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Brazil in the Anthropocene

Conflicts between predatory development and environmental policies

Edited by Liz-Rejane Issberner, Philippe Léna

© 2017 – Routledge

368 pages

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Description

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.

Reviews

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

Table of Contents

Anthropocene in Brazil: an inquiry into development

obsession and policy limits

PHILIPPE LÉNA AND LIZ-REJANE ISSBERNER

PART I

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

JEAN-PIERRE LEROY

PART II

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?

LEONARDO MELGAREJO

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

PART III

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?

LADISLAU DOWBOR

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

About the Series

Routledge Environmental Humanities

The Routledge Environmental Humanities series is an original and inspiring venture recognising that today’s world agricultural and water crises, ocean pollution and resource depletion, global warming from greenhouse gases, urban sprawl, overpopulation, food insecurity and environmental justice are all crises of culture.

The reality of understanding and finding adaptive solutions to our present and future environmental challenges has shifted the epicenter of environmental studies away from an exclusively scientific and technological framework to one that depends on the human-focused disciplines and ideas of the humanities and allied social sciences.

We thus welcome book proposals from all humanities and social sciences disciplines for an inclusive and interdisciplinary series. We favour manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. The readership comprises scholars and students from the humanities and social sciences and thoughtful readers concerned about the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk) 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

Series Editors:

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.

Editorial Board

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, Paul Warde, University of Cambridge, UK, 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, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Deborah Bird Rose, University of New South Wales, Australia, 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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUS099000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy