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Human Landscape, Public Health

Will Nanotubes Create an Environmental Health Crisis?

Will Nanotubes Create an Environmental Health Crisis?

Carbon nanotubes are among the most extraordinary materials ever constructed, capable of revolutionizing industries from solar energy to space travel. But for all their futuristic promise, nanotubes pose a grave environmental health threat, and have been linked to lung cancer. Will nanotubes change the world for better, or for worse?
by × June 23, 2012 × 5 comments

Climate, Culture

Climate and the Coast: Learning to Love Filipino Culture

Climate and the Coast: Learning to Love Filipino Culture

Maybe it was the first time I rode on a sakayan, a handmade pontoon boat; or perhaps it was when I sat down to hire my research assistant; or possibly it happened when I first saw bags of live, brightly …

by × June 14, 2012 × 3 comments

Ecosystems, Forests, Human Landscape, Indigenous Peoples

Perspectives from the People’s Land: First Nations, Forestry, and Ferocious Flies

Perspectives from the People’s Land: First Nations, Forestry, and Ferocious Flies

Have you ever been in northern Quebec in bug season?

Black flies, horse flies, deer flies, moose flies, then a fifteen minute “bug window” – usually just before dusk, during the changing of the guard – followed by mosquitoes and …

by × June 11, 2012 × 2 comments

Human Landscape

Preserving Subsistence: A Land Use Battle in an Alaskan Wilderness

Preserving Subsistence: A Land Use Battle in an Alaskan Wilderness

Preserving Subsistence was originally published on May 6, 2012 in These Fifty States, a Yale College publication devoted to capturing different aspects of place across America. Find them at thesefiftystates.org.

Ricky Ashby is not an easy man to track

by × May 14, 2012 × 1 comment

Culture, Ecosystems, Human Landscape, Multimedia, Out West

Image by Stephen Brooks. Increasing periods of drought in the American West have raised concern among those dependent on the land. Nathan, a young rancher in Eastern Oregon, awaits the building clouds with hope that they may bring a much-needed spring rain for the parched soils.

How the West Was Won: The Sage + Westies Photo Essay

What happens when a magazine and a student group collaborate to put out a call for images that tell stories about the North American West? Inboxes rapidly fill up with muskoxen and lots of people gain an excuse to drink Oregon beer while looking at mind-blowing pictures. A selection of photos from beyond the 100th meridian.
by × May 6, 2012 × Comments are Disabled

Energy, Nuclear

Should Japan Turn Its Nuclear Reactors Back On? A Sage + PolicyMic Forum

Should Japan Turn Its Nuclear Reactors Back On? A Sage + PolicyMic Forum

With 130 million people in need of power (but 80% of the population against nuclear power), should Japan end the moratorium currently keeping 54 nuclear reactors closed? You tell us....
by × May 5, 2012 × 0 comments