These digital environmental archives offer a range of approaches to environmental histories, cultural practices, and ecological changes.
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.
Does tidying up always mean throwing away? Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show sparks joy and skepticism in a scholar researching waste.
Curious about ecohorror? An ecocritic recommends classic, campy, and little-known films that play with our culture’s deepest fears about nature. A few of these creature features just might get under your skin—literally.
Controversial plastic straw bans continue to make headlines. A cultural analysis helps weigh the most recent legislation and asks whether bans on single-use plastics offer a path toward a more sustainable future or a distraction from systemic change.
In a series of photographs, a landscape designer and artist uncovers the invisible toxic legacies of nuclear technology in Hanford, WA.
Why do we recycle? American consumers have learned to think of recycling as a local activity, but a recent Chinese ban on imported solid waste may force us to see the ways that recycling is a global industry.
August 2016 recommendations from the Edge Effects editorial board.
A compost organization in New York City offers up an alternative vision of urban green space and waste labor.
A drawn-out interview with Josh Lepawsky on the politics, flows, and research practices around electronic waste.