OK, sorry about this folks, but I am going to indulge in a bit of shameless promotion here. Seeing some of the fellow members great books reminded me i should make an effort to promote a book i was involved with the past year. It's for a good cause I can assure you!

The book is a multi-disciplinary attempt to analyse the current situation regarding climate change and solutions for the future. it covers the viewpoints of security, media, education, government, business and individuals. I wrote a chapter on higher education and academia, and their response and role so far, and in the future (Having the Information but what do you then do with it? The Scientific and Academic Communities) with regards to climate change and its causes, monitoring and mitigation.

The book arose from the formation of a group called Crisis-Forum, started by Mark Levene and David Cromwell. There are a lot of good people behind this book with important things to say (the contraction and convergence scheme is just one of the good ideas put forward), so please if you have money and time to spare, buy and read and share this book! and no, i have never got and never will get any money from this! i just really want people to sit and up take this subject seriously and to start thinking realistically, laterally and creatively about how we got here, where we are going and how to change that.

Thanks, Jonathan.

ps. more info below on the book if you are still reading this!

-- World's leading climate campaigners offer practical solutions --

"An insightful and inspiring collection from some of the foremost thinkers on climate change. Not to be missed." Mark Lynas, author of High Tide (Flamingo/HarperCollins, 2004)

"A visionary and hopeful book -- an essential survival guide in turbulent times."

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for South East England

Climate change is a pressing reality. From hurricane Katrina to melting polar ice, and from mass extinctions to increased threats to food and water security, the link between corporate globalisation and planetary blowback is becoming all too evident.

Governments and business keep reassuring the public they are going to fix the problem. This book brings together some leading activists who disagree. They expose the inertia, denial, deception -- even threats to our civil liberties -- which comprise mainstream responses from civil and military policy makers, and from opinion formers in the media, corporations and academia.

An epochal change is called for in the way we all engage with the climate crisis. Key to that change is Aubrey Meyer's proposed 'Contraction and Convergence' framework for limiting global carbon emissions. This book, which also includes contributions by Mayer Hillman and George Marshall, is a powerful and vital guide to how mass mobilisation can avert the looming catastrophe.


David Cromwell is the author of Private Planet (2001) and is co-author, with David Edwards, of Guardians of Power (2006). He is a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and the co-founder of the Crisis Forum with Mark Levene.

Mark Levene is an environmental activist and a historian at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State (2005). He is also founder of Rescue!History, a network seeking to understand the historical origins of climate change.



Introduction: Survival Means Renewal, Mark Levene and David Cromwell - Both University of Southampton

Part I The Big Picture

1. The Case for Contraction and Convergence, Aubrey Meyer

Part II The State and its Apparatus

2. Thinking the Worst: The Pentagon Report, Dave Webb - Leeds Metropolitan University

3. Preparing for Mass Refugee Flows: The Corporate Military Sector, Steve Wright - Leeds Metropolitan University

4. Britain, Political Process and the Consequences for Government Action on Climate Change, James Humphreys

Part III Critical Players

5. First they Blocked, Now do they Bluff? Corporations respond to Climate Change, Melanie Jarman

6. Mostly Missing the Point: Business Responses to Climate Change, David Ballard - University of Bath

7. The Mass Media, Climate Change and how things might be, John Theobald and Marianne McKiggan

8. Having the Information but what do you then do with it? The Scientific and Academic Communities, Jonathan Ward - University of Bristol

9. Asleep on their Watch: Where were the NGOs?, George Marshall

Part IV The Challenge Ahead

10.Clearing the Pathways to Transformation, Susan Ballard and David Ballard

11. Averting Climate Change: By Force, Persuasion or Enlightened Self-Interest ? Jim Scott

Afterword: Where Do We Go From Here? Mayer Hillman - Policy Studies Institute, London

Appendix 1: A Layperson's Glossary of the Global Politics of Climate Change, Tim Helweg-Larsen (Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynelleth, Wales) and Jo Abbess

Appendix 2: Climate Change campaigns and other relevant links

Notes on Contributors