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Climatography for the Anthropocene

D. R. Coen: Climate in motion: science, empire, and the problem of scale. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018, 464pp, $40.00 HB
  • Martin MahonyEmail author
Review Essay

The trouble with climate change is, arguably, its scale. And by ‘scale’, we can mean various things—its magnitude, as a monumental geophysical event whose significance has led some to posit ‘the Anthropocene’ as a new epoch of human geological forcing (Lorimer 2017); its troubling temporality, which poses new challenges for how we collectively reckon with geological pasts, deep futures and intergenerational justice (White 2017); and its complex spatialities, which knit together local acts of consumption, global geophysical processes and re-localised ‘impacts’ of a globally shifting climatic regime, not to mention tussles over the appropriate scale—national, sub-national and supra-national—at which political energy should be expended (Jónsdóttir 2013). All of these variants of ‘scale’—force, time and space—have been captured in Timothy Morton’s description of climate change as a ‘hyperobject’, something that is so temporally and spatially vast that it is “almost impossible to hold in...



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  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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