Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the End of Nature

Authors: Baskin, Jeremy

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  • Discusses the past, present and future of geoengineering
  • Examines the potential of solar geoengineering to address climate change
  • Explores three competing imaginaries associated with geoengineering
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This book takes a critical look at solar geoengineering as an acceptable means for addressing climate change. Baskin explores the assumptions and imaginaries which animate ‘engineering the climate’ and discusses why this climate solution is so controversial. The book explains geoengineering’s past, its revival in the mid-2000s, and its future prospects including its shadow presence in the Paris climate accord. The main focus however is on dissecting solar geoengineering today – its rationales, underpinning knowledge, relationship to power, and the stance towards nature which accompanies it. Baskin explores three competing imaginaries associated with geoengineering: an Imperial imaginary, an oppositional Un-Natural imaginary, and a conspiratorial Chemtrail imaginary. He seeks to explain why solar geoengineering has struggled to gain approval and why resistance to it persists, despite the support of several powerful actors. He provocatively suggests that reconceptualising our present as the Anthropocene might unwittingly facilitate the normalisation of geoengineering by providing a sustaining socio-technical imaginary. This book is essential reading for those interested in climate policy, political ecology, and science & technology studies.

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Jeremy Baskin is a senior research fellow at the School of Government of the University of Melbourne, Australia.  His current work focuses on geoengineering and climate policy, on the Anthropocene and global justice, and on the role of experts and expertise as it relates to environmental policy.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-26

    Baskin, Jeremy

  • Geoengineering’s Past: From Mastery to Taboo

    Pages 27-73

    Baskin, Jeremy

  • The Re-emergence of Solar Geoengineering

    Pages 75-121

    Baskin, Jeremy

  • Competing Imaginaries of Solar Geoengineering

    Pages 123-161

    Baskin, Jeremy

  • Knowledge-Power-Values

    Pages 163-211

    Baskin, Jeremy

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the End of Nature
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17359-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17359-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17358-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 271
Number of Illustrations
13 illustrations in colour
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