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Breaking the Ice: Women, Science, and Antarctica

What do a soil scientist, plant physiologist, geologist, geographer, molecular biologist, and a social scientist notice most about Antarctica?

To find out, tune in to our new series on Seeing the Woods featuring the autoethnographic reflections of six women scientists who traveled to the frozen continent with the aim of exploring the possibilities of transdisciplinary research and female leadership skills.

New Issue of Perspectives: Women and Energy

Following on from a 2019 RCC workshop, "Women and Energy" offers a collection of largely untold stories that together demonstrate women’s pivotal agency in energy transitions. Could revealing such narratives change how we think about and manage future energy transitions?

The issue is edited by Abigail Harrison Moore and Ruth Sandwell, with a foreword by Katie Ritson. Click here to read on!

COVID-19: New Blog Series on Seeing the Woods

Check out our newest blog series covering responses to the Covid-19 pandemic on the Seeing the Woods blog. The pandemic has changed all of our lives right around the world. Within an environmental context, this series explores the many different dimensions of the pandemic from its nonhuman origins to its wide-reaching social implications and impact on our hopes and dreams for a sustainable future. Contributions welcome!

New Virtual Exhibition: Another Silent Spring by Donald Worster

The Environment & Society Portal team is pleased to announce this new open-access virtual exhibition!

In his accessible and compelling essay, Worster explains how human relations with other animals, wild and domestic, are at the core of a majority of epidemics. In the face of the current coronavirus crisis, he argues that an exclusive focus on human life and economy will keep neither the planet nor ourselves healthy. We must decide “whether we humans can or want to restore and protect the health, not just of ourselves, but also of the planet.”

Pandemics in Context: Annotated Links to Digital Resources

New on The Environment and Society Portal: the Pandemics in Context page offers a growing collection of annotated links to open-access media (analyses, primary sources, and digital resources) that help put pandemics in context. The pieces focus on environmental history/humanities aspects of, and approaches to understanding, pandemics.


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