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Sola schola et sanitate: human capital as the root cause and priority for international development?

This paper summarizes new scientific evidence supporting the hypothesis that among the many factors contributing to international […]

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Yet another emerging global crisis- Homelessness

Before we discuss the global phenomenon of homelessness we need to understand one of the driving forces […]

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Improve contraception access to tackle wildlife crisis, urges campaign

Groups say expanding access to contraception can improve lives and help save wildlife. A UN-backed campaign has […]


Can we think in new ways about the existential human security risks driven by the climate crisis?

Note: This post is the foreword to a policy paper on existential climate and security risks released today by […]

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The UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm 1972 and the Interrelations between Intergovernmental Discourse Framing and Activist Influence

The UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm 1972 and the Interrelations between Intergovernmental Discourse Framing […]

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Extinction Rebellion Heathrow Disruption Proposal

An Extinction Rebellion team has proposed a pressure and movement building action in the context of the […]

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Catalysing mass commitment to transformational change

This is a presentation about how we can align to catalyse mainstream commitment to a life-affirming culture, […]

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Why Fiction Trumps Truth

We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods. […]

Crowding, Braces, and Sleep—Sandra Kahn and Paul Ehrlich—Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

What do braces or crowding in the mouth have to do with sleep? At first, you may […]


Men, don’t fear the snip – it’s the best way to share the burden of birth control

Vasectomies are suddenly unpopular, but in a heterosexual couple it’s a feminist action for a man to […]

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A Theory of Sapience: Using Systems Science to Understand the Nature of Wisdom and the Human Mind

Humanity faces what can only be called existential threats created by its own hands. We have cleverly […]


Biological and cognitive underpinnings of religious fundamentalism

Abstract Beliefs profoundly affect people’s lives, but their cognitive and neural pathways are poorly understood. Although previous […]


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. […]

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On Strategies for Socioecological Transformation

This article was originally published by Degrowth, 9 January 2019 In a recent post, a group of authors […]

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After Paris, Inequality, Fair Shares, and the Climate Emergency

 If we are to achieve the critical outcome of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, the wealthy […]

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Am I an Ant?

Recently came across this fascinating article about some ants’ medicinal prowess. Apparently the author concludes: “One of […]

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A Guide to Changing Someone Else’s Beliefs

Use the science of persuasion to your advantage. Changing minds is hard to do: When our most […]

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What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet. She […]

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Valuing the Resilience Dividend

Just months after I became president of The Rockefeller Foundation, New Orleans experienced one of the worst […]

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Kindness: An unsung climate change tool

When you think of climate change and community resilience, visions of seawalls, renewable energy projects and other physical things […]

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On Human Nature

“Human nature is seriously flawed. We must learn to control our deep-seated instincts. Without fundamental change in […]

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Changing Tack, An Ecological Account of My Life

Changing Tack is an inspirational account of one man’s quest to understand ecology and use it to […]

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A manifesto for theory in environmental studies and sciences

The interdiscipline of environmental studies and sciences (ESS) has emerged in response to the multiple and complex […]

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Why resilience is unappealing to social science: Theoretical and empirical investigations of the scientific use of resilience

Collaborating across disciplines often proves to be a vocabulary exercise, with the struggles of deciphering jargon all […]


#ECRPaper: Fertility decline and the changing dynamics of wealth, status and inequality

How do fertility, wealth, status and inequality relate to each other in the course of demographic transitions? […]