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Elizabeth Kolbert

What is it Like to Be a Fly?

Francis Levy | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Francis Levy

So the big difference is language which mediates and translates emotion into thought and also is one of the factors that enables human consciousness to be uniquely self-reflexive. We look at higher brain functions as a gift (which they most certainly are), but might it not be said that animals, who lack such filters, have a better idea of what's going on?

Wrath -- Force of Nature at Wave Hill

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.02.2016 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath -- Force of Nature at Wave Hill in the Bronx brings together twelve artists who have their fingers on the pulse of this issue.


Francis Levy | Posted 08.04.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

If MetLife is an insurance company than metalife is condition in which humanity is buried by its own gift of self-reflexive consciousness.

Is Humanity Behind Biggest Extinction Event Since Dinosaurs?

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG, May 1 (Reuters) - Around 65 million years ago, a massive asteroid or "bolide" smashed into the Yucatan P...

Climate Change, Media, Psychology & the Denial of Death

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...

Post-Apocalyptic Literature, Politics and Science

Boria Sax | Posted 05.19.2014 | Home
Boria Sax

Apocalyptic imagery has again lost its attraction through repetition over the past several decades. The use of a post-apocalyptic setting has now become fairly well-established in fiction.

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with ...

Climate and Ukraine Heat Up... and Who's Today's Frank Underwood?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


Shrum and Torie Clarke agree that Obama should use executive authority to mitigate Climate Change and to reach energy independence... and that the U.S. lacks leverage in Ukraine Crisis. But because it's not Hungry 1956, Putin can't stem wave of democracy with troops.

Sixth Extinction

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Darwin was right about many things, including the mechanism by which the plenitude of life we know as biodiversity came to thrive on this planet. Unfortunately for us, his picture has hit a big roadblock.

Women Leading the Way

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women
Robin Amos Kahn

Women are leading the way in so many areas, both on a world-wide stage and as community leaders. Here is a short list of list of women who are accomplishing great things.

The Benefits Of Spoiling Kids In America

Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

For the sake of argument, let's explore the possibility that spoiling our children -- creating "brats" who are very comfortable being waited and doted upon -- is good for them.

Is There Any Rational Reason To Have Children?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Lisa Belkin

...moral tests imply logic, and we are outside that realm when we are talking about...Love...Faith...Children. Would these exist if rationality were the test?

Now Zad: Are Afghans Happier Than Americans?

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

Are Afghans happier than Americans? Would you be happy if your native land had been torn to bits by warfare for thirty years? And yet...

Best Environmental Journalism of 2009

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

Major news organizations are cutting science reporters, stoking fears that important journalism on environmental issues is in danger of drying up.

Colin and Michelle's Excellent Adventure

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

What's wrong with wanting to make a living speaking and writing about environmental issues? Colin Beavan's never claimed to be an expert, simply a layperson who wanted to enlighten himself and others.

Farewell to Van Jones and His Green Jobs Agenda

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Saturday night's surprising resignation of Van Jones and the controversy leading up to to it reveals all that is good and great about our political system. It also reveals all that is bad and sad about it.

A Stunt Or Not A Stunt? That Is NOT The Question

Colin Beavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Colin Beavan

Elizabeth Kolbert's using four pages to attack her fellow environmental writers is four pages less that she could have used to convince the public of the dangers of continuing to burn fossil fuel and that we could have a better way of life without it.

On the Impact of Personal Eco-Behavior

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

American people are deeply confused about how to reduce their impact, even if they wanted to. I cringe every time I see someone on TV going on about unplugging power strips.

New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert Slams US CAP for "Donating to Deniers"

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the 2006 global warming book Field Notes from a Catastrophe, has a piece in the New Yorker today titled "Donating to the ...

Elizabeth Kolbert Reports On The Dire Consequences Of Climate Change

GOOD Magazine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
GOOD Magazine

Words By Catharine Livingston Photo By Livia Corona For journalists, the rule is simple: Tell the untold story. Which is why, shortly after the Unite...