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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Michael Richardson Abstract The climate catastrophe to come is traumatically affecting, whether in its micro and macro manifestations, in the threat it poses to existing ways of life, in its upending of entrenched understandings of the workings of the world, or in the injury it is doing to...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 418–432.
Published: 01 November 2017
... navigation—I consider how people visiting the Antarctic are trained to order their lives and work, especially in preparation for emergencies. Notions of risk, danger, and catastrophe hinge on the broader historical and cultural contexts of Antarctica as a frontier zone, making preparedness in the Antarctic...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 273–294.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Nigel Clark; Alexandra Gormally; Hugh Tuffen Abstract In 2009, exploratory drilling of geothermal wells in Iceland’s Krafla volcanic caldera unexpectedly struck magma. The fact that the encounter did not have catastrophic consequences has excited considerable interest—and an international research...
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Published: 01 May 2012
the original condition of the marsh. Over geological time-scales marshes come and go. The composition of plants in a marsh can change dramatically in much shorter time-scales—decades, years, and, in the wake of catastrophe, days. Figure 5. The rhizome of the cattail51. / The actual living rhizomes More
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 203–216.
Published: 01 May 2014
... risks of the Anthropocene but also of the basic tenets of realist storytelling. “Risk,” explains Ulrich Beck in his World at Risk (2007), “is not synonymous with catastrophe. Risk means the anticipation of the catastrophe. Risks concern the possibility of future occurrences and developments...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 233–238.
Published: 01 May 2016
... uniformitarianism, the idea that the Earth is shaped by slow-moving forces that gradually transform it over very long time periods. Determined to distance the new science from Biblical accounts of instantaneous creation ex nihilo, the emerging profession was reluctant to accept any theory of catastrophism in...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 101–123.
Published: 01 May 2014
... and fears as for example a technological fix that saves humanity from climate catastrophe or an overly complex technology that interferes with sensitive and unpredictable Nature. In this paper, we aim to improve our understanding of the public discourse on geoengineering in mass media. We focus on...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 219–225.
Published: 01 May 2016
... catastrophism are the ones who are so far beyond doomsday that they seriously believe that nothing will happen to them and that they may continue forever, just as before. This is what makes Pope Francis' Laudatio Si! so refreshing by comparison: it does take seriously what it means to live “at the end of...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 295–300.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Eben Kirksey Powerful forces have tried to steal the very idea of hope. 1 As an empty political slogan, “hope” has bulldozed over our dreams. 2 Yet, in the aftermath of disaster—in blasted landscapes that have been transformed by multiple catastrophes—it is still possible to find hope...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 213–220.
Published: 01 May 2014
... ‘Environmental Catastrophism’ It is only through fundamental change at the center of the system, from which the pressures on the planet principally emanate, that there is any genuine possibility of avoiding ultimate ecological destruction. —John Bellamy Foster, The Ecological Revolution A defining...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2013) 2 (1): 147–167.
Published: 01 May 2013
... that confrontation with natural catastrophe actually precipitated humanity towards an enhanced problem-solving mindset which enabled them to survive more than 40,000 years of further ice age—the major part of our deep history. The second is that in spite of their techniques and organisation for...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 338–342.
Published: 01 May 2018
... the switch of a button, implying that the human is in control; but at the same time, they seem to obfuscate human presence in quite an ironic way. Indeed, the absence of humans in this choreography is an ironic homage to the anthropos as a catastrophic planetary agency doomed to bring about its own...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 460–463.
Published: 01 November 2017
... neither efficient nor beautiful, but as excessive and replete with death. And yet, nature as fecund—in which life is so intimate with death and birth so commensurate with waste—does not legitimize the rampant wastefulness of many human societies, nor does it, more broadly, condemn life only to catastrophe...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 300–308.
Published: 01 November 2017
... , eds. Humans in Outer Space: Interdisciplinary Odysseys . Vienna : Springer-Verlag , 2009 . Degroot Dagomar , “ ‘A Catastrophe Happening in Front of Our Very Eyes’: The Environmental History of a Comet Crash on Jupiter .” Environmental History 22 , no. 1 ( 2017 ): 23 – 49...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 203–217.
Published: 01 May 2016
... sets up the life that Hokusai's wave has in today's catastrophe-conscious world. In the newest rescriptings of the Great Wave, there is much less of the contemplative and much more of the calamitous. The Wave has come to stand for imminent disaster—climatic and more—and operates as something of a call...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 175–179.
Published: 01 May 2017
... catastrophes, are renamed as normal “regime shifts” to be adapted to, not struggled against by, for example, confronting the dominance of fossil fuel infrastructure and the corporate power of big oil. In this sense, “ecological resiliency is the calculative metric for a brave new world of turbulent capitalism...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 255–279.
Published: 01 November 2017
... that includes machines as a way to understand potential environmental catastrophes. The essay ends by suggesting that the art gallery is a sympathetic space in which we can encounter the knowledges of Bergson and Darwin, temper them with the imaginings of Butler, and ground them with the transformative...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 181–203.
Published: 01 November 2017
... supported calls for comprehensive actions to reduce global carbon emissions by placing humans into longer Earth histories and by speculating about catastrophic future climate change. Figure 2. In 1987, the results from the Antarctic Vostok ice core clearly demonstrated the close links between...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 89–105.
Published: 01 May 2016
... Press , 2007 . Gerber Michele . “ All-Out Effort Stems Spreads of Contamination .” Hanford Reach , 19 October , 1998 . Hamblin Jacob . Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism . Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2013 . Havlick David...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 149–171.
Published: 01 November 2016
... earth really did move, it indeed shook up what would later be called social theory, such as in 1755, when a catastrophic earthquake struck Lisbon. Discussed extensively by philosopher Immanuel Kant and several contemporary intellectuals, the quake had seismic implications for Portuguese politics and for...