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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


UW Study Finds Glacial Melting Inevitable


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According to this article in The Seattle Times, a new study out of the UW labels the collapse of large portions of the Antarctic ice sheet inevitable, projecting sea levels to rise by several feet. The only malleable factor seems to be that of timeframe; how the world responds to climate change determining whether the collapse occurs in hundreds or thousands of years. Further danger lies in the way other ice sheets will respond to initial melting, which could transform a few feet of sea level rise into twelve feet or more. In a computer simulation of projected melting, UW researchers found that no matter what the initial degree of melting was, the connecting glacier still vanished as a result. Continue reading

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Sustainability & Film: Her


her-rooney-mara-600x337Writer-Director Spike Jonze’s Her is an altogether beautiful film. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. One of the film’s themes, written with plenty of sharp insight by Jonze, is the sustainability of human relationships when the factor of individual growth and change is in play. This is reflected upon not only in main character Theodore’s (Joaquin Phoenix) past relationship with his ex-wife Catherine (Rooney Mara), but in the romance he develops with his new operating system Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), whose consciousness develops at a rate even faster than us humans. For two people to connect amidst an ocean of personal grey area is nothing short of miraculous. But how well can those entities stay connected when both of them are progressing in different ways, at different speeds? Continue reading


Illegal Logging in Peru


illegal-logging-in-amazonPeru is currently being plagued by illegal logging, a truly disgusting thing involving ripping up beautiful portions of the earth and leaving the area devastated. Not only is the logging in Peru an aesthetic crime against the planet, the rainforests of the region are also considered very important in the fight against global warming, and serve as the sole habitat to many species of plants and animals. Put simply, illegal logging is an attack against life. Continue reading


An Impending Warm


drought_2398818bAccording to a recent study in the journal nature, areas all over the world will soon reach tipping points leading to an overall hotter climate. The study indicates the year in which different cities of the world are expected to experience dramatically warmer climates (Seattle’s closest neighbor in the report, San Francisco, is set at 2049). It also suggests that the world’s overall temperature will set a new record for heat every year following 2047. Alarming to say the least. Continue reading


Film & Sustainability Series: The Day After Tomorrow and Climate Change


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The movie that brought environmental issues to popular film — The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Though nearly a decade old, The Day After Tomorrow still reverberates in cinematic and the American psyche. This movie was one of the first blockbusters ever to center around a man-made ecological disaster.

Though it tends towards the didactic, this film greatly impacted our cultural awareness of global warming, and made the topic open for public discussion without political interference. Though The Day After Tomorrow does contain ideological points that are influenced by politics, the main concern is our impact upon the environment. Continue reading