natural resource depletion and population increase? These issues are systemic, and involve great uncertainties and long time horizons. This book contends that the free-market economics that has dominated capitalist democracies in recent decades is not up to the task; that the welfarist economics that preceded it, while preferable, also has inadequacies; and that what is required is an economics founded on ecological principles, greater…