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In Review: Facing the Anthropocene

Ian Angus’ Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System is required reading. Why? Angus weds natural and social processes of planetary import in 2016. To this end, his “essential background and context” advances a vital discussion. Photo…
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by: Seth Sandronsky – October 7, 2016

Reclaiming the History of California’s Counterculture and Resistance Movements

Book Review: West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California

If you favor the Occupy Wall Street movement, you might also savor the personal and political flavors of communal living during the 1960s and 1970s. In West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California, 13 contributors enlighten us about these alternative…
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by: Seth Sandronsky – August 17, 2012

Biotech Worker’s Illness Raises Worries About the Growing, Largely Unregulated, Industry

Little is Known Yet About Risks to Worker Safety, Public Health, Social Justice, and the Environment

David Bell was a senior at University California at Davis when he began to work at Agraquest, a start-up biotech firm. In the five months and nine days between when he was hired, in August 1998, and June 1999, when he was…
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by: Seth Sandronsky – April 17, 2012

Capital Offense

The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth
By John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York
Monthly Review Press, 2010, 544 pages

There are more factors than climate change that threaten our existence on Earth. Scientists warn that it is only one of nine “planetary life-support systems” vital for human survival. The other boundaries are: global freshwater use, chemical pollution, ocean acidification, land use change, loss of biodiversity and the increasing extinction rate, ozone and aerosol levels in the atmosphere, and the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles that regulate soil fertility. We’ve already crossed three…
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by: Seth Sandronsky – Autumn 2011


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