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The ethics of off-earth mining: expanding the discussion

This post was co-authored with Matthew Kearnes and is part of a collaborative research and writing project. I presented it today at the 2015 Off-Earth Mining Forum in Sydney. This paper has been written in an effort to provide an accessible introduction to these ideas for the particular audience of that event, predominantly engineers, mining…

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Ethics in the Field: How far should we go to bring back lost species?

Translocation, captive breeding, somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning), back-breeding, gene and seed banking—the list goes on. Today, there are a whole range of different technologies and techniques aimed at holding on to, or even resurrecting, species that might already be thought of as “lost” in some significant sense. My inclination is not to definitively rule…

A Hawaiian crow being 'enriched'. KBCC Hawai'i.

Care: Some musings on a theme

This short paper was written for a collaborative project that is working to develop a lexicon for the environmental humanities (yet to be published). It was presented at the Affective Habitus conference in Canberra in June 2014 in a panel with Cameron Muir, Eben Kirksey, Emily O’Gorman, Kate Wright, Matthew Kearnes and Tom Bristow (chaired…