MA PROGRAM – Applied Ethics, Linköping University, Sweden

Master’s Programme in Applied Ethics

From 2013 the Centre for Applied Ethics at Linköping University, Sweden offers a master’s programme in applied ethics.

The programme is open for students with different educational backgrounds who are interested in applied ethics. Please inform potential students!

The program includes courses on ethical theory and moral practice, social and political ethics, globalisation and global justice, ethics and migration, business ethics, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics.

For more information, see http://www.liu.se/ikk/cte/startsida/1.405142/leaflet-master-applied-ethics-cte-v2.pdf.

WEBSITE/CALL FOR AUTHORS – The Rachel Carson Center Blog

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is excited to announce the launch of its blog,

Seeing the Forest!

With Seeing the Forest, the RCC hopes to enhance the online influence of the environmental humanities and help extend its reach.  By showcasing innovative research, valuable resources and provocative expert commentary, the blog will demonstrate the relevancy and importance of infusing humanistic and historical perspectives into discussions about today’s environmental challenges.  The RCC seeks to provide context that will help reveal the bigger picture, or “the forest,” explaining the long and complex relationship between humans and nature.

It is  also seeking contributions from scholars, students and professionals in the environmental humanities field.  Contributions will reach a diverse and international audience, and will help to infuse environmental discussions with humanistic and historical perspectives.  For more on becoming a contributor the RCC’s submission guidelines.

WEBSITE – Center for Humans and Nature

The Center for Humans and Nature has just launched a new website for fellow academics and the naturally curious to explore the relationships between people and nature. The center partners with some of the brightest minds in ethical thinking to explore humans and nature relationships, bringing together philosophers, biologists, ecologists, lawyers, political scientists, anthropologists, and economists to think creatively about how people can make better decisions — in relationship with each other and the rest of nature.

The Center for Humans and Nature connects people with ideas through big Questions, ongoing Projects, our journal Minding Nature, and special events. With the Center’s network of Senior ScholarsContributors, and Fellows, we’re working to foster a culture that puts ethical thinking at the core of decision-making.

Across the world, people are striving for fairer and resilient economies, truly democratic cultures, and healthy, thriving communities.  The Center offers ideas on how transforming humanity’s relationship with nature can inform our responses to these interconnected challenges.

The Center for Humans and Nature invites fellow thinkers of all backgrounds to this new online community for the naturally curious to explore big ideas and share your thoughts. HumansAndNature.org: Asking questions, inspiring change. Think here.

You can also connect with the Center for Humans and Nature on Facebook and Twitter.

WEBSITE – Inside the Greenhouse, University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder now hosts Inside the Greenhouse, a multimedia-driven website run by Max Boykoff, Beth Osnes, and Joshua Rollins.

Our project objectives are:
1. To generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change
2. To engage with various dimensions and issues associated with sustainability
3. To produce and distribute the ‘Inside the Greenhouse’ program

We work to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with
climate change are/can be communicated, by creating artifacts through
interactive theatre, film, fine art, performance art, television
programming, and appraising as well as extracting effective methods
for multimodal climate communication. The centerpiece of this project
is the Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) television program, featuring a
high-profile figure engaged in climate and environment issues (stay
tuned for our upcoming schedule). As part of the programming, we also
feature work produced in the associated Inside the Greenhouse course
at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The interdisciplinary approach taken up in this ITG collective seeks
to capture, value and interrogate the complexity of multi-scale and
contemporary climate science, policy and politics as well as the
challenges of performance and communication of these issues. Our
motivations here spring from an expansive view of climate science and
policy in society, where more formal scientific and policy work is
part of, rather than separate from, public uptake. Representational
practices of various sorts play key roles in interpretation, framing
climate change for policy, politics and the public, and drawing
attention to how to make sense of the changing world. Mediated
portrayals – from television news to live performance – are critical
links between people’s everyday realities and experiences, and the
ways in which these are discussed at a distance between science,
policy and public actors.

The chosen title of the project – Inside the Greenhouse – acknowledges
that, to varying degrees, we are all implicated in, part of, and
responsible for greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. So in
these collective endeavors we treat this ‘greenhouse’ as a living
laboratory, an intentional place for growing new ideas and evaluating
possibilities to confront climate change through a range of mitigation
and adaptation strategies.

Feel free to also follow our twitter feed @media_climate

We’d appreciate any feedback you have on the project, ideas for
enhancing our abilities to meet these objectives, and so on.

WEBSITE – Oxford Bibliographies on Ecology

Oxford is building a broad range of new subject areas each year, releasing at intervals.  Oxford Bibliographies is updated regularly, with 50-75 articles added per year to each subject area.  Those working in environmental areas will be interested in their ecology bibliographies: Allelopathy, Animals, Functional Morphology of, Animals, Reproductive Allocation in, Animals, Thermoregulation in, Applied Ecology, Biological Chaos and Complex Dynamics, Biome, Grassland, Chemical Ecology, Classification Analysis, Communities and Ecosystems, Indirect Effects in, Communities, Top-Down and Bottom-Up Regulation of, Community Concept, The, Community Ecology, Community Phenology, Competition in Plant Communities, Conservation Biology, Conservation Genetics, Coral Reefs, Desert Biome, Endophytes, Fungal, Energy Flow, Facilitation and the Organization of Communities, Fire Ecology, Foraging, Optimal, Forests, Temperate Deciduous, Kin Selection, Landscape Ecology, Laws, Ecological, Limnology, Mathematical Ecology, Metacommunity Dynamics, Metapopulations and Spatial Population Processes, Mimicry, Mutualisms and Symbioses, Mycorrhizal Ecology. Niche Versus Neutral Models of Community Organization, Niches, Ordination Analysis, Paleoecology, Paleolimnology, Peatlands, Phenotypic Selection, Polar Regions, Population Genetics, Populations and Communities, Dynamics of Age- and Stage-Structured, Reductionism Versus Holism, Soil Ecology, Stream Ecology, Succession, Trophic Levels, Wildlife Ecology

Forthcoming bibliographies of interest: Aldo Leopold, Coevolution, Ecological Engineering, Human Ecology, Maximum Sustainable Yield, Natural History Tradition, Anthropocentrism, Charles Darwin, Charles Elton, Ecosystem Economics, Ecotourism, G. Evelyn Hutchinson, Island Biogeography Theory, Keystone Species, Rachel Carson, Robert MacArthur, Sir Arthur Tansley, Systems Ecology

BLOG – Oikos: Synthesizing Ecology

Oikos publishes original and innovative research on all aspects of ecology. Emphasis is on theoretical and empirical work aimed at generalization and synthesis across taxa, systems and ecological disciplines.  The latest blog entry has an excellent discussion of competing definitions and measures for ecological stabilityThe blog also has information on how to subscribe to receive email notifications, and sections for jobs in ecology, events from around the world, introductions to ecology, video interviews, and so forth.