Why “habitability?”

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Inhabiting the Anthropocene

Environmentalism has plenty of buzzwords already–sustainability and resiliency come right to mind. Does it make sense to propose another? In a sense that is what we are doing by making habitability the focus of this blog. In this initial post I’d like to try to suggest why that theme is worth exploring—with the acknowledgment from the outset that its content is not well developed.

In a very obvious way discussions of the Anthropocene immediately raise the question of

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