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Galactic Panspermia

Abstract: We present an analytic model to estimate the total number of rocky or icy objects that could […]

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky explains how the United States is committing ‘a form of criminality with literally no historical antecedent’

In a new interview with MIT Press, famed linguist and political thinker Noam Chomsky offered brief thoughts on the […]

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Pessimism on the Food Front

Abstract: Virtually all trends, biophysical and socioeconomic, suggest that levels of hunger, already high, will only increase […]

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The perils of short-termism: Civilization’s greatest threat

For many of us currently in adulthood, how often can we truly say we are thinking about […]

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What Collected Behavior Creates Sustainability

“Global Sustainability is determined by the collected behavior of 7 billion people. This behavior must be determined […]


Why Climate Change and Social Justice Must be Addressed Separately

The following paragraph is from “Climate Policy After the Yellow Vests” (Dissent, spring 2019) by Colin Kinniburgh. […]


Hard Choices: Green New Deal and SA Climate Ready

This past February, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office released an updated version of her Green New Deal bill. The […]

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Empowering Personal Green Deals: Legislating the Prevention of U.S. Unintended Pregnancies

Averting environmental and social costs Envision any woman – or man – in the United States being […]

Authoritarian governments | Wikipedia 
Authoritarianism has reemerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world — a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge. And we have no idea how to confront it.

The strongmen strike back

Authoritarianism has reemerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world — a profound ideological, as […]

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Climate and Controversy

As a locus for fact-finding and evaluating competing claims while the political branchesare deadlocked, the courtroom can […]


Anand Giridharadas Delivers a Harsh Message to Rich Techie Philanthropists

During a panel on the need for a more democratic approach to philanthropy, Giridharadas said our age of “extraordinary elite […]

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The Eradication of Diphtheria Tetanus

The Eradication of Diphtheria Tetanus is Michael Tobias’ newly released play. The United States is well into […]

Off the grid, but on the up. Tinginaput, India by Abbie Trayler-Smith, Panos Pictures, DFID | Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Cascading biases against poorer countries

Sivan Kartha, et al. respond to the Robiou du Pont, et al. (2016) article Equitable mitigation to […]

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In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that […]


The Theoretical Individual

Imagination, Ethics and the Future of Humanity From the publisher: How can the one influence the many? […]

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Where to? Genetic Engineering —Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO, Synthetic Life and Bioethics

Authors Gioietta Kuo and Lane Jennings consider the different directions the future could push genetic modification research, […]

Balancing Act by Colin Harris | Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Fairly sharing 1.5

National fair shares of a 1.5 °C-compliant global mitigation effort What do national-level fair shares look like […]

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Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene: An emerging paradigm

Editors Brown and Timmerman bring together a comprehensive look at the origins of ecological economic, how the […]

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Biological Extinction | Paul R. Ehrlich

How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend Paul R. Ehrlich presents during the workshop […]

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Ecoethics: Now Central to All Ethics

Paul R. Ehrlich considers how the intra- and inter-generational issues central to ecoethics run ubiquitously through human […]

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The Rise of an Ecomissionary Philosophical Movement

“Nearly a half century after Dana Meadows, Edward Goldsmith, Paul Ehrlich, and other environmental prophets first warned […]

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Carbon Trading: Unethical, Unjust and Ineffective?

In their article Carbon Trading: Unethical, Unjust and Ineffective? from 2011, Simon Caney and Cameron Hepburn critically examined some […]

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Why I Admire Jains

Like most students of philosophy and religion, I have long been aware of Jainism, but my personal […]