Anthropocene roundup: Latour, Grinspoon, and more…

A bit more grist for the Anthropocene mill…

Latour has a new article out on agency in the Anthropocene here. Working at a university I’m never quite sure what is behind a paywall, so if you want a copy feel free to email.

A number of other items/articles out lately too. This one is about how the determination of the Anthropocene is likely to be made – safest bet likely still nuclear radiation/fallout around 1950. A second is about taking “ownership” of the Anthropocene, primarily with respect to food. A third is on Anthropocene research questions for the Arctic. And finally, here is a post on the Anthropocene at the recent EGU.

Also, Dr. Grinspoon’s lecture on Terra Sapiens has a new subtitle regarding the human chapter in the history of the Earth.

James C. Scott responds to reviews of 2 Cheers for Anarchy

James C. Scott’s book, Two Cheers for Anarchy, has three reviews in Antipode and he responds in kind to the issues the reviewers take up here. Very much worth taking a look through them all.

Anthropocene school this Nov – Berlin

This Anthropocene Education project looks interesting. Apps due May 7.

Geoengineering + State of the World 2014

41QLWubvX+L._AA160_Mike Hulme’s new book against geoengineering is going to come out soon and it has already been reviewed in Nature.

I’ve linked to debates between Mike and David Keith before on geoengineering and am looking forward to reading the sustained argument he no doubt makes in this book.

This is especially the case since about a year ago I worked on my first take on the governance aspects of geoengineering with respect to how we imagine our place among other earth systems in the Anthropocene.

9781610915410That work is set to come out tomorrow as a chapter co-authored with Peter Brown in the annual State of the World report published by Island Press.

Holmes Rolston III: The three big bangs of nature

Rolston III’s Carter-Chalker Lecture

Ray Monk on Robert Oppenheimer: a life inside the center

Ray Monk’s new book on Oppenheimer is really great (I’m only part way through, but thoroughly enjoying it). Here’s a recent lecture he gave on it:

New book on the Anthropocene Gap

781955543Victor Galaz has a new book now available to order. Here is the description of Global Environmental Governance, Technology and Politics: The Anthropocene Gap from the publisher’s website.

‘Victor Galaz opens a new pathway, critically needed, yet breathtaking. In a thoughtful and inspirational manner, he takes on the challenge of how humanity is to navigate the unprecedented scale, speed and complexity of the Anthropocene. The focus is on the interplay between rapid nonlinear global environmental change and emerging technologies, like engineering the planet, tipping points, epidemic surprise or increased connectivity between financial markets, commodity markets, ecosystem services and underlying technologies. In a truly novel way, Galaz moves governance research to the very front of sustainability science and resilience thinking. ‘Global Environmental Governance, Technology and Politics’ is indeed a groundbreaking contribution, highly recommended!’
– Carl Folke, Stockholm University, Sweden

Peter Brown on the Crisis of Cosmology and Education in the Anthropocene

A short talk from Peter Brown at McGill – I love the analogy from Sellars’ The Magic Christian.

The last chapter of Normal Water

I’m starting in on the last chapter of Normal Water today. It’s been a relatively painless process so far, although quite a bit of editing work remains to be done. My goal has been to have a full manuscript draft in place by the end of May and this is now looking feasible. This final piece will cover, roughly, the UN Water for Life decade (2005-15). Obviously this isn’t over yet, but the decade is just a guide – I’m not actually tracking what goes on in UN programming. Instead, I’m using these “decades” as a heuristic to keep the story going. The 65-75 was hydrology, the 80’s was sanitation/drinking water and so on…

Edward Burtynsky’s Heller Lecture: water and oil

Interesting talk from Burtynsky with responses from Wade Davis and Bill Rees at the Vancouver Public Art Gallery: