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  • Launch party for the paperback edition of ARCTIC VOICES: RESISTANCE AT THE TIPPING POINT

    October 16, 2013

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    The Elliott Bay Book Company
    1521 10th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    www.elliottbaybook.com

    Subhankar Banerjee has long been on the frontlines in the fight for arctic conservation and indigenous human rights. Join him at Elliott Bay on October 16th at 7pm as he discusses the current threats to the Arctic including the status of the various oil drilling operations, and celebrates the launch of the paperback edition of Arctic Voices.

    Arctic Voices; Resistance at the Tipping Point (Seven Stories Press, October 8, 2013) is being released in paperback with updated material including a conversation with Subhankar and renowned climate scientist James E. Hansen tackling the tough climate change issues that threaten the Arctic and the entire globe.

    Arctic Voices brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research.

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  • A letter and call to action from environmental activist Subhankar Banerjee

    September 30, 2013

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    Subhankar Banerjee, photographer, journalist, activist, and editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point (paperback edition on Oct.8th) gives an update on the latest findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
    Dear Friend,
     
    As you know last Friday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first part of a multi-part Fifth Assessment Report. More than a thousand scientists from around the globe contributed to it, the team looked at more than 9,000 scientific publications, 2/3rd of which was published since 2007 (when the last IPCC report AR4 was published), and after all that, representatives from 190 nations signed off on what is called the Summary for Policy Makers that was released on Friday. The findings are consistent with what they had said in 2007, but this time with irrefutable evidence. 
     
    But the climate deniers are working overtime to discredit the findings and spew their irresponsible and dangerous misinformation. And, if you view my interview with Jaisal Noor of The Real News Network on the IPCC report and then look at the comments posted below, you’ll know that the climate deniers are indeed working overtime, even on weekend.

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  • Subhankar Banerjee at the SLSA Conference

    August 28, 2013

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    The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference
    University of Notre Dame
    N. Notre Dame Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556

    Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices is a plenary speaker at The Society of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts Conference on Friday, October 4th at the University of Notre Dame.

     Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, edited by world-renowned photographer, writer, and activist, Subhankar Banerjee, is a compelling collection of prominent activists, writers, and researchers discussing meaningful issues, that are not only relevant to the world today, however is necessary to understand.

    Arctic Voices is a powerful collection of more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights, in essential and insightful first-person narratives. Arctic Voices discusses not only the Arctic Warming and climate changes that are devastating our earth; it discusses human and nonhuman communities of the far North.

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  • “Rapid Arctic Thawing Could be Economic Timebomb”

    August 1, 2013

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    In an article published on July 24th, The Guardian discusses the accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice. The article is in response to a recent scientific report examining the imminent economic catastrophes of the sea ice phenomenon.

    The study focuses specifically on the dangerous release of methane from melting permafrost. Methane, which is approximately 25x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere than carbon dioxide, would be disastrous if released at all, and “could come with a $60tn global price tag” if released in a giant “pulse.”

    The article explains that economists aren’t taking climate change ramifications seriously, though melting sea ice alone could completely “undermined the global financial system.” Furthermore, “much of those costs would be borne by developing countries in the form of extreme weather, flooding and impacts on health and agricultural production.”

    In 2012, Arctic ice covered only 40% of the area it did in the 1970s.

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  • Are Robots replacing us?

    July 25, 2013

    Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the tipping point, published in 2012, and being-re printed on August 20, 2013, wrote an article on Climate Story Tellers titled, “The US Government is Metamorphosing Into the Borg.”

    The highlight of his article is the US Defense Advance Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s), new robot, Atlas. Atlas was created from the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in October 2012. The New York Times headlined the news of Atlas’s construction with “May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo Sapiens.’”

    Atlas was designed to “take on some of the most dangerous and high–stakes jobs imaginable, such as tending to a nuclear reactor during a meltdown, shutting off a deep–water oil spill, or helping to put out a raging wildfire.” says the MIT Technology Review. There are many who doubt this and feel as thought DARPA could be using Atlas as a military weapon, versus a champion for the people robot.

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  • How We Can Wrench Independence from the Corporate State

    July 5, 2013

    This is an article by Subhankar Banerjee, the editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, which brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights. The paperback edition is coming out next month. This article was printed on Climate Storytellers and on Alternet:

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    Flowers, American flags and mementos adorn the outside fence of Station 7 on July 2, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona.
    Photo Credit: AFP

    This week we learned what “extreme” in climate changed extreme weather means for human loss — so what are we doing about it?

    “Within a few years we are going to have more people off the surface of this planet more often, and we’ll have to determine value in that new environment.”  —Jill Tarter, chairwoman of the SETI Institute, CNN Money, June 27, 2013

    Do we write words of mourning?

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  • Subhankar Banerjee’s Article “Laughing Matters: U.S. Government vs. Voices of Conscience”

    June 20, 2013

    The Huffington Post featured a wonderful article yesterday by Subhankar Banerjee. In it, Banerjee recounts his frustration with the government’s attempts to silence dissent. He argues that when left with nothing else, when voices are silenced, we can tell the truth with humor.Banerjee_ArcticVoices_coverFINAL

    Banerjee cites his “Climate-Silence Paradox,” whereby the government fears civil unrest provoked by anthropogenic climate change, but rather than working to remedy climate change, it pools its efforts into hiding it. Dissent from activists is monitored and contained in order to continue raking in profits from environmental exploitation.

    He says, “Increasingly, it is the government that has become a public contractor–for private corporations–to provide security, with public money–by tracking environmental activists” instead of the other way around. “It isn’t news to many of us, but it sure sends a chilling message: peaceful activism that disrupts business-as-usual will not be tolerated.”

    Inspired by rebellious thinkers and artists like John Heartfield, Banerjee hopes that humor will be used increasingly to challenge such instances of abusive power.

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  • Celebrate Earth Day with “Arctic Voices” and “The Story of the Blue Planet”

    April 22, 2013

    Celebrate Earth Day with two recently released books focused on preserving and protecting our environment: The Story of the Blue Planet and Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point 

    We’re celebrating Earth Day with two recently released books which advocate for the preservation of the environment: the children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason and a collection of essays about the dangers facing the people, the animals, and the land of the Arctic, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Pointedited by photographer, writer and activist Subhankar Banerjee. 

    Magnason_BluePlanetThe children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet (November 27, 2012 with the paperback coming out November 26, 2013) by Andri Snaer Magnason, has just won a Green Earth Book Award honorable mention during the Salisbury University Read Green Literature Festival on April 5, 2013. The literature award, sponsored by the environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation, is given to authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment. 

    Says Magnason about the inspiration behind the story, “Mythology and fairy tales were written before we knew we were living on a planet.

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  • Subhankar Banerjee talks with James Hansen

    March 5, 2013

    Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Banerjee_ArcticVoices_coverFINALPoint, had a conversation with James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, about our environment and climate change.

    As part of the  Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series, Banerjee and Hansen  spoke of the “non-human” communities that we are wiping out because of oil drilling, global warming, and climate change, which is often times overlooked in mainstream media and government. They also touched upon clean energy, new fuel sources, the XL pipeline, and what it means to our daily life and our planet’s future.

    To hear the whole conversation, watch the video here. To learn more about environmental changes, read Banerjee’s book Arctic Voices.

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  • Shell cancels plans for drilling off-shore in 2013

    February 28, 2013

    Great news for the Alaskan Arctic: Shell has cancelled all plans for drilling through 2013! Banerjee_ArcticVoices_coverFINAL

    After months of weather problems and issues with the drilling rigs and oil spill containment vessels, Shell has decided that they will not be drilling in the Alaskan Arctic this year. Although this is great news for the environment and the community, it does not mean an end to off-shore drilling entirely. While Shell repairs rigs and prepares for future operations of the already $5 billion investment, the company will also continue off-shore research and meetings with villagers to benefit the long-term project.

    The US Department of Interior plans to do a full-scale review of the operation in the next few weeks. If you would like to learn more about this subject, read the full Los Angeles Times article or check out Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.

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