Tag: conservation

Munich’s Beautiful Botanical Garden

By Samantha Rothbart The Munich Botanical Garden may be a little sparse at the moment, but even without the vibrant green foliage that dominates the city in the summer, it is an impressive sight. You might expect the leafless branches to create an air of… Continue Reading “Munich’s Beautiful Botanical Garden”

Snapshot: Permaculture – Alternative Agriculture, part 3

Last year, students of the RCC Environmental Studies Certificate Program had the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop with Jochen Koller, Diploma Permaculture-Designer and Director of the Forschungsinstitut für Permakultur und Transition (FIPT). Students gained an insight into the ethics and design principles of permaculture,… Continue Reading “Snapshot: Permaculture – Alternative Agriculture, part 3”

The Future of Wild Europe

Conference Report (The University of Leeds, UK, 12–14 September 2016) By Roger Norum A version of this report was first published  17 October 2016 on ENHANCE ITN. This three-day conference was the first of three large events for the ENHANCE ITN (The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned… Continue Reading “The Future of Wild Europe”


Socialist industrialization, eco-linguistic, agro-food globalization and much more during the 2016 summer semester at the Rachel Carson Center. Would you like to keep up to date with our latest Lunchtime Colloquia? Then follow us by subscribing to our Rachel Carson Center Youtube Channel for new (and… Continue Reading “LUNCHTIME COLLOQUIA, SUMMER 2016”

Student Research: Gardeners

By Veronika Degmayr (Environmental Studies Certificate Program) Whether you’re an academic in the environmental field, an environmental activist, or just a person concerned about the state of our environment, you might at times wonder what good all that science, research, and activism is really doing.… Continue Reading “Student Research: Gardeners”

Snapshot: Beach Litter in a Sustainable Exhibition

By Katrin Kleemann A few weeks ago, “Snapshot: Zero Waste?” featured an exhibition exploring global waste production. Today’s feature looks at what happens to that waste. As part of its Planet Oceans Initiative, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich hosts one of London’s first sustainable galleries: the… Continue Reading “Snapshot: Beach Litter in a Sustainable Exhibition”

Snapshot: Fur seals at the beach close to the former whaling station … on South Georgia.

For several decades at the beginning of the twentieth century the remote island of South Georgia, approximately 1,400 kilometers east of the southern tip of South America, was the center of the global whaling and sealing industries.

Bookshelf: Jens Kersten on Inwastement—Abfall in Umwelt und Gesellschaft

The Inwastement volume arose from the research cluster “Waste and Society” of the RCC together with LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies. Published in German by Transcript, the issue includes contributions from: Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler, Claudia R. Binder, Eveline Dürr, Gisela Grupe, Rüdiger Haum, Michael Jedelhauser, Jens Kersten, Roman… Continue Reading “Bookshelf: Jens Kersten on Inwastement—Abfall in Umwelt und Gesellschaft”

Worldview: Taking Care of the “Yaguareté” in the Littoral Region of Argentina

by María Valeria Berros When you walk around the Littoral region, northeast Argentina, you seldom hear the word “jaguar.” Here and across Argentina the Guaraní expression “yaguareté,” meaning “the real beast,” is more common. The presence of the yaguareté in many famous stories, songs, and… Continue Reading “Worldview: Taking Care of the “Yaguareté” in the Littoral Region of Argentina”

Photo of the Week: Tobias Schiefer

A Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, rests on a plant at the tropical butterfly house at Munich’s botanical gardens. Monarch butterflies have been the focus of many environmental campaigns on account of their dwindling numbers. Their demise has been linked to human activity, most recently in relation to the… Continue Reading “Photo of the Week: Tobias Schiefer”