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- Overpopulation: Ecological Elephant In The Room?
- Naomi Oreskes, THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION & Dr. James Hansen, STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN
- Paul Ehrlich, HOPE ON EARTH & Ryan Mitchell, TINY HOUSE LIVING
- Elizabeth Kolbert, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION & Annalee Newitz, SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER
- Boris Fishman, A REPLACEMENT LIFE & John Cushman, KEYSTONE AND BEYOND
- John Cushman of Inside Climate News: Keystone XL Pipeline
- Ruth Thomas-Suh, REJECT, Herbert Thomas, THE SHAME RESPONSE TO REJECTION & John Cushman on KXL
- Alan Weisman, COUNTDOWN
- David Bollier on The Commons: GREEN GOVERNANCE & VIRAL SPIRAL
- Richard Heinberg, SNAKE OIL & Bill McKibben, OIL AND HONEY
- Brian Fagan, THE ATTACKING OCEAN & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
- Ashley Dawson On Inequality & Climate Change
- Paolo Bacigalupe (encore), Susan Rockefeller, MISSION OF MERMAIDS & Jason Chin, ISLAND
- Barbara Kingsolver, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR & James Howard Kunstler TOO MUCH MAGIC
- Richard Zacks, ISLAND OF VICE & Stan Cox, LOSING OUR COOL
- Jonathan Koomey, COLD CASH, COOL CLIMATE & Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- Philip Warburg, HARVEST THE WIND
- William deBuys, A GREAT ARIDNESS & Dave Gardner, GROWTHBUSTERS
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- John Elder Robison, BE DIFFERENT & Tony Sorgi, The New Earth Archive
- Amy Seidl, FINDING HIGHER GROUND & Matthew Stein, WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
- Jim Motavalli, HIGH VOLTAGE & James Hoggan, CLIMATE COVER-UP
- John Michael Greer, APOCALYPSE NOT & Richard Heinberg, THE END OF GROWTH
- James Workman, HEART OF DRYNESS & Christine Shearer, KIVALINA
Author and activist Ashley Dawson talks about his groundbreaking book, Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate ChangeÂ (Verso.) It examines the foundation on which climate chaos is playing out in the urban landscape: predatory capitalism and its most glaring feature, extreme inequality. [Note: this is the extended interview.]
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As we know, climate change is ramping up our weather to unprecedented extremes. And those extremes have their greatest impact on large cities, where most of the globe’s population lives.
Think of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Sandy in New York and Harvey in Houston or unprecedented drought-fueled wildfires in West Coast cities. We call them natural disasters. But how natural are they?
It’s not just that human activity is causing climate change. It’s also that our social and economic arrangements are making the impact of climate change much worse. They also keep us from being able to respond effectively to those impacts.
Ashley Dawson’s book Extreme Cities explores how climate change, capitalist urban development and extreme inequality are inextricably linked. New York City is his prime example, but he also travels further afield, to places like Louisiana, Indonesia and the sprawling megacities of the African continent to show how the global drive for profits and endless growth are endangering our survival.
Ashley Dawson is an author, activist and professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. In addition to Extreme Cities, he’s the author of several other books, includingÂ Extinction: A Radical HistoryÂ and has co-edited four essay collections. He is a long-time member of the Social Text Collective, where he served for many years as editor ofÂ Social Text Online.
Hear Ashley Dawson talk about the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in NYC that was spearheaded by Occupy Sandy.