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New book from Cockerill et al., Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions (Springer, 2017)

http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319528236

Updated: April 20 2017

Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions, by K. Cockerill, M. Armstrong, J. Richter, J. Okie.
ISBN: 978-3-319-52823-6

This interdisciplinary book challenges current approaches to “environmental problems” that perpetuate flawed but deeply embedded cultural beliefs about the role of science and technology in society. The authors elucidate and interrogate a cultural history of solutionism that typifies expectations that science can, should, and will reduce risk to people and property by containing and controlling biophysical phenomena. Using historical analysis, eco-evolutionary principles, and case studies on floods, radioactive waste, and epidemics, the authors show that perceived solutions to “environmental problems” generate new problems, leading to problem-solution cycles of increasing scope and complexity. The authors encourage readers to challenge the ideology of solutionism by considering the potential of language, social action and new paradigms of sustainability to shape management systems.