Despite increasingly militarized borders, wealthy nations can’t keep out the real enemy: climate change. While Europe and the U.S. build more walls, design more sophisticated surveillance systems, and add more armed guards to protect national security, their focus on keeping out migrants misses the fact that what needs resolving is the high level of green-house gases that are making many parts of the world impossible to live in. Miller’s eye-opening humanitarian report takes us through the “dry corridor” of Central America, the post-typhoon Philippines, and the American Southwest, documenting the plight of today’s growing numbers of climate refugees. Calling the environment “the new human rights battleground,” Miller shows that we urgently need a legal framework for people displaced by droughts and floods, not more rigorous policing. Best of all would be diverting resources from borders to develop alternatives to the unsustainable consumer society that fueled climate change in the first place.
A refrain we read often in Vanishing New York is "This is not natural." After spending a decade pseudonymously chronicling the dramatic changes to the character of his beloved New York City, blogger Jeremiah Moss has written a book booming with thunderous passion and fury. A scathing critique of the massive rezoning and corporate-led gentrification that took place under Mayor Bloomberg - a process which has since been exported to cities the world over - Moss takes us on a historical and sociological tour through every street and alleyway in New York, exposing the once-radiant urban character that has been rapidly papered over, creating massive inequality in its wake. Even among the glut of recently-released books on the subject of gentrification, this is a must-read!