Environment

Three women in life jackets swimming with two dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins

Humans want to experience the beauty of dolphins, but we don't realize how much harm we might be causing them.
Photograph of people touring glass biospheres

Rethinking Modification of the Natural World

Humans have been modifying the natural world for millennia. But what is right -- the way the world was, or what we change it to be?
"Different Pigs," by Arran Moffatt licensed under CC BY 2.0 (Via Flickr).

The Triumph of California’s Impure Prop. 12

This article focuses on California's recent passing of Proposition 12, or the "Farm Animal Confinement Initiative" and if it truly is doing enough to protect animals.
"Banksy is a climate change denier" by Matt Brown licensed under CC BY 2.0 (via Flickr).

On Ethically Addressing Climate Change Deniers

How do we ethically address viewpoints that are dissimilar from our own, especially ones as important as climate change? This article explores how discussions of climate change can evolve ethically.
Photograph of a lemur turning toward the camera over its puffy tail

The Indianapolis Prize and the Ethics of Conservation

We can all agree that conservation efforts are crucial -- but how we choose which species to save is another question.
"Caleta Tortel" by Javier Vieras licensed under CC BY 2.0 (via Flickr).jpg

Who and What is a Person: Chile Rivers

How does "personhood" affect rivers in Chile? And should this title of "personhood" be passed onto inanimate objects if for a good cause?
A bluebird perched on a barbed wire fence

Insecticidal Tendencies: Insects as Candidates for Ecological Ethics

Pesticides have done a lot of harm to our environment, but most of all to insects. Should our ethics extend beyond ourselves to members of the natural world?
Photograph of two iced Starbucks drinks with a wrapped straw in between them

Sip Carefully: Plastic Straws and the Individualization of Responsibility

Is Starbucks' plastic straw ban actually more sustainable? And is it an authentic acceptance of responsibility for sustainability?
Multi-colored plastic bottles and other trash spread out on a white-sand beach.

Ethical Concepts in the Age of the Anthropocene

We all know, more or less, that Planet Earth is in trouble; that there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that an environmental catastrophe –...
Close-up photo of two heads of mini lettuce growing in a field

The Future of Farming: Reconsidering the E. Coli Breakout

Identifying the problems that caused the E. coli outbreak in May might point us towards newer, more sustainable methods of farming.