COVER FEATURE

Climate Change

  • Two dark masses rise from the waters off of a glacier
       By Frank Paino
    Fin whales in the Svalbard archipelago / Photo by Guillaume Baviere / Flickr “52” is the moniker given to an unidentified whale (most likely a blue or fin) whose high-pitched vocalizati...
  • The cover to three books chosen by readers to understand climate change
       By WLT
    We asked our readers, “What work of fiction, poetry, theater, or nonfiction has had the most profound impact on your understanding of climate change?” Here's what you said: “We need a new voc...
  • Children, dressed in white, dance in a line while holding hands
       By Tiffany Higgins
    Photo by Márcia Wayna Kambeba At the beginning of June, I interviewed Márcia Wayna Kambeba. Since the United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages, we started...
  • A desolate playground sits in the foreground on dried grass with a glacier in the background
    One of my favorite recent maxims about becoming better stewards of the earth is this one from waste-minimizing chef Anne-Marie Bonneau: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. W...
  • A dense tangle of tropical forest where bananas hang from the tree
    Photo: Courtesy of the Author  As she pleases  after Tropical Storm Ondoy, 2009  If only words dilute sediments at the bottom of my gut; if only a tongue can let this pain hydroplane into a...
  • Books about climate change
    While the rapidly evolving nature of climate change means that the best sources of current data are online (e.g., United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and National Oceanic and...
  • Crystal glasses filled with a gold liquid shot against a dark background
       By Sandra Jensen
    “Where are you from?” a man, a black man, asks me at a cocktail party. The answer rolls in my mouth like a rock. “South Africa,” I say. My voice is bright, my eyes wide, as if I’m participating in a...
  • A black and white photograph from above of a tree's rings
    There was a time, a certain weather where the butterflies danced paused on the grass to rest and hear the song of the wind echo. There was a time, an ardent weather when the sun shone more stron...
  • David Holmgren, sitting in the shade of a fruit tree, smiling at the photographer
       By Rob Vollmar
    Photo: Bruce Hedge David Holmgren is an environmental designer, writer, and co-creator of the permaculture concept, which uses systems theory to create by design the resiliency found in natural...
  • Small raised bed gardens dot the lawn of an empty schoolyard
       By Chris Arthur
    Photo: Stuart Lime Digital In a series of vignettes, essayist Chris Arthur considers why “respecting what gives life is not a lesson to be learned indoors.” In E. M. Forster’s A Room wi...
  • A mixed media painting of a blue and a yellow fish
       By Jane Hirshfield
    The Aquarium, 20" x 24" hand-painted paper collage on wood panel, private collection. © Elizabeth St. Hilaire (paperpaintings.com) Three Pebbles Sixth Extinctio...
  • Many round objects, painted like bird's eye are mounted to poles and illuminated at night
       By Alberto Chimal
    Birds Watching, by Jenny Kendler, part of Indicators: Artists on Climate Change at Storm King Art Center, depicts one hundred eyes of bird species threatened or endangered by clima...

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