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After nature : a politics for the anthropocene

Author: Jedediah Purdy
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene, the age of Humans. The geological strata we are now creating record industrial emissions, industrial-scale crop pollens, and the disappearance of species driven to extinction. Climate change is planetary engineering without design. These facts  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jedediah Purdy
ISBN: 9780674368224 0674368223
OCLC Number: 906121669
Description: 326 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
An unequal terrain --
God's avid gardeners --
Nature as teacher --
Natural utopias --
A conservationist empire --
A wilderness passage into ecology --
Environmental law in the anthropocene --
What kind of democracy?
Responsibility: Jedediah Purdy.

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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  Read more...

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Dazzling... [Purdy's] book is, among other things, a panoramic tour of what he calls the 'American environmental imagination.' ...Purdy hopes that climate change might spur yet another change in how Read more...

 
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