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Hi, scholars!

I'm a writer (mostly of television promos) in Atlanta. Non-academic these days, but I never stopped studying. Some of you may remember me as the admin of the now defunct instance humanities.one. Primary interests are philosophy, history, religion, literature and the arts.

climate change, Amazon

One thing pushing Guatemalans to emigrate north to the US: cheap coffee. lawfareblog.com/how-struggling

This article on monoculture in 's timber industry does a fascinating job of connecting reforestation to the issues of economic justice. atlantamagazine.com/great-read

Centralizing forest management in the 1950s led to rapid deforestation in Nepal. Now they've returned management to local communities, but reforestation is being driven by another factor: emigration.
e360.yale.edu/features/in-nepa

Oh, almost forgot I had posted a few thoughts on book-gutting: lrhodes.net/readings-workings/

I'm refining my Open Access reading process a bit.

I've got a ton of RSS feeds that surface a steady drip of papers, and I've been downloading the ones that look interesting, sticking them in a folder, and circling back to them when I have time. Which mostly results in a big folder of unread papers. Not great.

Instead, I'm going to start "gutting" them — reading the intro and conclusion and deciding based on that whether I want to circle back and read more.

A developing field of inquiry in is the interaction between planets in the habitable zone and the suns they orbit — specifically how the interstellar weather produced by stars might influence the climatic conditions that foster life. arxiv.org/abs/1905.05093

A look at the academy where Mumbai partisans, energized by the reelection of Narendra Modi, are training the next generation of Hindu nationalists. csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South

discrimination, intersectionality

discrimination, intersectionality

US politics, racism

US politics, racism

US healthcare system

climate change

The environmental impact of escooters: "While traveling a mile by scooter is better than driving the same distance by car, it’s worse than biking, walking or taking a bus — the modes of transportation that scooters most often replace. That’s primarily because of the energy-intensive materials that go into making the vehicles, and because of the driving required to collect, charge, and redistribute them." latimes.com/environment/story/

"Contemporary laws are singularly i'll-suited to deal with the current and impending refugee crises. Despite references by global leaders to climate-induced migration, no international convention currently recognizes the needs and rights of climate refugees. They are invisible in juridical terms, a condition that effectively nullifies their pleas for refuge." p. 195

Building on the assessment of the Paris Accord negotiations offered by South Africa's delegate, Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Disenko ("It's just like apartheid. We find ourselves in a position where in essence we are disenfranchised"), Dawson outlines "climate apartheid" as:

• a hardening of borders against climate refugees
• social precariousness tensing toward exploitation
• analogous to (and overlapping with) racial capitalism.

L. Rhodes boosted

Just 10% of fossil fuel subsidy cash 'could pay for green transition'

"Coal, oil and gas get more than $370bn (£305bn) a year in support, compared with$100bn for renewables, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) report found. Just 10-30% of the fossil fuel subsidies would pay for a global transition to clean energy, the IISD said."

theguardian.com/environment/20

My major gripe about Extreme Cities is that it focuses on Dawson's hometown, NYC, in agonizing detail, and gives much more cursory examinations of problems in other delta cities (and no attention at all to non-deltaic cities).

In states where judges are elected rather than appointed, competitive elections can lead to harsher sentencing as candidates seek to look tough on crime.
anderson.ucla.edu/faculty_page 📄