“There are two problems for our species’ survival—nuclear war and environmental catastrophe, ” says Noam Chomsky in this new book on the two existential threats of our time and their points of intersection since World War II. While a nuclear strike would require action, environmental catastrophe is partially defined by willful inaction in response to human-induced climate change. Denial of the facts is only half the equation. Other contributing factors include extreme techniques for the extraction of remaining carbon deposits, the elimination of agricultural land for bio-fuel, the construction of dams, and the destruction of forests that are crucial for carbon sequestration. On the subject of current nuclear tensions, Chomsky revisits the long-established option of a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, a proposal set in motion through a joint Egyptian Iranian General Assembly resolution in 1974. Intended as a warning, Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe is also a reminder that talking about the unspeakable can still be done with humor, with wit and indomitable spirit.
Drawing on and integrating unorthodox thought from a broad range of disciplines including clinical psychology, linguistics, philosophy, natural science and psychoanalysis, this book offers a provocative, original analysis of the global threats to our survival, and proposes a remedy.
Holocaust Images and Picturing Catastrophe explores the phenomenon of Holocaust transfer, analysing the widespread practice of using the Holocaust and its imagery for the representation and recording of other historical events in various media sites. Richly illustrated with concrete examples, this book traces the visual rhetoric of Holocaust imagery and its application to events other than the genocide of Jewish people.
By comparing the findings from Kalish's and Reynolds's landmark 1970's Death and Ethnicity Study to their own present study, Hayslip and Peveto examine the impact of cultural change on death attitudes. With a focus on African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American subpopulations, with Caucasians treated as a comparison group, the authors come to several conclusions, including: the shift toward more interest in being informed of one's own terminal prognosis a more personal approach to funerals and mourning observances a greater focus on family and relationships
A chilling exploration of the still-present possibility of nuclear war between the United States and Russia examines the unrealistic shortcomings of current American policy toward Russia, showing the dangerous nature of the current situation.
Popper's Open Society After Fifty Years presents a coherent survey of the reception and influence of Karl Popper's masterpiece The Open Society and its Enemies over the fifty years since its publication in 1945, as well as applying some of its principles to the context of modern Eastern Europe. This unique volume contains papers by many of Popper's contemporaries and friends, including such luminaries as Ernst Gombrich, in his paper 'The Open Society and its Enemies: Remembering its Publication Fifty Years Ago'.
Anniversary Celebrations: The Pontifical Academy of Sciences 400th â The âEttore Majoranaâ Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture 40th â H H John Paul II Apostolate 25th â Climate/Global Warming: The Cosmic Ray Effect; Effects on Species and Biodiversity; Human Effects; Paleoclimate Implications Evidence for Global Warming â Pollution: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals; Hazardous Material; Legacy Wastes and Radioactive Waste Management in USA, Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan â The Cultural Planetary Emergency: Role of the Media; Intolerance; Terrorism; Iraqi Perspective; Open Forum Debate â AIDS and Infectious Diseases: Ethics in Medicine; AIDS Vaccine Strategies â Water: Water Conflicts in the Middle East â Energy: Developing Countries; Mitigation of Greenhouse Warming â Permanent Monitoring Panels Reports â Workshops: Long-Term Stewardship of Hazardous Material; AIDS Vaccine Strategies and Ethics
Author: R Ragaini
Publisher: World Scientific
Category: Political Science
The proceedings have been selected for coverage in: • Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings® (ISTP® / ISI Proceedings) • Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings (ISTP CDROM version / ISI Proceedings) • Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings® (ISSHP® / ISI Proceedings) • Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP CDROM version / ISI Proceedings) • CC Proceedings — Biomedical, Biological & Agricultural Sciences Contents:The Pontifical Academy of Sciences (M S Sorondo)Climate Change and the Cosmic Ray Connection (N J Shaviv)The Emerging Science of Endocrine Disruption (J P Myers et al.)Hazardous Waste Management in Southeast Asia (B Gurusamy)Spin in War and Peace (M Sturmer)War on Terrorism: A Search for Focus (V Kremenyuk)Ethics, Justice and Statistics (J L Hutton)Pre-clinical Primate Vaccine Studies (R Thorstensson)The Politics of Water (F Mehr)The Italian Civil Protection Response to Planetary Emergencies and the Co-operation with the International Scientific Community (Video) (G Bertolaso)Report of the Open Forum Debate on Terrorism (A Kamal)Energy in Developing Countries — Is It a Special Case? (H Khatib)Risk Analysis Permanent Monitoring Panel (T Taylor)Desertification Permanent Monitoring Panel (A Warren)Contamination and Vulnerability of Groundwater Resources in Russia (I S Zektser)and other papers Readership: Researchers and practitioners in environmental management, meteorology, sociology, psychology, international relations and political science. Keywords:Terrorism;Cultural Emergency;Information Security;Long-Term Stewardship of Hazardous Material;Water Conflicts;AIDS Vaccine Strategies;Ethics in Infectious Diseases;Energy
Energy, Nuclear and Renewable Energy ... : "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy, 19-24 Aug. 2005
Author: Richard C. Ragaini
Publisher: World Scientific
Since its inception in 1981, the Erice Seminars from which this book series originates have attracted the attention of world leaders in science, technology and culture. This latest volume in the series covers a wide range of topics OCo from energy studies and research to disarmament and cultural emergencies. In addition to the main topics, the book also includes an associated workshop program (the 33rd Session) focusing on cultural emergencies, specifically designing and building in resilience against chemical, biological and radiological attacks. Sample Chapter(s). Chapter 1: The 34th Session of the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies and Associated Meetings (296 KB). Contents: Energy: Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Nuclear Power in Europe (A Birkhofer); The Asian Nuclear Power Issue (A Miyahara); Climatology: Global Warming: Observational Climate Data and Comparison with Models (D H Douglass); Understanding Common Climate Claims (R S Lindzen); AIDS and Infectious Diseases: New Threats from Infectious Agents: Ebola Viral, Haemorrhagic Fever, Nipah Encephalities, SARS Avian Influenza: Episodes in a Never Ending Story? (J-C Manuguerra); Emerging Virus Infectious in a Changing World (A D M E Osterhaus); Brain Diseases: Update: Update on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (H Budka); Limits of Development: Migration: A West African Point of View on Migration (M Diop); Migration in the 21st Century OCo A Mexican Perspective (A Gonzilez-Pozo); Pollution: Science and Technology: Subsurface Laser Drilling Applications (R Parker & L Everett); Desertification: Remote Sensing and Desertification: Desertification in the Sahel Revisited (L Olsson); Integrated Approaches to Desertification (E F Lambin); Permanent Monitoring Panel Meetings and Reports: Major Shortcomings in US Immigration Policy: Get Tough or Get Real? (C D Ellis); Conceptual Approach in the Creation and Implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Macedonia (M Milosevska); Disarmament and Cultural Emergencies: Non-Proliferation, Evolution OCo Minimal Life: Will the Non-Proliferation Treaty Survive? (H Wegener); Comments on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (R Wilson); Energy Workshop: Carbon Sequestration and Storage OCo The Needs (H Khatib); Consensus and Disagreement on Climate Change Due to Carbon Dioxide (K S Lackner); Information Security Workshop: Implementing Information Security and Its Technology: A Line Management Perspective (W A Barletta); Contributions and Recommendations for Bridging the Digital Divide (A Lehmann); Workshop on Building Resilience Associated with the 33rd Session (Terrorism) OCo 5OCo6 May 2005: The Biological Threat (R Dierstein & A Driks); Damage Mitigation of Buildings Against Blast Loading (C Mayrhofer); and other papers. Readership: Scientists, academics, psychologists, sociologists, political analysts, historians and government officials."