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Bruce Barcott
Bruce Barcott was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction and is the author of The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw and The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier. He writes frequently about the outdoors and the environment for such publications as the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Harper's, and Sports Illustrated.
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Stories by Bruce Barcott
January 8, 2014
In airing a premature obit for green energy, '60 Minutes' tarred an entire industry for the failures of a few companies, while ignoring success stories. Boo, we say.
September 28, 2013
Energy can’t just disappear. So where does it go when the planet warms more slowly than expected? Possibly into ocean depths we’re only beginning to understand.
August 21, 2013
Imagine a future in which airliners run on cornstalks and Navy ships ply the oceans on tanks of switchgrass. That day may at last be inching closer.
August 15, 2013
The EPA slashed its cellulosic biofuel target for 2013. That’s good news for companies trying to turn grass into gas. Here’s why.
March 20, 2013
In one Pacific Northwest town, is the stench of recycling making the local residents sick?
November 6, 2012
Move over, Al Gore. Your PowerPoint charts have nothing on watching Arctic ice melt away with your own eyes.
March 21, 2012
It's not easy to compare the value of a job on a oil rig and the value of an acre of eelgrass. Mary Ruckelshaus thinks she may have a way of doing just that.
January 30, 2012
My last screening at Sundance turned out to be the most surprising and inspiring one of all. I had The Ambassador on my list all week but could never seem to find the time or the ticket. The festival guide said it was... read more >
January 27, 2012
I’ve seen a lot of movies this week, buckets of triumph and tragedy. But there’s a scene midway through Detropia that tops them all for sheer American heartbreak.The new documentary, about the struggle to save Detroit,... read more >
January 26, 2012
“Watching yourself thirty feet high on the big screen is... Well, it’s quite a different experience.” That was author and essayist Kelly McMasters’ reaction to seeing the world premiere of The Atomic States of America, a... read more >
January 25, 2012
For an environmental documentary junkie like me, Monday night at Sundance was a little slice of heaven: After catching the world premiere of Mark Kitchell’s A Fierce Green Fire, I sprinted across town to see The Atomic... read more >
January 24, 2012
I’m finding that serendipity plays a big part in the Sundance experience. Yesterday a publicist tossed me a DVD of a documentary short called The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. It’s part of the festival, but in any given... read more >
January 23, 2012
Move over Al Gore. The PowerPoint charts in An Inconvenient Truth have nothing on watching Arctic ice melt away with your own eyes.
January 20, 2012
Before winning an Oscar, Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" made its first splash at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. This year, five documentaries with green themes look to follow in its footsteps.