The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014
The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

A nice article with a ridiculous title appeared in Saturday’s New York Times on the efforts of Lauri Zoloth, president of the American Academy of Religion, to create a “sabbatical year” from the AAR’s annual conference as a way of decreasing its carbon emissions: “We could choose to not meet at a huge annual meeting in which we take […]

Benjamin Sovacool on Disciplinary Perspectives in Energy Studies

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014
Benjamin Sovacool on Disciplinary Perspectives in Energy Studies

In an article in the science journal Nature, “Diversity: Energy studies need social science,” Benjamin Sovacool examines the bias towards hard sciences in energy studies, and makes a compelling case for the broadening of the field to include the social sciences and humanities.  His quantitative analysis finds “four worrisome trends: an undervaluation of the influence […]