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Metaphors and Systemic Change

Tim O’Riordan, Tim Lenton, and Ian Christie

in Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265536
eISBN:
9780191760327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265536.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

Tipping points are metaphors of sudden change, of fear, of falling, of foreboding, and of failure. Tipping points are thresholds of tolerance, of bifurcation, and of transformation which are built ... More


Fundamental Processes in Ecology: An earth systems approach

David M Wilkinson

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198568469
eISBN:
9780191717611
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568469.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This book raises and attempts to answer the following thought experiment: ‘For any planet with carbon-based life, which persists over geological time-scales, what is the minimum set of ecological ... More


Introduction: oceans in the earth system

Manuel Barange, John G. Field, and Will Steffen

in Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199558025
eISBN:
9780191721939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558025.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology, Aquatic Biology

The world's ocean represents 70% of the earth's surface and contains 97% of the entire planet's water. It is a primary driver in the cycles of water and carbon and, through its huge capacity to store ... More


Conceptualization

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter elaborates upon the concept of earth system governance based on existing literature in earth system science and global governance studies, making a distinction between earth system ... More


Earth System Governance: A Research Agenda

Frank Biermann

in Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262240574
eISBN:
9780262286589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262240574.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

This concluding chapter outlines the need for a new long-term research effort on the part of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) on Earth system governance. It ... More


Agency

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0003
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on four types of agents of earth system governance: the state; nonstate agents, with particular emphasis on the increasing number of transnational public policy networks that ... More


Introduction

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This book explores the concept, principles, and challenges of what it calls “earth system governance,” a new paradigm for planet-wide environmental politics that challenges the traditional concept of ... More


Architecture

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0004
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter discusses the overall global institutional architecture of earth system governance, with particular emphasis on the current fragmentation of the system. It conceptualizes architecture as ... More


Allocation

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0006
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on another key element of effective and legitimate earth system governance: the question of allocation, or differently put, of justice, fairness, and equity. It considers three ... More


New Heavens, New Earth

Daniel Deudney

in Dark Skies: Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190903343
eISBN:
9780190090241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190903343.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Humans have always attributed enormous importance to occurrences in the heavens. Over the past several centuries modern astronomy has revealed a cosmos of staggering size, filled with trillions of ... More


Climate and the Making of Worlds: Toward a Geohistorical Poetics

Tobias Menely

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226776149
eISBN:
9780226776316
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226776316.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Climate and the Making of Worlds develops a materialist ecocriticism, tracking the imprint of the planetary across a long history of poetic rewritings and critical readings in which what is at stake ... More


Accountability and Legitimacy

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on accountability and legitimacy as a dimension of effective earth system governance. It argues that questions of accountability and legitimacy are becoming ever more important, ... More


Revolutions that made the Earth

Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199587049
eISBN:
9780191775031
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587049.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

The Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. The revolutions ... More


Adaptiveness

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on adaptiveness as a dimension of effective earth system governance, with particular emphasis on the requirements of global adaptation governance. It considers core dilemmas such ... More


Extraterrestrial Gaias

Siegfried Franck, Werner von Bloh, Christine Bounama, and Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber

in Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.003.0029
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This chapter presents an integrated Earth system model that can be applied to calculate the habitable zone (HZ) around any main-sequence central star. The HZ is defined as the region within which an ... More


Politics for a New Earth: Governing in the “Anthropocene”

Frank Biermann

in New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262034364
eISBN:
9780262332132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034364.003.0017
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter serves as an epilogue to the edited volume "New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene." The chapter offers a careful, systematic overview of the book's various contributions, ... More


Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Frank Biermann

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

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 ... More


The Literary Past and the Planetary Future

Tobias Menely

in Climate and the Making of Worlds: Toward a Geohistorical Poetics

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226776149
eISBN:
9780226776316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226776316.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The Afterword examines several instances of the climatological unconscious: in the perceptual unavailability of the Earth as a total system; in the psychological imperative to wish away planetary ... More


Conclusion

Frank Biermann

in Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028226
eISBN:
9780262322928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028226.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This book has outlined some elements of a blueprint for effective earth system governance, including a global and effective architecture that is adaptive to changing circumstances; participation by ... More


Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Stephen H. Schneider, James R. Miller, Eileen Crist, and Penelope J. Boston (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This is a multidisciplinary reexamination of the Gaia hypothesis, which was introduced by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the early 1970s. The Gaia hypothesis holds that Earth’s physical and ... More


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