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The Toxic Irony Of Being Green

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A look at 350.org's planet-scale art project for the climate.

How's this for bitter irony? Most forms of the color green, the chosen emblem of environmentalism since the 1960s, are not only not ecologically responsible but potentially poisonous. Writing in the Design section of the New York Times, Alice Rosthorn says that because the color green is so difficult to create, manufacturers have to use toxic chemicals to stabilize it. That means that......read more

Fall Is in the Air

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Photographers capture leaf color gradients in all their autumnal beauty

The autumn season is now in full gear, bringing with it chilly mornings, harvest festivals, bird migrations, and, of course, dazzling foliage. The other day, My Modern Met celebrated the harvest season by assembling this awesome collection of photos that show multi-hued leaves arranged in rainbow-like gradients. From an arrow created with maple leaves to a circle of leaves arranged by Pantone......read more

Everyday Color: Photos by Brad McMurray

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Canadian photographer reveals the beauty in the banal

Good photographers don't need epic vistas or gorgeous models to pull off compelling images. Brad McMurray (previously) is a case in point. The Vancouver-based photog finds beauty in the everyday, often employing situational irony to create interesting pictures. His eye for bold pops of color in banal settings is on full display in this selection of images. In his own words: My images are seen......read more

Epic Earth Time Lapse from Space

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NASA video paints jaw dropping picture of Earth

These incredible time lapse images of Earth were shot by astronauts onboard the International Space Station, using special low-light, high-definition (4K resolution!) cameras. The images were kindly made available by NASA for free.  Berlin's Michael König took Jan Jelinek's minimal ambient techno and combined it with the time lapses to......read more

Dulux Walls

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Creative project brings color to communities around the world.

For Dulux Walls' Let's Colour Project, director Adam Berg shot everyday citizens brightening their communities by painting schools, streets, homes and squares in vibrant colors. A total of 120 different colours were utilized in four weeks of footage shot in four countries: Brazil, France, the UK and India. The wonderful song is "Go Do" by Jonsi (of Sigur Ros fame)....read more

Paper Collages Evoke Underwater Beauty

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Trippy collages made with textured rolls of paper

Psychedelic formations of rolled up paper are the beautiful result of artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser's obsession with paper and color.  My Modern Met profiled Amy's work and we're glad they did.  Although her final work appears quite abstract, Genser always starts out with an idea for a piece by using images and sketches and also drawing upon the beautiful imperfections of nature as......read more

Countries Get Eco Report Cards

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Biannual Environmental Performance Index unveiled at the World Economic Forum.

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index, which ranks the world's nations according to environmental policy and performance, was released last week at the World Economic Forum. The index is compiled every two years by Yale and Columbia University researchers. Leading the rankings is Iceland, which is powered almost entirely by renewable energy sources. Rounding out the top 5 are Switzerland,......read more

This Is Our Moment

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Celeb-packed PSA for NRDC Action Fund urging voters to act now in support of clean energy bill.

Earth Day: Our Acidic Oceans

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Actress Sigourney Weaver calls for action on ocean acidification.

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Actress Sigourney Weaver testified before the Senate, warning that without climate legislation limiting CO2 emissions, the impacts on our oceans will be monumental. “The oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were during pre-industrial times and if we continue burning fossil fuels as we are now, we will double the ocean’s acidity by the end......read more

Earth Day: John Kerry on Climate Change Action

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On Earth Day 's 40th anniversary, John Kerry warns that climate change is the environment's biggest hurdle yet.

Environmental advocates and allies have achieved plenty since the first Earth Day forty years ago: the creation of the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, are just a few of the legislative highlights that come to mind. But, as John Kerry warned today, the U.S. has yet to confront the biggest environmental problem of today: climate change. In......read more

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