September 26, 2012 |
NIESTE, Germany - The masked intruders who come regularly after dark don't fill Marga Trautmann-Winter with dread so much as irritation - lots of it. She finds evidence of their larceny at daybreak in her backyard, where plums have been pilfered, cherries picked and apples appropriated from her small orchard. But if she's lucky, she manages to turn the tables and ensnare one of the thieves, as has happened about 20 times in the last two years, including one recent morning. The bandit lay curled up in a metal cage, its drowsy expression turning to wariness, then narrow-eyed aggression as Trautmann-Winter approached.
August 31, 2012 |
The Ecology Center, Orange County's premiere environmental education group, will host its fourth annual Green Feast on Saturday, Sept. 8, at its lush San Juan Capistrano facility. More than 200 people will sit at a lavish outdoor table feasting on a bounty of appetizers and a family-style, four-course dinner made by notable area chefs using farm-fresh, organic ingredients sourced from within a 200-mile radius. Chefs include Matt Tobin (True Foods Kitchen), Justin Miller (Pizzeria Ortica)
August 9, 2012 |
"Garden in the Sea," a lovely documentary from German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer, follows Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she creates a sculpture that will sit deep inMexico's Sea of Cortez just at the edge of Espiritu Santo Island. It makes for a very internationally flavored film, one that ultimately relies on the language of sight and sound to speak eloquently about art and ecology and how they can be fused into something extraordinary. The film begins in Madrid not long after Mexican philanthropist Manuel Arango's foundation commissioned Iglesias to create a piece that would reflect his country's efforts to preserve the natural habitat of the island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2012 |
Despite strong opposition from environmentalists, the state Assembly on Thursday approved controversial legislation that allows a solar energy developer to bypass local agencies in seeking to build a large-scale power plant in a valley that is home to desert tortoises, golden eagles and bighorn sheep. The nation's leading environmental groups see K Road Power's proposed 663-megawatt Calico Solar plant as one of the most ecologically damaging renewable energy projects in the California desert.
April 20, 2012 |
The very title of the subversive documentary "Surviving Progress" sounds counterintuitive. Isn't progress a good thing, the sure cure for civilization's ills? What's to survive? Plenty, according to this expect-the-unexpected Canadian film based on Ronald Wright's bestselling "A Short History of Progress. " Both brainy and light on its feet, bristling with provocative insights and probing questions, this film feels like it's expanding your mind while you're watching it. The premise of "Surviving Progress," much more dystopian in its quiet way than "The Hunger Games," is that we delude ourselves if we think the seeming improvements that growth and development bring will result in quality-of-life advances or even survival of the planet.
January 27, 2012 |
Just off a rutted dirt road, a beach as white as flour pops into view from behind a wall of sea grape and rustling palms. Pelicans slice over turquoise waters, and not a single person stirs the quiet. The tableau, along a little-developed segment of Mexico's Caribbean coast, is a beachgoer's fantasy of unspoiled seaside splendor. Until you look down. For as far as the eye can see, the sand glitters with bits of bright color: fragments of trash, thousands and thousands of them, strung like a vast, foul necklace.