July 5, 2012
MOVIES "Frozen Planet" in Concert comes to the big screen at the Hollywood Bowl. A co-production of the BBC and Discovery Channel, "Frozen Planet" features breathtaking images of earth's vast, wild polar regions. The film will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by composer George Fenton. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Prices vary. (323) 850-2000; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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October 2, 1991
In reading Mark Davis' deliberately alarming column (Column Left, Sept. 17) on the imminent danger of losing our planet, I conclude that according to Davis we must stop all economic growth. Now! We must all stop development, stop industry, stop everything we are doing to save the planet. Now! I have observed that the true conservationists are the homeless. They don't use unnecessary gas or electricity to heat large homes (or even small ones); they don't drive cars, thus saving on fuel and fuel emission; they don't bathe or use toilets, thus conserving water; they recycle our clothing; they eat our leftovers.
January 15, 2013
Re "Climate panel delivers a grim portrait," Jan. 12 "Climate change" is a rather benign term for the global disaster that will, in a very short time, affect all life on this planet. Even "global warming" can be misunderstood. Some people, in cold climates, might think it good to have an extra few degrees of heat. Few seem to understand that it means myriad extreme consequences that we're already experiencing. There's no time to argue; there's only time for serious action on everyone's part.
December 23, 1990
Did everyone marvel at those stunning photos of clear-cut forests in "Portrait of a Planet" (Nov. 11)? I would be very surprised if the ongoing devastation in Northern California has nothing to do with the decrease in rainfall in Southern California since World War II. For what it's worth, I'm planting trees in my own yard, and I'll give them all the water they need, Bradley's 10%-water-reduction decree be damned. If Central Valley farmers can throw away their cheap water running sprinklers in the noonday sun on surplus crops like cotton and alfalfa, I can take all the 15-minute showers I please.
December 13, 2012 |
The world is in a heap of trouble -- make that heaps: giant, toxic mountains of garbage that endanger our oceans, marine life, the atmosphere and humanity in general -- without an end in sight. That is, unless citizens, industry and governments get deadly serious about such solutions as mass recycling, composting, plastics reduction and more. Such is the global crisis that's vividly, relentlessly detailed in the vital documentary "Trashed," starring dulcet-voiced zero waste advocate, actor Jeremy Irons.
August 27, 2009 |
Scientists have discovered a planet that shouldn't exist. The finding, they say, could alter our understanding of orbital dynamics, a field considered pretty well settled since the time of astronomer Johannes Kepler 400 years ago. The planet is known as a "hot Jupiter," a gas giant orbiting the star Wasp-18, about 330 light years from Earth. The planet, Wasp-18b, is so close to the star that it completes a full orbit (its "year") in less than an Earth day, according to the research, which was published in the journal Nature.