When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries (by Alice Damiano)

Being a fellow of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting on the Anthropocene, i.e. the current epoch in which human activities are significantly impacting the environment (see, for example, here). I think about this most of the time, both as a graduate student, and as […]

The fantasy world of Planet Earth II (by Sam Bliss)

Last night I watched the “Jungles” episode of Planet Earth II with my brother. This is the award-winning 2016 follow-up to the award-winning British nature documentary Planet Earth, from a decade earlier. Before I criticize the show harshly, I want to make clear that I loved watching it. […]

Communicating Ethics in the Anthropocene: Video assignments (by Aditya Jain & Carly Steben)

The Fall 2017 student-led seminar Ethics and Cosmology for a Mutually Enhancing Human-Earth Relationship allowed students to reflect on the role of Ethics in the Anthropocene (the syllabus is available here). Students were encouraged to adopt creative formats for their final assignments, and here we share with you the […]

Can we Certify Environmentally Responsible Agriculture?: A challenge for Science and Policy (by Ben Dubé)

Agriculture as practiced today is arguably the greatest threat to the earth system, so it’s no surprise that many people want to support an ecologically and socially responsible agriculture. But how do we define it? On the consumer side, certification and product labeling has become a primary mechanism. […]