The Energy of Slaves: Andrew Nikiforuk discusses his new book at the Sustainability Network

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk calls for a radical analysis of our master-and-slave relationship to energy and a sweeping new emancipation movement.

Climate Wars + Global Warring

Climate Wars
Gwynne Dyer
Toronto: Random House, Canada, 2008, 288 pages.

Global Warring
Cleo Paskal
Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2009, 288 pages.

Here’s a fact I had never considered: the word “rival” comes from the Latin word rivalis, meaning “those who draw water from the same source.” Rivalry is closely related to the availability of shared resources, and tensions are easily triggered when food and water are at stake.

Now, let’s take this to the extreme: climate change projections suggest that the flow of  many of the world’s major rivers will be seriously reduced as glaciers retreat. The scale of potential conflict is staggering. The Himalayan watershed alone, which includes the Ganges, Indus, Yangtze and Mekong Rivers, supplies water to almost half the people on this planet, including nuclear powers China, India and Pakistan.

But this is about more than rivers. Two new books on the issue, Climate Wars and Global Warring, introduce a bevy of reasons for concern: natural disasters, disappearing low-lying island states, shifting coasts and access to oceanic exploitation zones, the melting Northwest Passage, desertification and altered patterns of food production. Each has the potential to redefine how we interpret and conceptualize international law, how we interact diplomatically with other nations, and how and why we engage militarily.

Cleo Paskal, a fellow at Chatham House who boasts journalistic stints at The Economist and the Chicago Tribune, seeks to “introduce and legitimize the idea that environmental change is about to have enormous, and specific, geopolitical consequences.”…[Click here to read more!]

Green Books

Green Books is an exciting new initiative of the developing Environmental
Policy Institute (EPI) at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. The project aims to
engage communities in conversations on cutting-edge and highly-acclaimed books
that explore environmental issues impacting the province.

Making our Cities People and Planet-Friendly

New Society Publishers – According to UN figures, sometime in mid-2007 the world will enter the “Urban Millennium” — the first time in history that the majority of the world’s population has lived in cities and towns rather than in rural areas. This milestone coincides with an increased awareness of the vital role that our…