RSSIssue 21.3

Some Worries about Ecological-Humanitarian Intervention and Ecological Defense

| September 2007
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Eckersley’s arguments for pre-emptive ecological-humanitarian intervention and ecological defense are intriguing. However, the delicacy of these scenarios requires careful attention to the feasibility and overall benefits of the usage of military force in the prevention of crimes against nature.

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Ecological Intervention in Defense of Species

| September 2007
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Though there is much to engage with throughout the article, I shall only focus on one small part of it: the viability of military or legal intervention, in cases that are tentatively described as “crimes against nature.” This is due to the difficulties posed by a non-anthropocentric and non-instrumental approach.

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Ecological Intervention and Anthropocene Ethics

| September 2007
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Robyn Eckersley’s elegant and eloquent argument concerning the limits of “ecological intervention” is constrained by the scope of what is included in her definition of environmental emergency, by what might be in need of protection, and also by what is conventionally understood by notions of intervention related to states and sovereign territory.

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On Not Being Green about Ecological Intervention

| September 2007
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“I am sympathetic to Eckersley’s assessment of the importance of these problems, but there are certain implications of her (albeit qualified) endorsement of ecological intervention that are worth exploring.”

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Ecological Intervention: Prospects and Limits [Full Text]

| September 2007
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This essay seeks to extend the already controversial debate about humanitarian intervention by exploring the morality, legality, and legitimacy of ecological intervention and its corollary, ecological defense.

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The Politics of PEPFAR: The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief [Full Text]

| September 2007
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In his January 2003 State of the Union Address, President Bush called for the U.S to commit $15 billion over five years to address the international HIV/AIDS epidemic. For several reasons, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) caught many people by surprise. The surprise quickly was followed by excitement, tempered by skepticism.

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