05.10.2015

# New Publications

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Martindale, L. (2015): Understanding humans in the Anthropocene. Finding answers in geoengineering and Transition Towns

Martindale, L. (2015): Understanding humans in the Anthropocene. Finding answers in geoengineering and Transition Towns. In Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. DOI: 10.1177/0263775815604914 

"This paper argues that the approaches to global environmental change engendered by conventional environmental discourse have undermined the radical connotations of the Anthropocene. [...] Using this experimental perspective, this paper offers the creative example of how Transition Towns may become concordant with local geoengineering practices."

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18.08.2015

# New Publications

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Dalby, S. (2015): Anthropocene Formations: Environmental Security, Geopolitics and Disaster

Dalby, S. (2015): Anthropocene Formations: Environmental Security, Geopolitics and Disaster. In Theory, Culture & Society. DOI 10.1177/0263276415598629.

"Disasters such as the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns and potentially disastrous plans to geoengineer the climate in coming decades highlight that the human environment is being remade in the Anthropocene. Humanity is now a geological actor, not just a biological one, and that insight, captured in the term Anthropocene, changes understandings of both security and environment in social thought, requiring a focus on production of environments rather than their protection. Disasters help clarify this key point and its significance for considering geosocial formations."

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02.06.2015

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Hamilton, Clive; et al. (2015): The anthropocene and the global environmental crisis

Hamilton, Clive; Bonneuil, Christophe; Gemenne, François (Eds.) (2015): The anthropocene and the global environmental crisis: Routledge.

Book about the Anthropocene with references to CE. "The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis captures some of the radical new thinking prompted by the arrival of the Anthropocene and opens up the social sciences and humanities to the profound meaning of the new geological epoch, the ‘Age of Humans’. Drawing on the expertise of world-recognised scholars and thought-provoking intellectuals, the book explores the challenges and difficult questions posed by the convergence of geological and human history to the foundational ideas of modern social science."

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17.05.2015

# Media

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Still Searching Blog: Geo-Engineering the Anthropocene

"The Anthropocene thesis, as presented in the increasingly expanding body of images and texts, appears generally split between optimists and pessimists, especially when it comes to geo-engineering, the deliberate intervention in the Earthʼs natural systems to counteract climate change."

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18.04.2015

# New Publications

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Dalby, Simon (2015): Geoengineering: The Next Era of Geopolitics?

Dalby, Simon (2015): Geoengineering: The Next Era of Geopolitics? In Geography Compass 9 (4), pp. 190–201. DOI 10.1111/gec3.12195.

"Thinking about how to govern geoengineering before major experiments are tried unilaterally might be the key to preventing future conflicts over such practical issues as what temperature the planet ought to be. Such questions are the key to the new geopolitics of the Anthropocene, a debate to which geography in general and political geography in particular could have much to contribute."

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08.04.2015

# New Publications

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Symons, Jonathan; Karlsson, Rasmus (2014): Green political theory in a climate-changed world: between innovation and restraint

Symons, Jonathan; Karlsson, Rasmus (2014): Green political theory in a climate-changed world: between innovation and restraint. In Environmental Politics 24 (2), pp. 173–192. DOI 10.1080/09644016.2015.1008252.

"The implications for Green political theory of the international community’s failure to avert dangerous warming are evaluated. An emerging conflict is identified between the Green-romantic value of restraint and the Green-rationalist value of protection, between a desire to preserve biotic systems and a distrust of scientific solutions to problems that are intrinsically social."

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30.03.2015

# New Publications

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Cunha, Daniel (2015): The Anthropocene as Fetishism

Cunha, Daniel (2015): The Anthropocene as Fetishism. In: Mediations 28 (2), S. 65–77.

"In fact, this means taking the promise of the Anthropocene very seriously, that is, Man should take conscious control of planetary material cycles, extend the terrain of the political hitherto left to the blind mechanics of nature and, in capitalism, to commodity fetishism.64 And this not only because the productive forces developed by capitalism allow it — although up to now we do it without conscious social control — but also because it might be necessary."

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30.03.2015

# New Publications

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Di Paola, Marcello (2015): Virtues for the Anthropocene

Di Paola, Marcello (2015): Virtues for the Anthropocene. In: environ values 24 (2), S. 183–207.

"The paper discusses some difficulties that life in Anthropocene poses to our ethical thinking. It describes the sort of ethical task that individuals find themselves confronting when dealing with the planetary environmental quandaries that characterise the new epoch."

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17.11.2014

# New Publications

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Storelvmo, T.; et al. (2014): Cirrus cloud seeding: a climate engineering mechanism with reduced side effects?

Storelvmo, T.; Boos, W. R.; Herger, N. (2014): Cirrus cloud seeding: a climate engineering mechanism with reduced side effects? In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 372 (2031). DOI 10.1098/rsta.2014.0116.

"Here, we present a global modelling study of a so far understudied CEM, namely the seeding of cirrus clouds to reduce their lifetimes in the upper troposphere, and hence their greenhouse effect. Different from most CEMs, the intention of cirrus seeding is not to reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching Earth's surface. This particular CEM rather targets the greenhouse effect, by reducing the trapping of infrared radiation by high clouds."

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10.11.2014

# Political Papers

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Stiftung Risiko-Dialog (2014): Climate Engineering: The Taboo in Climate Policy

Stiftung Risiko-Dialog (2014): Climate Engineering: Das Tabuthema in der Klimadebatte. St. Gallen (riskBRIEF, 2).

Swiss foundation "Stiftung Risiko-Dialog" on CE in German language.

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