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.
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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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