In part 2 of the SPHERE interview, STS scholar Sabine Höhler discusses the planetary parallels between Earth system science and Spaceship Earth, as well as the latter’s influence on 1970s science fiction and similarities to scientific conceptualizations such as the Anthropocene and the ‘safe operating space for humanity’ of Planetary Boundaries fame. Also, Dr. Leah Aronowsky provides a pre-history of sorts, explaining how ecological research associated with nuclear testing in the South Pacific played a pivotal role in conceptualizing complex systems.

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