Posts Tagged ‘ ecology ’

Burning Down the House | by Alan Weisman | The New York Review of Books


©Richard Misrach/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Richard Misrach: Untitled, 2007

Even McKibben struggles for an adequate vocabulary to describe the duplicity of oil companies: “There should be a word for when you commit treason against an entire planet.”

I’m not the only writer to wonder whether books are still an appropriate medium to convey the frightening speed of environmental upheaval. But the environment is infinitely intricate, and mere articles—much less daily newsfeeds or Twitter—can barely scratch the surface of environmental issues, let alone explore the extent of their consequences. Ecology, after all, is about how everything connects to everything else. Something so complex and crucial still requires books to attempt to explain it.

Source: Burning Down the House | by Alan Weisman | The New York Review of Books

Orion Magazine | Four Questions for the Author: Timothy Morton, Being Ecological

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence . . .

Source: Orion Magazine | Four Questions for the Author: Timothy Morton, Being Ecological

A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction: Kathleen Dean Moore and Rachelle McCabe – YouTube

Writers Uncensored: Gary Snyder: If Trees Could Talk – YouTube

Rojava at risk « immanence

The Rojava Emergency Committee is asking that U.S. citizens urge their congressional and Senate representatives, as well as Elliot Engel, incoming Democratic chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, not to withdraw from Rojava. Please do that if you care about the largest stateless nation in the world (which happens to be building what’s probably the largest experiment in anarcha-feminist radical eco-democracy history has seen).


With outspread arms of thanks to dmf –

Source: Rojava at risk « immanence

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America | Ars Technica

Enlarge / At Ash Cave in Ohio, archaeologists discovered an enormous cache of seeds from lost crops, including domesticated native goosefoot (similar to quinoa). These seeds were so far from their wild habitats that they had clearly been domesticated.

2,000 years ago, people domesticated these plants. Now they’re wild weeds. What happened?

Source: Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America | Ars Technica

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota – The New York Times

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Ms. McIntosh, the South Dakota environmental official, said that TransCanada employees and contractors were at the spill site and that soil cleanup workers were on the way. The state was overseeing the response.

Ms. McIntosh said that the leak was “a large release” of oil, but that “the location of this is not in a sensitive area.”

“They’ve got a response plan that they kicked in right away,” Ms. McIntosh said. “The area’s very rural, which is very positive. There’s no one nearby that is drinking any of the groundwater that may be impacted, so that’s less of an issue.”

Keystone Pipeline XL Spill – The New York Times

i.e.  The environment does not include the ecology. It does include primarily whatever is of use to capital interests and secondarily to what is exclusively human.  – DF