info diet

articles, books, etc. that I’ve read

Read: “The Age of Political Risk”

article by James Surowiecki in the New Yorker

Read: “To Live or to Perish Forever”

Nicholas Schimdle’s book on Pakistan

Read: “With Pious Regret”

Chapter 1 of Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty

Read: “The Revenge of Gaia”

book by scientist James Lovelock, originator of Gaia theory

Read: “Restoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita”

article by John W. Day Jr and colleagues, published in Science in 2007

Read: “Chalcot Crescent” by Fay Weldon

A novel of a not-so-distant future, in a not-so-different reality, makes a case against revolution, instead opting for a stiff upper lip during collapse

Read: “Are policymakers, economists and peak oilists starting to speak the same language?” in the FT

What was a “tinfoil hat theory” just a few years ago is going mainstream, at least in the UK

Read: “Up in the air” in the New Yorker

Trying to get to the root of why TV weather forecasters—and many others—still doubt that people are causing climate change

Read: “In quite a state” in the Economist

It’s hard to tell what counts as a country, and it’s likely to only get to harder

Read: “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers

A concrete example of how no disaster is really a natural disaster


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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