Environmental Humanities

By UC, Santa Barbara | The humanities have a major role to play in our shared challenge of forging an environmentally better future. Students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara search the web for artists making environmental interventions. 

The Best Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

By onMarch 28, 2017 in Blog<p>Photo credit: Chris Goldberg<p>Waterfalls, caves, mountain peaks, and ancient forests. This probably doesn’t sound much like …

Trails

NASA Launches the Galaxy’s Most Glorious Space Database

Space is full of eye candy: exploding stars, nebulas of every shape and size, bizarre alien worlds. Though few will ever have the chance to see these …

Space

Africa as you’ve probably never seen it before, courtesy of NASA

It can often be challenging to find alternative viewpoints of Africa. Perceptions of the continent are so colored by decades of stereotyped coverage and biased academic study that it can be hard to sift through the misinformation to understand the reality.<p>Often that search requires taking a step …

NASA

See eerie photos of unfinished concrete buildings in Spain

Photographer Loïc Vendrame is obsessed with ghost buildings<p>French photographer Loïc Vendrame captures architecture in surprising ways, whether as optical illusions, as in the “ArchiNature” series, or as ghostly unfinished structures in his latest project, “Future Dust, Future Rust.”<p>A …

Photography

Mesmerizing Photos Reveal Hidden World of Underwater Caves

Dye experiments and a 360-degree tour are helping Floridians understand their water supply.<p>Where does my drinking water come from? You probably aren’t asking yourself this question on a daily basis. Maybe it has never crossed your mind. But for National Geographic Young Explorer Jennifer Adler, …

Water

Venice Beach California Street Photography

Where do I even begin… Venice Beach is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. I met some of the nicest people and one that wanted to …

Street Photography

I Spent 2 Freezing Weeks Sleeping In The Car To Capture These Photos Of Iceland In Mid Winter

My name is Tom Rex Jessett, as a photographer I love nothing more than exploring the world and sharing its beauty with people. Not everybody wants to …

Photography

Lower-carbon power is less likely to kill you.

That’s the finding of this new paper. To put it more precisely, the study found that switching from fossil fuels to renewable and nuclear power would …

Renewable Energy

Acting on Climate for the Win | Conservancy Talk

During March Madness, one is reminded that a winning basketball season is never the product of a single player’s ability. It requires teamwork—a …

Climate Change

Top Scientists Defend EPA Air Pollution Studies As Politicians Attack Science

The timing of the report affirming the safety of human tests is a coincidence.<p>Over a year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency asked the country’s top scientific body to pore over six years of studies into how air pollution affects human health. It was a move meant to quell critics who …

Environment

Trudeau still committed to carbon tax despite Trump's action on climate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s still committed to a carbon tax despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to eliminate many restrictions on fossil fuel production and roll back measures to combat climate change.<p>“Canadian economic and environmental policy will be determined in Ottawa, not …

Climate Change

Green Fashion Week To Showcase Only Sustainable Brands In Los Angeles And Las Vegas Shows

Because being sustainable is always in fashion.<p>Fashion shows throughout the year catch our attention, but this season, we are excited about one in …

Fashion

A Deeper Look at Trump’s Climate Action “Sledgehammer” | World Resources Institute

President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday that aims to roll back many of the core elements of U.S. climate strategy, including the …

Climate

Daimler to make 1,500 all-electric Mercedes-Benz vans for Germany’s largest independent logistic firm

Logistic companies are increasingly finding it economical to convert their fleet to electric vehicles, especially for urban routes. Daimler is early in the segment with its Mercedes-Benz vans and it now announced an important contract that will help them kickstart the effort.<p>They will make 1,500 …

Transportation

UK weather: Britain enjoys heatwave on hottest March day for five years

Britain had record-breaking hot weather on Thursday, making it the hottest March day for five years.<p>The weather was warmer than Portugal, Spain and the south of France in some parts.<p>The South of England and London reached temperatures of 21.8 degrees, which would represent the warmest March day the …

Climate
Climate

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations

These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average<p>Analysis: Trump signals end of US dominance in climate change battle<p>As an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to …

Climate Change

Underrated Mediterranean Destinations to Visit Right Now

Dive deeper into this remarkable region.<p>Rome and Barcelona certainly have their charms. But, the two cities are also perfect starting points to dive into the other cultures and communities along the Mediterranean Sea, where there’s so much to discover. For travelers ready to explore around the …

Mediterranean

Japanese Train Station Protectively Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

All too often we hear of natural elements being removed to make way for man-made structures. Fortunately, this story out of Japan details just the opposite. North of Osaka, an odd train station was actually built to accommodate a large camphor tree that emerges from its center.<p>The Kayashima Station …

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

NASA Releases Space Travel Posters of New Sister Solar System

Let’s face it: with the topsy-turvy political climate, many of us probably dream of jetting off to a land far, far away. And, with the recent discovery of seven Earth-sized planets—some of which may be inhabitable—the feeling of intergalactic wanderlust is at an all-time high. Called TRAPPIST-1, …

3D Printed Planets Let You Hold the Solar System in the Palm of Your Hands

Ever wanted to have the world in the palm of your hand? Or capture stars in a bottle? Little Planet Factory, based in the UK, lets you do just that with their collection of 3D printed planets and moons.<p>Founder George Ioannidis started the company after searching for a Mars globe and not finding …

30 Blooming Flower Cakes for an Artfully Delicious Way to Welcome Spring

As of March 20, spring has officially sprung. The days are growing longer and the flowers will soon bloom, making it reason enough to celebrate this glorious time of year. Even if you’re now dealing with frigid temperatures, you can still enjoy the start of spring thanks to some artful sweet …

Weddings

Photographer Captures the Crumbling Architecture of Post-Soviet Abkhazia

Architectural photographer Aurélien Villette has spent the last nine years traveling to different countries in order to document how architecture manifests cultural change. After voyaging to the region of Abkhazia, he brings back two series of work that display this often forgotten conflict …

13 Stylish Treehouses for Grown-Ups to Spend a Night In

Who says treehouses are just for kids?<p>Today, the traditional treehouse has been adopted by and adapted for adults. With complex construction, stylish designs, and fully-equipped interiors, the charming childhood staple has matured into a modern, all-ages hideaway. In this collection of treehouses …

Photography

Why California Deserts Are Experiencing a 'Super Bloom'

The desert's normally harsh landscapes produces flowers that bloom briefly—but with abundance.<p>If you were ever considering a spontaneous trip to the desert, now is your time. A normally barren-looking California desert landscape has transformed into a colorful field of flowers over the past few …

Surfer Becomes First to Cross the Atlantic on a Paddleboard

Chris Bertish paddled an estimated two million strokes to travel solo from Morocco to Antigua in just 93 days.<p>Ninety-three days, 4,600 miles, and almost 2 million strokes. That's what it took Chris Bertish to paddle across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle (SUP) board.<p>"It was pretty radical, …