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Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Frank Biermann

Abstract

Humans are no longer spectators who need to adapt to their natural environment. Our impact on the earth has caused changes that are outside the range of natural variability and are equivalent to such major geological disruptions as ice ages. Some scientists argue that we have entered a new epoch in planetary history: the Anthropocene. In such an era of planet-wide transformation, we need a new model for planet-wide environmental politics. This book proposes “earth system” governance as just such a new paradigm. It offers both analytical and normative perspectives. It provides detailed analysis ... More

Keywords: natural environment, natural variability, geological disruptions, ice ages, Anthropocene, environmental politics, earth system governance, global change, environmental governance, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028226
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Biermann, author
Vrije Unversiteit Amsterdam

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