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Lecture 35

PHIL 1180 Lecture 35: The Anthropocene

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PHIL 1180
Ronald Sandler

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Lecture 35 — The Anthropocene News and Events: UCSC researchers — rise in mosquito population due to urbanization and no more use of DDT habitat destruction increases mosquito population Energy Transfer Partners are still going through with the pipeline and ignore the federal agencies statement they are going to build it anyway without rerouting it they are willing to pay the fine to do it how much will it cost? the corporation is liable, not the people in the corporation kind of like protection for the people. Wind turbine syndrome has psychological effects on people — causes depression Review: Ethics of mitigation (mitigation is ethically preferable to adaptation and compensation) Evaluating mitigation you have to think about what has to occur in the world for that to be accomplished just bc it is a way to mitigate doesn't mean it is good. nuclear — when you triple nuclear you triple nuclear waste biofuels — what are the ecological costs? clearing space, displacing food. win-win strategies are more cultural strategies than technological strategies (behavioral). behavioral can also be bad registry of everyone so they can only travel leisurely 2 times a year. win-win strategies can be technological too how do they impact peoples choices and autonomy? are they short term or long term? The “Anthropocene" 2 things a term human + age Informal use — has become enormously popular. used to refer to high levels of human impacts on the environment that are pervasive and long lasting. short hand for referring to large scale human impacts on the environment. Formal use — Scientific term. Being explored by geological scientist. whether or not we have entered a new geological period of the earths history. period defined by human impacts on the environment. Should we use this term? it is a useful term — short hand for large scale human impacts makes it clear how large the impacts are it is a problematic term 1. humans are not the whole story (there are other things going on— robust natural processes) — overstates the extent of our impact and control
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