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Subhankar Banerjee
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Subhankar Banerjee founded in August 2010. He is an Indian-born American photographer, writer and activist. Over the past decade he has been a leading voice on issues of arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, and global warming. More recently he has also been focusing on forest deaths from global warming. His photographs and writing have reached millions of people around the world through publications, exhibitions and lectures. Most recently Subhankar was Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham University in New York. In 2011 he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award by the New Mexico State University, and in 2012 a Cultural Freedom Award by the Lannan Foundation. He is editor of the anthology, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point (Seven Stories Press, hardcover: July 3, 2012, paperback: August 20, 2013).

Subhankar received Cultural Freedom Fellowship from Lannan Foundation, Greenleaf Artist Award from United Nations Environment Programme, National Conservation awards from National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and Alaska Conservation Foundation, and was recently named an Arctic Hero by Alaska Wilderness League. You can visit his personal website by clicking here.

Entries by Subhankar Banerjee

To Drill or Not to Drill, That Is the Question

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 10:09 AM

The Obama Administration, Shell, and the Fate of the Arctic Ocean
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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...

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A Howl Against Time's Coverage of the Washington Mudslide

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:25 PM

I received an email Wednesday morning from Dr. Harvard Ayers. Ayers is a professor emeritus of anthropology at Appalachian State University, a long-time activist against mountaintop coal mining in the Appalachia, and oil drilling in the Arctic. He writes: "It made me visibly angry to read Time magazine's coverage of...

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Beautiful Sunsets (and Sunrises) in Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 4:12 PM

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...

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India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming

(292) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:07 PM

Last month I wrote two articles (here, here), gave an interview to The Real News Network (here), and an interview to Uprising Radio (here) about the devastating floods in Colorado. With Boulder as its epicenter, the floods damaged more than 2,000 squares...

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Destabilization of Arctic Sea Ice Would Be Game Over for Climate

(19) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:12 PM

The Arctic sea ice is the most famous visual indicator of climate change. This year the climate deniers took the lead to explain what's going on with the Arctic sea ice. "And now it's global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60 percent in a...

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Repeated Assaults Culminate With the Epic Colorado Flood

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:38 PM

It's Sunday morning. I read more rain will fall in Colorado today. It could affect rescue efforts and further soak the land that could result in more flash floods. I decide to write.

Last Thursday as the devastation was unfolding I wrote all day and evening. I ended the piece...

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Boulder Flooding: Remembering Warnings From Weather Report

(23) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 10:09 AM

On Thursday as I was reading about war and peace, headlines about a flash flood in Boulder kept arriving all through the day: "At least 3 dead in Colorado flooding; Boulder 'overwhelmed with water'" (LA Times), "Flood threat still strong as 3 killed in Colorado" (USA Today), "Boulder flood: 2nd...

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Let Us Now Sing About the Warmed Earth

(87) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 8:28 PM

On July 25 the journal Nature published an article about the "Economic time bomb" that is slowly being detonated by Arctic warming. Gail Whiteman of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and Chris Hope and Peter Wadhams of the University of Cambridge suggest -- based on economic modeling that...

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The US Government Is Metamorphosing Into the Borg

(146) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:45 PM

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction."
--E. F. Schumacher

When I moved to Seattle in 1996, I had thought I knew how to order a cup of coffee:...

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Independence From Terror

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:07 PM

"Within a few years we are going to have more people off the surface of this planet more often, and we'll have to determine value in that new environment."
--Jill Tarter, chairwoman of the SETI Institute, CNN Money, June 27, 2013

Do we write words...

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What Do Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald Have to Do With Gandhi?

(105) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 7:53 PM

There is a linguistic gobbledegook going on with regards to what it is that Edward Snowden has committed that was made possible by the "advocacy journalism" of Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian. While many, in the U.S. and around the world, seem to believe that Snowden committed a "heroic act"...

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Edward Snowden in Anne Applebaum's Russia

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 3:13 PM

First came the "shock and awe": the revelations of massive spying by the U.S. and British governments -- on the people of the world. Then came the enlightened debate: Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Then arrived the Hollywood-style entertainment: Where is Edward Snowden going? (The Washington Post...

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Seeing Global Warming Through Gray Braasch's Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Two recent stories of climate change disasters mark the transition from spring to summer of 2013. The recent Black Forest fire in Colorado destroyed more than 500 homes and has been called, "the most destructive fire in Colorado history." On the other side of the globe, last week,...

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Laughing Matters: U.S. Government vs. Voices of Conscience

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:03 AM

"Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value."
--Arthur Miller

Almost exactly two and a half millennia ago, the young Buddha had posed a rather enigmatic question: "How can anyone laugh who knows of old age, disease, and death?" This question...

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Edward Snowden, Satyajit Ray and Inverted Totalitarianism

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 10:25 AM

"[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the... commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing...

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Revisiting an Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:31 PM

As Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska -- the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on September 8,...

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Walking the Waters: How to Bring the Major Oil Companies Ashore and Halt the Destruction of Our Oceans

(36) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 11:55 AM

How to Bring the Major Oil Companies Ashore and Halt the Destruction of Our Oceans

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When you go to the mountains, you go to the mountains.  When it’s the desert, it’s the desert.  When it’s the ocean, though, we generally say that...

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The Arctic and Niger Should Go Together When We Talk About Shell's Drilling

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 1:38 PM

What do Arctic drilling and drone killing have in common? They are both being decided by Barack Obama without public debate.

Also oil is a common ground -- drilling will produce it and drones will burn it -- to kill people, animals, and habitats. Both issues must be debated...

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Shell Wants to Sail With a Record That Is Totally Stale

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 4:50 PM

I'm an artist. I love art. I create art. I get upset when someone tries to denigrate the very meaning of art. So I was outraged when I learned that on February 21 a group of Greenpeace pranksters installed a 131-feet long banner outside the National Gallery in London with...

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How "Drill, Baby, Drill" and "Yes We Can" Got Married

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 12:05 PM

American military prefers to make preemptive strikes. We know this. In America, corporations have enormous influence over the government -- these days they essentially run the government. We know this too. And now a giant corporation has made a preemptive strike against nonprofit organizations. "Arctic Ocean drilling: Shell launches preemptive...

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