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Author Whitehead, Mark.

Title Environmental Transformations : a Geography of the Anthropocene
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014
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Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of plates; List of figures; List of tables; List of boxes; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction: geography in the Anthropocene; 1.1 Meme or geological epoch: introducing the Anthropocene; 1.2 The rough geographies of the Anthropocene; 1.3 Where do we go from here?; Note; Key readings; Part 1 Environmental transformations; 2 Resources: oil and water; 2.1 Introduction: the Simon-Ehrlich wager; 2.2 Changing patterns of resource use; 2.3 Doomsters, cornucopians and everything in between
2.4 Water resources in the Nile Basin2.5 Conclusions; Notes; Key readings; 3 Air: science and the atmosphere; 3.1 Introduction: Thomas Midgley and the ultraviolet century; 3.2 A brief history of air pollution: from Mauna Loa to Mumbai; 3.3 Reflections on the nature of atmospheric science; 3.4 Corridors of uncertainty: 'fugitive emissions' and the case of Louisiana's cancer alley; 3.5 Conclusions; Notes; Key readings; 4 Soil: the political ecology of soil degradation; 4.1 Introduction: getting under the planet's skin; 4.2 Soil and environmental transformations
4.3 Interpreting the transformation of soil: a political ecology perspective4.4 A dust bowl for the twenty-first century: soil degradation in China; 4.5 Conclusions; Key readings; 5 Forests: jungle capitalism and the corporate environment; 5.1 Introduction: the story of Chut Wutty; 5.2 Transforming forests: reflections on the long Anthropocene; 5.3 Globalizing the forest and multinational forest corporations; 5.4 Jungle capitalism: the case of the United Fruit Company; 5.5 Big box retail and the global timber supply chain; 5.6 Conclusions; Note; Key readings
6 Cities: sprawl and the urban planet6.1 Introduction: urbanization and why Darwin was wrong after all; 6.2 A brief history of urbanization: from Mesopotamia to the mega-region; 6.3 Theorizing the city: from growth machines to the favela; 6.4 Urbanization and the environment; 6.5 Conclusions; Notes; Key readings; Part 2 Living in the Anthropocene; 7 Governing the environment; 7.1 Introduction: protecting people from nature or protecting nature from people?; 7.2 A brief environmental history of the nation state
7.3 Thinking about state-environment relations: green arbiters and ecological leviathans7.4 Governing the air: the case of the London fog disaster; 7.5 Rivers of grass: the US state and the Florida Everglades; 7.6 Conclusions; Key readings; 8 Greening the brain: understanding and changing human behaviour; 8.1 Introduction: human psychology in the Anthropocene; 8.2 Changing patterns of human behaviour and their environmental consequences: Fordism and the Great Acceleration; 8.3 Understanding human behaviours: religion, science and ideology
Summary From the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, the human impact on the environment is significant and undeniable. These forms of global and local environmental change collectively appear to signal the arrival of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. This is a geological era defined not by natural environmental fluctuations or meteorite impacts, but by collective actions of humanity. Environmental Transformations offers a concise and accessible introduction to the human practices and systems that sustain the Anthropocene. It combines accounts
Notes 8.4 Changing human environmental behaviours: beyond homoeconomicus
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ISBN 1317859588