Environment

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Pacific Islands Forum: Climate War in the Pacific

The growing climate crisis is highlighting our interconnectedness; one nation's consumption is another nation's problem.
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Legal Personhood and Nonhuman Rights

The move to grant non-human animals, and even non-organisms like rivers, legal personhood prompts reflection on our evolving conception of rights.
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The Ethics of a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax

Debate over revenue neutral or non revenue neutral carbon taxes asks whether its is a tool for changing individual financial incentives or funding climate adaptation? What are the ethical implications? What are the political implications?
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Population Growth and Anti-Natalist Philosophy

Arguments regarding the immorality of procreation are on the rise given concerns of overpopulation and humans' contribution to climate change.
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Cultural Heritage and the Murujuga Petroglyphs

Embedded in the case for protection are arguments concerning the value of our past, in-group/out-group determinations about our shared heritage, and historical injustice and marginalization.
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Discussing Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

Emphasizing consensus can motivate change, but overstating agreement undermines the public's ability to engage in policy debates. How should we proceed?
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Plant-Based Meat Substitutes, Sensational Reporting, and Information Literacy

The media's treatment of recent plant-based meat rollouts fails to give the significant moral gains their due.
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Individual Obligation in the Face of Global Climate Change

Climate change is caused by the individual actions of a number of different actors, but will require the collective action to mitigate. Unfortunately, motivating people to make changes to avoid a future problem is difficult when there are pressing troubles already staring us in the face.
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Fixing What We’ve Broken: Geoengineering in Response to Climate Change

Geoengineering is often touted as the cure for fallout due to climate change. What does it promise and what are the risks?
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A Question of Motivation: Moral Reasons and Market Change

Should we be pairing our moral arguments with a change in financial incentive to effectively alter human behavior? Is this the way to combat problems like climate change and factory farming?