Category: OpEd

Hope in the Face of Nature’s Fury

Some topics in the news can be harder to stomach than others. Natural hazards are a fact of life because of the dynamic and changing planet we live on, but there are times when studying natural disasters pushes people to the brink because the impact on human life is inescapable.

Hope in Our Final Hour

As the world shifts around us, we face one last chance to turn it all around. We’re uniquely suited to face this challenge; all we need now is the courage to act.

Traveling for Change

Increased opportunities for education, travel and cultural exchanges can unite our planet.

Our Deadened, Carbon-Soaked Seas

Originally Published by NYTimes Ocean and coastal waters around the world are beginning to tell a disturbing story. Topic: Oceans

The Ethics of Traditional Knowledge Exchange in Climate Change Initiatives

An essay exploring the ethical philosophy behind Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives.

The Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

Originally Published by New York Times Op-Ed It’s not just the heat; it’s also the humidity. Together, they can be lethal, even if the heat doesn’t seem quite so extreme. Topic: Weather

Learning to See the Forest for the Trees: Using a Health Index to Communicate Change

Public perception of what constitutes a “healthy” forest influences support (or lack thereof) for management policies, yet accessible, regional information about forest conditions is not always readily available. A new index helps address this gap.

Why Indigenous Voices Matter

Peoples of the Arctic hunted polar bears, using their fur and flesh for clothing and food, and weave the creatures throughout their cultural narratives. Bear populations are now declining as a result of environmental changes. Image Credit: Susanne Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Native voices are important. Our lifeways are tied to local surroundings, making us the first environmental refugees, and our cultural stories have embraced sustainability long before the term entered public discourse. To add your voice, consider a submission to an Earthzine theme about Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Change.

Science, Science Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink: Three Solutions for an Outdated System

Scientific research should be primarily driven by the need to serve society. This article focuses on water as an example, although the solutions proposed could apply to many other fields.

Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting: An Insider’s Perspective

The icebreaker reception of the conference at the University of Leeds. Image Credit: Author

Members of the Palaeontological Association gathered in Leeds, United Kingdom, for an annual reunion. With talks and posters to satisfy every palaeo-taste, it was a meeting to remember.