Dr George Iordachescu has just published a new article entitled ‘Becoming a Virgin Forest: From remote Sensing to Erasing Environmental History’ in Arcadia Spring 2021, no. 10
The virgin forests of the Southern Carpathian Mountains have attained world heritage status and are part of the EU’s strategy to fight climate change. But their discovery by science and environmental politics was aided by remote sensing and satellite imagery. In the process, these forests had to be reduced to a set of essentialised features, usually referring to age, scarcity and potential or imminent disappearance. The vast diversity of their ecology and history (both on a deep time scale and a human scale), has been brushed off at the intersection of scientific expertise and policymaking.
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