It’s always about exploitation

It’s always about exploitation

The National Geographic February 2019 issue has a good story about lithium mining in Bolivia, with beautiful photographs by photojournalist Cédric Gerbehaye. As we scramble to try to electrify everything, and build the batteries we need to go with that electricity, we...
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...
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...
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...
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...