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Book Review: Remember Tomorrow by Amanda Saint

Book: Remember Tomorrow Author: Amanda Saint Publisher: Retreat West Books Pages:332 How will it turn out? What will the year 2030, 2050 bring? Will things be more or less the same? Will we ‘tech out’ and have robot butlers who … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein

This excellent book review is re-posted with permission from the site of a PhD student colleague.  His site has many other posts as insightful as this one below… January 12, 2015 by Falsum A passage in Naomi Klein’s new climate … Continue reading

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Wilful blindness about #climate change. Good thing #Manchester City Council is so amazing, eh?

This is from Margaret Heffernan’s very good book “Wilful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our peril“ Money is just one of the forces that blind us to information and issues which we could pay attention to – but … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Green Capitalism: Why it can’t work”

Green Capitalism: Why it can’t work. Daniel Tanuro Merlin Press/ Resistance Books, 2013 I approached this book with some scepticism. It wasn’t that I was unsympathetic to the arguments I expected to find in it. I do regard myself as … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Power Failure” #Australia #climate #policy debacle

This post is not about Manchester. It’s about a government that made bold promises about its climate action, then delivered a sorta reasonable policy, but totally failed to implement it or defend it from the forces of apathy and darkness.  … Continue reading

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Off-topic – “Activist Fictions” article in Peace News

The article below appeared in the latest issue of the essential-reading “Peace News.” (subscribe here.) Activist Fictions The absurdly handsome activist bit his lip. The Peace News crew were threatening mil-itary action if the final extended deadline for a 2000 … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’ #Manchester #climate

MCFly’s biodiversity correspondent, Dave Bishop, reads a “brilliant, lucid, very readable, scientifically up-to-date, tragic and utterly terrifying” book… Review: ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’ by Elizabeth Kolbert; Bloomsbury, 2014. On one fateful day 66 million years ago, the Earth’s … Continue reading

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Cross-post on Barbara Kingsolver, Professor Kevin Anderson and #Manchester City Council

Below, cross-posted with permission, is Manchester artist Jane Lawson’s latest blog post… I’ve just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s The Prodigal Summer (available at all good bookshops) and it got me thinking about home. One of the characters, Lusa, inherits her … Continue reading

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Book Review: Industrial Revolution by R.T. Cutforth #Manchester writer

Local author RT Cutforth has written an entertaining and suitably (post-)apocalyptic novel set in Manchester. “Industrial Revolution” opens with a bravura scene of “physical interrogation” (when we do it; torture, when our enemies do it) that recalls the “Is it … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A is for Activist”

MCFly writer Roisin Weintraub reviews a children’s book. I stumbled across a whole genre of books accidentally when I found “A rule is to break, anarchism for children.” at a library local to my parents’ house. I’m argumentative. I have … Continue reading

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