A new documentary titled Chasing Ice demonstrates—in stunning detail—the terrifying pace at which glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere are retreating. As all of the science piles up against our carbon-based economy, it is unconscionable that people like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and many in Congress continue to deny that climate change is real and human-driven.
After over four decades of human visitation to outer space, many people are rather blasé about the images that come back from space. Well, astronaut Ron Garan aimed to change that during his most recent mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The video below, which runs just a little over seven minutes, represents an […]
While you were making your 2011 holiday plans, the Western Black Rhinoceros—a species of rhinoceros once relatively common in the savanna of central west Africa—has joined the ranks of the dodo and passenger pigeon. Why? Because Asian demand for body parts from endangered species—everything from rhino horn powder to tiger penis pills—continues to swell, right […]Conservation, wildlife
The two minute video below, produced by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, a pair of young videographers from London, is making the rounds on the Internet nearly as fast as the starlings in the video change direction. The video was shot along Ireland’s River Shannon and the phenomenon portrayed in the video is […]Avian Collectives, birds, physics
I’m sure I’m not alone (oh, the irony!) when I say I’m not all that psyched that the human population has just screamed past the seven billion mark [see article]. With everything else that our planet and its inhabitants (including homo sapiens) must confront as a result of human avarice and appetite [see Wikipedia […]climate change, overpopulation
Given the headlines of recent weeks, it’s a bit surprising that more people aren’t gathering mob-like at the front of their local supermarkets, pitchforks in hand, demanding that all of the cantaloupes barricaded within be immediately and summarily dispatched. Between late August and early October 2011, at-least 21 deaths have been directly tied to […]Cantaloupe, myths, nature, wolves
Nine balloons drift, silent, through quiet yellow air in the eastern sky. Field grasses turn gold overnight. The trees are holding out for just a little more Summer – never let it end, they say, clinging long to the green though it is beginning to look threadbare and worn. Daily they lose the battle for […]autumn, seasons
A city man is at home anywhere, for all big cities are much alike. But a country man has a place where he belongs, where he always returns, and where, when the time comes, he is willing to die. ~ Cactus Ed In 1983, Cactus Ed [Abbey] sat down for a rare, intimate interview with his […]Conservation, ed abbey, nature
Today I read there are only 59 adult wolves left in Yellowstone. And f~@#ing Exxon spilled 54,000 gallons of toxic sand tar oil into the Yellowstone River. Perhaps it is better to just go out and wander into her deep heart than despair indoors by reading the news?
Sometimes, human endeavors so perfectly capture how infinitesimally small we all are in the cosmic scheme of things, the irony becomes part of the process. So it is with this piece, our first in the Terra Ethica category. This time-lapse video, Alex Cherney’s award-winning video Ocean Sky, is the result of almost 1.5 years of work, 31 […]Milky Way, night, stars, time lapse