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...

Offshore

Offshore: artists explore the sea was a 2017 curated exhibition of artworks related to the environment and climate change, focusing on the sea. This video is a nice summary of the exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Invisible Dust, whose mission is to...
It is here, now

It is here, now

The scientists agree; the California wildfires are made worse by record heat, drought, and low humidity. The death toll from the Camp Fire is now up to 63 and the list of missing people is up to 631. We think it’s bad now at 1C global warming; wait until we hit...

Waterlicht

“It feels like I’m underwater.” Waterlicht is a public art light show created with LEDs, software, and specialized lenses designed to elicit the feeling of being underwater, with the goal of highlighting sea level rise from climate change. The show...
See me

See me

People sometimes tell me I’m a downer. That I’m angry. That I should think more optimistically, be more positive. I wish I could just post pictures of puppies and kittens and fabulous landscapes (carefully staged to show only the pretty parts). I’d...