Six new books for an ecosocialist bookshelf

June 13, 2019

System Change Not Climate Change: A Revolutionary Response to Environmental Crisis
Edited by Martin Empson
Bookmarks, 2019

Marxist essays on the global crisis. It includes Ian Angus on Metabolic Rift; Kohei Saito on Marx’s Ecosocialism; Camilla Royle on the Anthropocene; Martin Empson on agriculture; Amy Leather on plastic; Sarah Ensor on biodiversity; Ian Rappel on ‘Natural Capital’; Suzanne Jeffery on social movements; Michelle Robidoux and Carolyn Egan on tar sands and Indigenous rights. It is available from July 1.

The Anthropocene As A Geological Time Unit: A Guide to the Scientific Evidence and Current Debate
Edited by Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Mark Williams & Colin P. Summerhayes
Cambridge University Press, 2019

Top international experts detail the scientific case that a new epoch in Earth history has begun. The scale, manner and rate of global environmental change are placed within the context of planetary processes and deep geological time. An essential guide to the latest findings of Geology and Earth System science about the radical transformation of the planet in our time.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
By Bill McKibben
Macmillan/Henry Holt, 2019

Environment activist Bill McKibben says we’re at a bleak moment in human history: we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch civilisation slip away. Drawing on his experience in building, the first global citizens movement to combat climate change, he suggests possible ways out of the trap.

Environment, Labour & Capitalism At Sea: ‘Working the ground’ in Scotland
By Penny McCall Howard
Manchester University Press, 2018

Drawing on personal experience working on fishing boats in Scotland, Howard explores how fishers make the sea productive through their labor, using technologies ranging from wooden boats to digital GPS plotters to create familiar places in a seemingly hostile environment. It shows how their lives are affected by capitalist forces in the markets they sell to, forces that shape even the relations between fishers on the same boat.

Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America
By Joshua Specht
Princeton University Press, 2019

In the late 1800s, beef production in the U.S. went from small local operations to a giant centralized industry, with cattle bred on ranches in the West, slaughtered in Chicago, and shipped nationwide. Violent conflicts determined who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy costs.

Tambora And The Year Without A Summer:How a Volcano Plunged the World into Crisis
By Wolfgang Behringer
Polity Books, 2019

The largest volcanic eruption ever recorded took place in Indonesia in April 1815 — and no region on earth was untouched by its effects. This comprehensive account of the impact of one of the greatest environmental disasters in human history offers a case study for how societies and individuals respond to climate change, what risks emerge and how they might be overcome.

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