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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2013) 2 (1): 101–116.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Kenny Walker Abstract The 50 th year anniversary of Rachel Carson's monumental Silent Spring invites reflection on how the controversy over chemical pesticides shaped environmental discourse in the modern era. This essay focuses on uncertainty as a boundary device that shapes scientific ethos in...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 86–106.
Published: 01 May 2018
... claiming inconclusive evidence and uncertainty about the toxic effects of the war, my southern Lebanese interlocutors insisted on causally linking Israel’s weapons to the perceived surge in cancer, infertility, and environmental degradation since 2006. Their insistence that war was causing this ongoing...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 8 (1): 118–142.
Published: 01 May 2016
..., animals, and objects despite multiple experimental human regimes of elephant care, governance, and organization. The viral creep exceeds the physical and intellectual contexts of human interpretation and control. It reminds us that uncertainty and modes of imaging are always involved when we make sense of...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 8 (1): 1–23.
Published: 01 May 2016
... immersion? What does it mean to live with others in entangled worlds of contingency and uncertainty? More fundamentally, how can we do the work of inhabiting and coconstituting worlds well ? In taking up these questions, this article explores the cultivation of “arts of attentiveness”: modes of both paying...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 273–294.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., we circle back on the Krafla project to consider questions of risk, uncertainty, and responsibility that attend the potential new interface with the underworld of magma. time volcanism geology speculative theory catastrophe evolution Anthropocene planetary futures Rather than...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 330–337.
Published: 01 May 2018
... gaps? Here are a few examples in the context of climate change. In 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) First Assessment Report (AR1) 2 framed knowledge gaps in terms of “narrowing the uncertainties.” These uncertainties were concerned primarily with predicting the Earth’s...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 101–123.
Published: 01 May 2014
... patterns in a heterogeneous and complex reality. One point of departure is the storyline approach, which is suitable when studying narratives in a milieu characterized by uncertainty and change, 17 such as the geoengineering debate. Storylines are narratives that allow actors to draw on various and...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 13–33.
Published: 01 May 2014
.... , Bradley Raymond S. , and Hughes Malcom K. “ Northern Hemisphere Temperatures During the Past Millennium: Inferences, Uncertainties, and Limitations .” Geophysical Research Letters 26 , no. 6 ( 1999 ): 759 - 762 . Mills Catherine . “ Agamben's Messianic Politics; Biopolitics...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 255–258.
Published: 01 May 2016
... still drawing power from its destructive efficacy. An active kernel, wrapped in a public secret. 4 Entitlement, and masquerade; a third term is uncertainty. Will the sacrifice work? Will it be accepted? 5 Will it prove my devotion, will the crops grow, will the promised jobs materialise, will...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 338–342.
Published: 01 May 2018
... Anthropocene in 2000 for the present interglacial era known as the Holocene. 1 Implicit in the Anthropocene concept is an emphasis on uncertainty and unpredictability brought about by the overwhelming impact of detrimental human activities on planetary ecosystems. As Timothy Clark affirms, “The...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 310–329.
Published: 01 May 2018
... warranted. But I mention it in order to highlight one important insight that could inform the notion of confessing that I have developed. It cannot be seen in isolation from the other human power, that of promise : “The remedy for unpredictability, for the chaotic uncertainty of the future, is contained in...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 1–40.
Published: 01 May 2016
...' such as biodiversity loss, climate change and chemical pollution are often understood to be complex, difficult to pin down, and related to systemic vulnerabilities and uncertainties. 4 In the past several decades, complexity perspectives from a range of theoretical traditions and disciplines have...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 418–432.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., uncertainty, and routine weave between the two scales of emergency. This article analyzes the vast space between these scales to find the resonances and discordances between managing risk for discrete Antarctic emergencies as logistical practices and the more fluid, pervasive, and widespread emergency of...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 63–85.
Published: 01 May 2018
... practices. Yet decommissioning the troublesome invasive species paradigm leaves considerable uncertainties about how to steward the Earth in a time of loss. In response, this essay offers a thought experiment. Integrating insights from political ecology, multispecies ethnography, and postcolonial theory...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 19–39.
Published: 01 May 2014
... of ash sludge remained unknown. A TVA/EPA report on cancer risk in the wake of the Kingston spill follows several pages of charts, graphs, imagined scenarios, and statements of low risk with a concluding section on “uncertainties.” The study notes three “key areas of uncertainty.” There are “data...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 89–105.
Published: 01 May 2016
... remain fractured beneath Medicine's totalizing gaze. 29 The creation of places like the Hanford Reach National Monument is a critical component of this uncertainty management. Placing the emphasis on salvation rather than contamination, the DOE positions itself as caretaker of fragile ecosystems...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 May 2018
... cognitively overwhelming. For the reader, this manifests in the fracturing of narrative but also in the insistence on tracing the limits of form, of pushing one into uncertainty yet compelled to feel the arriving crisis. What Galleon hungers for is to collapse bodily sensation in the present into the wounding...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 59–88.
Published: 01 May 2016
... Press , 2004 . Bowker Geoffrey C. , and Star Susan Leigh . Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences . Cambridge : MIT Press , 1999 . Brecking B. , and Dong Q. “ Uncertainty in Ecology and Ecological Modeling .” In Handbook of Ecosystem Theories and...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2013) 3 (1): 111–127.
Published: 01 May 2013
... this juncture, a conscientious consumer and advocate for humane treatment of animals must ask herself whether these ethical meat eaters have resolved what author Michael Pollan refers to as the omnivore's dilemma: this moral and intellectual uncertainty surrounding what one, as a caring and...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 203–216.
Published: 01 May 2014
... catastrophe. Risks concern the possibility of future occurrences and developments; they make present a state of the world that does not (yet) exist.” 14 This differentiation between risk and catastrophe is important because it underlines the uncertainty and future-oriented temporality of risk. “Risks are...