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Environmental alarmism has long been a political bellwether. Tell me what you think about the green apocalypse, and I'll tell you where you stand on the issues. But as the environmental heydays of the 1970s move into perspective, the time has come for a reassessment. Horror scenarios create a legacy whose effects have largely escaped attention. Based on case studies from four continents and the North Atlantic, ExploringApocalyptica argues for a reevaluation of familiar cliches. It shows that environmentalists were less apocalyptic than commonly thought, and other groups were far more enthusiastic. It traces an interconnection with Cold War fears and economic depressions and demonstrates how alarmism faced limits in the Global South. It also suggests that past horror scenarios impose constraints on ongoing debates. At a time when climate change turns from a scenario into an experienced reality, this book charts paths for an age that may have already moved beyond the peak apocalypse.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction. The apocalyptic moment : writing about environmental alarmism / Frank Uekötter Power, politics, and protecting the forests : scares about wood shortages and deforestation in early modern German states / Bernd-Stefan Grewe Grassroots apocalypticism : the great upcoming air pollution disaster in postwar America / Frank Uekötter "A computer's vision of doomsday" : on the history of the 1972 study The limits to growth / Patrick Kupper and Elke Sefried The sum of all German fears : forest death, environmental activism, and the media in 1980s Germany / Frank Uekötter and Kenneth Anders The endangered Amazon Rain Forest in the age of ecological crisis / Kevin Niebauer Greenpeace and the Brent Spar campaign : a platform for several truths / Anna-Katharina Wöbse A landscape of multiple emergencies : narratives of the Dal Lake in Kashmir / Shalini Panjabi The Adivasi versus Coca-Cola : a local environmental conflict and its global resonance / Bernd-Stefan Grewe.
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