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The Story of Vanishing Water Towers

Mark Carey

in In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195396065
eISBN:
9780199775682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396065.003.0007
Subject:
History, Latin American History

Concerns about declining water supplies from glaciers have become a critical concern with global warming, especially in the Andes where large desert cities rely on glacier runoff for water. In the ... More


The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative

Robert A. Voeks

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226547718
eISBN:
9780226547855
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226547855.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

In the 1980s, scientists and environmentalists sounded the alarm that deforestation was decimating the world’s tropical rainforests. Among the protection strategies that emerged, none resonated more ... More


Forty acres and a Mule

Carolyn Finney

in Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781469614489
eISBN:
9781469614502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614489.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter considers the ways in which African Americans have negotiated dominant environmental narratives by inserting their stories into the mix. It discusses two key periods of American history ... More


Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species

Ursula K. Heise

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226358024
eISBN:
9780226358338
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358338.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Current rates of species extinction exceed the evolutionary background rate, and some biologists claim we are witnessing the sixth mass extinction in the history of life on Earth. This book analyzes ... More


Introduction: From the End of Nature to the Beginning of the Anthropocene

Ursula K. Heise

in Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226358024
eISBN:
9780226358338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358338.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The concern over endangered species and a possible mass extinction forms part of rapidly changing environmental discourses in the twenty-first century. Anthropologists, historians, and literary ... More


Lost Dogs, Last Birds, and Listed Species: Elegy and Comedy in Conservation Stories

Ursula K. Heise

in Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226358024
eISBN:
9780226358338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358338.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the interplay of science and culture in narratives about species loss. Scientific assessments of biodiversity are constrained by uncertainties that reach from the definition of ... More


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