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Global Environmental History10,000 BC to AD 2000$
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Ian Simmons

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621583

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621583.001.0001

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A post-industrial era?

A post-industrial era?

(p.167) Chapter Five A post-industrial era?
Global Environmental History

I. G. Simmons

Edinburgh University Press

The trends noted in previous chapters have all intensified: there is more per capita energy use, with nuclear power added to the mix, more emissions and more material acquisition than ever before. The world has become a humanized habitat with few ecosystems that are independent of human activity. Even the great ‘wildernesses’ like Antarctica are showing the effects of impact in the accumulation of pesticides and the melting of ice. Although industrial nations' birth rates have slowed, many developing economies have high rates of population growth so leading to many unemployed young men. Only the devastations of HIV infection have slowed some of these increases. All this is mediated through a communications network of an immediacy and intnsoity never before experienced and in which digital electronics are key in ‘creating’ capital for projects affecting the environment and producing global-scale interactions. Visual media are especially important in conveying authority and replace the printed word of the previous era.

Keywords:   Nuclear power, Globalization, Climatic change, Population, Epidemics, Communications, Biotechnology

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