It's time to admit the age of pristine nature is over. In its place is humanity and planet-shaping technologies, from gene editing to climate engineering. Earth Day in a Synthetic Age.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that 'the trees teach me nothing' is very much still the attitude today.
An anthropologist argues for new ways to value sacred landscapes.
Yes, humans hold awesome power over the rest of the planet, but nature will always fight our attempts to 'tame' the natural world.
A philosopher of 'procreation ethics' at the center of a controversy over having kids explains why we can't ignore the population question in an era of climate change.
Scientists need to be comfortable dealing with subjective views, rather than empirical data, and people's feelings to make progress in addressing climate change.
A narrow debate of what countries should pay to respond to climate change obscures a bigger moral discussion that touches on economics, ethics and people's relationship to the natural world.
More than 2,000 academics, including philosophers and ethicists, are urging global leaders at the Paris climate summit to focus on the moral dimensions of climate change.
Proponents of Big History say science provides a better sacred story for humanity than traditional faiths. Will this lead to an era of better stewardship of the environment?
Australia wants to kill off two million feral cats and momentum for similar plans is growing in the US. Is there a good case for killing or neutering outdoor cats to protect biodiversity?
Should conservationists 'sell' the value of nature by focusing on the ecosystem services nature provides people? Surveys show this may be the wrong tack.
Proposals to set aside vast tracts of land for wildlife raise ethical questions, challenging the human-centric view of the value of life.
A philosopher's thoughts on how an individual can overcome the feeling of helplessness in the face of global climate change.