The Great Derangement

Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022632303X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Is our imagination adequate to the realities of global warming? The novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that we need art and literature to help us imagine our future in the Anthropocene, but that they are falling short of the task. If culture cannot help us see the realities of our plight, then our era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, may come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement. A case in point is fiction, which is so committed to normalcy and the everyday that it has no space for the improbability of climate change events the persistent droughts, hundred-year storms, and freakish tornadoes. Our politics, likewise, seems unable to mobilize forcefully in response to climate change. Ghosh argues that politics, like literature, has become a matter of individual moral reckoning, a journey of the solitary conscience rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. A powerful nonfiction work by one of our most gifted, historically attuned novelists, "The Great Derangement "brings a fresh urgency to thinking on climate change. "

Welcome to the Greenhouse

Author: Gordon Van Gelder
Publisher: OR Books
ISBN: 1935928279
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Forty years ago, Walt Kelly's comic strip character Pogo famously intoned: "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Now, as the evidence for climate change becomes overwhelming, we learn the hard reality behind that witticism. The possible destruction, and certain transformation, of the ecosphere has been brought about by our own activities. What will our new world look like? How will we—can we—adapt? The clash of a rapidly changing environment with earth's self-styled ruling species, humans, provides ample creative fodder for this riveting anthology of original science fiction. In Welcome to the Greenhouse, award-winning editor Gordon Van Gelder has brought together sixteen speculative stories by some of the most imaginative writers of our time. Terrorists, godlike terraformers, and humans both manipulative and hapless populate these pages. The variety of stories reflects the possibilities of our future: grim, hopeful, fantastic and absurd.

A Case for Climate Engineering

Author: David Keith
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262019825
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The author argues that it is time for man to at least consider climate engineering—including putting reflective particles in the atmosphere to combat global warming—but it must be considered cautiously and not be implemented until all side effects are known.

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Author: Rob Nixon
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674049306
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“Slow violence” from climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today.

Passage to Modernity

Author: Louis Dupré
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300065015
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Did modernity begin with the Renaissance and end with post-modernity? In this book a distinguished scholar challenges both these assumptions. Louis Dupré discusses the roots, development, and impact of modern thought, tracing the fundamental principles of modernity to the late fourteenth century and affirming that modernity is still an influential force in contemporary culture.

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Author: Roy Scranton
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 087286670X
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An Iraq War vet's bracing, visionary response to the challenge posed by global warming and his hope in the humanities.

Hot Spotter s Report

Author: Shiloh R. Krupar
Publisher: Quadrant Book
ISBN: 9780816676385
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Using empirical research, creative nonfiction, and fictional satire, Hot Spotter's Report examines how the biopolitics of war promotes the idea of a postmilitary and postnuclear world, naturalizing toxicity and limiting human relations with the past and the land. Exposing “hot spots” of contamination, in part by satirizing government reports, this book seeks to cultivate irreverence, controversy, coalitional possibility, and ethical responses.

Incendiary Circumstances

Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618872213
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The author reminisces on the past thiry years of his life, providing eyewitness accounts and reflections on some of the most turbulent events of his time, including the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Pol Pot massacres of Cambodia, and September 11th.

After Nature

Author: Jedediah Purdy
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674368223
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Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. The world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists call this epoch the Anthropocene, Age of Humans. The facts of the Anthropocene are scientific—emissions, pollens, extinctions—but its shape and meaning are questions for politics. Jedediah Purdy develops a politics for this post-natural world.

A Farewell to Ice

Author: P. Wadhams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190691158
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Ice, the magic crystal -- A brief history of ice on planet Earth -- The modern cycle of ice ages -- The greenhouse effect -- Sea ice meltback begins -- The future of Arctic sea ice the death spiral -- The accelerating effects of Arctic feedbacks -- Arctic methane, a catastrophe in the making -- Strange weather -- The secret life of chimneys -- What's happening to the Antarctic? -- The state of the planet -- A call to arms