Environment

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Reintroducing the Gray Wolf

What obligation do we have to restoring and preserving ecosystems and does that obligation extend to include predators?
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Rio Tinto and the Distinction between Saying ‘Sorry’ and Being Sorry

The insincerity in Rio Tinto's public statements point to a basic misunderstanding regarding the appropriateness of blame and the demand of accountability.
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COVID-19 to Climate Change: Who Can Act?

The concerted effort required to overcome our current predicament is a proving ground for the battle that still awaits us.
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Water Scarcity and Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic”

Our habitual practices are causing harm and manipulations to market forces can't produce lasting change. What are we to do?
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The Coastal GasLink Pipeline

The Coastal GasLink pipeline standoff highlights a number of concerns of legitimacy and puts pressure on different entities' claim to the right to rule.
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Fighting Fire with Smoke: On CPAC’s “Anti-Greta”

The Washington Post's recent profile of the "Anti-Greta" raises concerns over journalistic ethics. Does giving space to fringe beliefs always run afoul of the duty to avoid false equivalence?
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Is It Ethical to Extinguish a Species?

What is the proper metric to use in deciding another species' fate? What do we need to know in order to justify extinction?
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Grassroots Environmentalism and California’s CAPP

Are local initiatives really a feasible substitute for large-scale regulation when it comes to environmental issues like air pollution?
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Why Isn’t Everybody Panicking? Scientific Reticence and the Duty to Scare...

How can we balance accuracy against alarmism? How can we avoid defeatism and instead inspire action? What does scientific accuracy demand?
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Collective Action and Climate Change: Consumption, Defection, and Motivation

Individual incentives are at odds with collective rationality. How might models like the Prisoner's Dilemma illuminate our current predicament?