restricted access 16. The Death of Nature in the Era of Global Warming

This chapter explores how global discourses of climate change are to be understood in relationship to the ordinary lives of the inhabitants of the silt islands on the Jamuna river in Northern Bangladesh. The author excavates visions of the death of nature among her interlocutors, positing such visions as one way to gauge how the perception of the climate as changing may be taking hold.  Given the current emphasis within the social science literature on climate change on the necessity for "adaptation" to changing, in many cases worsening, climate conditions, she asks if the imagination of decay of the natural world may constitute an adaptation.