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Technology dependent commons
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3221-5818
2019 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons, Taylor and Francis , 2019, p. 308-318Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Many commons are central to our existence. The air, the water and the forest, to name but a few, are commons necessary for survival, and we value them as crucial parts of life on earth. When they are compromised, polluted or deteriorated in some way, they cannot serve us and our normal way of life is threatened. Often this is due to technological change and the expansion of humanity, two things tightly coupled. The shrinking of forests in the Roman Empire was connected to the enlargement of the territory and high demand for wood for building and cooking. The London smog, a result of industrialization and the growth of coal burning factories, from time to time made it most difficult to breathe and caused deaths. The acidification of present-day seas, that poses unprecedented threats to the salt waters of the world, is part of climate change and the increased amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Climate change in turn is anthropogenic and the so-called Great Acceleration of our impact after the 1950s has been made possible through science and technology (Steffen et al. 2007). 

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Taylor and Francis , 2019. p. 308-318
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-252122DOI: 10.4324/9781315162782Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062110439OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-252122DiVA, id: diva2:1317679
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Available from: 2019-05-23 Created: 2019-05-23 Last updated: 2019-10-15Bibliographically approved

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