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Climate CulturesAnthropological Perspectives on Climate Change$
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Jessica Barnes and Michael R Dove

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198812

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198812.001.0001

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The Many Uses of Climate Change

(p.289) Afterword
Climate Cultures

Mike Hulme

Yale University Press

This afterword draws together insights from all of the chapters around themes of causation, representation, and instrumentalism. It explores the role of climate as an index, as embodied in the term climatic change, versus climate as an agent, as in the term climate change. In the former, climate is a descriptor of change; in the latter, it is a cause of change. This distinction signifies an underlying debate over the balance between human and natural agency.

Keywords:   Climate change causation, Climate change representation, Climate change instrumentation, Climate as index, Climate as agent, Climate change and human agency

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