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January 10, 2022

As the Hydrocarbon Era Comes to an End, We Need a New Focus for Economics

Bart Hawkins Kreps and Clifford W. Cobb

A new book edited by Bart Hawkins Kreps and Clifford W. Cobb explores the collective transformations that will need to take place in a post-fossil fuel, post-economic growth era.

May 17, 2021

The Entangled Histories of Cane and Beet in Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar

Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, art historians, curators, and co-directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre at University College London, discuss their new book, Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar. Through essays, interviews, and artistic interventions, the book examines the decline of sugar beet production in Eastern Europe as synecdoche of post-Soviet transition while reckoning with the entangled histories of sugar, colonialism, and extractivism in the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and suggesting alternate futures.

May 12, 2021

Making climate information accessible to rural farmers in Kenya

Enock Mac’Ouma

Rural communities are often hit hard by climate change but face significant barriers in mitigating its effects. Enock Mac'Ouma describes a project of the UNESCO Chair on Community Radio for Agricultural Education at Rongo University, Kenya, which uses community radio to accelerate rural education and technology transfer in a particularly vulnerable region.

May 3, 2021

Helios 1: Simon Orpana's Gasoline Dreams

Simon Orpana and Caleb Wellum

Helios is a new interview series about cutting edge EH research and the creative processes that bring it to life. Our first installment features Simon Orpana, an artist and researcher from Hamilton, ON who turns sophisticated concepts and complex histories into arresting graphic narratives.

April 20, 2021

Travelling out of sight? Mapping the flight networks of Canada's gold mining industry

Sydney Hart

Researcher Sydney Hart explains his web-based project to scrutinize the flight networks that support the operations of some of the world's largest gold mining companies. Rather than "flight shaming" individuals, "Mining Maps" shines a light on corporate responsibility for climate change.

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.

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 on global media coverage of the Anthropocene.

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.

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.

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.

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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