CALL FOR CHAPTERS – Climate Justice and Geoengineering

Climate Justice and Geoengineering

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 2nd, 2015.

In the last half dozen years, the ethics of climate engineering has become a topic of vigorous discussion. Not enough of this discussion, however, has placed the ethics of climate engineering squarely in the context of the other options on the table for dealing with the challenges of climate change. The editors are seeking chapters that will put the justice issues raised by various aspects of climate engineering into dialogue with the justice issues raised by alternative climate strategies. Continue reading

JOB: Three PhD Positions in Ethics of Technology

The 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology in the Netherlands offers 3 PhD Positions in Ethics of Technology.

We are looking for three talented PhD students for projects in the areas of:

  • Ethics of Technology (various areas) (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Technology & Ethics (various areas) (Delft University of Technology)
  • Ethics of Emerging Medical Technologies (University of Twente)

 Application Deadline:  June 10th, 2014

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FINAL CALL – ISEE at the Pacific APA, April 16 -20, 2014, San Diego, CA, USA

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2014 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in San Diego, CA, USA from Wednesday, April 16th to Sunday, April 20th at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel. Continue reading

LECTURE – “Biological Invasions”, McGill (Canada)

mcgill ricciardiMcGill University’s Cutting Edge Lectures in Science at the Redpath Museum presents: “Biological Invasions: The Ecological and Societal Impacts of Non-native Species”

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6pm

By Anthony Ricciardi (Redpath Museum and McGill School of Environment)

Driven by the movement of people and cargo across the planet, thousands of species of plants, animals and microbes are spreading into new regions faster and farther than at any other time in Earth’s history. These “biological invasions” can cause extinctions, disrupt ecosystems, alter natural resources, threaten human health, and even pose national security problems. Despite these risks, some ecologists have advocated planned invasions to rescue species threatened by climate change. Termed “assisted colonization”, their proposal involves moving potentially large numbers of species to favorable habitats well beyond their native range. This talk will evaluate this controversial strategy and the ecological and societal impacts of invasions worldwide.  Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is an associate professor in both the Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment, where he teaches courses on animal diversity, environmental science, and the ecology of species invasions.  He received his PhD from McGill (in 1997), and was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Université Laval and a Killam Fellow at Dalhousie University. He is an associate editor for the journal Diversity and Distributions and the journal Biological Invasions, and he serves on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network – a national NSERC-funded research group that assesses the risks of invasion in Canada’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West (Metro McGill/Peel), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Seating is limited. No reservations necessary.
When: 6 PM, followed by a reception.
Cost: Free, everyone welcome.

For more information, visit this webpage.

SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE – Geoengineering: taking control of our planet’s climate?

In November 2010, the Royal Society hosted a Discussion Meeting: Geoengineering – taking control of our planet’s climate that critically assessed many of the schemes currently being considered.  Papers in this volume, edited by Andy Ridgwell, Chris Freeman and Richard Lampitt, directly reflect the outcome of this meeting, including assessments of how proposed schemes might be implemented ‘for real’ in terms of engineering challenges and cost. Papers cover both technologies that aim to create cooling by modifying how much sunlight is absorbed at the Earth’s surface, as well as those tackling the root of the problem – excess CO2 in the atmosphere. Additional global modelling papers provide new assessments of how geoengineering may (or may not) fit with conventional CO2 mitigation measures to achieve policy targets.

The issue (and ALL Royal Society content) is currently freely available to access online until 29th November 2012.

The print issue is available at the special price of £47.50.  You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TA 1974 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE Sessions at the Pacific APA, Spring 2013

International Society for Environmental Ethics LogoSubmissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in the always beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA from Wednesday, March 27th to Sunday, March 31st.

ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minutes running time) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.; 2 hours running time).  Submissions are encouraged from those working interdisciplinarily and include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • animal studies,
  • green religion,
  • sustainability,
  • climate ethics,
  • conservation ethics,
  • environmental education,
  • environmental justice,
  • environmental policy,
  • ecophenomenology,
  • environmental pragmatism,
  • food, water, & agricultural ethics,
  • geoengineering, synthetic biology, & nanotechnology,
  • feminist, post-colonial, and queer studies.

Submission Procedure:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit either: 1) a full paper, or 2) a 300-word abstract.
  • For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of presenters, and titles for each paper. Paper abstracts (of up to 300 words) are strongly encouraged.  Participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to William Grove-Fanning: williamgrovefanning@hotmail.comThe deadline for submitting materials and proposals is September 1st, 2012.  Early submissions are most welcome.  Decisions will be made by late September.