18.04.2018

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wtop: What Earth Day means when humans possess planet-shaping powers

"For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for people across the globe to come together and rally in support of the natural world. While the specific challenges have varied, the goal has remained more or less the same: to protect the rich, biological world that the current generation has inherited from being overwhelmed by the influences of humanity."

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06.03.2018

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Lederer, Markus; Kreuter, Judith (2018): Organising the unthinkable in times of crises. Will climate engineering become the weapon of last resort in the Anthropocene?

Lederer, Markus; Kreuter, Judith (2018): Organising the unthinkable in times of crises. Will climate engineering become the weapon of last resort in the Anthropocene? In Organization 4, 135050841875918. DOI: 10.1177/1350508418759186.

"In this article, we ask how the approaches of climate engineering – mostly highly technological approaches to address the challenge of global climate change – might be organised in the age of the Anthropocene. We understand the term ‘Anthropocene’ to be characterised by crisis, on one hand, and by promise, on the other. In particular, we aim to raise doubts on the dominant perspective on the organisation of climate engineering, which assumes these approaches to be regulated through legalistic means. Drawing an analogy to the early development stages of nuclear weapons, we point out that, instead of following a legalistic rationale, climate engineering organisation might pursue a logic of technical feasibility, political acceptance and bureaucratic momentum."

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10.02.2017

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Altvater, Elmar (2016): The Capitalocene, or, Geoengineering against Capitalism’s Planetary Boundaries

Altvater, Elmar (2016): The Capitalocene, or, Geoengineering against Capitalism’s Planetary Boundaries. In Jason W. Moore (Ed.): Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, history, and the crisis of capitalism. Oakland, CA: PM Press (Kairos), pp. 138–152.

"Today’s great questions are about how capitalism works through, and actively creates, planetary nature."

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08.01.2017

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The Capitolocene Blog: Against the geoengineering techno-fix

"The term of Capitalocene gives the indication that techno-fixes aren’t real solutions and that it is urgent to question our economic system, model of development and way of life that are unsustainable if we wish to cut down emissions."

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19.12.2016

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NPR: A Planet With Brains? The Peril And Potential Of Self-Aware Geological Change

""Anthropocene dilemma": We have global influence without global self-control. However, global technological influence clearly contains both peril and promise. Conscious awareness and control can also be sources of stabilizing negative feedback. This merely requires recognizing a problem and acting to fix it."

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29.08.2016

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STEPS centre Blog: Responsibility and geoengineering in the Anthropocene

"As the Anthropocene Working Group debate the start date of a new geological era, Jack Stilgoe asks what the Anthropocene means for how science takes responsibility for the climate. In this excerpt from his book, Experiment Earth, Jack looks at the relationship between the identification of the Anthropocene and the arrival of proposals for geoengineering, the deliberate manipulation of the Earth’s climate."

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12.07.2016

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Geographical: Unnatural Climates

"Once we manage our climate to keep it as ‘natural’ as possible, however defined, then why should we not use such interventions to make life easier for those suffering from climate disasters? ‘Natural’ climate comes with many risks for humans, it is not a perfect world."

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13.04.2016

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Katz, Eric; Hargrove, Eugene C. (2015): Geoengineering, Restoration, and the Construction of Nature

Katz, Eric; Hargrove, Eugene C. (2015): Geoengineering, Restoration, and the Construction of Nature. In Environmental Ethics 37 (4), pp. 485–498. DOI 10.5840/enviroethics201537444.

"My argument is based on my critique of the process of ecological restoration as the creation of an artifactual reality. When humanity intentionally interferes with the processes and entities of nature, we change the ontological reality of the natural world. The world becomes a garden, or a zoo, an environment that must be continually managed to meet the goals of human purposes."

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16.03.2016

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Schlosberg, David (2015): Environmental Management in the Anthropocene

Schlosberg, David (2015): Environmental Management in the Anthropocene. In Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer (Eds.): The Oxford handbook of environmental political theory. Corby: Oxford University Press.

"Four different normative approches to environmental management will be examined. I will note key limitations of two key approches - classic preservation and conservation ethics, and the limits and boundaries discourse. An I will explore two very different paths that are potentially superchared by the Anthropocene - the hubris of new generation of prometheans, and the potential of an ecological receptive embodied in a politics of sight."

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16.03.2016

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Nicholson, Simon; Jinnah, Sikina (Eds.) (2016): New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene

Nicholson, Simon; Jinnah, Sikina (Eds.) (2016): New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene (Earth System Governance): The MIT Press.

Book including chapters on CE. "We are in effect creating an Earth 2.0 on which the human signature is everywhere, a "new earth" in desperate need of humane and insightful guidance. In this volume, prominent scholars and practitioners in the field of global environmental politics consider the ecological and political realities of life on the new earth, and probe the field's deepest and most enduring questions at a time of increasing environmental stress."

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