The highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro was once completely covered in ice. But since 1912, more than 80% of the mountain’s ice cover has melted, disappearing at an even faster rate in recent decades. Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s aerial photographs show how climate change has impacted the environment. He says, "It’s too late to be pessimistic — really too late. We have to be a part of the solution."

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Police arrest 104 climate change protesters in Wall Street standoff: NYC police pepper-spray protesters heading for Wall Street, day after massive separate march for climate change action

Police arrested more than 100 protesters who refused orders to disperse Monday, as at least 1,000 demonstrators gathered in New York City to demand that Wall Street start pitching in cash to stop climate change and that polluting companies clean up their act. The arrests came a day after tens of thousands of people marched peacefully through the city to call for governments to act on global warming, ahead of this week’s U.N. summit on the issue.

A physical confrontation came near the end of a day of boisterous but peaceful demonstrations, styled after the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 and dubbed “Flood Wall Street,” in keeping with the climate change theme. Many protesters wore blue.

After gathering in Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan island, the protesters walked north on Broadway, stopping traffic along the way. They sat down in the street, but police did not issue orders to leave. 

Just as rush hour began in downtown Manhattan on Monday evening, police used barricades and officers on horseback to block protesters from entering Wall Street itself. 

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By Wilson Dizard


Pharrell and G-Star RAW Collaborate on Jeans Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

Producer, singer-songwriter, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams can now add energy advocate to his long list of descriptors. The unofficial arbiter of cool has teamed up with Dutch fashion brand G-Star RAW and Bionic Yarn, a New York City-based startup that transforms fibers made from recycled plastic into durable textiles, to create a denim line made from plastic pollution pulled from the ocean. Bionic Yarn’s patented fibers are made of three layers: a core that gives the fabric strength and stretch, a middle layer of recycled material that makes up 45% of the yarn, and a top coating of any fiber—be it cotton, wool, linen, or nylon—to give the fabric the desired feel. So far, the RAW for the Ocean collection, currently being sold in stores and online, has made use of about nine tons of ocean plastic. The project is particularly significant in that it presents a novel and accessible image of “sustainability,” one which treats energy consciousness as constituent with fashion, aesthetics, and lifestyle. Indeed, what if we made caring for the environmental less about sacrifice and more about the positive opportunity to effect change and re-imagine cultural paradigms?


Sublime Yet Troubling Aerial Photos of Humanity’s Environmental Destruction

At first glance, photojournalist Colin Finlay’s aerial photos appear to be beautiful landscapes. Read their captions, though, and it becomes clear many of the scenes he captures are quite ugly, depicting environments scarred by industry and climate change.

From the tar sands of Alberta to the soda ash in Kenya’s Lake Magadi, the pictures are mesmerizing to see but terrible to consider. The subjects are, literally and figuratively, huge. They also tend to be remote, or entirely off-limits. Finlay’s coverage of them is diverse, but when he wants the big picture, he goes up.

“It’s just a different way of telling a story, and a magnitude and the scale of a story that obviously you would not be able to see on the ground,” says Finlay. “The only way to really begin to show the scale of the industrial complex is to get up in a helicopter above that place and do the best I can before they ban helicopter flyovers.”

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Were it not for Iraq’s oil, the U.S. would have never invaded. The military is the largest polluter. The oil companies are being protected by U.S. military strength. We see the military-industrial-oil complex all together in this.
—  antiwar and environmental activist Medea Benjamin when asked to explain the links between war and climate change on Democracy Now! today