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"Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity"

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"Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity"

By Mimi Sheller
MIT Press, $29.95

Reviewed by JENNIFER WEEKS

What is the most essential material for modern living? Most people would probably choose oil or plastics. But Drexel University sociologist Mimi Sheller has a different answer: aluminum.

“Aluminum Dreams” tells the story of this lightweight metal, and shows how corporations have marketed it as a symbol of speed, lightness and progress.

December 9, 2014

UNEP COP20 & Sustainable Innovation Forum 2014

COP20 in Lima is the foremost, principal opportunity for global nations to negotiate and shape the contribution they will give to vastly reduce their carbon emissions, before a definitive commitment in Paris. Held in conjunction with COP 20, the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2014 (SIF14) in partnership with UNEP is the essential platform to showcase your undertaking to mobilize the green economy, and enable low carbon development.

"Climate Tools Seek to Bend Nature’s Path"

"UTRECHT, the Netherlands — The solution to global warming, Olaf Schuiling says, lies beneath our feet. For Dr. Schuiling, a retired geochemist, climate salvation would come in the form of olivine, a green-tinted mineral found in abundance around the world. When exposed to the elements, it slowly takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."

Source: NY Times, 11/10/2014

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