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December 14, 2016

The Ethics of Climate Change Activism: Fear vs. Reality

STUDENT VOICES By: Chelsea Zantay This essay is in response to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs video clip “Global Ethics Forum: Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Bill McKibben.”   Often when a problem is too big or too scary we throw up our hands and announce that “there is nothing we can do” … More The Ethics of Climate Change Activism: Fear vs. Reality
November 11, 2016

Ethics & Society Newsfeed: November 11, 2016

President-Elect Trump and Ethics Trump and Pence on science, in their own words Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s career and campaign track record of false claims about science, rejection of research conclusions and dangerous rhetoric on misconceptions such as vaccines and autism … Continue reading
November 9, 2016

President Trump & A Republican Congress: What Might It Mean?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In a 2000 episode of The Simpsons, a flash forward shows Lisa being elected the first heterosexual female U.S.…

September 13, 2016

FDA Moves On Postponing Post-Antibiotic World

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This month, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final ruling that certain 19 chemicals used in making “antibacterial soaps and body washes” should be removed from those products.…

August 25, 2016

Do the EPA Exposure Studies Violate Do No Harm and Informed Consent?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D

A government agency recruits elderly and sick patients for an important research study. In a controlled environment, subjects are exposed to airborne pollutants at levels many times higher than found in the real world.…

June 1, 2016

Deliberating Over Ending Two Species When We Are Bringing Tens of Thousands to the Brink of Extinction

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of the first news articles I ever wrote in journalism was as an intern at Stanford Magazine.…

May 12, 2016

Why Science Denial is Immoral

By Christopher S. Kovel, M.A. Today’s society is built and shaped by technology and scientific discovery but, surprisingly, pervading scientific denial lingers. Irrational skepticism and flat-out denial of uncontroversial theories is not just a rebuke of the facts of science … Continue reading
July 29, 2015

Cecil the Lion: Can Health Care Professionals Ethically Be Sport Hunters

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In James Patterson’s book (and now TV miniseries) Zoo, the animals have acquired an intelligence that removes their fear of humans.…

February 18, 2014

Wolves and Rivers

This is amazing.
October 10, 2013

An Unhealthy Shutdown

by Craig Klugman, PhD.

It’s week 2 of the government shutdown with no end in sight. In fact, some people are saying this is a good thing because it achieves their aim of shrinking government.

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News (103)

January 11, 2017 9:00 am

Capital Weather Gang U.S. posts second-warmest year on record, breadth of warmth ‘unparalleled’ (Washington Post)

Every single state and every single city in the Lower 48 states was warmer than normal in 2016.

January 10, 2017 9:00 am

Assessing recent warming using instrumentally homogeneous sea surface temperature records (Science)

Adjustments to correct for inhomogeneities in sea surface temperatures in recent years have a large impact on the resulting decadal-scale global temperature trends. Assessing the effectiveness of these adjustments is critical to improving our understanding of the structure of modern climate changes and the extent to which trends in recent periods may have been anomalous with respect to longer-term warming.

January 6, 2017 9:00 am

How drones could become a farmer’s best friend (Science)

Researchers have now used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to map barley fields and determine which rows of plants are most in need of water

December 22, 2016 9:00 am

Trump team targets changes to key metric that calculates social cost of carbon (Science)

Last week a provocative leaked memo hinted at another likely element of the incoming administration’s plan for weakening climate regulations: tweaking an obscure but increasingly utilized economic measure that tallies the costs and benefits of controlling carbon pollution.

December 19, 2016 9:00 am

2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year (Nature)

In a year of political turmoil and shock, science, too, came up with surprises. To document some of these wonders, photographers roamed the world, revealing objects from the microscopic to the cosmic in scale.

December 16, 2016 9:00 am

We need to feed a growing planet. Vegetables aren’t the answer. (Washington Post)

If we’re going to feed them and us, responsibly and healthfully, vegetables are not the answer.

November 24, 2016 9:00 am

Carbon is not the enemy (Nature)

A new language of carbon recognizes the material and quality of carbon so that we can imagine and implement new ways forward

November 11, 2016 8:00 am

Trump win raises questions about UN climate deal (CBS News)

The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a “hoax” alarmed environmentalists and climate scientists Wednesday and raised questions about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal.

November 8, 2016 8:01 am

The average U.S. family destroys a football field's worth of Arctic sea ice every 30 years (Science)

The jet fuel you burned on that flight from New York City to London? Say goodbye to 1 square meter of Arctic sea ice.

September 30, 2016 8:00 am

Deal emerges to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation (Nature)

Governments will begin final negotiations this week on a plan to curb carbon emissions from international aircraft flights beginning in 2020.

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