TORCH Environmental Humanities Research Hub

In our current social landscape, climate change is perhaps the most pressing issue affecting societies on a global scale. This urgency is deeply felt in literature and the arts and is shaping research in philosophy and history. As Elizabeth M DeLoughrey explains, our “increasing awareness of climate change is catalyzing new imaginaries”. History offers numerous examples of major climate events, which not only help us to understand what is exceptional about the current situation but also to find models of resilience. Habitat loss and the catastrophic decline of the world’s wildlife are brought into sharp relief by studying the rich biodiversity of previous centuries.

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