Category Archives: climate

The EPA: A victim of its own success?

William Ruckelshaus was the first director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a recent interview he reflected on what’s changed during the 43 years since the agency was established — and in particular since the passing of landmark … Continue reading

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Top ten books of 2013

These are the books that marked the year for me.* Each resonated in one way or another with things I’ve learned as a researcher in Ethiopia and Congo, and as a dad.   1. The landgrabbers: The new fight over … Continue reading

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Four ways to change the world, from university

Last week a conference at University College London made me reconsider what universities are, and what they might be. These thoughts seem so vital right now that I’m interrupting the narrative of my trip to Congo to share them. The … Continue reading

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Why we’re blind to climate change

For most people in the developed world both the causes and the effects of climate change are essentially invisible. Hunkered in a mountain cabin in the 1960s, listening to the rain drumming on the roof, Thomas Merton reflected on the … Continue reading

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