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Live Cams

UCSC falcon nests see also YouTube site. Osprey chicks hatch 6.12

Earth live from ISS 4/16.

The Ultimate Spring Baby Animal Cam Compendium 4/16.

Ottercam from Elkhorn Slough (this could be your office)

Bald eagle cam. 3/13.

Santa Cruz cams.

Osprey Cam 7/14.

Live polar bears and penguins. See also Awwwwwwwww

Strangely Compelling: 8 More Animal Live Cams to Crush Your Productivity includes The Kelp Forest at Monterey Bay Aquarium

UC eagle nest. Another eagle cam in Iowa (with archive footage). Baby eagles

Orphan seal cam the backstory.

Elephant Sea Cam at Ano Nuevo (you can go on free tours)

Live cams from throughout the UC Natural Reserve System

African Wildlife

National Geographic crittercam and webcams

Panda and some playing in snow.

Earthcam of major cities, but some are science oriented.

Still images from automatic camera


Must See videos ****

TED is a conference that takes place early in the year in Monterey. It brings together the smartest, most passionate and creative people on the planet. These 20 min videos never fail to inspire. TEDTalks on the environment On animals Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings and Design****

International Space Station Earth Video: Incredible Views Of Sea, Land And Desert (video)

Conference talks from Bioneers. Sample: William McDonough on design.

Green@Google are part of GoogleTalks.

Academic Earth offers video courses, including ones on the environment.

Huffington Post Green.

C-SPAN are talks by policymakers, see also BookTV on science and technology.

Global 3000, a German program shown on PBS, has extensive coverage of green issues, especially with respect to Third World entrepreneurs. Examples: Coltan mining in Congo 7/10. youTube channel 11/16.



Treehugger Live includes Island Press authors and discussions. For example, Gleick on bottled water, Annie Leonard maker of (video) (Story of...), and solar.

The Opencast Matterhorn project coming from UCB

Snagfilms has many documentaries, some from PBS. ***

PBS PBS Newshour has extensive coverage of Social Entrepreneurs,and also of environmental issues.PBS Now program often takes on green issues is being replaced by Need to Know. They cover social entrepreneurs too. Frontline documentaries (green listings) can go into the most depth because they have more time. **** See also Nova.

KQED Science website has local Bay Area programs, many on the environment, as well as links to PBS shows, including Heat, on global warming, as well as a variety of blogs to stay up to date on eco-issues. Especially good and relevant is Quest

Global Focus narrated by Robert Redford, has done a number of series, some on green issues, others on social entrepreneurs. Hard to find online , but some are at [1] replaces somewhat Worldfocus.orgno longer on PBS. Green stories.

German news show on PBS Deutsche Welle has extensive green coverage.

Big Picture TV short 5-8 minute videos of smart people. Extensive selection.

MIT videos on energy and environment.

UCTV has great talks, many on green topics and entrepreneurship. Science category Sample: Great Pacific Garbage Patch 1/10 ***

Another UC channel, has science.

EcoLive TV great site

New York Times videos on the environment

FORA TV collects talks from great organizations, including The World Affairs Council often has green topic speakers. Highly recommended.****

NPR Science Friday videos

Bay Nature On The Air has short videos on wildlife such as condors, coyotes, butterflies.

Brave Nation is offering a series of talks, relating especially to environmental justice with Van Jones and others.

Media Education Foundation has a number of excellent video documentaries, including the classic Advertising and the End of the World.

The Guardian (online site of UK newspaper) has audio and video of environmental news.

2008 Aspen Environment Forumincluding Van Jones, Majora Carter (EJ), Amory Lovins, Tim Kunstler (city design), Lester Brown, EO Wilson and many more.

CNN green video

Bioneers: Revolution form the Heart of Nature

Pacific has videos especially on ocean and China.

Berkeley Institute of the Environment


Earth Circle Cinema is a sort of NetFlix for green videos. Here are previews

Earthday TV will host the 1/30 webcast with Van Jones and has many other videos archived.

2010 Goldman Prize winners also previous years.


Powerful video: She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... ***

Portugal filmmaker Gonçalo Tocha produced the inspiring short film The Trail of a Tale, *** which is a monologue of a letter from the future written to our recent past, telling us that the world, “It turned out right.” See also Good News.

Mirror City kaliedoscopic images of five cities.

Douglas Adams. Best known for the amazing Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he also wrote Last Chance to See about endangered animals. Intro Ch. 1 password required. Author reading about Komodo dragon encounter. Warning, some animals were harmed in the production of this book ;) NEW! Video at UC talk based on Last Chance experiences. The BBC has done a new series in which Stephen Frye retraces the original journey. Here are some of the original radio dispatches.

Rachael Carson program by Bill Moyers, includes a play based on Carson.

James Cameron in conversation with Eric Schmidt talking about 3D, Avatar 2 & 3, ocean exploration and more! Video Note: fee required.

Michael Pollan's bestselling book Omnivore's Dilemma is on PBS (he's also in Food Inc). weblink. book link Jan 2010 Michael Pollan on Food Rules: An Eater's Manual video

The National Parks is Ken Burns' excellent PBS series that contains much info on pioneering environmentalists such as Muir. All online for free link****

Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.TEDtalk

The Cove is a documentary about the annual slaughter of dolphins in Japan. audio and videoText and audio. trailer. Short overview in Scientific American.

Home, the movie. "World Environment Day on Friday sees the worldwide release of a movie billed by producers as “the greatest green event ever”, a high-budget documentary to save the planet from Yann Arthus-Bertrand. From New York’s Central Park to the Champs de Mars by Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the French photographer known for the “Earth From The Air” books and “Seen From The Air” on TV, is releasing the green-awareness movie “Home” in over 100 countries simultaneously. YouTube link

Engineer Michael Pritchard invented the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.

The End of the Line documentary on fishing.

Larry Brilliant on social entrepreneurs.

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. New CNN video segment7/16 update audio.

Pacific gyre filled with plastic. PBS news segment featuring UCSC folk.

Barefoot College in India trains poor women to build, install and maintain solar energy, empowering them and their villages. PBS News Hour. See also TEDtalk

KilowattOurs Excellent documentary on energy use Watch online with script and links }}

Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fast Food Fueled Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future "Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, he sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. " Long video interview with excerpts

Ocean Animal Emergency Features UCSC folks. You can volunteer to help at Marine Mammal Center (see volunteer page).

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. See also longer video TEDtalk See Ocean Page. ***

Bee mystery

Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans, and what we can do about it (TEDtalk video)

Jared Diamond, author of Collapse (TEDtalk video

Big Picture, Small Planet excellent short video overview by Medard Gabel, creator of online World Game by Buckminster Fuller.

Sea Otter mystery

Crude Impact: Oil Companies and the Environment from LinkTV

Fox News Attacks Global Warming from Brave New Films (partisan)

the REAL journey to the center of the earth (TEDtalk)

Jill Bolte-Taylor discusses insights based on her experience of having a stroke. Inspiring TEDtalk.

Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change. TEDTalk video.

Chris Jordan makes stunning images that give us a sense of how much we are consuming, among the effects of other decisions, collective and not, conscious and not.

Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate. TEDtalk video.

Al Gore's followup to Inconvenient Truth TEDtalks

Crittercam is a videocamera attached to ocean animals to observe their behavior. UCSC alum will show this work April 5th at UCSC.

Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore's Dilemma (Ch 1. online free). Video of debate with John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods Video link (Realplayer required). Their correspondence, which has explored such issues as organic and local food, animal agriculture, and the role of Whole Foods, is available at Whole Foods site and Michael Pollan site.

Global Warming skeptic comes clean

Dolphins playing with bubbles

Avery Lovins on the Oil Endgame, a TEDtalk. See also

The Story of Stuff an excellent look at consumption ***

Great video on global warming***

Lester Brown talk at Google Jan 2006

James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia Strong language. In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life -- the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

Interview with creator of Virtual Reality eco-village in Second Life, Etopia.

Background on wildfires

Majora Carter works for Environmental Justice in the Bronx 20 min.****

The Meatrix, animated short film about the meat industry ***

UCSC's Predatory Bird Group video archives of falcon nest in San Jose***

Whales off Hawaii

Osprey 2 1/2 min.


Podcasts: 6 Food Podcasts You Can Sink Your Teeth Into 12/17 see Food.


Quest KQED NPR San Francisco has great California environmental stories.

National Public Radio stories on the environment

Talk of the Nation--Science Friday often has excellent coverage of eco-issues. Index of topics.

RadioLab does brilliant work on a wide variety of topics, including green issues such as bats and rabies, endangered species *** and conservation. See Wildlife. RadioLab: human-dolphin conversations, from a studio apartment in the Virgin Islands to a research vessel in the Bermuda Triangle.***

Eco-Shock Radio

Treehugger Radio

Earthbeat Radio is the only hour-long broadcast of any kind in America dedicated entirely to the global warming crisis.podcasts(ended 2011?).

Sense and Sustainability

Terra Verde is a live public affairs program focusing on investigating and analyzing environmental issues from a global perspective. Our hope is both to bring key international perspectives to listeners, as well as make the issues relevant to northern California listeners.

Commonwealth Club hosts talks by smart people throughout the Bay Area. Many of these are podcast. INFORUM are talks tailored to people in their 20-30's, often having green topics.

LongNow Foundation seeks to inspire longterm thinking through its speaker series (including some on building an incredibly cool 10K year clock)

Bioneers: Revolution form the Heart of Nature

UCSC's own radio station KZSC has programs related to the environment, science, and social justice like On What Grounds. For example, here's a history of SC agriculture. You can learn how to make your own radio programs as well.

KQED's Forum program frequently covers eco issues, often local.

KPFA's Terra Verde with Pratap Chatterjee Fridays 1-1:30 pm. A live public affairs program focusing on investigating and analyzing environmental issues from a global perspective. Archives online.

Living on Earth NPR weekly environmental program. Archives online.

Pulse of the Planet are short pieces heard daily on NPR

Our Ocean World

The world’s largest online nature sounds archive features 8,000 hours of animal noises.

RadioLab example: Fritz Haber saved a billion people with synthetic fertilizer but also created chemical weapons.


This American Life host Ira Glass tells the story of writer turned activist Bill McKibben. McKibben is trying to create a divestment campaign modeled after the successful campaign against apartheid in South Africa. The campaign is designed recast the discussion of climate change with fossil fuel companies as the villains. alt link audio). A whole show on climate that takes a fresh approach 5/13. See Global Warming debate.

Raj Patel writer, activist, academic and author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System is a researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. His more recent book on economics is The Value of Nothing first chapter and video here, also covered in Commonwealth Club talk 1/10, (Realplayer).

Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 1.6.12 Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. From NPR's This American Life.

Alan Weisman's book, The World Without Us, grew out of two questions, he said. One was, "How can I write a best-seller about the environment?" The answer to that was the second question: "How would the rest of nature behave without the constant pressure we put on it?" talk

Jared Diamond Friday, July 15, 2005 "How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed" Video availablefrom

Daniel Goleman, psychologist, science journalist and author of "Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything" and "Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence." Interview Website

Terry Tempest Williams talks about her latest book, "Finding Beauty in a Broken World." In the book, Williams finds inspiration in the study of mosaics -- a pursuit which takes her from Ravenna, Italy to Bryce Canyon, Utah.

20th Annual Goldman Environmental Prize which was awarded to grassroots activists from around the world today. We talk with recipients including Maria Gunnoe, a West Virginian who battled against King Coal and mountaintop removal, and Rizwana Hasan who worked to end the dangerous ship breaking industry in Bangladesh.

Audio of panel discussion of California's new Green Chemistry initiative. 12/08 See also here and 12/18

EO Wilson, wonderful interview on his life and work with ants. Includes excerpt from his new book, Superorganisms

Ig Noble Prizes for experiments that cannot and should not be replicated. Pure fun for the seriously nerdy.

Tom Friedman interview based on his new book Hot, Flat and Crowded excerpt/intro 09/08

Quest story on CA native plant impact by global warming Related story on water supply .

Brent Stirton, Chronicling the Virunga Gorilla Murders

Elizabeth Royte interviewed on new book Bottlemania on water bottles.

Elizabeth Royte's new book Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It (includes Podcast interview) Her previous book Garbage Land is a good read.

Boat Made of Plastic Bottles to Sail the Pacific. How do you raise awareness about plastic debris floating in the Pacific? You sail a boat made out of 15,000 plastic bottles from California to Hawaii. Marine scientists Joel Paschal and Marcus Erikson discuss their voyage.

Navajo Nation Pushes for Uranium Cleanup. May 30, 2008 · Despite the lure of potentially big money, the Navajo Nation has banned uranium mining on its reservation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. In part, the decision reflects deep Navajo concerns about how past mining activities have damaged health and the environment.

Goldman Eco-Hero prize (Audio interview with four 2008 winners).

Interview with Jeffrey Sachs, an economist interested in ecological and social justice issues.

Adam Werbach. Once the youngest president in the history of the Sierra Club, San Francisco-based Adam Werbach has served as a sustainability consultant to Wal-Mart and recently sold his firm to global advertising giant Saatchi and Saatchi. He discusses his goal "to construct a consumer movement for sustainability" -- and about the risks of corporate "greenwashing."

NPR interview with Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, gives us a primer on the expansive history — and the endangered future — of this seedless, sexless fruit.

Global Warming skeptics meet in NY

Obama on Climate Change

Diamonds to Rice Land devastated by mining is becoming productive

Lester Brown's Plan B 3.0 an Environmental Call to Action (audio interview) Free download of book

Three Gorges Dam in China is a massive project with huge ecological end social effects (audio and images)

Gore speaks in Bali Conf. Also an inspiring talk by David Kucinich on greening the US.

Climate Connections NPR and National Geographic team up to provide great info on climate change

Do you know where your blue jeans have been? We follow the path of a pair of jeans, from the cotton fields to the seamstresses to the retail store. Rachel Louise Snyder's new book is Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade. audio interview

An amazing whale story (Realplayer required)***

Naturalist Craig Childs, author of The Secret Knowledge of Water. audio interview

A Gap in Nature Author Tim Flannery on extinction (see link to audio interview)

'Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest' by Sy Montgomery (several chapters on audio)

Websites has many organizations and solutions to environmental and developmental problems. Video overview from TEDtalk ****

Follow the oil money in politics. A dynamic map ***

Care2 gives various kinds of eco and demographic info based on geography

eNature allows you to identify, track and report wildlife in your area

Encyclopedia of Earth a green Wikipedia?

Gapminder allows you to see demographic trends in a very powerful way. ****

Scorecard Type in your Zip Code and see who's poisoning your home town

Pesticide Use in CA useful lists by county and chemical

UCSC Atlas of Global Inequality ****

Wiser Earth a directory of people and organizations in the fight

Worldmapper ***

Calculate your ecological impact on the planet


See Art and the Environment page, as well as Solid Waste , Plastic, and Greenmuze for Art, and Waste and Space.

“Human Flow”: World-Renowned Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei on His Epic New Documentary on Refugees 1/18 see Migration.

This Start-Up Has Figured Out How to Turn Diesel Pollution Into Art 12/17.

Greenpeace: 14 Photos of the Year 12/16

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times 11/16.

History of art and visual culture professor T.J. Demos, who is also director of the Center for Creative Ecologies will present Climate Justice Now!--Art Activism, Environment Today is the title of the 2016 Arts Dean’s Lecture Series--an array of free public talks running March 30 to May 25 at UC Santa Cruz.

Paris climate Activist art 12/15.

UC Alum Dan Roam uses visual thinking to solve complex problems. Roam received two degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz: fine art and biology How to Save the World with Pictures. He offers student discounts on how to do line art videos a la Story of Stuff.

Remarkable Video Shows How to Turn Art Into Activism see Backbone Campaign (Ecotopians join it to support Native Ppl resistance to Dakota Access pipeline) 11/16.

The OpenLab Network is a new UCSC research initiative which targets a complex education issue of national significance regarding the ability of art and science researchers to collaborate on research endeavors. The goal of the OpenLab Network is to help change the current status by providing shared research facilities and create a network for collaborative discourse fueled by academic communities, arts and science communities, and industry. Ocean Scales on plankton. Amy Franceschini is an artist who explores the perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature.” In 1995, she founded Futurefarmers and in 2004 she co-founded Free Soil

Surreal Photos Show Impact of Plastic Pollution on One of the World’s Most Beautiful Places 4/15 see Plastic.

College 9 mural leads Oxfam to ask, Can Art change the world?

Patagonia Crowdsourced Art Campaign Inspires People to ‘Vote the Environment’ 8/14.

Maker Faire exhibitors Nemo Gould does kinetic scupltures from found objects, and Jeremy Mayer's typewriter assemblages are sculptural pieces made purely from typewriter parts. In a process he calls "reassemblage," Mayer fits the pieces together into likenesses of living creatures using no welds, glue, solder, or external parts.

Beauty matters: Edi Rama was the mayor of Tirana Albania, where he implemented a series of reforms to take back the city for the people, including paint.

Wedding dress out of plastic bread bag ties.

This office building is made entirely out of recycled paper.

Beautiful art book of a bike trip around the world See Bikes page.

Gator on the Bay The large 100 foot alligator celebrates the artist Christo who used the power of art to cleanup Biscayne Bay. Made from recycled materials and many many photographs. (video). Art on climate includes making a dead river blueanother scale. A great talk by founder Bill McKibben on how he and some writer friends and six students built the movement.

Can Art save cities? For example, Dr. Dirt: Street artist scrubs images into the urban landscape. 11/11.

Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Waste Land’ explores art made from the world’s largest garbage dump.

Vik Muniz, Atlanta and Hippomenes after Guido Reni (Pictures of Junk)

Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives. TEDtalk video.

One Plastic Beach profiles artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang. For more than ten years, the Langs have been collecting plastic debris off of one beach in Northern California. Each piece that they select comes back to their house to get cleaned, categorized, and stored before being used in their artwork. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry, and installations with their endless supply of found items, raising a deeper concern with the problem of pollution in our seas. (video)

Earth at night more Earth from space (video).

Video Art (see also environmental films)

Local singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, whose songs are inspiring Level Up (Lyrics), Video) **** and hauntingly beautiful, has raised money for green efforts and walked her talk on merchandising; went back to school to study green business but has a new album, sample Landsailor ((lyrics) which speaks to heart and mind on green issues. TEDtalk Boulder 2010.

Mirror City kaliedoscopic images of five cities.

a new film, The OceanMaker, 3D animated short film which highlights how precious our water resources are. The film, which has appeared in many film festivals including SXSW, is set in a dystopian future where the seas have vanished and a young female pilot has to battle sky pirates for the last of the remaining water residing in the clouds.

Mermaid dances with sharks more info.

Benh Zeitlin's BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, nominated for Beast Picture Oscar TM, whisks you to a surreal realm, where little girls and mythical animals coexist in a bayou called The Bathtub, all intertwined in the cosmic mesh of the universe. (interview).

Powerful video: She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite...

Google Maps-inspired film portrays cities as oil-addicted monsters

"Light". Filmmaker David Parker directed this short videoto more viscerally express the energy wasted from electric lights unnecessarily left on.

Fun mockumentary on the plastic bag. alt link

Lord of the Rings recycling parody (video) (humor). ***

Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley, Jr. Mock Fossil Fuel Industry in Funny or Die Video see Humor.


Local singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, whose songs are inspiring Level Up (Lyrics), Video) **** and hauntingly beautiful, has raised money for green efforts and walked her talk on merchandising; went back to school to study green business but has a new album, sample Landsailor ((lyrics) which speaks to heart and mind on green issues. TEDtalk Boulder 2010. TEDtalk Stanford 2012.

Music video on plastic bags. ***

Funny or Die has a stirring climate denier anthem see Humor.

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, whose Farm Aid concerts have been raising money for family farmers since 1985, performed at Harvest the Hope to call attention to the destruction the Keystone XL pipeline would wreak on farms and nearby tribal lands. Young wrote a new anthem: Who's Gonna Stand up? 10/14.

Olmeca hip-hop tribute to Vandana Shiva. 4/15.

A great fracking video rap.

Music made from landfill junk.

"Bananas," a musical journey by Saturn's Return on DDT and labor.

Fresh and Green rap video.

Home Grown, a song about urban farming by Keith Cross. better title: soul food?

Trees needed for guitars protected audio and text. 2/12 tree-ring music.

Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. TEDtalk video.

Performing Global Warming incudes “Liberated Carbon,” a very different musical take on the age of fossil fuels.11/13


Musician Les Claypool is considered one of the top rock bassists in the world. And while critics consider him a bit of a musical oddball, he's equal parts odd and prolific. He's got nearly a half-dozen projects or bands going on at any given time, but he's best known for the group he founded nearly 20 years ago, Primus. "Last Salmon Man" depicts the end of a species and traditional way of life in favor of golf courses. video version.

UCSC's Elliot Anderson and Jennifer Parker are featured artists in Groundswell. Parker and Barney Haynes present a new media installation that interactively engages gallery viewers with solar wind data. Anderson examines the technological landscape with a hydroponic garden that phytoremediates water polluted with mercury and other heavy metals left from 19th century mining operations.

Laura Veirs often writes about the joy of being in nature, inspired by farmers' market peaches and canoe river trips.

Cuyahoga On June 22, 1969, an oil slick and debris in the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to environmental problems in Ohio and elsewhere in the United States and led to the Clean Water Act. Recently, the reclamation of the river was celebrated.

HuffoPo best green songs.

John Anderson: Seminole Wind equal time for country western/swamp rock/celtic.

Sculpture (see also Plastic)

Sculptures Under the Sea—and on the Front Lines of Climate Change 8/16.

These Sculptures Help Heal the Planet Like all the sculptures by Bay Area artists Mary O'Brien and Daniel McCormick, Sky Opening is a visually arresting act of environmental remediation. 4/18.

Ocean ‘Artivist’ Creates Breathtaking Coral Reef Sculptures 3/16. see Reefs.

World’s Largest Plastic Bottle Structure Draws Attention to Global Plastic Pollution Crisis. See Plastic.

Giant fish sculptures made from plastic bottles.

Giant sand sculptures.

Coal powerplant snow globe.

Algae art.

Environmental art.

Video of river rock balancer.

Jellyfish made out of plastic bottles.

Dragon from plastic cutlery

Junk becomes classic art

ART-ificial coral reef. 8 ton VW bug

Water bottle cathedral

Hotel made of trash collected on beach

Giant robot elephant from recycled materials (from Greenmuze)

elegant sculpture with sticks

Theo Jansen is an absolute genius. Listen to his talk about the new creatures he builds from 'plastic tubes and lemonade bottles'"...Link. See also new small scale wind powered model

Polar Bear suicides

UCSC Digital Arts bio-art [2].

Woven bicycle.

Glowing fish bikes.

Images / Photography

8 Incredible Images Win Top Prize for 'Illustrating the Rich Diversity of Life on Earth' see Wildlife.

Greenpeace: 14 Photos of the Year 12/16.

Watch: Celebrate Some of the World's Most Incredible Animals Before They Go Extinct National Geographic Photo Ark (video). 4/16.

10 Photos That Inspired Millions to Take Action 9/16 see Global warming.

Photo Ark: One Man’s Journey to Save the World’s Most Endangered Species, see also Wildlife

The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth’s Most Colorful Creatures, gorgeous images. 7/15.

10 Stunning Images Show Human’s Huge Impact on the Earth

Award-Winning Photographer Captures Waves Like You’ve Never Seen Them by Ray Collins 4/15. See Ocean.

Visions of a Fallen World: What Our Crowded, Imperiled Planet Really Looks Like 3/15 alt link see also Population.

10 Stunning Photos of America’s National Parks.

The stars over the Grand Canyon like you’ve never seen them before! (video) 7/14.

Too beautiful to be real? 4/14.

The Year in pictures.

Photos of a lightning storm in a volcano will blow your mind.

Aaron Huey in 2001, at the end of his assistantship left New York, was dropped off at the Pacific Ocean and walked 3,349 miles across America to Coney Island with his dog Cosmo, one camera and one lens. video of talk. An amazing TEDtalk video on his work on Pine Ridge reservation.

Amazing ocean plastic picture.

National Geographic's Picture of the Day.

Earth at night.

Inside the Fukushima exclusion zone: the photography of Satoru Niwa.

Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."Video TEDtalk

Salt Marsh Diaries.

Oil Spill portraits

A Muir Web is a complex mapping of an ecosystem. The term was coined by the Mannahatta Project, which has an amazing recreation of New York City. (here are some images). Here's an artist's interpretation of its symmetry, beauty and complexity.

Moose Peterson's book Captured: Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer is more than just a photography book-it's a chronicle of more than 30 years'worth of unbelievable moments that only nature can reveal. (Google talk) video.

UCSC has produced at least three world class nature photographers: Gordon Wiltsie (NPR audio interview), Frans Lanting (a TEDtalk video), and Kennan Ward.

Great Barrier Reef.

Jim Balog won the Rowell Award. Here he documents global warming. Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.Link

Five Gyres project is sailing to all major subtropical oceanic gyres (North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian Ocean) in order to study the every growing problem of marine plastic pollution. See slideshow

In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," TEDtalk video. Download his amazing new movie Home.

Ice caves.

Andy Goldsworthy uses natural materials for his sculptures/photographs Interview Rivers and Tides (video)

More nature inspired art, but groovier.

Crop circles another one

Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a collection that tells the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Hoping for a glimpse of the world the way it was in the age of photosynthesizing stromatolites, "back before the sky turned blue," Lanting journeyed to a remote lagoon in Australia, the only place in the world where stromatolites still exist. The story moves forward from there, via a lyrical collection of photographs set to a soundtrack from Philip Glass. TEDtalk video.

Stunning images of accumulated consumer goods and resources by Chris Jordan. TEDtalk video PBS episode. Chris Jordan's heart-rending images of Albatross chicks who starved to death with their stomachs full of plastic.

Photographer Edward Burtynsky documents how humans alter the world, and to a lesser degree the people engaged in doing the work (example). Video of TEDtalk accepting his award. A video, Manufactured Landscapes, (trailer) was made about his trip to China and its factories and the Three Gorges Dam. Excerpt.

Eco-disaster slideshow

Jesus Bubu Negron, a Puerto Rican artist, made this rug out of cigarette butts found on the streets. link

"Empty Los Angeles" pictures remind me of best-selling book The World Without Us multimedia.

60 Stunning satellite images of Earth.

Valerie Ucumari's photos of animals.

Sophie Gerrard's images of e-waste in India.

UCSC's Don Rothman's One Way of Seeing.

Without a Car in LA from Orion Magazine.

Other Media

Theater: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 1.6.12 Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. From NPR's This American Life. Audio. Talk (video note: F-bomb).

Stop-motion animation of Michael Pollan's food rules

Acrylic fractal art made by bombarding slabs of plastic in a particle accelerator.

A Sense of Wonder is one woman show based on the life of Rachel Carson.

Lee Stetson does a one man show on John Muir.

Graphic Novels

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts. "Stand-up economist" Yoram Bauman and award-winning illustrator Grady Klein have created the funniest overview of climate science, predictions, and policy that you’ll ever read. You’ll giggle, but you’ll also learn—about everything from Milankovitch cycles to carbon taxes. sample chapter. From Island Press (Go Slugs!).

The Influencing Machine: on propaganda and media manipulation (includes history) by Brooke Gladstone (NPR), Josh Neufeld. 2015 see Public Relations.

Econimix graphic novel of history of economics bibliography audio interview. Up Front 5/7/14.

Graphic Novel on Diane Wilson based on Wilson's book, An Unreasonable Woman

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Trinity is a nonfiction book-length comic for adults about the birth of nuclear weapons. Although primarily a history book, Trinity is also a pretty good nuclear physics primer, making good use of the graphic novel form to literally illustrate the violence of atoms tearing themselves apart, and the weird, ingenious, improvised mechanisms for triggering and controlling that violence. See Nuclear page.

Paul Buhle has written and edited a number of graphic novel style history books, including Bohemians: A Graphic History, (images)video interview. See history of the counter-culture which led to the ecology movement.

Webcomic by XKCD 'Brilliant' Climate Change Cartoon Goes Viral After Elon Musk, John Green Share It on Twitter see Comics and Global Warming.TEDtalk. 2014 Google talk: Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? • Are fire tornadoes possible? New book: If?.

The Burning World:The Aviator is a satiric dystopian graphic novel. Flying his hi-tech airship around a world devastated by climate change and economic collapse, the hero of The Aviator encounters the scattered and often weird remnants of our civilization.

See also Literature, Art, and the Environment and Social Documentation

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