Commentary

Commentary from the CHE community on current events, contemporary issues, and scholarly debates.

Transparent Walls: The Work of Do Ho Suh

Four graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison share their reflections on the work of Do Ho Suh.

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Can Socialism Save the Planet?

Twentieth-century socialist countries get a worse environmental rap than they deserve, and some social theorists are attempting to reinvigorate Marx for the Anthropocene. Here’s where they go wrong.

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The Biosphere 2 rainforest biome and habitat. Photo by Justin Frisch, 2011.

Biosphere 2: Why an Eccentric Ecological Experiment Still Matters 25 Years Later

Four scholars and one of the original “biospherians” offer their takes on perhaps the largest private science experiment in history.

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Turning Toward

A writer’s poignant reflections on care and healing. What might happen if we all turned toward, instead of away?

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Arctic iceberg with its underside exposed

Is the Arctic Out of Time? A Conversation with Andrew Stuhl

Andrew Stuhl discusses how we can “unfreeze” the Arctic’s history and gain new insight into climate change and future possibilities.

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Announcing the Edge Effects Podcast

Check out our new podcast series, just in time for holiday travel!

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Black and white portrait of Laurent Savoy

The Land Doesn’t Hate: A Conversation with Lauret Savoy

A geologist turned award-winning writer reflects on the marks racism has left on the American landscape.

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A dried bud of cannabis. Image from Creative Commons.

The Cannabis Frontier

For 40 years California’s Emerald Triangle has provided the one critical environmental factor required to grow cannabis: isolation. That’s about to change.

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Only Male Birds Sing

When a long-dominant theory about sexual selection’s role in the evolution of bird song is corrected, what happens to conventional ideas about the sex of singing birds?

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ceremony

The Ethics of Ceremony at Standing Rock

Activists at Standing Rock bring a sense of ceremony to environmental politics.

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