The lessons ‘Moby-Dick’ has for a warming world of rising waters

[ad_1] As an environmental historian and scholar of the 19th century, I spend a lot of time thinking about how the past can help us confront our current crises – especially climate change. And there’s a lot of help to be found in the 1800s, from the appreciation of wildness in Henry David Thoreau’s famous […]

The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to make a healthy shift in body ideals

[ad_1] The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life for many people in both trivial and profound ways. Embracing pants without a waistband, trying out creative baking – and perhaps spending a great deal of time sitting, whether for virtual meetings or Netflix binges. For many people, these kinds of behaviors, coupled with the ongoing stressors […]

A new ratings industry is emerging to help homebuyers assess climate risks

[ad_1] As climate change fuels large-scale natural disasters, wildfire evacuations in the West and flooding from the South to New York City and New England. Buying a house is complicated enough in a market that has become supercharged in many U.S. cities. Emerging climate change risks will further complicate those decisions. Investors will be less […]

Career-based classes keep students more engaged

[ad_1] The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Taking a STEM-related career and technical education course in high school makes low-income students more engaged in school than those who don’t take such a course. This is what education scholars Michael Gottfried, Daniel Klasik and I found in our […]

The average person’s daily choices can still make a big difference in fighting climate change – and getting governments and utilities to tackle it, too

[ad_1] The average American’s everyday interactions with energy sources are limited. They range from turning appliances on or off, to commuting, to paying utility bills. The connections between those acts and rising global temperatures may seem distant. However, individuals hold many keys to unlocking solutions to climate change – the biggest challenge our species currently […]