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ACTS OF LIFE: ECOLOGY AND POWER

Edward Burtynsky, Tyrone Mine #3, Silver City, New Mexico, USA, 2012, C-print, dimensions variable. © Edward Burtynsky.

IT’S HOT AND IT’S GETTING HOTTER. As the machinery of capital extraction, industrialism, and consumption refuses to relinquish its grip, temperatures rise and chemical hot zones spread. Tipping points threaten to alter the nature of the earth’s biosphere. But until that happens, and even after that happens, the shifts are not and will not be uniform. In reality, hot zones form like rain clouds over specific places. The New York Times recently reported that “changing weather patterns linked to rising global temperatures have resulted in a dearth of wind across northern China,” and this in turn is “exacerbating a wave of severe pollution that has been blamed for millions of premature deaths.” Just three years ago, a Chinese scientist described the pollution in Beijing as a nuclear winter. Not surprisingly, another neural accelerant is spreading—anxiety.

How are critical political

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