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The Resource Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism, Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism, Jacob Darwin Hamblin

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Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism
Title
Arming Mother Nature
Title remainder
the birth of catastrophic environmentalism
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Jacob Darwin Hamblin
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Language
eng
Summary
When most Americans think of environmentalism, they think of the political left, of vegans dressed in organic-hemp fabric, lofting protest signs. In reality, writes Jacob Darwin Hamblin, the movement - and its dire predictions - owe more to the Pentagon than the counterculture. In Arming Mother Nature, Hamblin argues that military planning for World War III essentially created "catastrophic environmentalism": the idea that human activity might cause global natural disasters. This awareness, Hamblin shows, emerged out of dark ambitions, as governments poured funds into environmental science after World War II, searching for ways to harness natural processes--to kill millions of people. Proposals included the use of nuclear weapons to create artificial tsunamis or melt the ice caps to drown coastal cities; setting fire to vast expanses of vegetation; and changing local climates. Oxford botanists advised British generals on how to destroy enemy crops during the war in Malaya; American scientists attempted to alter the weather in Vietnam. This work raised questions that went beyond the goal of weaponizing nature. By the 1980s, the C.I.A. was studying the likely effects of global warming on Soviet harvests. "Perhaps one of the surprises of this book is not how little was known about environmental change, but rather how much, " Hamblin writes. Driven initially by strategic imperatives, Cold War scientists learned to think globally and to grasp humanity's power to alter the environment. "We know how we can modify the ionosphere, " nuclear physicist Edward Teller proudly stated. "We have already done it." Teller never repented. But many of the same individuals and institutions that helped the Pentagon later warned of global warming and other potential disasters. Brilliantly argued and deeply researched, Arming Mother Nature changes our understanding of the history of the Cold War and the birth of modern environmental science.--
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Hamblin, Jacob Darwin
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non fiction
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  • Environmental policy
  • Environmentalism
  • Environmental sciences
  • Disasters
  • War
  • Military planning
  • Cold War
  • Nature
  • Global environmental change
  • United States
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Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism, Jacob Darwin Hamblin
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-286) and index
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nc
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Total War and Catastrophic Environmentalism -- Part One. Pathways of Nature -- The Natural Vulnerability of Civilizations -- Bacteria, Radiation, and Crop Destruction in War Planning -- Ecological Invasions and Convulsions -- Part Two. Forces of Nature -- Earth Under Surveillance -- Acts of God and Acts of Man -- Wildcat Ideas for Environmental Warfare -- Part Three. Gatekeepers of Nature -- The Doomsday Men -- Vietnam and the Seeds of Destruction -- The Terroristic Science of Environmental Modification -- Adjustment or Extinction -- Conclusion: The Miracle of Survival
Control code
FIEb17865177
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 298 pages
Isbn
9780199740055
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)795177476
Label
Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism, Jacob Darwin Hamblin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-286) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Total War and Catastrophic Environmentalism -- Part One. Pathways of Nature -- The Natural Vulnerability of Civilizations -- Bacteria, Radiation, and Crop Destruction in War Planning -- Ecological Invasions and Convulsions -- Part Two. Forces of Nature -- Earth Under Surveillance -- Acts of God and Acts of Man -- Wildcat Ideas for Environmental Warfare -- Part Three. Gatekeepers of Nature -- The Doomsday Men -- Vietnam and the Seeds of Destruction -- The Terroristic Science of Environmental Modification -- Adjustment or Extinction -- Conclusion: The Miracle of Survival
Control code
FIEb17865177
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 298 pages
Isbn
9780199740055
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)795177476

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