Brazil is considered one of the world’s most important environmental powers. With a continental territory containing almost 70 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, along with a rich biodiversity and huge amount of natural resources, its geopolitical role in environmental decisions is crucial to ongoing global negotiations surrounding climate change.
Development policies based on extraction and exportation of raw materials by the mining and agribusiness sectors threaten the global environmental balance and the long-term sustainability of Brazil’s economy. Brazil in the Anthropocene examines Brazil's role within the global ecological crisis and considers how national and international policy is influenced by the interdependence of social, political, ethical, scientific and economic factors in the modern age.
With chapters from a diverse range of international scholars this interdisciplinary volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental politics, environmental sociology and the environmental humanities.
In this important new book, the editors and authors make creative and insightful use of the Anthropocene concept as a way of understanding Brazil as a totality, while shedding new light on the concept itself. The volume represents a vital intellectual convergence essential for anyone wanting to grasp the changing Brazilian dispensation. Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia, co-editor of The Anthropocene and Global Environmental Crisis
Anthropocene in Brazil: an inquiry into development
obsession and policy limits
PHILIPPE LÉNA AND LIZ-REJANE ISSBERNER
Development dynamics and social-environmentalcontradictions
1 Brazil in the history of the Anthropocene
JOSÉ AUGUSTO PÁDUA
2 Population, development and environmental degradationin Brazil
JOSÉ EUSTÁQUIO DINIZ ALVES AND GEORGE MARTINE
3 The Amazon before the Brazilian environmental issue
VIOLETA REFSKALEVSKY LOUREIRO
4 Deregulation, relocation and environmental confl ict –considerations on the control of social demands in contemporary Brazil
HENRI ACSELRAD AND GUSTAVO NEVES BEZERRA
5 Markets or the Commons? the role of indigenous peoples,traditional communities and sectors of the peasantry in the environmental crisis
Controversy and disinformation
6 Planned disinformation: the example of the Belo Monte dam as a source of greenhouse gases
PHILIP M. FEARNSIDE
7 Biosafety regulations and practices and consequences in Brazil: who wants to hide the problems?
8 Tax incentive for pesticides: a debate on its(un)constitutionality from the environmental rule of lawand the environmental public order
JOÃO ALFREDO TELLES MELO AND GEOVANA DE OLIVEIRA PATRÍCIO MARQUES
Facing the consequences of climate change
9 From co-leader to loner: Brazilian wavering positions in climate change negotiations
LARISSA BASSO AND EDUARDO VIOLA
10 From environmental information to precaution in the face of environmental risks: an analysis of Brazil’s National Policy on Climate Change and rulings by higher courts
CARLOS JOSÉ SALDANHA MACHADO AND RODRIGO MACHADO VILANI
11 Shaping up Brazil’s long-term development considering climate change impacts
SÉRGIO MARGULIS AND NATALIE UNTERSTELL
12 Pathways to a low carbon economy in Brazil
EMILIO LÈBRE LA ROVERE, CLAUDIO GESTEIRA, CAROLINA GROTERA AND WILLIAM WILLS
13 Financing sustainability: where has all the money gone?
14 Climate change and the integration of public policies
MARCEL BURSZTYN AND MARIA AUGUSTA BURSZTYN
15 Environment policy and governance in Brazil: challenges and prospects
ADRIANA MARIA MAGALHÃES DE MOURA
16 Collective forest reserves in agrarian reform settlements: measures to prevent a non-commons tragedy in the Brazilian Amazon
PETER MAY, ROBERT DAVENPORT, PEDRO NOGUEIRA AND PAULO CÉSAR NUNES
Are the multiple social-ecological initiatives the sign of apolitical and cultural shift?
PHILIPPE LÉNA AND LIZ-REJANE ISSBERNER
From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.
The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.
Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]), to submit proposals.
Praise for A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016):
A Cultural History of Climate Change shows that the humanities are not simply a late-arriving appendage to Earth System science, to help in the work of translation. These essays offer distinctive insights into how and why humans reason and imagine their ‘weather-worlds’ (Ingold, 2010). We learn about the interpenetration of climate and culture and are prompted to think creatively about different ways in which the idea of climate change can be conceptualised and acted upon beyond merely ‘saving the planet’.
Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London, in Green Letters
Professor Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, USA
Professor Joni Adamson, Arizona State University, USA
Professor YUKI Masami, Kanazawa University, Japan
Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney Research Fellow in History; Director, Sydney University Environment Institute.
Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; Guest Professor of Environmental History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden.
Dr Paul Warde, Reader in Environmental History, University of Cambridge, UK
Christina Alt, St Andrews University, UK, Alison Bashford, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, Thom van Dooren, University of New South Wales, Australia, Georgina Endfield, Liverpool UK, Jodi Frawley, University of Western Australia, Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA,□Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, Jennifer Newell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia , Simon Pooley, Imperial College London, UK, Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, US, Jessica Weir, University of Western Sydney, Australia
International Advisory Board
William Beinart,University of Oxford, UK, Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Paul Holm, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Shen Hou, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Rob Nixon, Princeton University, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum, Munich and Co-Director, Rachel Carson Centre, LMU Munich University, Germany, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, USA, Kirsten Wehner, University of London, UK