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Wolf Schäfer

This contribution revisits the dictum "history is the teacher of life" (historia magistra vitae) and shows that modern knowledge-societies are beginning to use their growing information about natural and human history to address present-day problems. Starting with Leopold von Ranke's refusal to investigate history for the benefit of learning from it, the essay cites two contemporary attempts at extracting useful knowledge from history: "real-world experiments" and "natural experiments." Wolfgang Krohn developed the former with collaborators in Bielefeld and Jared Diamond features the latter.

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Bret Gustafson, Francesco Carpanini, Martin Kalb, James Giblin, Sarah Besky, Patrick Gallagher, Andrew Curley, Jen Gobby, and Ryan Anderson

, Owain Jones reframes rural nature in relation to ecocide as a way to foster new practices related to urban spaces. Isabelle Hajek and Jean-Pierre Lévy, in the following chapter, introduce urban ecology with respect to its conceptual framework and public

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Richard Widick and John Foran

Agreement). Others spoke of the outcome as the prelude to planetary ecocide. For Shannon Biggs (2011) of Global Exchange: “On the final scheduled day of negotiations in Durban, the UNFCCC stunned even seasoned observers with a plan tantamount to genocide