How the 16th-Century Energy Revolution Can Help Us Exit the Fossil Fuel Age

Understanding Why We Broke Free of Our Original Energy Source—Wood—Will Aid in Our Transition Back to Renewables Today

Scientists have long warned of the potential global catastrophe that burning fossil fuels could unleash on the planet. Now, a recent spate of record heat waves, forest fires, droughts, and floods have at long last awakened the rest of the world to the immediacy of the threat from global climate change. Politicians are being forced into action by world-wide protests, as activists push peacefully for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which may limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

As we work to find a healthier path ahead, we …

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America’s Anti-Chinese Bigotry Has a Very Old Stench | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

America’s Anti-Chinese Bigotry Has a Very Old Stench

Olfactory Racism Has Long Stigmatized Chinese Airs and Smells as a Threat to U.S. Public Health and Safety

Since the early months of COVID-19, people assumed to be Chinese have been stared at, yelled at, coughed on, spit on, sprayed with Febreze, beaten, splashed with acid, pushed, stabbed, …

Determining America’s National Myth Will Determine the Country’s Fate | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Determining America’s National Myth Will Determine the Country’s Fate

The Ethno-Nationalist Vision of the United States Will Not Just 'Slink Off Into the Night'

Alexander Hamilton had no illusions about what would happen to Americans if the United States collapsed.

If the newly drafted Constitution wasn’t ratified, he warned in Federalist No. 8, a “War …

Pioneering, Influential, yet Rife With Inequality, Can the PTA’s History Point Us Forward? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Pioneering, Influential, yet Rife With Inequality, Can the PTA’s History Point Us Forward?

As We Navigate Today’s Educational Crisis, the Parent-Teacher Association Offers a Model of How Caregivers, Teachers, and Communities Work Better United

The past year has been like no other, in many ways. Consider the remote schooling of millions of children in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. Never in …

Where I Go: L.A.’s Arboretum, Where the Peafowl Hunt You in Packs | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Where I Go: L.A.’s Arboretum, Where the Peafowl Hunt You in Packs

Butt-Dancing Birds Have Become My Pandemic Icons

When the pandemic fell upon the earth, my husband Andrew and I went to the L.A. Arboretum. Few other Southern California locations remained open after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued our …