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Genealogies of Earth System thinking

In the first half of the 20th century, the Earth was already envisioned as a system of interacting parts intertwined with human cultural evolution. Historical sources of Earth Systems thinking can still be relevant in light of current and future trajectories, and may offer insights to inform and rethink present-day discourses and strategies.

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The author acknowledges the support of Department 1 of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and, in particular, colleagues of the research group “Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene.”

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Rispoli, G. Genealogies of Earth System thinking. Nat Rev Earth Environ 1, 4–5 (2020).

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