Magazine

Story

11.4.2016

Future of the wooly mammoth

Belinda Waymouth

Is Earth’s sixth mass extinction really underway? An expert panel including Stewart Brand, an advocate of de-extinction and co-founder of Revive and Restore, will discuss the causes and consequences of mass species loss and what can be done to protect endangered species.



Story

10.11.2016

Environmental visions get a new LENS at upcoming symposium

David Colgan

A new era of stories for our changing planet will debut at UCLA’s EARTH NOW: EARTH 2050, a three-day symposium at the recently opened Luskin Conference Center on October 18, 19 and 20. The event marks the official launch of LENS—the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies—an incubator for narrative strategies that drive efforts for a…


Review

8.26.2016

Human tales on extinction and endangered species

David Colgan

Ursula Heise was surprised by the animal’s intelligence and ability to communicate. She began observing birds and other animals in nature and thinking about their survival through the lens of her literary expertise. Twenty years later, she shares a home with three green-cheeked Amazon parrots. And she has just written Imagining Extinction—a book that explores…


Story

8.18.2016

Students’ pop-song video parodies teach real science

Pedro Ramirez

It’s also hard to imagine the rapper Macklemore ever reshaping his parody “Thrift Shop” into an ode to the Coriolis effect. But those are two of the entertaining student-made music videos that have appeared over the years in UCLA professor Aradhna Tripati’s classroom film festivals in “Intro to Oceanography.” With thumping bass and catchy hooks,…


Story

5.31.2016

L.A. students get an environmental filmmaking debut

David Colgan

It might be time for an update. In 2016, two-thirds of Americans wield video-equipped smartphones capable of telling vivid stories, from street protests to Snapchat. And 15 minutes may be more attention than people can spare, as an explosion of digital information fills our social media feeds each day. Enter GreenShorts, an environmental film contest…