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Climate of Capitulation

Climate of Capitulation

Vivian Thomson, former member of Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board and current Professor in the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics and Director of the Environmental Thought and Practice BA Program at the University of Virginia is the author of the forthcoming Climate of Capitulation. The book is about how power is wielded in environmental policy making at the state level, and how to redress the ingrained favoritism toward coal and electric utilities. Here she writes about the consensus among Americans over the issue of climate change and what that means for us under the current administration. 

Earth Day: Living Well Now and in the Future

Earth Day: Living Well Now and in the Future

Most people acknowledge the profound importance of sustainability, but few can define it. We are ethically bound to live sustainably for the sake of future generations, but what does that mean? InLiving Well Now and in the Future, Randall Curren, a philosopher, and Ellen Metzger, a scientist, define sustainabiilty and why it matters.

Post-Brexit Reflections

 Post-Brexit Reflections

Back in May, ahead of the referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union or leave, Guy Edwards penned an op-ed in the Boston Globe explaining why Brexit would make realizing climate change cooperation significantly tougher. In the wake of the Brexit vote, he reflects on what's next for Europe. Guy Edwards is coauthor of A Fragmented Continent.

Despite the vote in favor of Brexit, I feel resolutely European. Our generation grew up as the Cold War drew to a close and the Berlin Wall came down. Our continent shares common values and ideals: freedom, equality, democracy, multilateralism, and the international rule of law. Our generation has for the most part embraced the freedom of travel to live, work and study across the continent; reinforcing our love and respect for each other's cultures.