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Contemporary environmental crises place formidable demands on the creative arts when it comes to how they might engage, articulate, and interrogate their kaleidoscopic complexities and implications. Electronic literary works featuring topics of climate, infrastructure, and nonhuman agency are in a promising position here, for their recasting of extent literary and poetic traditions are achieved using the architectures of contemporary digital computing and communications infrastructure. These technologies are involved not just in the detection and mapping of a rapidly degrading environment, via globalised networks of digital sensors, but their developmental histories and continued functioning are implicated fundamentally in both embedding and perpetuating its varied effects. This paper examines the capacities and potentials of electronic literature to creatively interrogate these aspects. It discusses a selection of works, including those from the author's own practice, that engage not only the most evident questions of digital technology in the context of environmental sensing, but which deploy their literary attributes to establish modes of sense-making that reach beyond the peripheries of data-driven eco-discourse.