Abrahm Lustgarten, ON THE MOVE & Ross Barkan on Jamaal Bowman’s Challenge

We talk with Abrahm Lustgarten about his book, On The Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America. It’s about how climate chaos means a humanity on the move.

Then, we catch up with journalist and author Ross Barkan about his recent article in New York Magazine, “The Most Endangered Democrat in America: Jamaal Bowman might lose his job over Israel.”

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Key Words: climate migration, climate refugees, climate justice, Abrahm Lustgarten, On the Move book, Ross Barkan, Jamaal Bowman, George Latimer, Gaza ceasefire, New York primary

Climate Chaos Means Humanity on the Move

Guest: Abrahm Lustgarten, investigative reporter on climate change

Book: On the Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America

Key Topics:

  • Climate Migration: The massive displacement of populations due to climate change, both globally and within the United States.
  • Human Habitability Niche: The ideal climate zone for human habitation is shifting, displacing billions.
  • U.S. Impacts: Wildfires, floods, extreme heat, and droughts will reshape the country.
  • Heat and Humidity: Rising temperatures and humidity levels will make parts of the U.S. uninhabitable.
  • Sea Level Rise: Coastal communities are facing rapid land loss and increased flooding.
    Inequality: Climate change disproportionately affects poor communities and communities of color.
  • Economic Impacts: Climate change will cause significant economic disruption, particularly in the southern U.S.
  • Food Security: Agricultural yields are declining due to heat and water scarcity.
  • Global Perspective: The impacts of climate migration will be far greater in the developing world.
  • Loss and Damage: The U.S. and other wealthy nations have a responsibility to aid countries suffering from climate-related losses.
  • Economic Opportunities: Addressing climate change can create economic benefits, but requires investment and policy changes.
  • Solutions: Reducing emissions, investing in adaptation, and providing foreign aid are crucial steps.

Read an Excerpt from On The Move

Keywords: climate change, migration, displacement, heat, floods, drought, inequality, economics, food security, loss and damage, foreign aid, solutions

Additional Notes: Lustgarten’s book provides a detailed and personal look at the impacts of climate migration. The interview highlights the urgency of addressing climate change and the need for immediate action. The discussion emphasizes the interconnectedness of climate change, migration, and social justice issues.

The Most Endangered Democrat in America: Jamal Bowman’s Battle Against AIPAC

Congressmember Jamal Bowman of New York is facing a tough challenge in the upcoming June primary, with AIPAC backing his opponent George Latimer. Ross Barkan, author of a recent article in New York Magazine, joins us to discuss the stakes of this critical race.

Key Points

Bowman’s Stance on Israel:

  • Bowman’s position on Israel leans left, advocating for a two-state solution and conditioning military aid to Israel.
  • He’s drawn controversy by calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and criticizing Israeli government actions.

Latimer’s Position on Israel:

    • Latimer aligns with AIPAC’s positions, opposing conditioning aid to Israel and supporting Netanyahu.
    • He’s backed by significant funding from pro-Israel donors, including some with ties to Trumpist circles.

    The Race Dynamics:

      • Bowman’s vulnerabilities, including past controversies and a spending disadvantage, make the race tight.
      • Latimer, a well-known local politician, presents a formidable challenge to the incumbent Bowman.

      Implications of Bowman’s Defeat:

        • Losing Bowman would be a setback for progressive forces, signaling AIPAC’s successful strategy in Democratic primaries.
        • It highlights the effectiveness of recruiting candidates like Latimer, who blend local credibility with staunch support for AIPAC’s agenda.


        • The outcome of this race holds significant implications for both the pro-Palestinian movement and the future of progressive politics in America.

        Read “The Most Endangered Democrat in America” in New York Magazine

        Listen to our previous conversation with Ross Barkan about his book, The Prince