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Coloring climates: imagining a geoengineered world

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Publication date12/01/2017
Host publicationThe Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities
EditorsUrsula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, Michelle Niemann
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages82-90
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781138786745
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In this paper I reflect on a line of work that looked at climate geoengineering – an issue that has been largely framed by science and engineering – using social science techniques, but informed by an environmental-humanities sensibility. I suggest that, if we ever come to ‘make’ Earth climates, then we need an expanded way of thinking about two things, both of which should inform the other: what it means to make or compose something, and what it would be like to live in a made or composed world. I thus explore geoengineering as the ‘making of worlds’, asking how geoengineering might colour our relationship with the air, and what sort of world it might bring about.

Bibliographic note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities on 20/01/2017 available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781138786745