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Category: Environment

Why We Need New Stories on Climate

So much is happening, both wonderful and terrible – and it matters how we tell it. We can’t erase the bad news, but to ignore the good is the route to indifference or despair. Every […]

Family, Lifestyle, Property

The spheres of self-interest and morality are no longer separable — Andrew Van Wagner lays out some ideas about how we can save ourselves from global heating. It’s almost 2023—global heating is bearing down on […]

Our Duty to Our Distant Descendants

The moral philosopher, William MacAskill, gives most of his earnings to charity and in a striking new book argues that it’s our duty to ensure the wellbeing of our distant descendants. What MacAskill is arguing […]

Effective Altruism Goes Mainstream

It’s safe to say that effective altruism is no longer the small, eclectic club of philosophers, charity researchers, and do-gooders it was just a decade ago. It’s an idea, and group of people, with roughly […]

The Transition to Clean Energy

On August 16, 2022, American President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The IRA is the most meaningful climate bill ever passed in the US It has the potential to significantly […]

Climate of Optimism

The swiftness of action to halt and reverse the climate crisis will be stunning. And it gives me hope. Last summer, I posted a simple comment on Twitter that (as the kids say) blew up, […]

Can a Planet Have a Mind of Its Own?

“We don’t yet have the ability to communally respond in the best interests of the planet. There is intelligence on Earth, but there isn’t planetary intelligence.” If the collective activity of life—known as the biosphere—can […]

Animals Laugh Too

Every pet owner knows that animals love to play, but laughter seems reserved for humans, a few apes, and maybe a few birds good at mimicking humans and apes. As it turns out, according to […]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The competition, which is in its 57th year, awards 19 categories of wildlife photography, including behaviour, photojournalism, and portraiture. This year, the competition received 50,000 entries from photographers around the world. Judges looked for innovation, […]

The Best ‘Mascot’ for Long-Term Thinking?

Spend enough time in long-termist circles, and somebody will tell you a story about trees. What is it about trees and long-term thinking? There are plenty of inert objects that last beyond our lifetimes and […]

The Jungle Megacities of Cambodia

How Early Megacities Emerged From the Jungles of Cambodia and how instability, climate, and neglect drove their slow collapse. When I arrived in Phnom Penh during Cambodia’s dry season in January, I stumbled through the […]

Plants may Possess Intent

Research suggests that at least one type of plant – the french bean – may be more sentient than we give it credit for: namely, it may possess intent. The issue of whether or not […]