This week marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known passenger pigeon. In honor of her species, which numbered in the billions when Europeans arrived in the New World, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting “Eclipse,” an exhibit on extinction. The multimedia exhibition features photography, the writings of author (and OnEarth contributor) Elizabeth Kolbert, and a 100-foot video installation portraying the birds flying in negative silhouette. It’s too late to witness flocks of passenger pigeons darkening the skies—hunting and deforestation put an end to that natural spectacle—but you can catch the MASS MoCA exhibit until next spring.
Other things to know this morning:
Australia still wants to build the world’s largest coal port within a stone’s throw of the Great Barrier Reef, but it has decided not to dump 3 million cubic meters worth of dredged sand into the UNESCO World Heritage site. So, there's that.
Public transit experts are increasingly worried about what climate change might do to New York City’s subway system. Sea-level rise and flooding are a concern (remember Sandy?), but rising temps may make train platforms even more dangerously hot for riders. Heat can also damage the trains’ electrical equipment, impair expansion joints on bridges and highways, and buckle the tracks. Eek.
The New York Times just added Adam Bryant as an editor who will oversee climate change and environmental issues—a big job, considering that the "Paper of Record" sandbagged its team of environmental reporters and its Green blog about a year and a half ago. Good luck, Adam!
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