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March 15, 2021

The Black Gold Tapestry

Joan Sullivan

In 2008, Canadian artist Sandra Sawatzky set out to embroider the social history of oil. Nine years and 17, 000 hours of work later, she completed her epic Black Gold Tapestry, which visualizes our relationship to energy like never before.

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March 8, 2021

The Anthropocene in Global Media: Neutralizing the Risk: The Project and the Book

Leslie Sklair

Leslie Sklair, Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the London School of Economics, introduces an important new study of global media coverage of the Anthropocene.

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March 3, 2021

The Energy Humanities and Russian Energy Futures

Taste the Waste

Taste the Waste argues that the Russian government's vision of the energy future will harm both the planet and many groups living on the margins of Russian society.

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February 22, 2021

Education and Extraction

Stacey Balkan

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted higher education in the United States. Millions of students and faculty have been forced to meet online using digital platforms like Zoom. Literature professor Stacey Balkan argues that Zoom education should not be considered a new normal, for the sake of students, faculty, and the planet.

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February 15, 2021

Global conspiracy? The dangers of the anti-Alberta energy campaign

László Németh

In 2019, the Government of Alberta launched a Public Inquiry into "anti-Alberta energy campaigns that are supported by foreign organizations." Independent researcher László Németh warns that the inquiry's latest report is flirting with dangerous forms of populist rhetoric.

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February 8, 2021

Wake-up call or final straw? What the Biden presidency means for Alberta's oil sands

Amy Janzwood

Political scientist Amy Janzwood argues that the Biden administration's attempts to curb U.S. demand for oil will likely accelerate the downfall of Alberta's oil sands. The Canadian oil industry faces a choice: either manage that decline or transform.

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February 3, 2021

Feature: What Biden’s election means for climate justice in the United States

Claire Ravenscroft

Claire Ravenscroft warns that mere belief in "the science" of climate change is no longer good enough, and that the Democratic Party will only make progess if pushed by a well-organized and insistent grassroots movement.

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January 25, 2021

When It Comes to Energy Transition, India Must Embrace Complexity

Deepthi Swamy

Deepthi Swamy of the World Resources Institute, India, highlights some of the challenges and complexities of energy transition on the ground in India. If India is to achieve its renewable energy goals, the country must take a democratic, bottom-up view of transition.

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December 21, 2020

What's your energy story?

Derek Gladwin

As our society transitions to new forms of energy, our social and cultural stories will also change. Derek Gladwin explores how the energy humanities provide a useful framework for understanding and speaking about our individual and collective energy stories.

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December 10, 2020

Researchers work with high school students from 18 countries to address energy futures

Lynette Shultz and Carrie Karsgaard

Despite a recent surge in youth climate activism around the world, climate-related topics remain marginal in formal education in many countries. A team of researchers created the International Youth Deliberation on Energy Futures to fill the gap. Lynette Shultz and Carrie Karsgaard explain what they were up to, and how the students responded.

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