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Climate is an enduring idea of the human mind and also a powerful one. Today, the idea of climate is most commonly associated with the discourse of climate-change and its scientific, political, economic, social, religious and ethical dimensions. However, to understand adequately the cultural politics of climate-change it is important to establish the different origins of the idea of climate itself and the range of historical, political and cultural work that the idea of climate accomplishes. In Weathered: Cultures of Climate, distinguished professor Mike Hulme opens up the many ways in which the idea of climate is given shape and meaning in different human cultures – how climates are historicized, known, changed, lived with, blamed, feared, represented, predicted, governed and, at least putatively, re-designed.

Changing Climates
Changing Climates
Introduction

Noah’s Flood is a salient account of what might be called a global climatic catastrophe: the flooding of the world and the near extinction of humanity. The Flood is present in the sacred texts of Jews, Christians and Muslims, but echoes of similar mythological accounts of the survival challenges which confronted nascent human societies are also found in many other early civilisational histories. At the beginning of the eighteenth century in early Enlightenment Europe, a number of scholars expounded on the causes and consequences of the biblical Flood. One of these, an Italian philosopher by the name of Antonio Vallisneri (1661−1730), was particularly interested in the effects of the Flood upon global climate. In a treatise published in 1721, Dei corpi ...

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