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The Grasslands of Mongolia

The vastness of Mongolia’s sky and grasslands cannot be overstated; they present an expansive landscape of complexity, evolution, and history. During a research trip to Mongolia in the summer of 2013, I traveled from the northern forest steppe to the edge of the desert…

Sensing Latency: Ruins as Sites of Imagination

Post by Diana Limbach Lempel There are two abandoned houses in my neighborhood. I walk by one most days, a small four-family with asphalt shingles slowly littering the ground around its foundation. The sides are a greenish color that I think comes from moss….

A Conversation on Scholarship, Storytelling, and the Public Humanities

This edited email exchange developed from an informal discussion at the RCC on the role of the writer in communicating environmental issues. Many points of interest and contention emerged – so many, in fact, that RCC fellows are looking at how to discuss them…

Arctic Dreaming? History, Resource Development, and the Future of the Arctic Meltdown

By John Sandlos We have all heard the news stories: a warming climate is destined to melt huge sections of the multi-year polar sea ice, potentially unlocking the last great untapped reservoirs of oil and natural gas in the world. The media has been…

A Moment of your Time – A Verbatim Poem On Climate Change

This poem was created by Emily Hinshlewood. All of the lines in the poem were responses to her questions on climate change from people she met as she walked across Wales. Fog. Fug. Smog Cough. Smother. Choke The planet in nasty grey-blue smoke from factories…

The Battle To Define “Avatar Spirituality”

RCC alumnus Bron Taylor has been interviewed by RD10Q on his most recent book, Avatar and Nature Spirituality. Taylor’s book contains essays from leading scholars on the environmental dimensions of James Cameron’s hugely popular film. Asked about the “take-home” message, Taylor comments: In my…

Green Me Up, JJ

It’s hard work being an environmentally-conscious American citizen in the twenty-first century. How can one source green guns? Is it an environmentally-sound decision to have children? And how far is too far for Little League? Such questions can overwhelm the good-hearted, CSA-loving eco-warrior. Fortunately,…

“Nachhaltig Schenken”: Tips on Sustainable Presents

On 9 September 2013, Kmart (an American chain of discount stores) aired its first Christmas advert, giving shoppers a mere 106 days to make their Christmas purchases. It starts earlier every year, and it’s not just businesses who ask us to shop. During the…

Material Matters: A Report on the 8th Biennial ASLE-UKI Conference

By Nicole Seymour Thanks to the Rachel Carson Center, I was able to attend the ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland chapter) conference last month at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. As a regular attendee of…

New Design for Seeing the Woods

We’ve updated our blog design to link it more closely with our other social media platforms. We hope you like the new look! If you have any thoughts, please let us know in the comments.