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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?
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From Picking Fruit to Buying It: The Health of California Farmworkers

When we buy fruit at the grocery store, we often fail to realize the intensive and undervalued human labor that goes into growing and harvesting that fruit.
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This Land Is Not Our Land

Our enshrinement of wilderness areas and national parks overshadows a troubling past.
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On the Just Treatment of Appalachian Coal Towns

What challenges are facing Appalachian coal towns, and how can they be helped?
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The Environmental Impact of Mardi Gras Beads

The celebratory nature of Mardi Gras often means overlooking one huge source of waste: Mardi Gras beads themselves.
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Climate Change and the Philosophical Pitfalls of Grounding Duty to Future...

In climate change rhetoric, we often focus on future generations. What's the moral underpinning of this argument?
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Democracy and the Next Generation

Should the next generation of voters be able to affect political change - before they're of age? With an issue like climate change, the answer is complicated.
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Clean Energy Infrastructure, Environmental Justice and the Ethics of NIMBY

NIMBY-ism, or "not in my backyard," is a double-edged sword, and sometimes it's as harmful to clean energy infrastructure as it is helpful.