Our cognitive systems have been honed by evolution to focus on animals. After all, throughout evolutionary history, animals have posed far more immediate threats or benefits than plants.
Ah, the baffling dilemmas of the environmentally aware consumer: Local tomatoes versus organic tomatoes. Cloth diapers versus disposables. CFL versus LED light bulbs.
How can people be convinced to act in an environmentally-friendly way? Offering money is one common approach.
The world is getting warmer, the oceans are becoming more acidic, there is a global biodiversity crisis.
Over the last 25 years, outbreaks of spruce bark beetles have killed trees across more than a million acres of forests on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, southwest of Anchorage.
Researchers at the University of Vermont may have a bone to pick with their state’s former poet laureate.
Ninety-seven percent of scientific papers about climate change agree that it is human in origin. Yet the proportion of the US public that shares that belief is staggeringly low.
Do you know how much energy your laptop uses while you leave it plugged in all night? How about your television or coffee maker? Or even a single light bulb? More importantly, do you care?
Getting people to care about the environment is a struggle. One problem is that we tend to ignore problems that will arise years or decades from now.
It’s getting cold outside.