Synthesis and engagement: critical geography and the biotechnology century
It's the Christmas break as I type these words and I've got a few things on the go. First, with my building empty and the students all gone home I'm trying to write some new introductory lectures on human - environment relations for a second semester course I teach. The lecture writing is proving a lot of fun (to my surprise), not least because it's allowed me to read through an accumulated pile of geographical work on such diverse topics as deforestation, environmental security, and the economics of climate change which has been sitting on my desk for far too long. Some, though by no means all, of this work is very good and it has got me thinking for the umpteenth time about a venerable question that David Stoddart (1987) restated forcefully over a decade ago: what, if anything, can geographers contribute to humanity's understanding of the major environmental issues of the day?