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A trio of new books by Leeds academics has been published recently, covering an exploration of climate change, Labour Party leadership elections and an investigation into the historical pursuit and consumption of different foodstuffs.
Climate Change: A beginner’s guide by Drs Emma L Tompkins and Emily Boyd (School of Earth and Environment) offers readers just that. “Climate change is the greatest single problem we face as a planet,” says Dr Tompkins. “This accessible introduction guides readers through the complex mix of scientific, political, social, and environmental issues to examine the many threats posed by climate change and explore the possible futures for our world. It also highlights the urgent need to start actively adapting to our changing climate if we want to avoid complete catastrophe.”
The forthcoming Labour leadership election comes under the scrutiny of Dr Timothy Heppell (School of Politics and International Studies), with the publication of Choosing the Labour Party: Labour Party Leadership Elections from Wilson to Brown. A follow-up to Dr Heppell’s 2008 book Choosing the Tory Leader: Conservative Party Leadership Elections from Heath to Cameron, the book draws together debates on the method of leadership selection and the ideological positioning of candidates. Given the bypassing of the Electoral College to appoint Gordon Brown in 2007, and the debates surrounding his legitimacy as party leader thereafter, this book offers a comprehensive and timely examination of Labour Party leadership elections.
Empires of Food by Dr Evan Fraser (School of Earth and Environment) and journalist Andrew Rimas. Subtitled Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilisation, the book examines how food has changed the course of history. As well as exploring how the consumption of different foods has shaped the world, the authors also present compelling arguments for the pursuit of sustainable production in the future.
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