Consilience Considers Archives - State of the Planet

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Colonialism is at the Root of the Diabetes Epidemic in the Pacific Islands

People across the Pacific Islands are suffering from an alarming diabetes epidemic. To solve it, we must confront the legacies and remnants of colonialism.

by Chloe Schneewind |June 19, 2020
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How Ecotourism Can Harm Indigenous Communities

The lack of a clear set rules for ecotourism means it’s often not as sustainable as it sounds.

by Arooba Ahmed |June 2, 2020
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Why We Need Climate Stoicism to Overcome Climate Despair

The immediate and apocalyptic stakes of climate change can be overwhelming to the point of despair. Can we stay motivated by clinging to optimism, or are we better off accepting the value of a partial victory?

by Max Goodman |May 19, 2020
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An Atomic Catch 22: Climate Change and the Decline of America’s Nuclear Fleet

Nuclear energy currently generates a majority of America’s carbon-free electricity. It is an energy source that we cannot afford to keep — and also cannot afford to lose.

by Eric Scheuch |May 5, 2020

Urban Farms: Growing Community Across the Five Boroughs

While urban agriculture is often praised for promoting sustainable growing techniques, one of its most important qualities is its encouragement of social connections and civic engagement.

by Lydia Wood-Hull |March 11, 2020

Gentrification vs. Sustainable Neighborhood Development in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Two futures exist for this neighborhood: one of gentrification and luxury real estate, the other of environmental justice, job growth and opportunities for people whose families have called Sunset Park home for generations.

by Neely McKee |February 27, 2020

Coronavirus Response Shows the World Is Not Ready for Climate-Induced Pandemics

The outbreak in China shows we still have a lot to learn when it comes to dealing with global pandemics, which are expected to increase due to climate change.

by Jennifer Zhang |February 24, 2020

Framing the Climate Crisis as a Terrorism Issue Could Galvanize Action

A student argues that underlining global warming’s threats to national security could increase the sense of urgency and free up funding to take action.

by Jennifer Zhang |February 6, 2020

So, Is Organic Food Actually More Sustainable?

Ultimately, sustainable food production is a tradeoff between optimizing yield and minimizing environmental degradation.

by Naomi Zimmerman |February 5, 2020
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Lies of the Bamboo Toothbrush: The Plastic Industry’s Perverse Greenwashing

How ploys like bioplastic and anti-litterbug campaigns help to protect the true culprits of plastic pollution.

by |November 11, 2019