Human development and survival depends on the environment, including other organisms and non-living surroundings. For the time being, this is provided by Earth. But how are we treating our host planet? It’s clear that our activities reshape our environment – some even fear they may endanger our very existence as a species. So what are our plans for the future?
The World in a Grain
The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
The Nature and Necessity of Bees
Basic Books, 2018
Aspen Institute, 2022
When Shipping Containers Sink in the Drink
We’ve supersized our capacity to ship stuff across the seas. As our global supply chains grow, what can we gather from the junk that washes up on shore?
The New Yorker, 2022
From Big Oil to Big Green
Holding the Oil Industry to Account for the Climate Crisis
MIT Press, 2022
Boston Consulting Group, 2022
Microsoft Premonition: What if we could predict epidemics like we predict the weather?
Through a network of robotic sensing platforms, Premonition aims to continuously monitor our environment to detect potential pathogens and disease-carrying animals before they cause outbreaks.
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
From Microorganisms to Megacities
MIT Press, 2019