Considering catastrophe: high-impact, low-probability climate scenarios “dangerously underexplored”

08/02/2022 Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Researchers call for a new “Climate Endgame” agenda and say far too little work has gone into understanding the mechanisms by which rising temperatures might pose a “catastrophic” risk to society and humanity: For instance, if temperature rises are worse than many predict or cause cascades of events we have yet to consider, or indeed both. The … Read more Considering catastrophe: high-impact, low-probability climate scenarios “dangerously underexplored”

How to avoid eating the world:

From degrowth to a sustainable food system transformation Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 05/16/2022 •    To make our food system more sustainable, curbing growth or shifting incomes alone won’t do it •    People’s eating habits change towards more climate-harming choices already at small income increases •    What’s needed is changing what we eat, changing what and how we grow, and a price on … Read more How to avoid eating the world:

Forests, Food, Pandemics and the Extinction of Species:

Biodiversity Hotspots Research network publishes “10 Must Knows” on biodiversity Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/25/2022 “10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science”, ranging from climate stress for forests to the corona virus that has jumped from animals to humans, are now published for the first time. More than 45 experts from the German Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity and colleagues have compiled this inventory on … Read more Forests, Food, Pandemics and the Extinction of Species:

Food crisis due to Ukraine war calls for demand-side action:

less animal products, less waste, and greening EU agricultural policy Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) The global food system is impacted by the war in Ukraine, adding to the direct humanitarian and security crisis caused by the Russian aggression. Ukraine and Russia are major producers of grains and fertilizers, yet their exports are at risk of getting disrupted. However, agricultural policy-makers – like … Read more Food crisis due to Ukraine war calls for demand-side action:

“Black Flakes / Schwarze Flocken:” Celan & Ukraine

This poem, probably written in or after July 1944, most likely in Czernowitz, today Chernivtsi, after returning from the forced labor-camp he had been interned in. The ms. has his note: “In memory of the snow at railway station Pascani, workcamp Radazani,” referring to the village of Pascani in Moldavia. It was probably then that he learned of the death of his parents, Leo & Fritzi Antschel who had … Read more “Black Flakes / Schwarze Flocken:” Celan & Ukraine

Assessment Report highlighting Climate Change Impacts

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 published its 6th Assessment Report highlighting climate change impacts. On this issue, Katja Frieler, a lead author of the IPCC report’s chapter on observed cross-sectoral impacts as well as contributing author of the report’s summary for policy makers, co-chair of the Transformation Pathways Research Department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: “We are already now leaving … Read more Assessment Report highlighting Climate Change Impacts

Today’s children to experience two to seven times more extremes than their grandparents

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 09/27/2021 Today’s children will be hit much harder by climate extremes than today’s adults, researchers show in the leading journal Science. During their lifetime, a child born in 2021 will experience on average twice as many wildfires, between two and three times more droughts, almost three times more river floods and crop failures, and seven times more heatwaves … Read more Today’s children to experience two to seven times more extremes than their grandparents

Cartographies of the In-Between

The 2011 collection of essays & takes on my work, edited by Peter Cockelbergh & published by Literaria Pragensia Books in Prague (Czech Republic) under Louis Armand’s auspices, has just been released as a pdf that can be downloaded here  (though, I am told, a few actual copies remain & can be purchased here directly from the press). Below, the table of contents preceded by 3 extracts from the … Read more Cartographies of the In-Between

Ammiel Alcalay Remembers Jack Hirschman (1933-2021)

News of Jack Hirschman’s death on August 22nd simply knocked the wind out of me. Despite his age, it came without premonition, and felt unexpected and jarring. When mutual friend David Meltzer passed in 2016 I dreamt about him, only to wake up to the news. Jack had collaborated closely on David’s magazine, TREE, the harbinger for a radical Jewish poetics that found sources not only in the kabbalah but in a politics grounded in the generative and generous … Read more Ammiel Alcalay Remembers Jack Hirschman (1933-2021)

Brooklyn Rail Radical Poetry Reading with Pierre Joris

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ART, POLITICS, AND CULTURE   •   INDEPENDENT AND FREE THE NEW SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT#366 Featuring poetry read by Allen Fisher, Randall Horton, Layli Long Soldier, & Tracie Morris  Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific REGISTER This event is produced by The Brooklyn Rail. Learn how you can donate ✨🌈 Pierre Joris curates the 48th Radical Poetry Reading featuring poetry read by Allen Fisher, Randall Horton, Layli Long Soldier, and Tracie Morris. In … Read more Brooklyn Rail Radical Poetry Reading with Pierre Joris