The Ministry for the Future: A passionate call to save the earth

1 March 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review

Kim Stanley Robinson’s exciting new novel delivers a powerful vision of Earth in crisis and Earth transformed, but fails as a program for change

Kim Stanley Robinson
THE MINISTRY FOR THE FUTURE
Orbit, 2020

reviewed by Martin Empson

With all the environmental threats that humanity faces, it can be hard to be optimistic. This is reflected in the plethora of disaster novels that have appeared in recent years, whether inspired by climate change or pandemic, that explore in the appalling consequences of disease, floods, famine and so-on.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel also deals with these threats, in particular the twin ecological crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, so I approached it with trepidation — after 2020, who needs more doom and gloom?

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Bill Gates, Climate Warrior – and Super Emitter

17 February 2021 — GMWatch

“When will the media realize that with Gates you have to follow the money?” – journalist Tim Schwab

Bill Gates has a new book out: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. But some people are less than amused at having to take lessons on the climate crisis from a billionaire who, in the words of the ETC Group, “made a fortune skirting government regulations with monopolistic practices, and holds a significant financial stake in the continued expansion of the fossil fuel industry.”

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 19 February 2021

19 February 2021 — Sustainable Pulse 

Editors’ picks

UK Supermarket Co-op Backs Strong Regulation of Gene-Edited Crops

In response to a civil society appeal for UK supermarkets to back strong regulation of new gene-edited crops and animals, the Co-op has made a clear statement of its support. The #NotInMySupermarket campaign is a response to the current UK government consultation on removing regulations and labelling from plants and animals in the food chain […]

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Drama on Downing Street

19 February 2021 — DesSmogUK

  It’s the climate soap opera that’s gripped the nation in recent weeks, and it shows no signs of ending quite yet.

By now, you’ll be familiar with the main plot points. Campaigners have long opposed plans for a new coal mine in Whitehaven, West Cumbria, which if approved would release nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere for the next quarter of a century, just as the UK tries to radically reduce its emissions to net zero by 2050.

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Lithium, Batteries and Climate Change

11 February 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

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The transition to green energy does not have to be powered by destructive and poisonous mineral extraction.

Lithium mine in Bolivia


Jonathan Neale’s new book, Fight the Fire, is published by The Ecologist magazine, Resistance Books, the Alternative Information and Development Centre, and the International Institute for Research and Education. For a free copy, click the cover image.


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by Jonathan Neale

I have spent the last year working on a book called Fight the Fire: Green New Deals and Global Climate Jobs. Most of it is about both the politics and the engineering of any possible transition that can avert catastrophic climate breakdown. One thing I had to think about long and hard was lithium and car batteries.

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Carbon capture and storage won’t work, critics say

18th January 2021 — True Publica – Climate News Network

Carbon capture and storage won’t work, critics say

Carbon capture and storage, trapping carbon before it enters the atmosphere, sounds neat. But many doubt it can ever work.

By Paul Brown: One of the key technologies that governments hope will help save the planet from dangerous heating, carbon capture and storage, will not work as planned and is a dangerous distraction, a new report says.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, December 2020

16 December 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Winter Solstice reading for reds and greens: Disappearance of Butterflies; Multidisciplinary Anthropocene; Future Sea; Age of Low Tech; Diversifying Power; Commercial Capitalism.


Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Books described here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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Shell: master of the makeover?

11 December 2020 — DESMOGUK

A fresh policy, a new logo, a sharp haircut, a feel-good ad.

Rebranding – personal, professional or political – is a powerful tool that can reshape the narrative and win over hearts and minds.

Shell is a master of the makeover. Looking at its Twitter account, you might assume the company had recently burst forth, Phoenix-like from the flames, on an altruistic mission to help us irresponsible individuals fight our carbon-filled existence – asking innocent questions like “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?”

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John Kerry’s Think Tank Calls for War With Russia Over Climate Change

9 December, 2020 — Mint Press News

“America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is.” — John Kerry

By Alan Macleod

Recently-appointed Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has announced his intention of dealing with the pressing issue of global warming as a national security concern. “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” the 76-year-old former Secretary of State wrote. “I am proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis.”

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Facing the Anthropocene: An Update

24 November 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

A network of global rifts

Recent scientific work strengthens and extends the arguments in Ian Angus’s pathbreaking book on fossil capitalism and the crisis of the Earth System


by Ian Angus

I’ve been pleased and deeply honored by the international response to my book Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and  the Crisis of the Earth System (Monthly Review Press, 2016). Now in its fourth printing in the US, it has also been published in India by Aakar Books, in French by Éditions Écosociété, in Italian by Asterios Editore, and in German by Unrast Verlag.

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Books: The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology

13 November 2020 —  Climate & Capitalism

Essential Reading
Bulletin: On the day this review was published, it was announced that The Return of Nature has won this year’s Deutscher Memorial Prize, awarded annually to “a book which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition.”

John Bellamy Foster’s brilliant recovery of a century of ecological and socialist thought will inform, enable, and inspire a new generation of reds and greens


John Bellamy Foster
THE RETURN OF NATURE
Socialism and Ecology

Monthly Review Press, 2020

reviewed by Peter Critchley

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