States don't just create external boundaries. As per Cesaire, the technologies are being brought into the metropole.
I often rant, sorry, "offer calm, considered and reasoned critiques" about academics who study nonsense badlystudy important things badlystudy important things well but write in turgid academese These things make me angry. But for once, I am angry after reading an academic paper, not about any of the above (because it is paper which studies... Continue Reading →
Here's a lovely demonstration of how recycling and return schemes don't necessarily provide ALL the "savings" you might hope for. "We" are not going to get out of this with just "efficiency." But then, "we" are not going to get out of this at all, are we?
So the obvious question is why aren't tens of thousands of people involved in the "Just Stop Oil" actions? There are loads of different answers to this question, that will convince different people. I don't think it is as simple as "people think climate change isn't a big deal" or "people don't like to Get... Continue Reading →
The latest IPCC report (working group 3 - the "what to do" one) has sunk without trace - too much else going on, it's an old story, there's no new news. Here's the front page of the Grauniad website this morning- And this, after one of their journos, Fiona Harvey, had worried publicly that the... Continue Reading →
is that we learn nothing from history. That's not mine, btw - I filched it from Georgie Hegel. Am thinking at the moment about one of my favourite themes - how little we (e.g. me) learn from our mistakes, how resistant we (e.g. me) can be to robust and would-be-if-we-took-it helpful feedback (whether that is... Continue Reading →
When will the next Greta Thunberg hit the stage? I know I am a stuck record, but (I think) this is important. a)"We" are leaving/have left a period where climate change was relatively high up the political agenda b) We are leaving/have left a period where small (but non-trivial) numbers of people were willing to... Continue Reading →
Read this and weep. Since long before that delayed "last chance to save the world" climate conference in Glasgow finally happened (see here and here and here) I predicted that in the aftermath, climate change was gonna be far down almost everyone's list. You don't need to be freaking Nostradamus, you just need to know... Continue Reading →
Let's start with an under-rated tweet. https://twitter.com/marcsrhudson/status/1483901631615971345 Yeah, that's me half an hour ago and I would already struggle to tell you how I came across Sayer 1992. Oh, wait, it was the 2003 paper on Regional Development Agencies and Clusters (reading it for The Job). We are pattern-making machines. We see causation when there... Continue Reading →
As an Australian, it kinda sorta gives me a small amount of pleasure to write the following sentence “England lost the Ashes in a record time of 12 days.” To those in the know, these are (mildly) surprising words. To normal people (i.e. not “cricket tragics”) they will ask two pertinent questions - “what are... Continue Reading →