Frackopoly

Author: Wenonah Hauter
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1620970074
Format: PDF
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In Frackopoly, Wenonah Hauter, one of America's leading clean-water advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. This is the first book to describe how the fracking industry began, the technologies that make it possible, the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits. With a wealth of new data, Frackopoly is essential and riveting reading for anyone interested in protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future.

The Biofuels Deception

Author: Okbazghi Yohannes
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583677046
Format: PDF, Docs
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There is by now no question among informed people that the Earth is undergoing severe climate change – soon to become catastrophic, if humans don’t take drastic measures to stop it. Heroically into the fray steps the biofuel industry, announcing to millions of anxious consumers that this eco-crisis can be averted if only they turn away from fossil fuels, to the saving power of synthetic bioproducts. But, although eliminating fossil fuels is essential, the manufacture of biofuels has far more to do with sating profit-hungry corporations than with saving the Earth. Combining meticulous scientific narrative with devastating economic analysis, The Biofuels Deception argues that the seemingly innovative, hopeful campaign for “green energy” is actually driven by bio-technology industries and global grain-trading corporations. These corporate players are motivated by a late-capitalist need to cope with a crisis of accumulation; they have no real interest in mitigating climate-change, alleviating poverty, or even creating “clean” energy. In fact, the manufacture of biochemical, bioplastics, and biomaterials, writes Okbazghi Yohannes, portends horrific contradictions and disastrous consequences for nature and society. Actually confronting climate change and the rampant inequality it engenders, Yohannes says, requires two steps. The first is to understand the driving socioeconomic forces behind the biofuels industry. The second is to unravel the tapestry of deceit itself. This book is a necessity for any scholar or environmental activist interested in seeing beyond corporate chimeras to actual environmental solutions.

Introduction to Energy and Climate

Author: Julie Kerr
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1498774423
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The purpose of this textbook is to provide a well-rounded working knowledge of both climate change and environmental sustainability for a wide range of students. Students will learn core concepts and methods to analyze energy and environmental impacts; will understand what is changing the earth’s climate, and what that means for life on earth now and in the future. They will also have a firm understanding of what energy is and how it can be used. This text intends to develop working knowledge of these topics, with both technical and social implications. Students will find in one volume the integration and careful treatment of climate, energy, and sustainability.

Fractured Communities

Author: Anthony E. Ladd
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813587697
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While environmental disputes and conflicts over fossil fuel extraction have grown in recent years, few issues have been as contentious in the twenty-first century as those surrounding the impacts of unconventional natural gas and oil development using hydraulic drilling and fracturing techniques—more commonly known as “fracking”—on local communities. In Fractured Communities, Anthony E. Ladd and other leading environmental sociologists present a set of crucial case studies analyzing the differential risk perceptions, socio-environmental impacts, and mobilization of citizen protest (or quiescence) surrounding unconventional energy development and hydraulic fracking in a number of key U.S. shale regions. Fractured Communities reveals how this contested terrain is expanding, pushing the issue of fracking into the mainstream of the American political arena.

Boiling Point

Author: Barlow, Maude
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770909478
Format: PDF
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Passionate and cogent, this could be the most important book of the year for Canadians We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the worldÍs fresh water „ water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing CanadaÍs water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep. Barlow is one of the worldÍs foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the worldÍs water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for CanadaÍs water security.

Molekulares Rot

Author: McKenzie Wark
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3957574412
Format: PDF, ePub
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»Vielleicht brauchen wir eine neue kritische Theorie. Oder eine neu-alte, denn wie sich herausstellt, gab es bereits einmal eine kraftvolle und originelle Denkströmung, die in einem früheren, gescheiterten Versuch, die Vorgeschichte – die Zeit vor dem Anthropozän – zu beenden, beinahe ausgelöscht worden wäre.« Im Rückgriff auf die Ideengeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, insbesondere auf Alexander Bogdanov und Andrej Platonow, versucht McKenzie Wark in diesem radikalen Großessay die Grundlegung einer Theorie für das Anthropozän. Er fordert dabei einen alternativen – und keinen spekulativen – Realismus. Einen Realismus, der für plurale, sich mit anderen Geschichten befassende Narrative offen ist. Im Schatten der Kohlenstoffbefreiungsfront ruft er dazu auf, eine neue Poetik und Technik zur Wissensorganisation zu erschaffen, und wagt es, die Misere unserer Zeit neu zu denken.

Theodor Heuss

Author: Peter Merseburger
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641041570
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Liberal, gebildet, charakterstark Theodor Heuss, der Ausnahmepolitiker Als Theodor Heuss am 12. September 1949 zum ersten Bundespräsidenten gewählt wurde, war das Amt nicht viel mehr als ein »Paragraphengespinst«. Er füllte es mit seiner Person und seinen politischen Erfahrungen und setzte Maßstäbe, die bis heute gelten. Heuss wurde zu einem »Erzieher zur Demokratie« und verschaffte der jungen Bundesrepublik Ansehen im Ausland. Als »Papa Heuss« wurde er populär und genoss die Sympathie der Bevölkerung. Peter Merseburger, Verfasser mehrerer großer und viel gelobter Biographien, zeichnet das Leben dieses Politikers nach, der seine Wurzeln im Kaiserreich hatte und die Brücke zur Bundesrepublik schlug. Heuss war Journalist, Schriftsteller, Intellektueller, ein klassischer Bildungsbürger. Seine Lebensgeschichte ist zugleich eine Politik-, Kultur- und Zeitgeschichte Deutschlands im 20. Jahrhundert.