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Book Digest: Following climate crisis in 10 minutes, corporate world’s fight against COVID-19 and more

Human security issues stemming from the pandemic to politics of housing, DTE tracks new, contemporary books on environment and development from leading authors

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 26 September 2020
Book Digest: Following climate crisis in 10 minutes, corporate world’s fight against COVID-19 and more. Photo: Pixabay

Fragile Planet: The impact of climate change | Collins | October 1, 2020

Fragile Planet provides a striking look at the dramatic changes happening to our planet. It documents the effects of climate systems and forces of nature on our world alongside 230 stunning images that show the impact of climate change.

The World’s Littlest Book on Climate: 10 Facts in 10 Minutes about CO2 | Mike Nelson, Pieter Tans, Michael Banks |September 28, 2020

This is a small book on the world’s biggest problem: Carbon dioxide and climate change. It provides a quick and entertaining introduction to the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

In about 10 concise and simple chapters, this book presents what you need to know about climate change. It is a clear primer for anyone interested in how CO2 impacts our climate. But even knowledgeable readers will learn something new and important about the science of climate change.


Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change | Rae Andre |University of Toronto Press | September 13, 2020

The book channels a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how ‘Team Humanity’ can get this thing done.

Lead for the Planet outlines five practices that successful climate leaders need to adopt, from getting the truth about the state of the planet to assessing the risks and identifying the interests of key stakeholders and to implementing change within and between organisations and sectors on a global scale.

COVID-19 Global Pandemic And Aspects of Human Security in South Asia: Implications and Way Forward | Delwar Hossain, Shariful Islam | Pentagon Press | August 30, 2020

The book covers major human security areas — health security, food security, economic security, and environment issue. The role of regional cooperation and global health governance is also covered in the domain of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This book fills the existing knowledge gap on the human security in South Asia in general and links with COVID-19 in particular.

From the perspective of policy, the insights of the study would guide the policy makers in South Asia in reframing their security policies emphasising human security issues and challenges.

The book also contributes to the evolving debate and discourse on the impact of the COVID-19 on the South Asian region from a human security perspective.

Taking the fight to ‘IT’: Corporate on COVID-19 Pandemic | Bimal Tripathi | September 20, 2020

The book provides information on the COVID-19 pandemic attack and the corporate world scrambling its resources to save the day. From change in work culture to virtual hiring to virtual training, the book covers it all.

There are insights on how the corporate world put up a fight against such an unprecedented once-in-a-lifetime event and survived.

Housing and Politics in Urban India: Opportunities and Contention | Swetha Rao Dhananka |Cambridge University Press |31 October, 2020

This book puts together a compelling story based on fine-grained analysis of housing processes, as lived by slum-dwellers and their voice-bearers. It situates the lived experience of claiming adequate housing within informal transactions and negotiations of patronage networks vis-à-vis the formal institutional opportunities and closures of Indian democracy.

Contested Capital: Rural Middle Classes in India | Maryam Aslany |Cambridge University Press |31 October 2020

More than a third of India’s middle class is rural, and 17 per cent of rural households belong to the middle class. Contested Capital brings this vast and dynamic population into view, and confronts some of the most crucial neglected questions about the contemporary global economy.

Contours of Value Capture: India’s Neoliberal Path of Industrial Development Satyaki Roy| Cambridge University Press | October 31, 2020

The book offers a critical perspective on contemporary debates on industrialisation in India. It aims to study the process of industrialisation at a conceptual level and articulate and contest the evolving debates and discourses.


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