Review of The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis

The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis (subtitled ‘A biography of an ingenious species’) is a popular science book authored by Ruth DeFries (Columbia University), which takes a “long lens” view of humanity’s journey from the perspective of food production and consumption. The inside book cover notes that “for much of … [Read more…]

Climate change and the pursuit of sustainable futures: are we using the best strategies and approaches (and what are they? Do we know?)

This is a huge topic, and one that I plan to return to often on this blog. This post has been prompted by my recent reading of the book The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys (Geels et al., 2011) and attendance at the 2013 Sustainable Living Festival. The editors of this book describe three strategies which … [Read more…]