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Debates over nature: the question of environmental change in Hungarian science

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Room H
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Monday, 31 August 2015
17.15 – 19.00
Keywords:
environmental change, environmental controversy, Hungary, science history

In this paper I will analyse several scientific controversies in the Hungarian science history concerning the change of the environment: debates over the relationship between coal mining and karst hydrological problems in the Transdanubian Mountains, water quality and water level of the Lake Balaton, the relationship between water regulation and climatic changes in the Great Hungarian Plain, building of hydropower-plants and environmental change in the Szigetköz region. The aspects of the investigation will be the following: the participants (or rather knowledge communities) in the debates, their position, their scientific background: viewpoints, arguments and resources; the historical-societal context shaping the controversies; and the ruling and clashing ideas about environmental change and nature. After summarising these controversies I draw some conclusions and highlight the parallels between the debates of the past and the present as well.

Ferenc Jankó
University of West-Hungary
Hungary
frk [at] ktk.nyme.hu

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