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The Eternal Snow of Frozen Tears: Saving Melting Landscapes

Zürich's Institute of Landscape Architecture explores the fragile connection between mankind and nature in a multimedia project that merges science with art, turning sounds and images of a changing alpine glacier into a moving call to action.

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'The Sugar Season' Is a Bittersweet Warning

The addled combinations of sap and syrup, air and gravity, evaporation and consolidation also serve as a humble harbinger of global warming.

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Bundle Up for 'Into the Cold'

This adventure documentary captures the scenery -- and chill -- of the Arctic while sharing a message about global warming.

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The Meek Will Not Inherit the Earth in Barbara Kingsolver's 'Flight Behavior'

Barbara Kingsolver trained as a biologist, and like Margaret Atwood, is a passionate advocate of ecological sustainability, using her writing to entertain while educating, thus sugarcoating an otherwise bitter pill.

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Anonymous and the New Religion: Data

As the world is increasingly filtered through computers there is emerging a reliance on data as a belief system. Groups like Anonymous are pushing us further towards data, as they highlight the divide they see between belief and information.

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The Tomato in Winter: A Comfort to Anticipate

It's high summer in the US: the tomatoes are in. Now is the time to gorge, for all too soon August will give way to September’s lesser specimens. Come October, we're back into pumpkins. Tomato junkies had better lay in their winter fixes now.

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Elective Affinities at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Film Festival is a rich collection of “elective affinities” that forces us to ponder the relationships between stories placed side-by-side, like so many books on a shelf.

Jyllian Gunther, Isaac Miller, Amy Carroll and Kevin Greer
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'Welcome to the Greenhouse': Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Ideas

It's not all gloom and doom or dire predictions of the decline of civilization in the face of catastrophe.

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Fooled by Skepticism

Skepticism has been fueling pop culture for decades. Just ask John Lennon or Pete Townshend. Lately it’s just been fooling pop culture about science.

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Solar by Ian McEwan

Michael Beard is a glaringly repellent creation, a somewhat-deserving winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and a definitively deserving winner of some sort of uber-Nobel Prize in whoring, lying, stealing, face-stuffing, and sneaking around.

Music

Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Phil Ochs: Amchitka

Poignant, and relevant, Amchitka reminds us of a romanticized era when idealism was still able to give way to revolution.

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Your Flying Car Awaits by Paul Milo

Things like moving sidewalks and regrowing lost limbs weren’t just far out ideas dreamed up by sci-fi writers, these were actual visions of the future.

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Arctic Tale

Trying too hard to reinvent the penguin subgenre, Arctic Tale focuses its anthropomorphizing energies on girls instead of boys, on natural enemies instead of platoons of birds who all look alike.

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With Speed and Violence by Fred Pearce

In alarming times, being an alarmist makes you right ...

Jason B. Jones
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Ecology Without Nature by Timothy Morton

If we must forsake the Romantic idea of nature, we must similarly abandon its understanding of art as something to be held on high.

Vince Carducci
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