Climate, Environment, and Society in Northwest Greenland

Authored by: Mark Nuttall

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138782877
eBook ISBN: 9781315768946
Adobe ISBN: 9781317667964

10.4324/9781315768946.ch18

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Abstract

According to the most recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the average temperature on the Earth’s surface increased by 0.85° C between 1880 and 2012 (IPCC 2013, 2014). Climate scientists no longer appear hesitant to say that the warming observed in the past 50 years or more is attributed to human activities, particularly those activities related to the burning of fossil fuels. The Anthropocene does indeed seem an apt term to describe human influence on the planet and how we are implicated as agents of geophysical reconfiguration and climate change in our current environmental predicament.

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