Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, 2e & Can Science Fix Climate Change? Set. Critical Introductions to Geography

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Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition

Substantially updated for the second edition, this engaging and innovative introduction to the environment and society uses key theoretical approaches to explore familiar objects.

  • Features substantial revisions and updates for the second edition, including new chapters on E waste, mosquitoes and uranium, improved maps and graphics, new exercises, shorter theory chapters, and refocused sections on environmental solutions
  • Discusses topics such as population and scarcity, commodities, environmental ethics, risks and hazards, and political economy and applies them to objects like bottled water, tuna, and trees
  • Accessible for students, and accompanied by in–book and online resources including exercises and boxed discussions, an online test bank, notes, suggested reading, and website links for enhanced understanding
  • Offers additional online support for instructors, including suggested teaching models, PowerPoint slides for each chapter with full–color graphics, and supplementary images and teaching material

Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering

Climate change seems to be an insurmountable problem. Political solutions have so far had little impact. Some scientists are now advocating the so–called "Plan B", a more direct way of reducing the rate of future warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space, creating a thermostat in the sky.

In this book, Mike Hulme argues against this kind of hubristic techno–fix. Drawing upon a distinguished career studying the science, politics and ethics of climate change, he shows why using science to fix the global climate is undesirable, ungovernable and unattainable. Science and technology should instead serve the more pragmatic goals of increasing societal resilience to weather risks, improving regional air quality and driving forward an energy technology transition. Seeking to reset the planet’s thermostat is not the answer.

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Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition

List of Figures ix

List of Tables xi

List of Boxes xii

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction: The View from a Human–Made Wilderness 1

Part 1 Approaches and Perspectives 11

2 Population and Scarcity 13

3 Markets and Commodities 31

4 Institutions and "The Commons" 49

5 Environmental Ethics 65

6 Risks and Hazards 82

7 Political Economy 98

8 Social Construction of Nature 119

Part 2 Objects of Concern 139

9 Carbon Dioxide 141

10 Trees 163

11 Wolves 183

12 Uranium 203

13 Tuna 224

14 Lawns 243

15 Bottled Water 259

16 French Fries 279

17 E–Waste 299

Glossary 316

Index 324

Can Science Fix Climate Change?

Acknowledgements page vi

Acronyms page vii

Preface viii

1 Imagining an Engineered Climate 1

2 Designing a Global Thermostat 32

3 Governing the World′s Temperature 57

4 Living in an Experimental World 89

5 Reframing the (Climate) Problem 114

Notes 141

Bibliography 144

Index 150

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Paul Robbins is Professor and Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison–. His research interests include understanding human–environment systems, the influence non–humans have on human behavior and organization, and the implications these interactions hold for ecosystem health, local communities, and social justice. He is the author of Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction, Second Edition (Wiley–Blackwell, 2012) and Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are (2007). 

John Hintz is Associate Professor of Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on land use conflicts, environmental policy, and the US environmental movement. He has published in a number of journals, including Capitalism Nature Socialism and Ethics, Place and Environment.

Sarah A. Moore is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research focuses on urban development politics, urban environmental issues, and environmental justice in the United States and Latin America. Her publications include articles in numerous journals including Progress in Human Geography, the Professional Geographer and Society and Natural Resources.

Mike Hulme is Professor of Climate and Culture in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. His 2009 Why We Disagree about Climate Change won The Economist′s "Book of the Year Award". He has contributed to public debates in the UK and US, writing for The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. From 2000 to 2007 he was the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

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