The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Posted on Jul 5, 2017
The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Volvo announced this weekend that all new vehicle models produced by the Swedish company would be either electric or hybrid beginning in 2019, as part of a process that will phase out the internal combustion engine. On the decision, the CEO of Volvo declared, “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” […]

Call for Papers: Problems of method in the social study of energy and climate change

Posted on May 31, 2017
Call for Papers: Problems of method in the social study of energy and climate change

Energy and climate change are intimately related, as the main causes of climate change have to do with the production, politics, organisation and technology of energy. Social processes, rooted in prevailing models of capitalism and development, and the associated patterns of energy production and use, are altering world ecology and society. Researching questions of energy […]

Michael Marder and the Crisis of Energy

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Michael Marder and the Crisis of Energy

Michael Marder’s latest project Energy Dreams: Of Actuality (Columbia, 2017), calls on us to ask a question that has—inexplicably—been missing from public and intellectual discourse: the question of energy. Making this initial claim of Marder’s so surprising is the fact that energy has been something of a buzzword of late, with global warming, peak oil […]

The Cultures of Energy Podcast: A Year in Review

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
The Cultures of Energy Podcast: A Year in Review

On December 23, 2015, Rice University’s Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe launched the inaugural Cultures of Energy podcast with science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi as their first guest. Since then, the podcast has run 47 additional episodes featuring a diverse range of activists, historians, scientists, anthropologists, politicians, and artists as guests. Cymene and Dominic have […]

Unstoppable Momentum: Thoughts on the Future of the Paris Agreement

Posted on Oct 18, 2016
Unstoppable Momentum: Thoughts on the Future of the Paris Agreement

  Statement from UN Secretary-General on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: I am delighted to announce that today the Paris Agreement will cross the second and final threshold needed for entry into force, and will enter into force on 4 November 2016.   Global momentum for the Paris Agreement to enter into force in 2016 […]

Golden Spikes and The Great Acceleration: A Conversation with J.R. McNeill

Posted on Sep 15, 2016
Golden Spikes and The Great Acceleration: A Conversation with J.R. McNeill

  J. R. McNeill has been a prominent voice within the field of environmental history for many years, and his intellectual contributions have significantly shaped the discipline. McNeill is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group, a collection of scientists and scholars who formally recommended recognizing the Anthropocene—a new geological epoch in which human activity […]

The Beginning of the End of Growth: Donald Worster’s Shrinking the Earth

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
The Beginning of the End of Growth: Donald Worster’s Shrinking the Earth

  Generally, the discourse surrounding the contemporary environmental movement tends to fall within one of two rhetorical camps when considering the exploitation of natural resources. The first and more popular method adopted by scientists, intellectuals, and activists places emphasis on the deleterious effects of burning fossil fuels on vital earth systems; the argument goes, that […]