Ecological crisis

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  • In December 2009 a large international conference on climate change was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Among many people around the world, plans for that conference triggered strong hopes, especially the expectation that the lopsided and exploitative relation between humanity and nature would be corrected or at least ameliorated. As we know in retrospect, these hopes were not fulfi lled—although the demand for corrective measures is steadily gaining in urgency.

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  • Marx, it is often assumed, cared only about industrial growth and the development of economic forces. John Bellamy Foster examines Marx's neglected writings on capitalist agriculture and soil ecology, philosophical naturalism, and evolutionary theory. He shows that Marx, known as a powerful critic of capitalist society, was also deeply concerned with the changing human relationship to nature. Marx's Ecology covers many other thinkers, including Epicurus, Charles Darwin, Thomas Malthus, Ludwig Feuerbach, P. J. Proudhon, and William Paley.

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  • Contemporary interest in food is not confined to pleasure in its consumption, but extends in every direction: to its economic importance, the semiotics of food taste, the dangers of food additives and the politics of food security. We live in societies as dominated by food preferences as by sexual preferences, as obsessed about eating too little as by eating too much. In addition our interest in food is associated, for good and evil, with our interest in ‘nature’.

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  • As early as the beginning of the 20th century Rudolf Diesel proposed vegetable oil as fuel for his engine.1 A short time later, before and during World War Two, vegetable oil was examined in “up-to-date” diesel engines. In 1940 first trials with vegetable oil methyl and ethyl esters were carried out in France and, at the same time, scientists in Belgium were using palm oil ethyl ester as a fuel for buses.2 In 1973, the oil crisis refocused attention on and interest for local energy sources.

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  • Around 2001, I learned of an exciting collaborative at the University of California at Santa Cruz, consisting of faculty, graduate students, and other food- and socialjustice- oriented researchers and activists who informally called themselves the “coffee mafi a.” The collaborative had an ambitious agenda.

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  • record of Australia is too patchy for paleontologists to say whether there were any placental mammals in Australia at this time. Abundant Australian fossils date back to about 25 million years ago, at which point all the mammals in Austrlia were marsupials. They evolved into a spectacular range of forms, including kan- garoos and koalas. It was not until 15 million years ago that Australia moved close enough to Asia to allow placental mammals—rats and bats—to begin to colonize the continent.

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  • Chapter 10 - Ecology and sustainable development in global business. In this chapter, you learned to: Understanding how business and society interact within the natural environment; defining sustainable development; assessing the major threats to the earth’s ecosystem; recognizing the ways in which population growth, inequality, and economic development interact with the world’s ecological crisis;...

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  • As the world grapples with the massive effects of climate change and global warming, the need to understand the embedded issues associated with these complex ecological transformations becomes clear. PolicyLink commissioned Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework to contribute to a deeper understanding of the issues and to encourage everyone to participate in the discussion and to weigh in on proposed solutions.

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  • Those who have denied the reality of moral distinctions, may be ranked among the disingenuous disputants; nor is it conceivable, that any human creature could ever seriously believe, that all characters and actions were alike entitled to the affection and regard of everyone.

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  • Nature has a rather splendid way of impressing us. There are few who have not been overwhelmed, time after time, by a sense of awe at the beauty of a glorious sunset, the sight of distant mountains shrouded in a soft blue haze of mist, or the brilliance of a starlit night. As a child, I found myself fascinated by the mysterious patterns of the constellations, the faint glow of the Milky Way, and the slow movements of the planets across the night sky. I devoured books on astronomy and even managed to build a small telescope to study the sky in greater detail. It allowed me...

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