Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee
Subhankar Banerjee is an activist, artist, and public scholar. A professor of art and ecology, he holds the Lannan Chair at the University of New Mexico. He is currently writing a book on biological annihilation.

 

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Arctic Refuge Protectors: An Open Letter from Teachers and Scholars
Signatories' Note: We are inviting teachers and scholars—elementary and secondary school teachers, college and university faculty, graduate students, independent scholars and writers, investigative journalists, librarians, editors, museum professionals, and other educators and researchers—from the...
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Think of it, to introduce an even broader term, as a wave of “biological annihilation” that includes possible species extinctions on a mass scale, but also massive species die-offs and various kinds of massacres. (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 2002) Views
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Biological Annihilation: A Planet in Loss Mode
If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up. After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a...
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Monday, January 15, 2018
The Last Oil: Gathering to Resist Trump’s Reckless Arctic Energy Policy
The Last Oil is not a warning that we are running out of oil. On the contrary, there is so much oil — and gas and coal and other unconventional fossil fuels like tar sands and methane hydrates — that if we continue to dig up and burn all these fuel sources, we will push the Earth’s climate toward a...
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Scholars for the Arctic Refuge
[Note to scholars: To sign the ‘Scholars for the Arctic Refuge’ letter that follows, please visit this link at the Alaska Wilderness League (AWL) website. The AWL is a leading conservation group, and the only DC-based environmental organization specifically focused on Alaskan issues. Given the time...
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Kayaktivists in Seattle, Washington staged a flotilla to block one of Shell's drilling rigs from reaching its Arctic destination. Views
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere...
What happens in the Arctic doesn’t just stay up north. It affects the world, as that region is the integrator of our planet’s climate systems, atmospheric and oceanic. At the moment, the northernmost places on Earth are warming at more than twice the global average, a phenomenon whose impact is...
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Paradise Burning: Why We All Need to Learn the Word “Anthropogenic”
The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of it all, was eating the forest alive and...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
In the Warming Arctic Seas
Following is an excerpt from the article, “In the Warming Arctic Seas,” published in the Summer 2015 Issue “Climate’s Cliff” of the World Policy Journal. To read the full article click here . Arctic National Wildlife Refuge I was standing in the back of the sled when it broke through the ice,...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Arctic Nightmare: Obama, Shell, and the Fate of the Far North
Here’s a Jeopardy!- style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it’s a pretty good guess that you can’t tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either...
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(r to l): Peter Matthiessen, Jim Campbell and Tom Campion. Utukok River Upland, Western Arctic, Alaska. (Subhankar Banerjee, June 2006). Views
Sunday, April 06, 2014
An Ode to Seasons for Peter Matthiessen
Do you know about Peter Matthiessen? Maybe you’ve read one or more of his many unforgettable books. Snow Leopard , perhaps? Or maybe, Shadow Country ? Both, one non–fiction and the other an epic novel, had won the National Book Award. The list of books he wrote is rather long. You may have read...
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Monday, March 31, 2014
Beautiful Sunsets (and Sunrises) in Art
Many people have, over the years, told me that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But no one ever told me that I shouldn’t judge a sunset (or sunrise) by its beauty. After all these years, a group of scientists finally pulled the curtain off of the golden lights of dawn and dusk.
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