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George Holmes

Planetary changes associated with the Anthropocene challenge longestablished ideas and approaches within biodiversity conservation, such as wilderness, wildness, native and exotic species, species and ecosystem diversity, and what counts as success in biodiversity conservation. This article reviews and analyzes how the Anthropocene is being used within the literature on biodiversity conservation. It finds that the idea of a new epoch has been used to frame a broad range of new approaches and concepts to understanding and stemming the loss of biodiversity. These new ideas are diverse and sometimes contradictory, embracing a range of ethical values and positions. Yet the term Anthropocene is not widely used within the biodiversity conservation literature. Despite the cross-disciplinary nature of the Anthropocene, interdisciplinary research on these new concepts and approach is rare, and the insights of the humanities are almost entirely absent. Debates about conservation in the Anthropocene are a continuation of long-running controversies within conservation, such as how it should relate to human development, and over the concept of wilderness. Overall, this review demonstrates that the literature on biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene is not well established, is both diverse and new, while echoing longstanding debates in conservation, and it indicates the direction such literature might take in future.

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Returning to Nature

Post-carbon Utopias in Svalbard, Norway

Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard

While industrial closures in past decades were legitimized through an emphasis on economic motives, current closures are often framed within an emphasis on ‘green transition’, that is, through prefigurative discourses about post-carbon futures. This article discusses how the prefigurative transition framework reshapes the industrialization narrative, seeking to bridge the anthropology of energy and theories of performance. By paying attention to how ‘proclaimed transition’ is envisioned, narrated, and performed, the article explores the ways in which transition in Svalbard is spectacularly dramatized by the dismantling of the Svea coal mines, accompanied by the ‘returning to nature’ of the area. The article analyzes this ‘returning’ as a social drama of our anthropogenic times, demonstrating how landscape and nature are made key entities in performances of post-carbon utopia(s).

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Veronica Davidov

management, known as SRM) and rewilding. I conclude by calling for a deeper exploration of the ways in which the nexus of knowledge production around nature as an infinite meta-resource of intellectual inspiration, as is the case with biomimicry

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Natalie Bump Vena, Paige Dawson, Thomas De Pree, Sarah Hitchner, George Holmes, Sudarshan R Kottai, Daniel J Murphy, Susan Paulson, Victoria C. Ramenzoni, and Kathleen Smythe

, “Western” societies—the book does not really engage with how this is unequally distributed between and within societies. Wapner prescribes rewilding as a way of letting some wildness back into the world and into our lives, to lower our environmental

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Mobilities and the Multinatural

A Test Case in India

Thomas Birtchnell

(foxes) or both (bats). Wilderness and rewilding in the urban commons has become a concern for those thinkers who problematize “nature” as always incompatible with cosmopolitan modernity. 12 In some instances in the Global South, however, there are

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Ștefan Dorondel, Stelu Şerban, and Marian Tudor

. Notes 1 We thank the reviewers for drawing our attention to this aspect. 2 We thank the reviewers for asking us to make this point clearer throughout the article. 3 Most authors include rewilding in ecological restoration. However, here we do not

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Brendon M. H. Larson

Pleistocene rewilding ( Donlan et al. 2006 ) and assisted colonization ( McLachlan et al. 2007 ). But an emerging nexus for this shift is the concept of novel ecosystems (CNE, see Hobbs et al. 2006 , 2009 , 2013a ), a novel ecosystem (NE) being defined as

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Contemporary Megaprojects

An Introduction

Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

debated ethically, or it can be understood as a design praxis and method. Moreover, there are several practices—such as a strand of geoengineering known as SRM and the practice of trophic rewilding—that might not officially be categorized as biomimetic but

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Civilization as the Undesired World

Radical Environmentalism and the Uses of Dystopia in Times of Climate Crisis

Stine Krøijer

place for ‘rewilding’ themselves. This makes activists in the camp slightly different from the more hard-nosed homesteaders and primitivists described by Austdal, who seem to focus all their efforts on creating and maintaining ‘wilderness’ as a time

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No One Can Hold It Back

The Theopolitics of Water and Life in Chilean Patagonia without Dams

Carlota McAllister

, opening roads, and killing native predators were also anathema to conservationists. PSR thus tended to ignore or even belittle Cochranino concerns about the project. This insult was compounded by the purchase and rewilding of the property formed in the