Category: Series

Smoke, Black Cockatoos, and Banksias

Stirling Ranges, Western Australia (Source: Terri Anne Allen) By Jessica White In November 2019, before I flew to Munich, I stayed with my parents in Armidale, New South Wales. National parks, farms, and properties between the town and the coast were on fire and,… Continue Reading “Smoke, Black Cockatoos, and Banksias”

Watch and Act, Summer

Susan Ballard, Tree scratchings, Wollongong, November 2019 By Susan Ballard At first, there are only a couple of photos. The usual places: the Guardian, Instagram, Facebook. I trace the fire as it creeps down and across the Southern Highlands, through the deep gullies of… Continue Reading “Watch and Act, Summer”

Matter of Degrees

*Featured image: Australian bushfires from space, 2019 (CC BY SA 3.0) By Anna Pilz and Kate Wright In early January 2020, we began discussing the possibility of curating a collection of creative and intellectual work about the bushfire crisis devastating unceded Aboriginal countries in… Continue Reading “Matter of Degrees”

Annotated Bibliography

Australian bushfires as viewed from the International Space Station, 4 January 2020, NASA ISS (CC BY-SA 3.0) Compiled by Jayne Regan The destructive scale of the 2019-2020 Australian fire season was reported around the world. This multilingual bibliography—collated with the help of RCC associates—offers… Continue Reading “Annotated Bibliography”

Mosquitopia? Could We or Should We Eradicate Mosquitos: A Short Film

In this short film created by the Mosquitopia team following the Rachel Carson Legacy Symposium “Mosquitopia? The Place of Pests in a Healthy World,” 21 experts give their opinions and insights on this critical question. For more on the topic, check out the symposium… Continue Reading “Mosquitopia? Could We or Should We Eradicate Mosquitos: A Short Film”

Book review: Fire: A Brief History (Second Edition) by Stephen J. Pyne

This book review was written by Annika Spenger, one of the students in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program at the Rachel Carson Center. By Annika Spenger “We are truly a species touched by fire” (p. 24)—Stephen J. Pyne’s book Fire: A Brief History focuses… Continue Reading “Book review: Fire: A Brief History (Second Edition) by Stephen J. Pyne”

The Ottoman Imperial Brewery and its Legacy: Multiculturalism, Hedonism, Conservationism

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. *Featured image: A beer-garden visit, ca. 1950s (source: Tarih Vakfı, reproduced here with kind permission) By Malte Fuhrmann Turkey is home to some of the… Continue Reading “The Ottoman Imperial Brewery and its Legacy: Multiculturalism, Hedonism, Conservationism”

Portrait of an Insect Lover: Alexandra Magro

This piece was written by Birgit Müller, anthropologist and curator of the series “Silent Spring Continued: A World without Insects,” based on an interview with Alexandra Magro, an evolutionary ecologist working on, among other things, the life strategies of ladybird beetles. By Birgit Müller… Continue Reading “Portrait of an Insect Lover: Alexandra Magro”

Insect Portrait: Ladybird Beetles

*Image: ©Alexandra Magro Ladybird beetles (of the family Coccinellidae) are a fascinating group of insects. Thriving in all kinds of habitats, they are extremely diverse; around 6,000 species have been described worldwide. Although they are often recognized as beneficial predatory insectivores, their food preferences… Continue Reading “Insect Portrait: Ladybird Beetles”

Insects as Inspiration

As part of the series “Silent Spring Continued: A World without Insects,” guest author Jan Goedbloed shares with us how he developed a deep interest in invertebrates and reflects on how insects continue to inspire him in life, work, and beyond. *Featured image: Chaoborus… Continue Reading “Insects as Inspiration”