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Pope Francis made an evocative call to address the dual problems of environmental degradation and human exploitation. Photo credit: Alfredo Borba.

Debating the Pope: Social Scientists Engage Pope's Call for Climate Change Dialogue in Top Journal

In Pope Francis’ nearly 200-page climate change encyclical, Laudato SI, published earlier this year, he explicitly calls for a “dialogue with all people about our common home.” A group of leading social scientists provide a scholarly foundation for that dialogue in a special series of commentaries published online this week in Nature Climate Change.

New Book Argues that Social Sciences Are Critical to Climate Conversation

According to the new book “Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives,” engaging the social – and not just natural – sciences in the climate conversation is essential for effecting large-scale change. Edited by environmental sociologists Robert J. Brulle, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Riley E. Dunlap, a professor at Oklahoma State University, the book breaks new ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions and cultural practices.

Drexel Sociologist’s New Book Explores the Double-Edged Sword of “The Age of Aluminum”

From Coca-Cola cans to Apollo 11 to the Empire State Building, aluminum can be found almost anywhere you look. But are there unseen costs associated with this ubiquitous metal? In a new book, Drexel University’s Mimi Sheller, PhD, explores how aluminum enabled a high-speed, gravity-defying American modernity even as other parts of the world paid the price in environmental damage and political turmoil.
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How Aluminum Changed the World, for Good and Bad: A Q&A With Drexel Prof Mimi Sheller

Aluminum has helped change the world in ways previously unimaginable. But the quest for more aluminum has also had damaging ripple effects on the environment and indigenous populations around the world.

Not Just the Koch Brothers: New Drexel Study Reveals Funders Behind the Climate Change Denial Effort

A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort. Through an analysis of the financial structure of the organizations that constitute the core of the countermovement and their sources of monetary support, Brulle found that, while the largest and most consistent funders behind the countermovement are a number of well-known conservative foundations, the majority of donations are “dark money,” or concealed funding.

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Why is the Confederate Flag Appearing Around Philly? A Q&A with Mary Ebeling

The Philadelphia Daily News reported in September that the Confederate battle flag may be becoming a more common sight in the area. DrexelNow sat down with Mary Ebeling, an associate professor of sociology, to talk about the message and meaning behind the divisive symbol.

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Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course Expands Beyond Criminal Justice Courses

This summer, five unique Inside-Out courses will invite students to learn inside a prison, at a farm, a senior citizen home and an enterprise center.