Specialized Looking: “How Eating Shapes Antarctic Tourists’ Perceptions of Climate Change”

‘Meals as Micro-rituals: How Eating Shapes Antarctic Tourists’ Perceptions of Climate Change’ is the title of a seminar that happened on January 14, 2022, online, organized by The SOAS Food Studies Centre in London, UK. Professor Clare Sammells of Bucknell University led the micro-exploration. This was one of the few scholarly gatherings to address in […]

‘JoyGuzzling’ – should one refrain? (new study)

“Our thesis is that there is no moral requirement to refrain from emitting reasonable amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs) solely in order to enjoy oneself. Joyriding in a gas guzzler (joyguzzling) provides our paradigm example” – explain Ewan Kingston and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong of the Philosophy Department, Duke University, Durham, NC, US, in a new paper […]

Theory of Everything: Gendered Exploitation of Cockfighting Roosters

Here’s another entry in the competition for A Theory That Explains Everything. This one is a study published in the year 2010: “Roosters, hawks and dawgs: Toward an inclusive, embodied eco/feminist psychology,” pattrice jones, Feminism Psychology, vol. 20 no. 3, August 2010, pp. 365-380. The author (who spell her names with all lowercase letters) explains: “The gendered […]

Effects of East Anglian breast screening on climate change

A newly appreciated problem — climate change, for example — can spur people to consider all sorts of possible remedies. This study appears to have been done in that spirit: “Tackling climate change close to home: mobile breast screening as a model,” Alan Bond, Andrew Jones, Robin Haynes, Matthew Tam, Erika Denton, Mandy Ballantyne, and […]

To deal with climate change… make people smaller

The plan to engineer a shorter, smaller human race to cope with climate change is almost as big and bold as the schemes of people working to convince themselves climate change won’t affect them. The plan, at this point still sketchy, has three engineers. S Matthew Liao [pictured here] is a professor of bioethics at New York University. Anders Sandberg and Rebecca […]

The effect of climate change on great tits

This new study relates two much-discussed topics: “A model approach to project the start of egg laying of Great Tit (Parus major L.) in response to climate change,” Frank-M. Chmielewski, Klaus Blümel, Carina Scherbaum-Heberer, Bettina Koppmann-Rumpf, Karl-Heinz Schmidt, International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 57, no. 2, March 2013, pp 287-297. (Thanks to investigator Tom Gill […]