Spaceship Earth: The bottom deck of a sinking ship

When thinking about the Titanic, images of drowning and loss spring to mind; however, this was not the fate of all those aboard the ship. In fact, more than half of the wealthy people on board survived the shipwreck, and lived on to tell their stories. While 61 percent of first-class passengers survived, only 42 percent of second-and […]

Spaceship Earth: A coup against the climate

As the world continues to warm, serious action must be taken in order to prevent oil from being pumped out of the ground and burned into the atmosphere. As the coup in Venezuela progresses, we must understand the international motives and its potential environmental consequences. As of 2014, Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserve in the world at […]

On this Spaceship Earth: Commotion in the oceans

Typically when one thinks of oxygen production on Earth, one pictures luscious trees in rainforests like the Amazon or the Congo. However, less than a third of the Earth’s oxygen is made on land; instead, a much more significant amount of the oxygen (approximately 70 percent) is produced by phytoplankton in the oceans. Paired with the knowledge […]

Tufts by Numbers: Campus carbon

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that aims to halt and reverse many of the climate-protecting policies the Obama administration implemented. The executive order provides the opportunity for coal to be reintroduced as a main energy source nationally. Though relatively cheap and local to the United States, increased coal production can cause […]

Union of Concerned Scientists president calls for resistance to Trump environmental policies

Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), delivered a lecture on potential rollbacks to environmental policies under President Donald Trump’s administration, as well as the efforts being made by the environmental community to combat these rollbacks. The discussion, titled “Climate Strategy During the Trump Years,” took place yesterday in the Alumnae Lounge […]

Editorial: Dining halls should accommodate on-the-go to reduce food waste

The average college student creates 640 pounds of solid waste a year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper. This means that the undergraduate population at Tufts is responsible for annually adding approximately 3,385,600 pounds of solid waste to the Earth. The solid waste produced ends up in one of approximately 1,908 landfills in […]

The Echo Chamber: On recycling

The average American produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day. Thirty-four percent of our total waste is recycled, up from 16 percent in 1990. Germans blow us out of the water, recycling or composting over 60 percent of their municipal waste, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. But still, in 2013, the U.S. saved 87.2 million tons […]

Kelly Sims Gallagher discusses last year’s Paris agreement, future of international climate policy

This academic year saw the adoption and subsequent signing of what a Dec. 16, 2015 Atlantic article called “one of the most important piece of international diplomacy in years.” At the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris in Dec. 2015, 195 nations finally hammered out a deal on international cooperation on greenhouse gas mitigation; last month, on Earth […]

Op-ed: Universities in the Anthropocene

Tufts hosted a symposium on the role of universities in responding to climate change. The administration’s willingness to engage in this discussion, in light of the divestment debate, is welcome. For an institution that espouses active citizenship, it is a moral responsibility for the university to connect the values it advances with the pressing issues […]