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Should You Feel Bad About Your Pandemic-Era Plastic Waste?

Justin Lau and Michelle Cheng , February 22nd, 2022

Plastic waste has grown exponentially across the globe during the pandemic. Matthew Williams-Ellis/Universal Images Group/Getty Images “Sometimes I want to avoid producing excessive waste…


The Nightmare of Pandemic-Era Teaching

Laura Wangsness Willemsen and Elisheva L. Cohen , February 10th, 2022

Teachers face increasing challenges—from staff shortages to widely varying student achievement levels—with omicron infections sweeping across the country. Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronic…


Reactions and Ruptures: Ethnographies of Nuclear Life

Timothy Neale , February 1st, 2022

Recording of Reactions and Ruptures This browser does not support HTML5 audio In one sense, nuclear materials direct our attention to the vibrancy and reactivity…


A Window on Humanity’s Turbulent 2021

Nicola Jones , December 16th, 2021

[no-caption] John Finney Photography/Getty Images Amid forest fires, the storming of the U.S. Capitol, private space flights and more, 2021 saw the pandemic bed in. Each time it…


You Won’t Survive the Apocalypse Alone

Chris Begley , December 14th, 2021

Cooperation and kindness are key qualities necessary for surviving disasters, as demonstrated by the volunteers who distributed donated supplies after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City. Robe…


We All Live on Permafrost

Susan Alexandra Crate , November 2nd, 2021

Indigenous Sakha communities in Siberia raise a rare native horse breed that can survive the extreme cold. Susan Alexandra Crate One of the most distinct memories from my…


Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

T.V. Padma , October 27th, 2021

The Loba tribespeople living in the village of Dhe in Nepal are increasingly abandoning their homes as climate change transforms the landscape. Taylor Weidman/LightRocket/Getty Images On …


Did an Asteroid Shape This Famous Biblical Story?

Christopher R. Moore , October 13th, 2021

Ancient ruins show the cosmic impact’s destruction layer about midway down exposed walls. Phil Silvia This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished un…


Dimitris Dalakoglou, Georgos Poulimenakos: The Past is on Fire: Wildfires, (Un)imagined Communities and the Shift to the Tourism of the 1%

focaal_admin , September 30th, 2021

In Greece, during the summer of 2021, we saw again a proliferation of wildfires that went on for days, like in 2020. While the climate change argument makes…


These Unheralded Workers Are Helping Prevent the Next Wildfire

Salvador Zárate , September 15th, 2021

The author’s late father, Juan Zárate (left), leads a weed abatement crew in Orange County, California. Jon Anderson/Orange County Weed Abatement Program A few months after the wildfire…


Climate Migrants Are on the Move—And the U.S. Needs Their Help

Emily Yates-Doerr , August 24th, 2021

Farmworkers till soil during this summer’s record-breaking heat wave in Oregon. Nathan Howard/AP Photo Content Warning: The materials presented below contain details of racism and violent…


How to Survive Climate Change in the India-Bangladesh Borderlands

Yasaswini Sampathkumar , May 27th, 2021

Homes along a river in the Sundarbans face a concrete embankment that protects land on the opposite side from rising waters. Megnaa Mehtta The Sundarbans is a region…


An Excavation of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sarah Ives , May 26th, 2021

[no-caption] Kim Herbst With over 131 million people fully vaccinated in the U.S. and numbers of new infections dropping nationwide, some have started to declare the “end” of…


Inviting disasters

Eleni Kotsira , May 14th, 2021

One particularly warm morning in September 2020, I am looking at photographs and videos in the media depicting the aftermath of medicane (Mediterranean hurricane) Ianós that just rampaged…


The Fire This Time: Black and Indigenous Ecologies

Chip Colwell , February 25th, 2021

In the past year, the world witnessed devastating fire seasons in Australia and the U.S. West, an Atlantic hurricane season with a record thirty storms, and a global…


How to “Co-Live” With a Natural Hazard

Amber Dance , January 21st, 2021

Tungurahua, an active volcano in Ecuador, sits amid farming communities that have dwelled alongside it for generations. A.J. Faas As the Andes mountain range curves through Ecuador, it…


What Makes Vaccines Social?

Emily Brunson and Monica Schoch-Spana , January 15th, 2021

[no-caption] Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Now is a pressing time for vaccinating the U.S. population (and the world) against COVID-19. But there are social hurdles that need to be…


The CDC Needs Social Science

Robert A. Hahn , December 11th, 2020

[no-caption] John Moore/Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the primary agency in the United States that monitors, predicts, and responds to chronic disea…


Moments of Resilience Amid a Pandemic

Chip Colwell , November 23rd, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Krieg SAPIENS host Chip Colwell speaks with Melanie Adams, the director of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM), about #Moments of Resilience, the ACM’s e…


Climate Change May Have Been a Major Driver of Ancient Hominin Extinctions

Deepa Padmanaban , November 6th, 2020

New research suggests some of our species’ closest relatives died out because of significant changes in climate, findings that may offer a warning for humanity today. Aliraza Khatri/Getty…


A Vaccine Will Not Be Enough

Daniel Salas , October 14th, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Greig SAPIENS host Jen Shannon speaks with Agustín Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University, to unpack his insight that the COVID-19 pandemic is a…


Wildfire Archaeology and the Burning American West

Stephen E. Nash , September 9th, 2020

As I type, the American West is ablaze with more than 100 devastating wildfires. Many of these are record-setting in both size and intensity. Several, including one in…


The Making of Vizag Gas Leak Disaster: Procedural lapses or Regulatory Design?

Prerna Sah , August 25th, 2020

Hundreds of tonnes of poisonous Styrene gas leaked out of the LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on the 7th of May 2020, leaving 11 dead and…


Will U.S. University Students Spread COVID-19?

Hugh Gusterson , July 20th, 2020

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration made plans for the orderly evacuation of U.S. cities in the event of an imminent nuclear war. Supposedly, city residents with odd-numbered…