- buster simpson
- Glenn Weiss
- smudge studio
- Mick Lorusso
“our changing seas III’, presented from june 18 – august 28, 2016 at the palo alto art center, explores the rapid deterioration of corals from colorful and diverse, to sickened and bleached as a result of human-caused climate change. while the piece celebrates the aspects of a healthy reef, mattison depicts white skeletons of bleached corals surrounding the vibrant pieces in a monumental swirl. ‘there is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose,’ she says. ‘perhaps if my work can influence viewers to appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered coral reef ecosystems, we will act more wholeheartedly to help them recover and even thrive.’
“The new maps also do not adequately highlight the shifting reality wrought by climate change. It’s not just that a warming planet heralds bigger and more frequent storms. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana faces the highest rate of sea-level rise of any coastal region on the planet: As seas rise, Louisiana’s land is sinking, part of an ancient geologic process of subsidence accelerated by the levee system itself, which prevents mud from the Mississippi River from replenishing the land. Already, the Corps of Engineers has had to rebuild sections of the new levee system that had sunk six inches below their original height.
According to current projections, roughly 75 percent of New Orleans will be below sea level by 2050, up from 54 percent today….
We face a difficult choice. The National Flood Insurance Program can charge an unsubsidized, or “actuarial,” rate for coverage (as Congress decreed in 2012, though it later severely limited how rapidly those rates could rise); doing so would impose crippling costs on homeowners. Or it can continue to subsidize development in dangerous places. But these new maps represent an unwise compromise: blinding residents to their physical vulnerability, while also inviting them to financial ruin.”
Rebecca Solnit’s current interview with Krista Tippit on New Orleans, Climate Change, a highly nuanced sense of “hope” that embraces uncertainty, and how history is more like the weather than it’s like a checkers game
A Solnit interview released today, that continues and extends our RWII artist talks!
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Miami’s new city commissioner Ken Russell is a breath of fresh air in a city better known for its corrupt politicians. Ken was an international yo-yo salesman before running for office for the first time last year. Also, the only city commissioner I know that can land a kick-flip on a skateboard. A real Gen Xer.