ecological crisis

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A state of human-induced ecological disorder that could lead to the destruction of this planet's ecosystem to the extent that human life will at least be seriously impaired for generations, if not destroyed. Evidence to suggest that this crisis has already been reached includes deforestation, increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and current rates of energy use; see C. Merchant (1989). Prudham (2003) AAAG93, 3 suggests that the destruction of particular natures under capitalism results not in absolute or final limits, but in ongoing political struggle over the social (re)production of new natures, for renewed accumulation and broader societal goals.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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