Earth Destroyers

Earth Destroyers

The machines used to mine coal are called “earth movers”. I call them “earth destroyers”. You can see them in the distance in this photograph by Edward Burtynsky, from his book Anthropocene, titled Coal Mine #1, North Rhine, Westphalia Germany...
Beyond Oceans

Beyond Oceans

Julie Sperling is a mosaic artist we’ve featured before; she tackles tough topics like climate change, plastic pollution, and industrial waste in her mosaic art, and writes a great blog to go with her pieces, with scientific background and details (including...
A Green New Deal to a Dead Planet

A Green New Deal to a Dead Planet

A Green New Deal to a Dead Planet 2018 has been a year of devastating reports about our ecological crises. There was the WWF’s Living Planet Report showing wildlife population declines of 60% globally since 1970; there was the OECD’s Global Material Resources Outlook...
Ice Watch

Ice Watch

Artist Olafur Eliasson has brought 24 blocks (100 tonnes) of ice from Greenland to London for his installation Ice Watch, to coincide with COP24. The exhibit opened yesterday and will last about a week, when all the ice will have melted in the 40-ish degree London...
A photographer disappears

A photographer disappears

Lu Gang is a Chinese photographer who has spent his career photographing the devastation of industrialized China. A month ago Lu Gang disappeared. The Chinese government is very careful to censor any expose of the country that makes life there look less than rosy. As...
Crossing the Rubicon

Crossing the Rubicon

This underwater sculpture in Lanzarote, Spain is by Jason deCaires Taylor, and titled “Crossing the Rubicon”. It symbolizes a point of no return, a warning to humanity that runaway climate change could leave us with no way back to a stable climate. This...
Remembering Steller’s Sea Cow

Remembering Steller’s Sea Cow

Today, November 30, is Remembrance day for lost species. It’s a chance to think about the species we’ve lost and the species we are losing, and in this age of the sixth mass extinction, particularly those species we are losing because of human impact....
Detritus as fashion in art

Detritus as fashion in art

Dutch artist Hendrik Kerstens didn’t mean for this series of photographs of his daughter reminiscent of famous Dutch paintings from the 17th century to make a statement about our disposable culture of consumption, but of course, that’s how I see it. It...
The Age of Loneliness

The Age of Loneliness

Naturalist E.O. Wilson, one of the world’s greatest naturalists, author of Half-Earth, and creator of the Half-Earth Project, suggests we call the time in which we are living the Eremocine—the Age of Loneliness. A heartbreaking and beautiful story by...
Silence

Silence

We featured Bernie Krause on this blog before; he has spent his life recording natural sounds from around the world. PRI’s The World featured a story about Bernie Krause this week because last October (2017), his studio and his life’s work burned to the...