Author Archive | Alice Whittenburg

Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

Film Review of Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: TheSustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary that was made with great skill by Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen, despite their tight budget. While Kuhn operates the camera, Andersen demonstrates in an engaging and sometimes humorous way just how bad animal agriculture is for our planet. Though Cowspiracy also touches on the cruelty involved in […]

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At the National Museum in Prague

On Bighorn Sheep in the Catalinas and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS The ongoing effort to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, like other programs designed to increase populations of endangered animals, has caused its share of controversy. Though only 13 of the 31 bighorns released last November are known for certain to be alive, and three mountain lions have […]

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Polar Bear

Snowpiercer and Earthmasters: Complementary Views of Geoengineering

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s film Snowpiercer is an allegorical — and sometimes phantasmagorical — science fiction thriller about a geoengineering climate fix that goes terribly wrong. When the film opens, we see planes releasing something called CW7 into the upper atmosphere to help cool a warming planet. As a result Earth freezes catastrophically, killing everyone except the few hundred people who have bought […]

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Climate Activists Demand That TEP Stop Burning Coal

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On August 9, more than a dozen activists from TUCAN (Tucson Climate Action Network) held a press conference and distributed leaflets in front of Tucson Electric Power’s downtown headquarters to demand that TEP stop burning coal at its Sundt Generating Station. The TUCAN activists carried signs that read “Coal Kills,” “There is […]

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