I recently learned that dead trees provide vital habitat for more than 1,000 species of wildlife nationwide. The two most common types of dead wood you’ll find in your yard, along a trail or at a park are snags (upright) and logs (on the ground). Despite their name, dead trees are crawling with life.
On the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in California, at 5000-8000 ft. above sea level. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from the park to be the first.
This article can only hope to provide a partial and incomplete introduction to the complex situation on the ground at the Fukushima Daichi plant and some context for the relative risks of the crisis there.
Up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the ecologist Richard Karban is trying to learn an alien language. The sagebrush plants that dot these slopes speak to one another, using words no human knows. Karban, who teaches at the University of California, Davis, is listening in, and he’s beginning to understand what they say.
Orchid See, Orchid Do is an exploration of the hypothesis that biomimicry in nature could be inspired by a sense of sight and intelligence at the cellular level.
The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.
To understand the predicament of industrial civilization, it’s not enough to grasp the outward shape of the crisis of our time: the looting of a finite planet’s stock of resources, the destabilization of the global climate, the breathtaking cluelessness with which politicians, pundits, and ordinary citizens alike insist that the only way we can get out of this mess involves doing even more of the same things that got us into it in the first place, and the rest of it.
All human cultures evolve in response to ecological
change, but for thousands of years we have ignored this simple fact. We don't understand our ecological blindness because we choose not to. The price of purposeful unawareness could not be higher.