Annie Proulx's 2022 book Fen, Bog, and Swamp is a melancholy love letter to wetland ecosystems. But missing from this lament, Nino McQuown argues, are hopeful histories of resistance.
Studying Yellowstone’s Burn Scars to Reveal its Future
Nathan Kiel investigates the potential for post-fire forest recovery across the greater Yellowstone ecosystem in a warming world.
Who is Killing the Glaciers? From Glacier Funerals to Glacier Autopsies
Glaciers do not simply die; they are killed. Zachary Provant and Mark Carey discuss how attribution science can help pinpoint climate change culprits and bring justice.
Werewolves Within is the Pipeline Horror Film You Didn’t Know You Needed
Werewolves and petro-masculinity and extractive capitalism, oh my! In this review of a recent horror-comedy film, Addie Hopes and Richelle Wilson examine an overlooked aspect of the story. Where pipelines go, murder follows.
Unearthing the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming: A Conversation with Liz Carlisle
Liz Carlisle shares stories from her latest book, which uncovers the history of regenerative agriculture and the farmers of color who practice it.
Visualizing 6,000 Years of Environmental Change
Benjamin Keenan shares how his "Itzan" project translating geochemical data into artwork with digital artist Tim Thomasson can evoke consideration of current environmental crises.
Climate Influencers and the Politics of Attention
Mark Ortiz shows how youth climate activists strategically leverage attention to gain institutional influence while navigating its uneven distribution across geographies.
Grappling with the Drying Riverbeds of the Agua Fria
As the once flowing Agua Fria river runs dry, Rachel Howard discusses how Arizona communities are living with climate change.
Environmental Evacuation Is a Collective Problem
Max Lubell looks to contraflow traffic signs to argue that climate change discourses must include a renewed focus on evacuation from disasters.
Traces of Industry in the Trees of Jefferson National Forest
Chelsea Fisher follows the entangled histories of iron and paper in a second-growth forest.
Blurring Barriers on Fire Island
Amelia Carter maps the shifting geography and queer ecologies of a popular gay resort spot.
Swimming with Trash in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is known for its pristine beaches and tourist spots, but it has increasingly become a dumping ground for the world's unmanaged garbage. Ysabel Muñoz Martínez charts how "wastescapes" are proliferating in the Anthropocene.
Faculty Favorites: Books That Go Beyond the Classroom
Six scholars from campuses across the country recommend new environmental books about the blue humanities, environmental justice, the histories of bikes and blockades, and more.
This Year, Wisconsin Apple Growers Are Feeling the Squeeze
Apple growers had a historically low harvest this year. Jules Reynolds asks: what does climate change mean for the future of Wisconsin’s orchards?
The Hidden Histories of Mud Crabs and Oil Monsters in Singapore: A Panel Discussion
Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Neo Xiaoyun, and Yogesh Tulsi discuss their contributions to the anthology Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore.
How COVID is Reconfiguring Labor in Extractive Industries
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended global circuits of resource extraction. Brian Ikaika Klein, Stephanie Postar, Laura Dev, Hilary Faxon, and Matthew Libassi tell the story of a gold-filled suitcase to show how.
Living with Floods: A Conversation with Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
The Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin experienced historic flood events in late summer 2018. To commemorate the third anniversary of these floods, Caroline Gottschalk Druschke shares how the oral history project Stories from the Flood helped with community healing in the aftermath.
Reckoning With Deep Time For A Livable World
Katie Mummah reviews Vincent Ialenti's book Deep Time Reckoning, which uses lessons from nuclear waste disposal to show how long-term thinking can help us and the planet.
To Build a New Capital City, Indonesia Must Design for Resilience
Indonesia plans to move its capital city from Jakarta to Borneo. Jeamme Chia, Gioia Montana Connell, and Dewi Tan argue that the new capital provides an opportunity address existing housing, water management, and land issues.
At the Mouth of the Menominee River: A Conversation with Anahkwet (Guy Reiter)
Anahkwet (Guy Reiter) discusses how Menominee language, culture, and history shape his work protecting the Menominee and Wolf Rivers.
A Syllabus for Plantation Worlds
Drawing from postcolonial, Caribbean, Black, and Indigenous Studies, Sophie Sapp Moore and Aida Arosoaie curate a reading list that highlights the complex dynamics of plantation worlds, past and present. Their syllabus is the perfect end to our series on the Plantationocene.
Finding Connection and Resisting Extraction in Quarantine Gaming
During the COVID-19 pandemic, video games offered Nat Mesnard and many others an escape from isolation. But the false promise of endless productivity in factory building games like Satisfactory ensnared them in a myth of capitalist "progress."
The Roots of (Radical) Animism: A Conversation with Jemma Deer
In conversation with Shelby Brewster, Jemma Deer discusses her new book, Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World.
On Ojibwe Lands, Protecting Water and Life from the Line 3 Pipeline
The new Enbridge Line 3 pipeline poses a slew of threats on treaty land. Ojibwe people lead the movement against its construction in Minnesota.
Mapping the Planetary: Five Questions for Dipesh Chakrabarty
Historian and postcolonial studies scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty discusses the relationships between humans and the planets we imagine, construct, and inhabit.
Reading Climate Justice through the Indian Farmers’ Movement
The Trolley Times is an important source of information and community-building for the farmers' protests in India. Sritama Chatterjee shares stories from the newsletter that show the power of everyday acts of care in climate justice organizing.
Colonial Theft and Indigenous Resistance in the Kleptocene
The term Anthropocene does not address centuries of violent colonial theft. Kyle Keeler proposes a new title: the Kleptocene.
Defending Tomorrow Today
In light of the recent Global Witness report, Rob Nixon discusses the dangers environmental defenders face and their role as frontline workers in the fight against climate breakdown and zoonotic pandemics.
The Future of Conservation: A Conversation with Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher
Yardain Amron talks with Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher—co-authors of The Conservation Revolution—about capitalism, ecotourism, and the urgent need to re-imagine mainstream conservation.
What Happens When Gamers Become (Digital) Geoengineers?
Elon Musk’s dream of colonizing Mars may be decades away, but video games allow us to practice geoengineering here and now. Doron Darnov explores how digital terraforming both shapes and reflects our desires for worldmaking at (inter)planetary scales.
Who’s Afraid of the Climate Crisis? Fear, Anxiety, Dread, and Pandemic Panic
Ready for a diagnosis? Jennifer Ladino distinguishes between our daily emotions and explains how pandemic panic can help us face the climate crisis.
Making a Living with Salt in Divya Victor’s Kith
A poetic and visceral narrative of salt mining in Gujarat, India, Divya Victor’s Kith calls attention to the lives and deaths of salt farmers.
How Climate Refugees Are Shaping Movements and Walls
The plight of climate refugees has become a popular rallying cry for climate change activism. But it is also leading to harsher, militarized borders.
ClearCut – The Wages of Dominion
In ClearCut – The Wages of Dominion, photographer John Riggs presents a guided meditation about the cultural mindset behind clearcutting.
OK, Doomers! The Climate Generation Has Arrived
The climate generation is coming of age. Sarah Jaquette Ray, author of A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety, explains what older generations have to learn.
A poetic meditation on glaciers and glacial worldings in Eyak, Alaska, "Cryogenics" reflects on human and more-than-human kinships at low temperatures.
Experimental Documentary Captures Oil Midstream
Steve Rowell’s film Midstream at Twilight uses drone photography to follow the toxic infrastructure of oil pipelines from source to refinery to gift shop.
Arctic Ecologies, Then and Now: A Conversation with Bathsheba Demuth
Bathsheba Demuth discusses her new book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, and Arctic histories of ecological crisis and hope.
The Social Media of Polar Exploration
Hester Blum's new book, The News at the Ends of the Earth, explains why 19th-century newspapers printed on polar expeditions offer a model for communicating in the age of climate crisis.
Adventures in the Underland: A Conversation with Robert Macfarlane
Celebrated author Robert Macfarlane discusses his latest book, Underland, which journeys deep underground to look for answers.
Recording the Mississippi Soundscape: A Conversation with Monica Haller
Artist Monica Haller explores the Mississippi River as an Anthropocene site with intimate ties to her own family history. She records the underwater sounds of this historical waterway to trace connections between the river and legacies of slavery, philosophies of ownership, and environmental racism.
Reflections on the Plantationocene: A Conversation with Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing
Plantations discipline both plants and people. Two scholars reckon with the Plantationocene to develop a shared vision of multispecies justice.
Who Gets to Have Ecoanxiety?
Anthropocene anxiety about uncertain climate futures is on the rise. For the Indigenous Haida Nation, ecoanxiety arrived 150 years ago.
Slow-Motion Disaster and Extreme Weather: Five Questions for Judith Helfand
The 1995 Chicago heat wave revealed how racism and poverty are the slow-motion disasters that become glaringly visible during extreme weather events. A new documentary film tells this story.
Farm Life on an Energy Frontier
How does energy production affect agricultural livelihoods and the fabric of local communities in southwestern North Dakota? As wind turbines, oil rigs, and “man camps” spread across the region, responses from residents vary from resentment to acceptance.
There’s No Escaping Oil, Even in the Wild Arctic
A renewed push to open the Arctic to oil and gas drilling leads one writer to investigate petromodernity, arguing that oil flows through ideas of the environment as much as it does through the economy.
How Extraction Fuels the Anthropocenes: A Conversation with Gabrielle Hecht
How do the minerals in your phone place you within global flows of extraction? Gabrielle Hecht discusses uranium mining in Gabon, sea rise in the Marshall Islands, and the geopolitics of an African Anthropocene.
Imagining a Green New Deal Through Climate Fiction
Is the Green New Deal real or science fiction? Kim Stanley Robinson's novel New York 2140 imagines a flooded world where climate action is unavoidable.
Crisis and Creativity in Environmental Pedagogy
Given the often-debilitating realities of environmental issues, how can teachers build an environmental pedagogy that inspires creative change?
The Anthropocene gives a name to human-caused environmental change. The Plantationocene puts colonialism, capitalism, and enduring racial hierarchies at the center of the conversation and asks what past and future modes of resistance might emerge.
Where Have All the Fish Gone?
Subsidized fishing fleets are rapidly depleting fishing stocks and harming communities in the Central Pacific. It’s time island nations get a seat at the negotiating table on global trade and climate change.
Our Waters, Our Selves: A Conversation with Astrida Neimanis
"We can't contain water." Feminist philosopher Astrida Neimanis discusses the environmental inequalities and queer rhythms of the elusive fluid.
Weathering This World with Comics
Comics and graphic novels help us picture new worlds and imagine how to save our own. Four writers recommend their favorites.
Banking on Seeds for Our Future
The USDA’s National Plant Germplasm System is arguably the most important seed bank for our food supply. An agroecologist explains why it is in desperate need of attention.
Creating the Climate Voter: A Conversation with Tia Nelson
Last week's IPCC report sunk the spirits of many. But one veteran activist, with no time for despair, still believes in the power of citizens.
Wading out the Kickapoo River Flood
After historic floods devastate Wisconsin's Driftless Area, a team of scientists reflects on their fieldwork in the Kickappo River Valley to make sense of an entangled, multispecies world.
Why All Fiction Should Be Climate Fiction: A Conversation with Lauren Groff
How does the celebrated author of the new story collection "Florida" write books in a poisoned, warming world? "By being constantly, constantly angry. All day long."
The Science of Seasons on an Out-of-Sync Planet
Phenology, tracking the comings and goings of species each season, provides insight into the disruptions caused by human-induced climate change.
The Water’s Not Fine: A Conversation with Anna Clark
The Flint water crisis is not over. Anna Clark’s new book tells the history of how we got here and how lead is here to stay.
Why We Need Experimental Poetry in the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Lynn Keller
A new generation of experimental poets responds to the growing awareness of human impacts on the planet with work that challenges traditional nature poetry and poetic form.
A History of the Anthropocene in Objects
In this book teaser, objects like monkey wrenches and pesticide pumps help narrate a fragmentary history of the Anthropocene.
Indigenous Art as Creative Resistance: A Conversation with Dylan Miner
How can we use the arts to decolonize our relations to the land? An artist, activist, and scholar discusses the many forms of creative resistance we can use to imagine and enact new and better worlds.
A Nation’s Shadow at Bears Ears National Monument
In a series of photographs, a scholar and wilderness guide meditates on wild places and the politics of resource extraction in southern Utah.
The Swiftness of Glaciers: Language in a Time of Climate Change
As the climate changes, so does our language. Melting glaciers force us to rethink the metaphors we use to make sense of the world around us.
Nine Women Who Are Rewriting the Environment
As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, here is a list of new and recent work by women writers whose environmental imaginations keep us all inspired, impassioned, and ready for whatever comes next.
Millions of Insects and a Curator at Work
Insects are going extinct at alarming rates. Curators at one of the country’s premier insect collections are working to slow that change.
In Annihilation, the Revolution Will Not Be Human
A science fiction novel offers a genre-bending perspective that helps us think about wildness, purity, and invasion in new and strange ways.
The Rise of the Climate Change Novel
What happens when our changing world starts to look more and more unreal? The recent boom in novels that depict climate change pits the real against the magical, surreal, and fantastical.
Finding Hope and Community with Honeybees: A Conversation with Heather Swan
The decline of honeybees is cause for alarm and a symptom of global biodiversity loss. Beekeepers, however, find creative ways to build relationships with honeybees and steward their hives.
The Thomas Fire Fans the Flames of Southern California’s Housing Crisis
The Thomas Fire continues to rage, bringing devastation and exacerbating existing inequality.
The Potential for Peril Built into San Francisco
An environmental history of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake weaves together urban planning, plate tectonics, Progressive-Era reform, and soil dynamics.
Erratic Monuments to a Melting World
As glaciers melt, they leave behind abandoned rocks and other erratics. This photo essay of the Alaskan wilderness explores how glacial erratics are time travelers, treasure troves, reliquaries, and rubble.
The Case for Ecological Reparations: A Conversation with Jason W. Moore
Making things right in the face of climate change demands that colonialism, race, and gender take center stage in the story of capitalism.
Apocalypse in Watercolor
To reach a broader audience, one artist and physical scientist takes data on environmental catastrophe and renders it beautiful.
After the Wind and the Rain: Making Sense of a Record Hurricane Season
Harvey, Irma, Maria. Why has there been so much damage, and what does it mean? A guide for reading helps make sense of disaster.
The Fragile Society We’ve Built from Rocks: A Conversation With Gregory Cushman
Fertilizers, computers, gasoline, and other parts of our everyday lives come from irreplaceable deposits found in the Earth. But how long will they last?
Ursula K. Heise Thinks Beyond Melancholy: A Review of “Imagining Extinction”
Extinction stories have a flavor, and it tastes like melancholy. A new book asks what different narratives we could bring to the table.
How’d We Get So Cheap? A Conversation with Bryant Simon
The author of "The Hamlet Fire" discusses a deadly blaze at a chicken-processing facility and the logics of cheapness which provided the kindling.
The Best of End Times: A Conversation with Anna Tsing
The author of "The Mushroom at the End of the World" is back with another exploration of how humans and non-humans will make their lives in the ruins of modernity.
Al Gore and the Global South: A Review of “An Inconvenient Sequel”
Climate change advocacy requires finding common ground. Al Gore's new documentary highlights the importance of listening to the Global South to find solutions.
Seeds as Time Capsules
When Courtney Fullilove looks inside a seed, she sees Mennonite farmers, Comanche agriculture, and Echinacea patents. Her new book, "The Profit of the Earth," shows that the genes of a seed can narrate the history of American empire.
Bittersweet Catch: Korea’s Diving Women and the Pitfalls of Cultural Preservation
While attending a school set up to train the next generation of haenyeo divers, one woman grapples with the historical and ongoing complexities of maintaining the traditional practice.
“Stop Calling Me Resilient”: Addressing Environmental Degradation in Louisiana
Louisiana's coast restoration project, and its underlying framework of climate resiliency, is generating pushback from environmental justice organizations.
The Trouble with the March for Science: A Conversation with Adam Rome
What if today's climate activists acted more like the scientists who spoke out on the first Earth Day?
Crying Dugongs and Ocean Encounters in Southeast Asia
Stories of the dugong, a cousin of the manatee, offer important insight into human-nature encounters in the waters of Southeast Asia.
A Syllabus for Teaching Water Politics
A new syllabus outlines a series of readings for teaching the politics of water.
Loaves and Fishes at Standing Rock
A senior scholar of North American indigenous history visits the Oceti Sakowin camp and finds cause for hope. Up to a point.
Politics for a Maimed World: A Conversation with Jedediah Purdy
The acclaimed cultural critic and author of "After Nature" set off to explore the uncharted depths of the Anthropocene. But he found Thoreau there waiting for him.
Humility and Hubris: A Review of Luc Jacquet’s “Ice and the Sky”
Even with the impacts of the Anthropocene, it would be hubristic not to realize that ice and sky will far outlast anything so puny as humanity.
Creationism, Mastodons, and Natural History in Kentucky
In northern Kentucky, conflicting stories about natural history mirror the religious and scientific debates of the late eighteenth century.
Global Environmental Change in Indonesia: A Roundtable
Indonesian is known both for biodiversity and environmental degradation. This tension resonates with the stories we tell about global environmental change.
The Truthiness of Nature Films: A Review of Perrin and Cluzaud’s “Seasons”
The makers of "Winged Migration" return with a new film that challenges viewers’ expectations of authenticity in nature documentaries.
Expressing Extinction: A Conversation with Anna Lehner
During this period of rapid political change, glass and Morse code provide mediums for reflection on the environment and extinction.
A Syllabus for Contextualizing Energy Policy Debates
Visions of the future of United States energy production cannot be understood without a good sense of the past. We've gathered some of the most helpful sources for thinking historically about energy.
Beautiful Resilience: Conversations after an Earthquake
A storyteller's account of Manabu Ikeda's pen-and-ink commemoration of Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in 2011.
A writer's poignant reflections on care and healing. What might happen if we all turned toward, instead of away?
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.
The Ethics of Ceremony at Standing Rock
Activists at Standing Rock bring a sense of ceremony to environmental politics.
Review: Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions
A new book surveys 150 novels about climate change and makes the case for the virtues of cli-fi.
Talking Transformation in Beijing
A conference in China brings graduate students from around the world together to discuss environmental transformation.
Environmental Complacency and the Rise of Distraction; or, How I Learned to Embrace Worrying and Love Movies
How do species extinctions past and present affect our daily lives? What can we do to connect to environmental change?
Chernobyl at Thirty: A Special Edition Environment and Health Roundtable
Drawing from presentations at the recent meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Seattle, a historian, an ecologist, and a political scientist bring their different perspectives to bear on central questions of knowledge stirred by Chernobyl. What have we learned, or not?
Working Concepts: A Conversation with Sarah Besky
A conversation about labor: labor on tea plantations, the labor of language, and the ways in which the Anthropocene invites labor-focused inquiry.
Vocabularies for Technology, Nature, and the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Scott Kirsch
A conversation with geographer Scott Kirsch about what we mean when we talk about technology, and how we can understand the relationship between language and environmental and historical change.
Notes from the Great Transition
Training people to help create communities that are better suited to a changing environment is important work—but quite a challenge when it’s not at all clear what that future will look like.
The Flint Water Crisis: A Special Edition Environment and Health Roundtable
The Flint water crisis sounds a call not just to address the immediate emergency, but to consider the larger legacies to which it points. We’ve assembled a roundtable of noted scholars to contemplate this history, whose understanding, they suggest, is crucial to any broader solution.
Listening to the Anthropocene: John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean
A meditation on an orchestral work that evokes our era of environmental change.
From Yavin’s Moon to the Pit of Carkoon: 7 Ways Space and Place Change How We Watch Star Wars
What do we notice if we watch Star Wars as a space epic?
The Shape of Hope
Fishing provides the opportunity to reconsider the grounds for hope in this time of the Anthropocene.
Dueling Manifestos: Responses to an Ecological Crisis
This comparison of the Leap and the Ecomodernist Manifestos finds hope in an ethic of care.
Stopping by Working Woods on a Snowy Evening
A take on Robert Frost's famous poem, adapted to reflect changes in Wisconsin forest ownership and conservation.
Building Beaches: Beach Nourishment in the United States
A hard look at the soft engineering that goes into our beaches.
Measuring the Anthropocene
In the Anthropocene, or "age of humans," maps open up important but complicated spaces of dialogue about the "human imprint" on earth systems.
Placing the Golden Spike: Uneasy Temporality in the Anthropocene
A new exhibit at the UW-Milwaukee Institute for Visual Arts offers a range of imaginative visualizations for the crisis of the Anthropocene.
Why Our Students Should Debate Climate Change
Teaching the history of science in an age of climate denialism produces surprising questions about nature, knowledge, and democracy.
Our Climatic Fate? Oreskes and Conway’s “Collapse of Western Civilization”
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway’s tale of our catastrophic future is a provocative hybrid of scholarship and science fiction that's great for the classroom.
Materialized Dreams: Boom and Bust in the Cultural Landscape of West Texas
The hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") boom and an imminent bust in the face of a worldwide oil glut are just the most recent swings in a long history of economic and ecological instability in the mineral-rich Permian basin.
Land, Water, and Climate Change in Five Interactive Maps
Five new visualization tools help us explore how climate change might affect the places where land and water meet.
Shored Up: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at the Rockaway Peninsula
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall at the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City, offering forebodings of still more powerful storms to come.
Speaking to Us, Speaking to the World: Elizabeth Kolbert on the Craft of Environmental Journalism
Sarah Dimick sits down with Elizabeth Kolbert to discuss writing in and about the Anthropocene.
The Anthropocene Slam: Mutiny, Play, and the Everyday
The recent Anthropocene Slam at UW-Madison suggested that play might be a key strategy for survival in the "Age of Humans."
Seven Ways to Sense the Anthropocene
Seven projects that help us to better sense—visualize, hear, count—ecological and social transformations in the "Age of Humans."
The Anthropocene: The Promise and Pitfalls of an Epochal Idea
Has Homo sapiens become a geological actor altering the conditions of life so forcefully that our impacts are being written into the fossil record? If so, what are the implications for how we imagine human history, ethics, power, and responsibility?