Environment

The Insect Apocalypse That Never Was

The Insect Apocalypse That Never Was

For the past four years, journalists and environmental bloggers have been churning out alarming stories that insects are vanishing, in the United States and globally. Limited available evidence lends credence to reasonable concerns, not least because insects are crucial components of many ecosystems. But the issue has often been framed

Jon Entine
Jon Entine
Environment
Why Climate Science Is Like the Rest of Science

Why Climate Science Is Like the Rest of Science

Recent White House initiatives suggest that addressing climate change has risen to the policy forefront of government at the presidential level for the first time in US history. Last week President Biden convened an online international meeting of heads of state on the issue and committed the US to a

Lawrence M. Krauss
Lawrence M. Krauss
Environment
Environmentalism, Trumpism, and the Working Class

Environmentalism, Trumpism, and the Working Class

The inauguration of President Biden as the 46th US President hasn’t produced quite the catharsis that Democrats (and others) had hoped for. After only a few months of one-party rule in Washington, DC—and the sputtering finale of impeachment—there should be fear among Democrats that attention will return

William Murray
William Murray
Environment
BirthStrike: The Movement to End All Movements

BirthStrike: The Movement to End All Movements

“I love my nine-year-old son very much but knowing what I know about the future of this planet and the environment he is going to inherit… I have to be honest… if I was making that decision again I’m not sure I would make the same one. I fear

William Costello and Freya India
William Costello and Freya India
Activism
The End of the World as We Know It?

The End of the World as We Know It?

How is the world going to end? Polls consistently show that most believe the cause will be environmental. “Climate anxiety” has reached such a fevered pitch among young people across the globe that the Lancet recently issued a special “call to action” to help with the problem. Clinicians have even

Glenn T. Stanton
Glenn T. Stanton
Environment
My White Privilege Didn’t Save Me. But God Did

My White Privilege Didn’t Save Me. But God Did

Following the furore over Netflix’s Cuties movie in the fall, Quillette editor-in-chief Claire Lehmann tweeted that the creepy conservative obsession with paedophilia is as bizarre as the feminist obsession with rape. I took umbrage, and noted my annoyance—though I knew what she meant. Sexual violence, particularly toward children,

Edie Wyatt
Edie Wyatt
Centrism
At Dalhousie University, Ideology Comes First, Science Comes Second

At Dalhousie University, Ideology Comes First, Science Comes Second

The massive COVID-19 death toll in the United States—206,000 and counting—shows what happens when science becomes politicized, and people make health decisions on the basis of political ideology. Donald Trump was originally dismissive of coronavirus and the efficacy of masks. On the other side of the political

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
Activism
As City Budgets Shrink, It's Time to Rethink Recycling Programs

As City Budgets Shrink, It's Time to Rethink Recycling Programs

The COVID recession has caused tax revenues to plummet, forcing cities and states to make painful budget cuts. But as they struggle to fund schools, parks, public safety, and other essential services, there’s one simple and painless way for governments to save money: Rethink recycling. The goal should be

Howard Husock and John Tierney
Howard Husock and John Tierney
Environment