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Abstract : Forests are a central figure in contemporary environmental thinking. In this context, they have the status of a global icon (Smouts 2001) which illustrates many of the salient features of anthropocenical debates. The simplification of their representation in the public space is matched only by their immense variability on a global scale, and the importance accorded to them by scientists concerned about their role in climate change is often summed up in a few key words. They are thus emblematic of the discrepancy between the individual and sensitive perception of global changes and that of scientific measurements, mediated by various instruments and relating to areas distant from the observer. This discrepancy is often at the heart of anthropocenic controversies. On the other hand, since forests have become a standard ideal of global environmental problems and their potential solutions, they have long overshadowed other biophysical objects that are essential for thinking about the future of the planet.
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Pierre Gautreau. Forêts. Dictionnaire critique de l'Anthropocène, 2020. ⟨halshs-02869247⟩



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