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Fossil capital: the rise of steam power and the roots of global warming, by Andreas Malm, London and New York, Verso, 2016, 488 pp., £19.99 (paperback), ISBN 13: 978-1-78478-129-3

Fossil capital: the rise of steam power and the roots of global warming, by Andreas Malm, London... GREEN LETTERS: STUDIES IN ECOCRITICISM 215 Moore assures the reader that this is a continuing project, may constitute just one area for continuing investigation in a project whose affects have been felt by a global community of scholars. As ‘The end of cheap garbage may loom larger than the end of cheap resources,’ as frontiers and extra-human natures, as well as humans, are engulfed by the toxifying ‘world- ecology’ of neoliberal capitalism (305), interdisciplinary dialogue is not a luxury, but a necessity. The question remains as to whether a radical socialist ecopolitics through a more emancipatory and liberationist technics would even be enough to prevent continuing planetary damage, or if particular technological fixes within this more advanced mode of production might actually be necessary even in the event of capitalism’s collapse. The importance of theorisation and conversation around such topics will provoke scholarly critique, and Moore’s work will remain central to the terms of the debate. Notes 1. See, for example, the special issue of Green Letters, “Global and Postcolonial Ecologies” 16 (2012). Most recently, Moore’s work has featured in Combined and Uneven Development (2015) by WReC and in certain contributions to Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities (2015). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Green Letters Taylor & Francis

Fossil capital: the rise of steam power and the roots of global warming, by Andreas Malm, London and New York, Verso, 2016, 488 pp., £19.99 (paperback), ISBN 13: 978-1-78478-129-3

Green Letters , Volume 20 (2): 4 – May 3, 2016
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016, John Parham
ISSN
2168-1414
eISSN
1468-8417
DOI
10.1080/14688417.2016.1171495
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GREEN LETTERS: STUDIES IN ECOCRITICISM 215 Moore assures the reader that this is a continuing project, may constitute just one area for continuing investigation in a project whose affects have been felt by a global community of scholars. As ‘The end of cheap garbage may loom larger than the end of cheap resources,’ as frontiers and extra-human natures, as well as humans, are engulfed by the toxifying ‘world- ecology’ of neoliberal capitalism (305), interdisciplinary dialogue is not a luxury, but a necessity. The question remains as to whether a radical socialist ecopolitics through a more emancipatory and liberationist technics would even be enough to prevent continuing planetary damage, or if particular technological fixes within this more advanced mode of production might actually be necessary even in the event of capitalism’s collapse. The importance of theorisation and conversation around such topics will provoke scholarly critique, and Moore’s work will remain central to the terms of the debate. Notes 1. See, for example, the special issue of Green Letters, “Global and Postcolonial Ecologies” 16 (2012). Most recently, Moore’s work has featured in Combined and Uneven Development (2015) by WReC and in certain contributions to Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities (2015).

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Published: May 3, 2016

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