25 October 2019 — Climate & Capitalism
How the global nitrogen cycle has been disrupted by an economic system that values profits more than life itself.
I’ve been very pleased by the positive comments I’ve received from C&C readers about my articles on the disruption of the nitrogen cycle. Several of you asked to have them all accessible from one place, so they could share the link with others. Here they are.
I intend to write one or two more articles on this subject: I will add them to this list when they are published. As always, I’d be very pleased to receive any criticisms, corrections or suggestions.
Part One: Nitrogen Crisis: A neglected threat to Earth’s life support systems
How the natural nitrogen cycle works, and why it is critical to all life on Earth
Part Two: Nitrogen glut: Too much of a good thing is deadly for the biosphere
How the nitrogen cycle was radically disrupted in the 20th century
Part Three: Capitalism ‘Solves’ the Nitrogen Crisis: A Brief History
Plundering the third world created the fossil nitrogen era
Part Four: How Capitalism ‘Solved’ the Nitrogen Crisis (continued)
How military technology turned the nitrogen shortage into an environmentally destructive glut