A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen

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By Derrick Jensen

Instantaneously a fantastically poetic memoir and an exploration of some of the methods we are living on the earth, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches each element of our lives and certainly impacts all points of existence on the earth. This chronicle of a tender man's force to go beyond household abuse bargains a difficult examine our world wide experience of group and the way we will be able to fix things.

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Nuclear power, its newfound boosters point out, is free of greenhouse gas emissions (at least at the site of power generation, though the mining, refining and transport of radioactive materials are far from emissionsfree) and “scalable,” by which they mean that each generating unit is very large, and so it would take a far smaller number of 1000-megawatt nuclear plants—as opposed to, say, 5-megawatt wind turbines—to replace the world’s current stock of coal plants. Nukes thus scale up to our current needs more rapidly, or so the reasoning goes.

The ski season in the eastern United States has shortened by as much as a third, and wine production has begun to fall off at legendary French vineyards that have been carefully and reliably cultivated for centuries. The species of ash tree used to make baseball bats is endangered, and the California avocado crop will likely shrink in size by as much as 40 percent in the coming years. In one region of Australia, a twelve-year drought has combined with record high temperatures to produce the most ferocious bushfires on record; another region has seen the worst flooding in the country’s history.

The natural gas business, meanwhile, has brought volatile prices under control through a massive production boom in shale gas. This new, unconventional gas source is locked inside tiny pockets of hard, porous shale bedrock. The sedimentary stone has to be first cracked apart by injecting it with a proprietary mix of the leap 43 highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals—a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—after which the gas can be pumped to the surface. A significant portion of the shale gas boom in the US operates in the Marcellus Shale deposit across a broad rural stretch of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, a region from which cities like Philadelphia and New York City draw their water supplies.

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