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Questioning the Limits to Growth: Responses to a Lecture by Dennis Meadows

Following Dennis Meadows’ lecture, “The Limits to Growth and the Future of Humanity,” which was given at the Amerika Haus in Munich on Tuesday, 4 December 2012, the RCC is making available the slides used during the presentation and the questions collected from the…

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree: “The Limits to Growth” through the Generations

By Annka Liepold; published in conjuction with a lecture by Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth, an event co-sponsored by the RCC. Growing up, most people are told by their parents what they can do to make this planet better. I remember…

The Alpha Experiment

Post by Dominic Kotas Imagine that, at some point in the future, we discover another planet (Planet Alpha). It’s perfect for us. Somehow it satisfies all our requirements and renders Earth irrelevant to our survival. So, we leave Earth, and move into our new…

An Interview with Jane Carruthers

Combining histories to look at the whole picture is something very particular to environmental history, according to Jane Carruthers, a professor of history at the University of South Africa and an RCC board member. She offers this and other interesting insights into the present…

Assessing the Success of Silent Spring

Post by Katie Ritson, posted in conjunction with the publication of the RCC Perspectives issue, “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: Encounters and Legacies” Working for a center named after Rachel Carson and in the fiftieth anniversary year of her book Silent Spring, it’s easy to…

Dust Storm

Post by Donald Worster On October 19 the American media excitedly reported “a massive dust storm” blanketing northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. For several hours the winds blew dirt eastward from the plains, limiting visibility on the ground to a mere ten feet. The…

Germany’s “Coal Pit” Reinvents Itself

This post was originally composed for polis and is re-posted here with their permission. “Deep in the West, where the sun is gathering dust,” bellows Herbert Grönemeyer in an ode to his home town, Bochum, “things are better, much better than you think.” Even…

Barry Commoner and the Bridge between the Lab and the Ghetto

Post by Robert Gioielli With Barry Commoner’s death last week, the American environmental movement lost one of its most underappreciated leaders and voices. This may seem like an overstatement, considering the robust obituaries offered up in the days after his passing, but Commoner is…

Fifty Years of Silent Spring

Post by Arielle Helmick Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published fifty years ago today. Having taken her name, we at the RCC would like to take a look back at Carson’s legacy, in terms of what she has meant for the Center, as well…

Introducing…Seeing the Forest!

Social media is a new and promising frontier for the environmental humanities. Already, numerous scholars, associations, research centers and the like are experimenting with social media’s potential. We at the Rachel Carson Center have also ventured into this frontier, and we are excited to…