ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT

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How can a civilization teach itself how to die?

Chronicles of a fading-out civilization

The apocalypse is here; it’s just unfolding in an unexpected way. How can a civilization teach itself how to die?

Synthetic biology might feed us

BEYOND MEAT

Natural resources will never be enough to feed us all, and moving humankind to another planet is not an option yet. Synthetic biology could help us feed our growing population without destroying Earth – or forcing us out of it.

LONG STORY SHORT

Do we really care about the Anthropocene?

A quick-and-complete overview of our current geological era which is becoming heavily impacted by human behavior.

The failure of a system

Who is responsible for the climate crisis?

The crisis we are experiencing is not the failure of a species, it’s the failure of a system. This is the story of an alternative interpretive model which sees the Anthropocene as a biased discourse which blames victims and is a weak landmark for the new green movement.

Explore the ocean pollution

How On Earth Did We Get Here?

Science is supposed to prove theories, not to communicate them. Explorers and adventurers can bridge the gap between nature and our understanding of it. All thanks to a story.

Planetary boundaries

Our last chance

“When climate experts claim that the global warming increase should be held below 1,5 °C above pre-industrial levels, they are giving us a range. If we can stay within these two degrees we will be fine, but if we exceed this limit, we’ll have to face huge problems”.

Shifting borders

The end of boundaries

Drawing lines is more than just a mental exercise; it’s a cultural practice that puts us, and our view of reality, on the map. But now the ground is being cut from under our feet.

Turning soya into a commodity

Lords of Food

Is there a link between Chinese chickens and pigs and the gradual disappearance of the Amazon rainforest? What about between European cows and the growth of suburban slums in Africa? At first sight, one would think there is none – but food is everything, and it’s in everything, too.

Emerging technologies

Turning Pollution into stone

Reducing, or even zeroing greenhouse gas emissions won’t be enough to mitigate climate warming. We have to suck it back, too.

Emerging technologies

Peel that packaging off

As the war against plastic reaches new heights, we are urged to find as viable and cheap alternatives for food packaging — ideally ones that decompose in less than 1,000 years.

Historiography

1945 The Great Acceleration

Environmental history is often considered to be peripheral, but it can teach us a lot about the times we’re living in. Five questions to John McNeill, a pioneer in the study of this field.

Corporate social responsibility

Patagonia, green activism

A responsible business grows thanks to corporate activism, not despite it. Meaning there is a way to make ‘corporations’ and ‘sustainability’ rhyme — but you need a strong will, and a drastic change in the way growth is measured.

reshaping the narrative

Strategic Innovation

Individual ignorance creates collective failure: a statement that applies to different fields, from business to climate change.

Long Story Short

What Are Microplastics?

Microplastics have rapidly become an issue of concern for both human and non-human's health. But what are they exactly?

Tackling climate change

Two Minutes to Midnight

The methane once trapped into the tundra ice is evaporating. New York City, Jakarta and Venice are struggling against the sinking. Rainfalls, flooding and hurricanes are hitting the most vulnerable regions of the planet. Without a global political action, there is very little we can do to avoid an ecological catastrophe.