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Climate Knowledge: Assemblage, Anticipation, Action

ByKirsten Hastrup

C limate is not new on the anthropological agenda; it has been imma-nent in ethnographic descriptions since the early days of anthropology. Immanence is a key word here, because, until fairly recently, climate was seen mainly as a basic condition of social life (Hastrup 2013a). In contrast, the contemporary phenomenon of climate change is a relatively new item on the human agenda, refl ecting the fact that it became prominent on the global, political agenda only a couple of decades ago. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports have been instrumental in this, with fi ve reports to date-the fi rst in 1990, the second in 1995, the third in 2001, the fourth in 2007, and the fi fth in 2013. The messages from these reports have gained momentum over the years and are now seen as (more or less) incontrovertible within an otherwise very diversifi ed fi eld of climate research. Among the fi ndings are far-reaching environmental changes around the globe, projected for both a near and a more distant future.