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Toward an ecological conversation

The essay from which this edited extract comes reaches the core of environmental responsibility. Stephen Talbott argues from an explicitly human-centred perspective, challenging us to explore the relationship with the ecological world - the Other - in terms of human conversation. After putting forward two contrasting perspectives on environment - the radical preservationist and scientific management - the author illustrates the impoverishment of both in terms of mystifying or technically alienating non-human nature. 'Conversation' is used as a metaphor for identifying, bringing to light and engaging with what matters in environmental responsibility. The author is a senior researcher at the Nature Institute and published the original version of this article in NetFuture 27 (10 January 2002), available at netfuture, org 2002 Jani002_i27.html. How do we deal with them We engage them in conversation.

We converse to become ourselves

I would like to think that what all of us, preservationists and managers alike, are really trying to understand is how to conduct an ecological conversation. We cannot predict or control the exact course of a conversation, nor do we feel any such need - not, at least, if we are looking for a good conversation. Revelations and surprises lend our exchanges much of their savor. We don't want predictability we want respect, meaning, and coherence. A satisfying conversation is neither rigidly programmed nor chaotic somewhere between perfect order and total surprise we look for a creative tension, a progressive and mutual deepening of insight, a sense that we are getting somewhere worthwhile. In any conversation it is, in the first place, perfectly natural to remedy 5 one's ignorance by putting cautious questions to the Other. Every ex-o perimental gardening technique, every new industrial process, every different kind of bird feeder is a question put to nature. And, precisely because of...

Responding to Climate Change

At this point, any conversation about a new global treaty that will allow us to share the planet's resources in perfect equality is nothing short of fanciful. This is not to suggest we don't need to go down that path, it is just to acknowledge the multitude of barriers that face us. In the meantime, there are three key responses required from Australia. We need to

The big debate reform or revolution

This reading is the New Internationalist's edited version of a longer conversation about corporate responsibility. In debate style, opposing views are taken on whether to work with corporations to help them take social and environmental responsibility or to encourage people to take direct action to resist them.

Toward creative responsibility

When Thoreau told us, 'In wildness is the preservation of the world' (1947), the wildness he referred to was at least in part our wildness. If humankind fails to embrace with its sympathies and understanding -which is to say, within our own being - every wild thing, then both we and the world will to that extent be diminished. This is true even if our refusal goes no further than the withdrawal from conversation. feature of human social relations as of our relations with nature, and as much a feature of our treatment of domesticated landscapes as of wilderness areas. In its Otherness, the factory-farmed hog is no less a challenge to our sympathies and understanding than the salmon, the commonplace chickadee no less than the grizzly bear. We do not excel in the art of conversation. If the grizzly is absent from the distant mountains, perhaps it is partly because we have lost sight of, or even denigrated, the wild spirit in the chickadee outside our doors. The point is not to pronounce...

Introduction to part two

The first reading, from Stephen Talbott, suggests the metaphor of 'conversation' as being helpful in thinking about the integral relationship between human and non-human nature. He regards the notion of ecological conversation as being relevant to two perspectives on nature, preservationist and managerialist - perspectives that align respectively with the two dimensions of environmental responsibility discussed in the Introduction, caring and accountability. The next two readings explore two types of conversation - ethics and science - in drawing out issues of importance for environmental responsibility. Andrew Light describes four key debates in environmental ethics that have shaped the way in which nature is valued. While dialogues are important for creating respect for the non-human natural world, Light adds a note of caution regarding the need for a more relevant pragmatic language so as to inform policy design and action. Eric Higgs is similarly cautious about the language of...

Will the sea rise in years to come

In the middle of the 19th century the island of Tasmania, then known as Van Diemen's Land, was a British penal settlement. Thomas Lempriere, one of the officials in charge of the settlement, maintained careful records of tides and weather. In July 1841, the Antarctic explorer Sir James Clark Ross (after whom the Ross Sea is named) visited Tasmania and met Lempriere. The two men discussed Lempriere's meteorological and tidal records and the problem Lempriere had with tide gauges. Convicts vandalized the gauges and he had to keep moving them to new locations. In the course of their conversation, Lempriere and Ross hit upon a plan to make a permanent mark, called a benchmark, that would be carved into the rock, to show the height of the mean tide the level halfway between the lowest and highest points reached by the tide, which they measured using a tide gauge. In A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions During the Years 1839 43 (John Murray, London,...

Permission and responsibility

How could this principle sound so irrespon- p sibly permissive when its whole point is to frame permission in terms e of responsibility Apparently, the idea of responsibility doesn't carry a that much gravity for us - and isn't this precisely because we are less F accustomed to think of nature in the context of responsible conversation 3 If we do take our responsibility seriously, then we have to live with it. It means that a great deal depends on us - which also means that a 5 great power of abuse rests on us. Holdrege's formulation gives us exactly o what any sound principle must give us the possibility of a catastrophic misreading in either of two opposite directions. We can accept the permission without the responsibility, or we can view the responsibility as denying us the permission. Both misreadings pronounce disaster. The only way to get at any balanced rule of behavior, any principle of organic wholeness, is to enter into conversation with it, preventing...

Contemporary environmental ethics

This extract is from the first half of a paper outlining four debates surfacing 'intrinsic value of nature' as being an important matter in environmental ethics. Whereas 'conversation' (as understood in Reading 8) can leave space for 'creative responsibility', debates are centred more around competition between two opposing (human) positions. As Andrew Light acknowledges, whilst these debates can at times be debilitating, they might also be mobilized for a better course of action towards a more publicly engaged model of applied philosophy. In the second half of the paper, Light goes on to present a model based upon environmental pragmatism. The general attributes of environmental pragmatism are discussed a little more critically in Reading 13. But issues around valuing nature are nevertheless important to appreciate in pursuing any model or endeavour of environmental responsibility.

Where does the wild live

To foreclose on the possibility of ecological conversation, whether due to reticence in the presence of the mystery of the Other or simple denial of both mystery and Other, is to give up on the problem of nature's integrity and our responsibility. It is to forget that we ourselves stand within nature, bringing, like every creature, our own contributions to the ecology of the whole. Most distinctively, we bring the potentials of conscious understanding and the burden of moral responsibility. W hile we live in our environment, we are not wholly of it. We can detach ourselves from our surroundings and view them objectively. This is not a bad thing. What is disastrous is our failure to crown this achievement with the selfless, loving conversation that it makes possible. Only in encountering an Other separate from myself can I learn to love. The chickadee does not love its environment because it is - much more fully than we - an expression of its environment. There is no disgrace in...

First three months of

Announcement of the club project provoked an arousal of individual interests and a significant weakening of community bonds. Only the seniors and a few others were in clear opposition to the club and acted accordingly, organizing assemblies in order to study the laws that established the protected area in Tepoztlan, and communal rights over the land and resources. Club opponents began to encourage the Tepoztecos to protest against the project, and to promote and spread the idea that an organization with wide participation and with the capacity to engage the cooperation of the majority of people was much needed. On the other side were a few determined club supporters, mainly owners of various business. Many others, while recognizing that there would be both damages and benefits, were of the opinion that communal rights, in particular those related to water, could coexist with the club. They also thought that the most senior and socially conscious members of the community would act as a...

Preface and Acknowledgements

In addition, i thank Riley Dunlap, who shares no blame for any errors of this book, for his work and conversations with me on the empirical article that is the foundation for this book and the construction of the data reprinted in appendix 1 and 2, along with former graduate student, Mark Freeman. Nonetheless, i ask that we see this book, as all propositions should be seen, as a conversation. All of the requirements i state for public discourse, i gladly accept for my own work. Let us start this conversation now with the virtues of fidelity to representation and humility in order to begin creating a more peaceful, sustainable, life together.

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Such experiences, often shared with billions of television viewers all over the world on countless wildlife shows, reinforce our ancient linkages to all species. Perhaps in this profound conversation with animals we are seeking the guidance of spirits buried deep in our collective memory. We cannot know how animals perceive reality, but we do know they play they can be happy, sad or mad, and they can evoke by their eyes a mystery we cannot fathom. By their behavior we can know the state of the planet and by their presence we can be sure its life is sustaining itself.

The Spirit of Biophilia

Many a late-night conversation in dorm rooms and living rooms across the world has centered on the world's problems, only to end with a resigned acknowledgment that nothing short of a spiritual transformation can save life on earth. The tacit understanding is that such a transformation is impossible. But I believe that humans are evolving, as all species do, and that we are capable of a higher human nature that includes a widening circle of compassion, starting with other humans and extending to all things. In fact, we may be predisposed to loving nature. We are, after all, only recently removed, in evolutionary terms, from our natural habitats of forests, savannah, and the seashore. Just as a fish prefers the sheltering interstices of a coral reef to the dangerous surrounding waters full of predators, we may be drawn to the natural habitats that nurtured our ancestors.

Moving Toward Climate Stabilization Icelands Example

I had a conversation with an editor of one of the major American magazines in New York about five years ago, trying to entice him into doing a cover story about what was happening up north in the Arctic and surrounding territories. His answer was very frank and blunt 'No, sorry, we are not going to do anything about it all. Our readers are not interested'. I was therefore very happy to see the same magazine only some months ago carrying a major cover story, with a polar bear on the front, warning the world in strong terms that time is very short.

Adaptation Funding Is Not Enough

There has been a long and often circular conversation amongst refugee advocates, lawyers, environmental activists and others for several years about the use of 'climate' and 'refugee' in the same sentence. Friends of the Earth Australia favours use of the term climate refugee over others such as 'ecologically displaced person' or 'climate migrant' because it resonates with many people, it is clear what is being talked about, and the sense of 'push' factor is immediately evident. However, in recognition of both the sensitivities of some around use of the term and the real risk that opening the 1951 Convention to broaden the definition of refugee in the current political climate might actually lead to a watering down of protection afforded to refugees, we accept that there should be other options developed to allow adequate protection for climate refugees.

New Definitions of Security

In addition, many communities along large sections of coastline on both sides of the Indian Ocean are still recovering from the devastating tsunami of 2004, which in term raises a vast number of issues around community resilience and ecological protection. For instance, it was widely reported that areas that had been stripped of protective mangrove systems suffered worse impacts from the tsunami. There is a deeper conversation here that is far beyond the scope of this chapter about the evolving idea of environmental security. This is often defined as the relationship between security concerns such as armed conflict and the natural environment. It has become particularly relevant for those studying resource scarcity and conflict in the developing world and has obvious implications for Australia in terms of how we should allocate adaptation funding as well as how to manage our defence forces and the relative skills set, training and equipment we will need to develop as our armed forces...

Investing In Geothermal

After our brief conversation with Mr. Schochet, we found that two of Ormat ' s wholly owned subsidiaries had received supply and construction orders worth about 29 million for three REG power plants from a power producer in Western Canada. Since then, the company has continued to line up new REG contracts.

Two Frameworks Of Governance

March, who teaches political science at Stanford University, provides a theoretical understanding of these two alternative approaches to decision making. When decision makers adopt the economic approach, March explains, they choose among given alternatives by evaluating their consequences in terms of prior preferences. When they adopt the principle-based or Kantian framework, decision makers pursue a logic of appropriateness, fulfilling identities or roles by recognizing situations and following rules that match appropriate behavior to the situations they encounter. As members of a society, individuals determine who they are and what they stand for as a community. Institutions, political arrangements, and processes of public conversation become central. The duties of deliberation take precedence over the algorithms of aggregation. We ask who we are, not just what we want. In this framework, according to March, the reasoning process is one of establishing identities and...

Newer Newark From Brownfields to Green Buildings

While Wilson is green by training and inclination, his passion is also for people. He has come to clean energy not only to do the right thing for the planet, but as a strategy for social justice. Coming out of a poor community, the environment wasn't part of the central conversation on poverty, he says. When energy and the environment came up, it was about siting hazardous land uses and Superfund sites near poor, black, and vulnerable populations. Those are important issues, but not part of the inspirational solution he wanted to build. Recently, however, his passion for energy and environmental issues has been rekindled by the opportunities he sees as a nonprofit developer to build a green workforce, create homeownership and affordability, and provide new clean-air solutions.

Returning to the Question

To return to our example, the stories depend very little on the source, the census. Whatever the census had reported, the newspapers were almost certainly going to run with the stories they did. It did not matter that the government agencies did not feed them those stories directly. The agencies would have had to have gone a long way out of their way to have produced press releases that would have led to another line being taken. They didn't, I believe, partly because they saw their job as providing the statistics that others would interpret (although they did release press releases which interpreted that data). Perhaps they too thought that what the census showed was the emergence of Black and or Asian ghettos in parts of London. Almost all the people involved in writing these stories were White. In Britain at the start of the twenty-first century most White people were brought up in areas where almost no-one was not White. Areas where a tenth or a fifth of the population are not...

Tackling the governance challenge

Oil companies have, until recently, rejected the notion that they should actively address macro-level governance issues. Governance in a society is ultimately related to the role of the government, and companies have been reluctant to become drawn into the sphere of politics. As one example, a senior USAID official recounted in a private conversation how American corporations have been keen on getting involved in various development initiatives in education and health, but 'for instance, we couldn't get companies involved in party-building activities in Zambia.' In the words of one oil company manager interviewed 'we cannot be government'.

The Industry That Devoured Marsh Fork Hollow

Julia Bonds does not believe we should shed any tears for Mr. Blankenship, not when his mining practices caused her neighbors' children to have to sleep with their clothes on when it rained in case the jury-rigged dams above their homes collapsed and the family had to make a run for it. Or when her neighbors' dinner table conversation changed from Little League games to the best escape routes out of their hollow. Or when her tight-knit community scattered to the four winds.

How Much Oil Is There

I cannot help but recount my conversation with a relative of mine (a renowned petroleum geologist) in 1972 3 during the first major oil crisis. When asked how much oil there was, where it was, and when we should expect to run out of oil, he responded that we will never run out of oil as there was oil and or gas everywhere, and that it was just a matter of drilling deep enough to find it.

Arabia The Center Of The Petroleum World

It looked like a night wonderland stars shining brightly and thousands of flames underneath as I flew from London to Kuwait and later Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. There were fires everywhere, as far as the eye could see. More fires than the stars in the sky. The night before I had met my hosts or consulting clients, all government executives, in a London hotel from where we went to a number of posh clubs to eat, drink, enjoy girls, and gamble. I met them again at the airport in the First Class lounge, a luxury I have rarely experienced. They were all bleary-eyed from hangovers and sleepless sex adventures. They tried to cure the effects of the nights' debauchery with additional drinks, with one jokingly mentioning that one should never have breakfast on an empty stomach. The party continued on the flight of Kuwaiti Airlines until about one hour before landing. Suddenly all my hosts vanished and reappeared in Arab Galabias and headdress, and all smelled of strong mouthwash. They scrambled...

Relations as Vehicles for Understanding Planning from the Ground Up in Africa Garth Myers

Muhajir and Ali Hasan Ali. I know little about fishing, and even less about fish my interests reside in the politics of development planning. Muhajir was raised in a fishing village, and Ali spent 15 years as a fisherman. Chwaka village is more than 99 per cent Muslim, and both Muhajir and Ali are Muslim while I am not. Chwaka fisherfolk were far more likely to have a useful conversation with Ali about fishing methods, or the habitats and behaviours of particular species, than with me, given my ineptitude with a fishing basket. On the other hand, the combination of Ali's expertise and my own eagerness to at least get out in the boat and try to pull up the baskets gained us both a measure of respect. Likewise, Ali's regular attendance five times per day in the mosque in which these fishermen prayed gave him a far stronger understanding of community life than I could ever claim. In combination, Ali and I learned things that I never would have learned...

What sociology of science

The point of departure is the manner in which we name the objects of the world on the basis of two broad categories of terms. The first comprises so-called 'N-terms', which are applied by a process in which the empirical properties of an object are compared against a model (pattern-matching). For example, a person will have learnt, on the basis of examples that s he has been shown or of what s he has been told, those features of trees which characterize a certain entity as a 'tree'. But there is another and equally idealized way to assign properties to objects. This is based, not on the intrinsic properties of the object but on the way other people define it. A predicate of this type Barnes calls an 'S-term'. For example, 'female' can be considered an N-term in Barnes' sense because there are empirical features which distinguish the female from the male. 'Married' is, instead, an S-predicate because it can be applied only on the basis of what one has been told about the person...

Infants and children

Children with SB are at significant risk for peer difficulties. They tend to be socially immature and have fewer friends. They are also involved in fewer extracurricular and social activities, which can then hamper the development of better social skills. Children with SB may show highly dependent behavior and require adult guidance for decision-making and interpersonal direction this serves to diminish opportunities for age-cohort interactions and opportunities for making independent choices. In social and school settings, these children often exhibit less intrinsic motivation, increased passivity, a lack ofassertiveness, less involvement in social discussions and conversations, and less confidence in their abilities 37 . Children's social passivity may be linked with their nonverbal deficits (i.e. nonverbal cues) which limit their understanding of social exchanges and intentions 36 it may also reflect weaknesses in executive skill development. In general, children with more...

Warnings to the reader

I'd like to emphasize that the calculations we will do are deliberately imprecise. Simplification is a key to understanding. First, by rounding the numbers, we can make them easier to remember. Second, rounded numbers allow quick calculations. For example, in this book, the population of the United Kingdom is 60 million, and the population of the world is 6 billion. I'm perfectly capable of looking up more accurate figures, but accuracy would get in the way of fluent thought. For example, if we learn that the world's greenhouse gas emissions in 2000 were 34 billion tons of CO2-equivalent per year, then we can instantly note, without a calculator, that the average emissions per person are 5 or 6 tons of CO2-equivalent per person per year. This rough answer is not exact, but it's accurate enough to inform interesting conversations. For instance, if you learn that a round-trip intercontinental flight emits nearly two tons of CO2 per passenger, then knowing the average emissions yardstick...

The Art And Science Of Crosssector Engagement

These can be formal relationship-building exercises that define roles, actions, partner clusters, etc., delivered by a professional or the exercises can be as simple as round-table conversations, conducted around a vital question such as What is our working hypothesis about the fundamental nature of the problem Relationship-building exercises can go a long way toward giving the megacommunity's vital interest more clarity and more nuance at the same time. Some theories and mechanisms have proven more successful than others, and each megacommunity will have a natural affinity for one or another, particularly if some leaders All of these models are improved with expert facilitation. And over the years, facilitators have learned ways to inspire commonality and the kind of depth needed to understand problems. Some simple techniques can make a big difference. For example, checking in gives every participant a chance to say something, by going from person to person around in a circle, right...

Step Capitalize Lower Operating Costs

Capitalizing lower operating costs enables developers to fund up-front investments in energy efficiency and durable materials with the increased debt-carrying capacity generated by projected operating savings. The various options for accomplishing this goal should be explored in initial conversations with project lenders and other financial partners.

Encourage the media to play a more educative role

There were thousands of credentialed members of the journalistic fraternity present at the Earth Summit, but the coverage was depressingly thin. In country after country, basic introductions to the underlying environmental risks, summaries of relevant scientific findings, and the background on the overall process of global treaty making were missing from the daily coverage of events. For the cognoscenti, there were inside reports on who said what, and who did what to whom, but for the lay public the issues were not well presented. In newspapers from ten major capitals that I reviewed during the two weeks of the Earth Summit, I was unable to find even one clearly written, informative overview of the work of the IPCC or a good explanation of the sources of scientific disagreement on the risks associated with global warming. Conversations with colleagues in a num

Market forces alone cannot reduce emissions

Executives also need to know when emissions limits will take effect. In private conversations, several oil company executives told author Ross Gelbspan that it was possible to de-carbonize their energy supplies in an orderly fashion, but they needed the world's governments to regulate the process so that all companies could make the transition at the same time without losing business to competitors. Government can also encourage businesses to develop technology whose financial rewards are too uncertain or too remote for businesses to pursue on their own. Finally, the government can prod individuals into changing their behavior. Mayer Hillman, Tina Fawcett, and Sudhir Chella Rajan observe Given the fact that the public is addicted to energy--intensive lifestyles and given the evidence that, at present, it is not prepared of its own volition to give these up to the degree that is so obviously essential, only government can intervene effectively. 3

Sources Of Financing For Pvbased Rural Electrification

To navigate these barriers, PV project developers should familiarize themselves with potential funding sources and initiate early conversations with them. Before arriving at a mix of financing options, a number of variables, such as return on investment (ROI) and the length, uncertainties, and risks of a given program, should be considered. The application process will usually require considerable dialogue and

Adopt new approaches to treaty drafting

Much of this kind of interaction can involve shadow bargaining, in which a real willingness to accept certain gains or losses is masked, but skilled facilitators should be able to clarify overlapping and conflicting interests, even when the parties are not prepared to be completely candid with each other. Differences can be mapped to the point where it should be relatively easy for individual actors or groups of countries to follow up with bilateral conversations, leading to the preparation of single negotiat

Early Signs A Journalism Class Project at Berkeley

Conversations, including with Dean Orville Schell and the environmental and science writer Michael Pollan, I began to investigate whether these early signs were sufficient for a full-scale investigation by a team of the school's reporters. porters' conversations with other experts in the field, we decided not to move ahead with stories on agriculture in Argentina, potential threats to the Azores, farming in Zambia, and drought in Australia. We also decided not to focus on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita for a number of reasons. These included the timing of our work, the heavy news coverage from other outlets and, as Harte pointed out, even though the science strongly suggests that warming oceans will generate more powerful hurricanes, it is difficult to point to any specific storm and connect it with global warming.

A comparison between the United States and Germany reveals insights about why journalists in each country report about

When we talk about the weather, we also establish our social relations and construct the world we live in. Today such discussions are commonplace, especially when we have many extreme weather events and climate change to talk about. A cultural dimension is inherent in these conversations, and this is evidenced in how people perceive and connect these phenomena differently in the United States and in Germany.

Interventions for individuals with ASD

Given the social impairments in ASD, there is a clear need for interventions targeting social skill development, and a number of models have been developed and empirically validated. Many of these models involve teaching social skills in an explicit manner, given that children with ASD do not seem to pick up these rules implicitly. These models have demonstrated effectiveness in improving social skills such as greeting and play skills 107 social initiation, eye contact, experience-sharing, interest in peers, problem-solving skills, and emotional knowledge 108 conversational skills, topic selection, and self-perception 109 and increased social interaction time with peers 110 . Gray 111 has developed social stories and comic strip conversations , which are social skills lessons presented in story or cartoon format that are individualized around a specific event or situation that is causing the child difficulty. Outcome studies have demonstrated improved socialization skills and...

Iraqi Oil Supply and the Battle of Baghdad

Much of the initial financial allocation was misspent during the three years since the war that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, according to U.S. government audit reports. At the same time, the Iraqi ministry of oil has become a den of infighting among the various factions bent on controlling the country's oil wealth, and that situation has made it even more difficult for the officials to proceed with reviving the oil industry. In conversations I had with senior Iraqi oil officials throughout 2005 and 2006, they alleged all sorts of corrupt schemes being perpetrated by senior officials, including bribery and smuggling. They say some of the shady deals involve senior members of the Iraqi leadership, including the office of the prime minister. The deals, for the most part, involve oil products kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas being imported into Iraq from Kuwait, Turkey, and other neighboring countries. In my two years of reporting and writing on Iraq's oil...

Alternative media and the internet

Some of the latter could occur via telephone conversations, it is the potential for greater inclusiveness which marks a qualitative change. News and views can be disseminated much more effectively through email lists. Even those groups with 'telephone trees' used them mainly to alert activists in an emergency, to use them as a discussion tool would have been too demanding. Clearly the greater inclu-siveness only applies where activists have access to the internet and the exclusion of those without access has been a subject of debate (Pickerill 2000), but internet access among activists has expanded so fast that this is less of an issue than even a few years ago.

Types of treatment and treatment issues

Support groups and therapy sessions can help educate and support adults with LD about social issues. Socially, some adults with LD have difficulty with interpersonal relationships, including romantic partnerships, family relations, social support networks, and professional contacts (cf. 68 ). The issue is usually with application and interpretation, rather than absence of social skills or knowledge. For adults with language-related LD, social difficulties may be related to limited comprehension skills that reduce social inferencing. Adults with perceptual difficulties may have difficulty reading body language and facial expression. Timing may be off in social interactions, resulting in awkward conversations. People with LD may have been teased or bullied as children. These issues may lead to feelings of isolation, rejection, and loneliness, resulting in emotional sequelae. Social difficulties can prevent an adult with LD from developing a social support network, and thus limit...

Unofficial negotiations

Each negotiating session has its own share of unofficial negotiations in the corridors, where individuals exchange ideas and float alternatives on a no-obligation basis, over dinner or a cup of coffee, in the corridors while waiting for an official meeting to start, in the cafeteria queue, or in a privately booked meeting room. Such unofficial exchanges are crucial as lubricants to the official negotiations. They allow delegates to talk completely freely, as individuals rather than representatives of national positions, articulating views and alternatives that would not be possible in an official arena. If necessary, delegates can later deny that any discussion has taken place. Discussions in the corridors can clarify issues or iron out misunderstandings that may have arisen in the official negotiating arenas, while helping to overcome the (usually negative) stereotypes that delegates hold of one another, building up trust and better social relations. It is also through such...

New society publishers

Throughout the text, I rely on published data, current through early 2007. Most of this information is available from sources such as the US and Canada Green Building Councils, from papers at green building conferences, from the Internet or from business or trade media. I have examined several public and proprietary surveys, and I have benefited from personal conversations with green building leaders to round out the roster of topics important to understanding green buildings, green products and green developments in the United States.

Capturing the Complexities of Territorial Control Making and Marking Space with the Los Angeles Police Department Steve

They were responsible, and thus I observed much police activity. These police actions also provided fodder for my conversations with the officers. They would naturally wish to describe what they had done and why, and I would follow up with questions to deepen my understandings. My 'interviews' simply evolved from the day's course of events.

How Divided are Physical and Human Geography

Some of it is expressed in print (see, for example, Gober, 2000 Thrift, 2002), but much of it takes the form of anecdotes, conversations in conference halls, clashes in departmental committees etc. But is the divide between the scientific and social science humanities components of geography really ever-widening At this point it is worth pausing to consider how much these 'signs of increasing tension' and 'clashes' are real and deep-seated. What evidence is used to back up these claims Why are geographers publishing such statements We might be able to make a plausible case that there are actually many signs of increasing conciliation between physical and human geography, focusing in detail on human-environment relations (Turner, 2002). The point is that it is by no means clear that geography is irredeemably divided, and that students should be alert to the evidence people use and their motives for making statements about the future of the subject.

Getting Results

The workshop itself proved to be inspiring in large part thanks to the leadership of the twenty Middlebury College students in the winter-term class who helped pull it together and set the tone. Diane Munroe, Jon's Middlebury colleague, was equally instrumental to the workshop's success. Rob Hartz and Joni Parker-Roach did a masterful job of coordinating and documenting the workshop. The inclusion of filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold, taking footage for their documentary Everything's Cool, added a feeling that history was turning right before us, as did the enjoyable breakfast that featured a conversation among Bill McKibben, John Passacantando, Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellen-berger, and Peter Senge, another trusted ally in our work. We were also immensely fortunate that Mary Lou Finley and Bill Chaloupka, who had participated in the social change dialogue at Case Western in December 2003, helped lead the workshop. Two Middlebury faculty members who attended the workshop,...

Promoting a bargaining atmosphere

Negotiations in informal groups are held in smaller, less overpowering settings than the main plenary meeting rooms, without prescribed seating and often without the use of country flags (Yamin and Depledge, 2004). This helps to create a more intimate atmosphere that can encourage constructive debate. Informal groups, especially those that are repeatedly convened session after session, will often develop a liking for a particular setting, which they feel generates a productive dynamic. In smaller rooms, seating may be organized in a square arrangement, rather than in rows, enabling face-to-face conversation without microphones, which can boost spontaneity and understanding. Allowing delegates to choose their own seating also encourages more active bargaining, as parties can sit close to allies, thus enabling them to confer immediately and exchange views, thereby speeding up the negotiation process. Interestingly, not all interviewees agreed on the benefits of face-to-face

Social Responsibility Of Business Introduction

The book is based on more than ten years' experience in researching the oil and gas industry, and the author has had hundreds of conversations with oil company staff, civil society advocates, government officials, consultants, development specialists, journalists and local people around these issues.1 The author has published widely on CSR and leads CSR training courses for managers and public sector decision-makers in conjunction with a consultancy firm. The lessons from this research are general and go beyond the oil and gas industry.

Decentralization and its limits

In this sense they will suggest that other political forms are more susceptible to environmental irresponsibility and that this is therefore a very practical reason (in view of the long-term project of sustainability) for supporting the commune option. This is why Goldsmith claims that decentralization is proposed, not 'because we are sunk in nostalgia for a mythical little England of fetes, olde worlde pubs, and perpetual conversations over garden fences' (1972, pp. 61-2), but for more hard-headed reasons. The idea is that resource problems are best solved by bringing points of production and consumption closer together - we

Who Should Attend the Charrette

One person should be designated to facilitate the charette. The facilitator should be knowledgeable about green building strategies and rating systems and be familiar with the architectural design process. If possible, the facilitator should have working knowledge of affordable housing development and construction practices. The facilitator's role is to guide the participants through an exploration of the project, making sure that critical green issues are addressed in the time allotted for the charrette. It is beneficial for the facilitator to speak with the developer and the architect prior to the charette to identify any critical technical, financial, or design issues that need to be emphasized. During the charette, the facilitator is responsible for guiding the conversation, listening to the

Confusion in how the word energy is used in everyday life and by physicists

In everyday conversation we might say, 'Energy is being used up, so we must conserve it, and use it wisely'. A physicist, on the other hand, might say, 'When something happens the total amount of energy does not change, so the amount of energy in the universe is constant - it is conserved'. Can both be true The problem is that the words energy and conservation mean different things in both cases. We need to consider the laws of thermodynamics to understand this.

The twoculture problem ecological restoration and the integration of knowledge

Ecological restoration provides an arena in which values regarding what matters in the environment are contested among practitioners from a variety of disciplinary traditions. Whereas Andrew Light (Reading 9) examines four debates within the essentially non-scientific tradition of environmental ethics, Eric Higgs takes a broader perspective in re-examining a single divide that between science and non-science. He suggests that the divide remains as relevant in contemporary times as when C. P. Snow first expressed the division in terms of 'two cultures' in the early 1950s. As a complement to the science of 'restoration ecology', the wider more non-science notion of 'ecological restoration' prompts a sense of responsibility as being a conversation (between science and non-science) rather than a 'debate' and chimes well with the idea of responsibility as a creative force.

Green building market leaders

Than half of the firm's client base), Knowledge of sustainable design is now the price of admission. Talking about it is less a point of differentiation than it was 18 months ago. In virtually every competitive selection process, you go into it expecting to have some conversation about sustainability, and you know all of your competitors will too. The differentiating point now is clearly on results, what you have achieved in sustainable design in past projects. 4

A fascinating experiment

The process involved in construction of a scientific article on the basis of informal conversations in the laboratory, experimental trial and error, ad hoc adjustments of hypotheses and explanations, has been examined since the mid-1970s by a series of studies which have sought to resolve the difficulties of the 'strong programme'. Such studies no longer take a certain scientific theory and set it in relation to a specific historical and social context rather, they delve This distancing from a certain naturalism and positivism - however paradoxical it may seem - apparent in the Edinburgh school, and in the strong programme in particular, has merged since the 1970s with stimuli from certain currents of sociological inquiry - notably ethnomethodology.1 The founder of ethnomethodology himself, Harold Garfinkel, published an article in 1981 in which he analysed the discovery of a pulsar by a group of American astrophysicists, using for the purpose recordings that he had made of their...

The Sustainable Value Portfolio

Some years ago, William Ruckelshaus, former EPA administrator and CEO of Browning Ferris, made the following statement Sustainability is as foreign a concept to managers in capitalist societies as profits are to managers in the former Soviet Union ' While intended to be at least partially tongue-in-cheek, I believe that this statement showed considerable insight. There can be little doubt that sustainability is one of the most frequently used but least understood terms of our time it is right up there with the term strategy when it comes to overuse and lack of meaning. (I say this as a professor of both strategy and sustainability ) Indeed, it is with some regularity that I find myself engaged in a discussion with someone about sustainability, only to discover several minutes into the conversation that he is talking about something completely different from me.

Who We Are And What We Want

The possibility that people act politically to protect the environment (rather than just individually to satisfy their preferences) presupposes the reality of public values we can recognize together, values that are discussed as shared intentions and are not to be confused with personal wants or satisfactions. Through public conversation we are able to assess goals we attribute to ourselves as a community - as opposed to preferences we might pursue privately. Our system of political representation may be the best available device for deciding on shared values, for filtering the persuasive from the unpersuasive, the right from wrong, and the good from bad. 7 Political decisions constitute compromises formed by give-and-take and by persuasion, by deliberation, and by the force of the better argument.

The Issue with Tissue

The answer is, of course, Absolutely. How else are you going to get them out Not engaging these groups is a move from the 1950s. But most modern corporations make it standard practice to engage. In fact, Aspen Skiing Company has a long-standing policy of engagement, going back to 1998, when then-CEO Pat O'Donnell told my predecessor Chris Lane to find our biggest enemies in the environmental community. Who really hates us Get me the list. I want to buy them lunch at the Little Nell four times a year. The point wasn't to buy these guys off (though as I often told the group, This is probably the best food you dirtbags are going to have all year ). The point was to have conversations, to give nonprofit heads and government leaders a direct line to the CEO so that they could air their concerns directly and be heard, and so that we could use them as a free consulting group, testing ideas on them before releasing new programs. To its credit, K-C did agree to meet with NRDC and Greenpeace....

Questions Theories and the Challenges of Fieldwork

Herbert, as for other academic fieldworkers, research questions emerge from an engagement with matters of theory. That is because academic geographers wish to converse with others about the forces that shape the creation and appreciation of landscapes. To make these conversations possible across a range of times and places, one must invoke theories that detail the wider forces that structure landscapes. For example, two different cities can be analysed by common reference to theorized patterns of settlement, or two different fluvial systems can be analysed by invoking the theoretical notion of equilibrium. But this key attribute of theory -its abstracted nature that enables cross-case comparison - is simultaneously its danger. To drift into too abstracted a universe is to elide the complexities of landscape. The fieldworker's quest to embrace the multiplex nature of experience thus places him or her in a tense relationship with theory the fieldworker is simultaneously attracted and...

Consumer And Citizen Preferences

I am not alone in possessing incompatible consumer and citizen preference-orderings. Economists have long been aware of the existence of these conflicting preference-schedules in the average individual. Indeed, the distinction between consumer and citizen preferences has long vexed the theory of public finance. R. A. Musgrave, reporting a conversation he had with another economist, Gerhard Colm, states the problem as follows

Preface On Global Warming

Soon though, their chirpy conversation trails off and their buoyant mood is punctured by the doom-laden headlines. The Greenville Herald warns of the heatwave intensifying and prints an appeal from the local Senator for restraint in electricity use at peak times to avert a power blackout. Health officials estimate that 2,000 people across the county have already been hospitalised with heat stroke and 30 have died. They urge the public to keep an eye on elderly neighbours and not to leave dogs or young children unattended in cars. Two boys have drowned trying to cool off by swimming in a local lake. The national news isn't much better. Across the Mid-West there is strict water rationing, many farmers are watching their top-soil blowing away in the wind, and up in Alaska thousands of homes have been lost to thawing permafrost.

Finding Energy Saving Opportunities

In some buildings or sections of buildings there may be obvious signs of waste. Simple observations may tell you that the lights are on around the clock or that windows are open in the middle of a winter freeze. Conversations with building users may also tell you that the water is always too hot or that the occupants need to supplement heating or cooling with space heaters or window air conditioners. In many cases, however, comprehensive energy assessments conducted by a trained mechanical and or electrical engineer are needed to identify the complicated set of existing conditions, building uses, design conditions, and actual systems in order to design appropriate and effective efficiency measures. These energy audits form the basis for planning and funding an in-depth energy-efficiency program.

We Are All Hypocrites

It is criminally easy to accuse people of hypocrisy. But the accusation almost always misses the point, because by virtue of living in a carbon-based economy, none of us can say anything about emissions reduction without being hypocrites ourselves. Existing in the modern world creates carbon emissions. It's just a question of how bad a hypocrite you are. Attacking Al Gore for the size of his house, for example, is merely a Rovian tactic Suddenly the conversation goes from the global climate crisis a dire issue threatening

Making Things Happen Sometimes Hurts

Moral force behind the company's greening efforts. He was also a tough guy, having been a lifelong outdoorsman and rock climber, with a specific personal focus on suffering. In his youth, he was on the first American attempt of Anna-purna in the Himalayas. It was a disastrous expedition Half his team died in an avalanche. Pat had hiked the 240-mile John Muir Trail in California alone, without a tent or sleeping bag (one night waking with a bear gnawing on his pack pillow), because his friends told him that was how you did it. He was sixty-four, gruff, and no-nonsense, shaved his head bald, looked like Jack Welch, worked out for three hours each morning, and came off as a fairly scary fellow to most people. One of his favorite refrains was I have a high pain tolerance, which worked its way into conversations in unusual contexts. Once, he told me I didn't have a strong grip. When I protested, I found myself in the middle of lunch in a grip contest with Pat. He crushed my hand, and I...

Cleveland Ohio United States

Neighborhoods and collaboration with the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University on a waterways lakefront-focused series of public educational forums 50 . In an editorial, the Plain Dealer, the regional newspaper, celebrated the high level of public involvement with the planning process Anyone whose voice hasn't been heard since Mayor Jane Campbell initiated the conversation in April 2002 hasn't tried to be heard And they (the city planning director and staff) listened. As this plan has evolved, the public's impact has been evident 51 .

How Focus the Nation Will Work

To move us toward this future, Focus the Nation is asking each participating campus to begin a deliberative process about policy options facing the nation in the coming decade. The goal is to get more than a thousand campuses involved. Educational institutions are a natural foundation for this national conversation faculty and students organize symposia frequently, one-day events are quite simple to organize, and most educational institutions already have substantial faculty expertise available. Once a campus has committed to organizing its own event, it can focus on getting groups at similar institutions as well as business and community leaders to do the same. The Focus the Nation organizing committee, at the national Republican, the other a Democrat take center stage with half a dozen students two Republicans, two Democrats, and two Independents and have an open conversation about U.S. solutions to global warming. As Chungin and I have spoken at colleges across the country, this...

From Reframing to Reacting

Until very recently, the climate crises has been discussed and debated in primarily scientific terms, leading many to either dismiss or tune out of the conversation. In contrast, the people I have studied (both theist and otherwise) are experiencing the climate crisis as the deep moral crisis that it is. They, like me, sometimes cry when they listen to the news. Yet our connection with the source (God, or nature, or the interdependence of all things) provides us with a moral language, sometimes halting in its despair, sometimes vaunting in its hopeful vision of a new future.

Fighting Global Warming and Sparking a Movement

Winning this daunting fight will take every strategy we can muster. Why should you get involved Why not let others lead Here's what the two of us have discovered over the last few years as people begin to get engaged in the growing climate movement, they join conversations about changing their lives for the better. When someone then speaks and acts for example, by addressing fellow worshippers at a church, synagogue, or mosque about the moral obligation to be a steward of the earth or by helping a local community college switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs these words and deeds provide symbols of a new, more promising world. In this way, small, humble efforts are more important than they may first seem, and as the climate movement grows, this process of face-to-face persuasion and collaboration is building robust social networks. These

Strategies for green change

The first point to note about ecologism and social change is that until recently very little serious thinking had been done about it (Begg, 2000). Boris Frankel once rightly observed that 'one reads very little about how to get there from here' (1987, p. 227), and it is noticeable how many conversations about green politics very soon dry up when the issue of change is broached. There are several reasons for this.

Reasons to care for the environment

Lurking behind this statement are complex issues that will be discussed in detail in Chapter 2, but in this context of thinking about ecologism we need to make a distinction between the 'public' and the 'private' ecologist. The private ecologist, in conversation with like-minded people, will most likely place the intrinsic value position ahead of the human-instrumental argument in terms of priority, suggesting that the latter is less worthy, less profoundly ecological, than the former. The public ecologist, however, keen to recruit, will almost certainly

Public and media response

Public perception is critical to the future of global warming. Whether people understand that global warming is an important issue that must be dealt with will determine the future of the Earth. Many people's perceptions are shaped by the media. Information learned at school and conversations with adults are also important sources of information for students. It is important to become educated about the topic. Be aware of what scientists know, what they suspect, and of the controversy surrounding it. There are many organizations both in governments and the private sector with Web sites that have information about global warming and the environment. These include the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Wildlife Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, the Nature Conservancy, the Wilderness Society, the National Geographic, the IPCC, the EPA, and many others. A listing of more sites can be found in the Further Resources section.

Environmentalism and the flight from politics

Mainstream conversations about global sustainability advance Q the 'international conference' as the most meaningful venue for global 5' environmental problem-solving. It is here that those interests best able s 0 to organize at the international level - States and transnational corporations - hold the advantage in the battle to shape the conversation of H sustainability and craft the rules of the game. And it is precisely these 'w actors who benefit by moving mass publics toward private, individual, well-intentioned consumer choice as the vehicle for achieving 'sustain- 2 ability.'

New Pledge Of Allegiance

In his official response to the UCS report, the Bush administration's science adviser John Marburger called the charges that the administration had used political litmus tests preposterous. The UCS asserts that a political litmus test was the reason why Dr. William Miller was denied an appointment on the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advisory panel. This claim is false, Marburger wrote. As he explained, the decision to reject Miller was not based on any conversations with any members of the Secretary's Office at the Department of Health and Human Services . 17 Notably, though, the report had never alleged anything about conversations with any particular Bush administration officials, and specifically not members of the Secretary's Office. Marburger's strenuous denial carefully avoided the key point he said nothing about the fact that some Bush administration officials had questioned Miller about whom he had voted for. House and Congress on arctic research issues. She says...

Tackling the development challenge

However, a previous study by the author funded by the Nuffield Foundation suggests that, for all the money that oil companies have spent on development initiatives, there are surprisingly few tangible benefits for local stakeholders. Indeed, it is significant that some of the most scathing criticisms of CSR - or rather the community development interventions - were expressed in conversations with the author by former and current oil company staff and company consultants with first-hand experience of CSR practice in the oil and gas sector. Comments by industry insiders

Discount Broker with Foreign Access

Brokers recognize both the attraction of foreign stocks and the difficulties they present for the average customer, so some are making it easier. Big discount broker Charles Schwab (866-232-9890, www, for instance, has a Global Investing Services Group that helps clients trade foreign stocks. If a client is interested in, say, wind power stocks, a Schwab broker will print out a list of global wind companies and help narrow the search down to a couple of suitable prospects. Then they' ll execute the trade, on the Pink Sheets if it's a small order or directly on the relevant foreign exchange if it 's large. Limit orders can be placed in U.S. dollars. According to a Schwab spokesman, The foreign market maker will see the U.S. dollar limit and when they transact the price they' ll handle the foreign currency exchange, any markups, clearing costs, or settlement costs. The limit price is all you pay in addition to the Schwab commission. Because of their complexity, foreign...

Approaching mystery

Our refusal of the ecological conversation arises on two sides. We can, in the first place, abandon the conversation on the assumption that whatever speaks through the Other is wholly mysterious and beyond our ken. This all too easily becomes a positive embrace of ignorance. w There is no such thing as absolute mystery. Nearly everything is unknown to us, but nothing is unknowable in principle. Nothing we 5 could want to know refuses our conversational approach. A radically o unknowable mystery would be completely invisible to us - so we couldn't recognize it as unknowable. Moreover, the world itself is shouting the necessity of conversation at us. Our responsibility to avoid destroying the earth cannot be disentangled from our responsibility to sustain the earth. We cannot heal a landscape without a positive vision for what the landscape might become Our first conversational task may be to acknowledge mystery, but when you have prodded and provoked that mystery into threatening the...


cocktail party syndrome involving expressive language marked by superficial content (i.e. empty conversation) has long been reported 18 . Adolescents with SBM have also been shown to experience difficulty with stringing words together to explain themselves 19 . These deficits seem to become more apparent with age and increased linguistic demands in social and academic settings.

Summary of part two

What matters in environmental responsibility is what might widely be referred to as nature. Nature matters in many disciplines, professions and daily endeavours. A theme underlying many of the readings in this part is the more specific matter of communication - both communication between human and non-human nature, and communication among humans deliberating on the natural world. Put in another way, for environmental responsibility what matters most is the quality of conversation. Debates among scientists, ethicists and many others with a professional stakeholding interest in environmental issues can be helpful in delineating issues of responsibility, but they might also act as a constraint by confining conversation within academic or other professional cloisters and by entrenching existing viewpoints rather than allowing viewpoints to develop and co-evolve. J other expressions of feedback). A conversation is not just a record of words being exchanged, but rather an experience -...

Know Your Limits

Many of us realize that we have reached the limit of our knowledge when the conversation turns to boiler performance, steam traps, variablevolume air handlers, and insulation choices. Fortunately, there are experts who will help sort out all of these details and many more. Despite our having walked through and studied many buildings and having developed some skills in this area, we are not experts. We ask experts to walk through buildings with us to establish a sense of what magnitude of emission reduction can be achieved with a renovation, and we rely on experts to analyze plans as well as to advise on equipment selection and installation and a host of other activities. In designing a new building, a

Table of Contents

Research and discoveries by earth scientists give information about many different issues of interest to scientists in other fields, to governmental leaders, and to the general public. Although most new scientific discoveries or ideas do not inspire much discussion, some of them lead to intense controversy. When this happens, scientists on each side of the debate continue along different research paths, publishing their results and engaging their colleagues in conversation about their ideas. Some of these debates can go on for years others are settled in a few months. These scientific debates, which take place in universities and in laboratories, are usually not known to the general public.

Pupil talk

Pupils would talk all the time if we let them. The secret is to make this talk as useful as possible. Many lessons contain question and answer sessions where the pupils listen as the teacher questions a number of pupils in turn. Except for the child actually speaking, such an activity must be classed as intervention - with the rest of the pupils, hopefully, trying to make sense of the flow of conversation, but not able to try things out themselves. A few pupils will be silently rehearsing answers, and putting up their hands. Many will be afraid that they'll be asked and have nothing to say. A few may not care one way or another and be ready with the response 'I don't know'.

Boundary Jumping

Andrew, a colleague of mine in New York City, was sitting in his office in a building not far from Grand Central. It was October 2001, and I'd phoned him from Canada to discuss some business. But our conversation quickly turned to the city's fevered mood. After the attack on the World Trade Center and the string of anthrax letters, New York's normally thick-skinned inhabitants seemed near their breaking point.

The Blame Game

1996 phone conversation, We can not rule genetic engineering out. . . . However, we are aware of close to two dozen cases of L-tryptophan linked EMS that occurred before Showa Denko began using their engineered strain. So, there would have to be a cause other than just the mere engineering of the strains. Now, I can't say that definitively because we don't have a lot of information on these earlier cases. Maryanski asserted that either L-tryptophan itself, or L-tryptophan in combination with something that was the result of the purification process, was probably the more likely cause. 9


Required of primary and secondary public school systems. Most settings require documentation of a recent evaluation by a qualified examiner that supports each accommodation modification request with individual data. There is no comprehensive list of provisions that must be made for adults with LD, as each adult has unique needs. After providing the appropriate person with the evaluation report, it is important for the adult with LD to discuss the results and recommendations with them to develop strategies that will be mutually beneficial. Some professionals are available to participate in this conversation after completing an evaluation however, it is important that the adult with LD is a participant as he or she will be the one interacting with the company university on a daily basis. Within the academic setting, the SS office tends to be familiar with the needs of students with LD, and may have additional recommendations about services that may be helpful.


The only major exception to this was the established practice in place during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations whereby NGO representatives were, as a general rule, prohibited from coming onto the main negotiating floor during plenary meetings. This practice dated back to an incident just before COP 1 in 1995. At the 11th (and final) session of the INC, objections were raised to the presence of fossil fuel BINGO lobbyists on the negotiating floor, whose advice to OPEC states appeared to forestall an emerging consensus on the rules of procedure. Despite protests by NGOs at their subsequent exclusion from the negotiating floor, the COP Bureau maintained the general practice, but allowed the Chairs of each subsidiary body to exercise discretion in granting access. The SBSTA Chair, for example, took a more relaxed attitude, providing a seat for each NGO constituency on the meeting room floor (e.g. see SBSTA 6 report). Chair Estrada, however, who had been chairing the INC 11 meeting at which...


Ecologism which I identified and discussed in the Conclusion to the second edition have continued unabated. There is now a strong belief that the objectives of ecologism can be achieved without it, as it were. I think this is wrong, and I have updated the Conclusion once again to try to explain why. I am happy to report that the community of scholars working on environmental politics is strong, vibrant and still growing, and it continues to be an intellectual and social pleasure to work with them. It is particularly gratifying to see scholars from outside the 'green field' beginning to grapple with the intellectual challenges that environmental political theory has uncovered. I am, as ever, grateful to all those who have participated in this coruscating conversation for their influence on what I have written here. I am also grateful to my editor at Routledge, Mark Kavanagh, for inviting me to throw my hat in the ring once again. Finally, thanks to the building contractors at Keele...

End Permian

Our visit to the Salt Range would not have been possible but for the generous help offered by the Pakistan Geological Survey, whose deputy director, Mahmoud Raza, accompanied us in a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the Survey. One day in the field, Paul and I were measuring a section in a gully when we looked up the hillside to see Mahmoud engaged in conversation with a tall, slim young man dressed in the traditional shalwa kameez, with a rifle over his shoulder - not an unusual sight in the remoter uplands of Pakistan. Within a few minutes a disturbed-looking Mahmoud joined us and said that we were getting out of here, in a tone that brooked no dissent. As we sped along the road leading to the small town where our hotel was situated, he gave the reason for his precipitate decision. The man he had encountered on the hillside had introduced himself as someone who was on the run from the

Social communication

The absence of eye contact to confirm attention to a speaker, the absence of visual cues to indicate change in a communication partner, and differences in nonverbal gestures 32, 61, 62 . Furthermore, parents' conversations with their infants tend to focus on labeling and on topics that are related to the infant, as opposed to other environment-related topics. As a result, conversations parents have with infants with VI may focus more directly on topics related to the child, limiting opportunities for broadened representation.


Peers on tasks assessing abstract concepts 32, 55 , and are often delayed in the acquisition of positional concepts such as between and behind, and in conservation concepts 33 . Studies in linguistics with children with VI reveal that they misuse pronouns (e.g. substitute you for I ), display less generalization about the properties of objects, identify with one property of an object, ask fewer questions, and focus more on self as a topic in conversations 57 . This misuse of pronouns may be related to the child's difficulties understanding cognitive representations of self 58 , or may reflect problems in differentiating spatially between self and others 59 .

Chapter five

Ross Stein, Earthquake Conversations, Scientific American 288, no. 1 (January 2003) 72-79. On the consequences of the great December 2004 Indonesian earthquake, see Kenneth Chang, Post-Tsunami Earthquakes Rumbled around the Globe, New York Times, May 24, 2005, national edition, D3.


Although none of them shares the responsibility for anything that is wrong or annoying, many people provided suggestions and comments which I relied on in writing this book. My colleague Elizabeth A. Stanton, who read and commented on the manuscript, is my co-author on a number of recent publications on climate change, which I have drawn on in many places. Lisa Heinzerling, my co-author on critiques of cost-benefit analysis, also made helpful comments much of Chapter 1 is drawn from an article by Lisa and me, Law and Economics for a Warming World. Cornelia Herzfeld commented on the text throughout - and took on the job of making the manuscript more presentable, grammatical, and book-like in appearance. Neva Goodwin, Julie Nelson, and Martin Weitzman also provided valuable comments on early drafts. Conversations with Sivan Kartha and Paul Baer helped me write Chapter 8. A discussion with Steve DeCanio suggested the opening contrast of climate change to an anticipated

Case illustration

P, an 8-year-old female diagnosed with quadriplegic CP, was placed in a designated classroom for students with cognitive and physical impairments (multiple impairments). She was anarthric. Her cognitive abilities were estimated to be more than three standard deviations below the mean, although standardized assessments were perceived to be inaccessible. Parents and teachers consistently reported that P was in there , as evidenced by her emotional reactions, which were often consistent with the content of higher-level conversations going on around her and her age-appropriate tastes in games and movies. P used specific eye movements to indicate yes and no, but questions posed to P were usually related to her activities and preferences. P used the eye movements to communicate with less familiar partners, but when asked to use eye movements to answer factual questions in an assessment context, P's responses were often inconsistent and or ambiguous.

Out of Control

The problem with our robots today is that we don't respect them. They are stuck in factories without windows, doing jobs that humans don't want to do. We take machines as slaves, but they are not that. That's what Marvin Minsky, the mathematician who pioneered artificial intelligence, tells anyone who will listen. Minsky goes all the way as an advocate for downloading human intelligence into a computer. Doug Englebart, on the other hand, is the legendary guy who invented word processing, the mouse, and hypermedia, and who is an advocate for computers-for-the-people. When the two gurus met at MIT in the 1950s, they are reputed to have had the following conversation

Embracing a New Idea

Rackspace also offers a unique feature on its website, as shown in Figure 9-9. While on-line chat in and of itself is not unique, it is unique what Rackspace is doing with the conversations. When a chat session is concluded, it is archived and data-mined to study information about green usage and preferences.

Cartoon Britain

Energy in just three forms heating, transport, and electricity. The heating consumption of cartoon-Britain is 40kWh per day per person (currently all supplied by fossil fuels) the transport consumption is also 40kWh per day per person (currently all supplied by fossil fuels) and the electricity consumption is 18 kWh(e) per day per person the electricity is currently almost all generated from fossil fuels the conversion of fossil-fuel energy to electricity is 40 efficient, so supplying 18 kWh(e) of electricity in today's cartoon-Britain requires a fossil-fuel input of 45 kWh per day per person. This simplification ignores some fairly sizeable details, such as agriculture and industry, and the embodied energy of imported goods But I'd like to be able to have a quick conversation about the main things we need to do to get off fossil fuels. Heating, transport, and electricity account for more than half of our energy consumption, so if we can come up with a plan that delivers heating,...

The Oopound Gorilla

In 2005, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, two highly respected consultants to environmental organizations, published an influential and compelling essay titled, The Death of Environmenta-lism Global Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World. 45 The essay observes that a meaningful and intense national and international conversation has arisen concerning the problem of energy use and global climate change. The debate over what to do about energy - how to (1) find alternatives to oil, coal, and other carbon-based fuels, (2) burn them far more cleanly and efficiently, and (3) still offer the aspiration of prosperity to people everywhere - seeks to do two things at the same time, namely, to protect atmospheric systems and still allow economies to expand. This is not a conversation that can be framed in terms of pollution, that is, the traditional problem of reducing or controlling the kinds of emissions and effluents that violate personal and property rights and that cause the...

Eyes on the Prize

Others in your region to make Focus the Nation so big that it dominates the political discussion in the presidential election of 2008. I believe that together we can build a moment in which millions of Americans squarely face the future and shift the national conversation about global warming from fatalism and toward determination.

Climate Justice

Given these issues, we three believe that it is necessary to examine the historical links between climate change and justice and the ways in which environmental justice movements are addressing climate change. Our collaboration on these issues began during the fall of 2005 when author Nochur, then a student at Tufts University, engaged in some preliminary research for author Agyeman's environmental justice class. Bulkeley, a colleague of Agyeman whose work has focused on climate change politics, joined the conversation shortly thereafter. In this chapter, we argue for climate justice as a central organizing principle for the climate movement. By engaging issues of climate justice, it is our belief that the climate movement can create a sense of urgency to mobilize activists, communities, and policy makers alike toward truly just and sustainable solutions.

Aspen as Metaphor

*The Ferris wheel and World's Fair discussion evolved from conversations with my friend Ed Marston, author, utility board member, small-time real estate maven, and former publisher of High Country News. Those conversations turned into an essay we cowrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Some of the text of that essay is in this chapter, and I thank Ed for letting me use it.

Student Choices

Ization was also active in the student corporation that rents microfridges to students for use in their individual rooms. In conversation, she revealed that she never questioned the energy efficiency of these devices or the significant energy saving that would result if students instead used the common refrigerators that the university provides in each residence.

Air Pollution

It is a fact of human nature that we easily forget or suppress unpleasant memories. We do this not only on a personal basis, but also for larger-scale historical and cultural events. It is interesting to have a conversation about pollution and environmental quality trends with people who have lived through the 1960s and 1970s, because I can see how much they have forgotten. Most people have forgotten how bad the air was forty or fifty years ago. How bad was it I already mentioned the 1952 London inversion in which 4,000 people died from air pollution poisoning. But this was only one of a series of such bad air days'' incidents. Inversions caused acute deaths many times in London, New York, Pittsburgh, and all over the world until the 1970s. But death from breathing is not the only measure of how bad the air was.

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