Scars on the landscape

Scars on the landscape

Dr. Matt Nolan is a geophysicist and pilot who uses aerial photography to make maps. Earlier this year, he was flying over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge when he noticed a pattern on the tundra. The pattern was the result of tracks left by heavy equipment doing...
Land Use in the US

Land Use in the US

To me, this map is terrifying. It shows the ways that land in the US is used. Notice the tiny amount of land allocated to parks, federal wilderness, wetlands and desert. In a sane and just world, those sections would be the largest. But as we know, the world is not...
Building infrastructure

Building infrastructure

Ruwais, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Average high temperature in July: 47C (117F). Average low temperature in July: 35C (95F). Ruwais was founded in the late 1970’s as a refinery town, replacing a small fishing village. The population is primarily workers brought...
Two Degrees

Two Degrees

Two Degrees is a play by Tira Palmquist, about Emma Phelps, a paleoclimatologist, who focuses on ice in Greenland. “In drilling and studying ice core samples, she sees first hand the symptoms of our changing planet, which makes the need to act all the more...
Birds Watching

Birds Watching

Artist Jenny Kendler’s bio says she is “an interdisciplinary ecological artist, environmental activist, naturalist & wild forager”. I would add extraordinarily prolific and innovative to that list of descriptors. Diving into Ms. Kendler’s...
Ephemeral Streams

Ephemeral Streams

Chris Boyer (@kestrelaerial) takes the most beautiful aerial photographs I’ve ever seen. He often posts his photographs with a story to go with them. Here’s a photo Chris took of Wyoming, with the caption: According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service,...

First Reformed

First Reformed is a new movie starring Ethan Hawke about climate anxiety & depression. We all have good reason to be worried about the state of the planet, and now that is being reflected in movies that are set very much in the present. Unlike earlier movies...
We are the Asteroid

We are the Asteroid

“We are the Asteroid” is a statement included in a work by artist Justin Brice Guariglia titled Ecologisms (Highway Sign 1.0), and is featured in the Artists on Climate Change exhibit at Storm King in New York. We’ve featured Justin’s work...
Acronyms decoded…

Acronyms decoded…

I was recently reading an article in Carbon Brief about Negative Emissions Technologies, and it struck me that the article would be very difficult for the average person to read, in part because of the number of acronyms and terms used in the article that will be...