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Deforestation is showing difficult to counter, despite public concern (Image: Eduardo Martino)

Not even close to being anti-science, environmentalism may be the future in an enormous amount of finite assets and global challenges, concludes Joachim Radkau in Age Ecology

It's a new Enlightenment, a lodestar for the intellectual and political existence these days. Not even close to being romantic, anti-science and anti-progress, environmentalism may be the future in an enormous amount of finite assets and global challenges. So concludes Age Ecology, a pioneering and highly readable history. Curing 18th-century reductionism, the essential insight of the make of environmentalism is the fact that "things are linked to anything else", an expression popularised by seventies US ecologist Craig Commoner.

As is appropriate for this modern, author Joachim Radkau isn't any dispassionate outsider. He confesses in the beginning that since his youth he felt ecology was his movement. But neither is he a firebrand or doomsayer, and the range and scholarship are impressive.

His narrative begins with diarist John Evelyn's diatribes against 17th-century London smogs, and also the French Romantic painter Henri Rousseau's evocations of character like a wild paradise. He tracks 19th-century concerns that character needed protection, resulting in the invention of nature and early eco-friendly lifestyle actions for example vegetarianism. And that he notes the twentieth-century cult of backwoods and the significance of the nineteen thirties American dust bowl, in which a "desert around the march" grew to become symbolic of emerging global environment challenges.

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