Environment

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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.
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 –...
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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.
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When It Comes to the Environment, is Education Morally Obligatory?

We now know more about human impacts on the environment than ever before. Does that mean we are morally obligated to keep learning?
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Banning Furs and Plastics: Vital Progress or Unjust Restriction of Liberty?

Just how much should governments be able to regulate unethical consumer products?
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Environmental Ethics for the Red Planet

As humans contemplate a visit to Mars, how should they regard the importance of the Martian environment?
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Cape Town is Facing Unprecedented Drought. Should Tourists Still Visit?

Should tourists still travel to a city in the midst of a water crisis?