A turtle's eye view of swimmers and surfers in the ocean
Aussie surfer and photographer Mark Tipple has always been fascinated by what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. As an escape from his regular documentary photography practice, Tipple began shooting swimmers and surfers from under the surface of the ocean off Australia's eastern coast. The results are assembled in the ongoing Tipple series, "The Underwater Project," and they're some of the best underwater photos we've ever seen.
"Coming from a surfing background I used to wonder what happens when we’re duck-diving, like, what it looks like from a different angle than what we can see. Kinda hard to explain but it has always been on my mind. I used to surf with a small video camera and housing attached to my helmet, it worked surprisingly well but my neck couldn’t take the impact and stress while trying to duck-dive and capture the right angle. Even tried to turn it back on myself to see what happens clearer but that, uh, sucked. I looked for a new approach to capture what I was seeking, which basically meant getting off the surfboard."
The latest addition to the renewable energy vanguard is not clean at all. Dirty water -- specifically warm and hot wastewater from shower drains, dishwashers, and laundry -- is a surprisingly powerful source of energy, and cities around the world are taking notice. At National Geographic, Rachel Kaufman explains the technology: The technology is simple. Wastewater, which consists of......read more
Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal carries the unwelcome distinction of being one of America's most polluted waterways. To gaze into it is to witness more than a century of unfettered industrial abuse, with all of the coal tar, oil slicks, and garbage you might expect. So it's not exactly the most photogenic landscape in New York. But local photographer William Miller has a knack for finding beauty in......read more
There's no missing the message behind the work of scuba diving artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez. The creative duo's flowing, underwater sculptures made of common oceanic trash make a direct statement on the issue of marine pollution. Goussin and Le Calvez call themselves Forlane 6, after the 40 year-old sailboat they call home. Both are deep sea diving professionals who earn their......read more
Gernot Wager at the Huffington Post: The Office of Management and Budget is nerd heaven: a bunch of people getting their professional kicks from analyzing federal regulation. This bean counting may sound painfully lacking in glamour, but it's incredibly important. OMB's annual report to Congress on the benefits and costs of all major rules adopted by most federal agencies over the past 10 years......read more
We know that human activities have powerful effects on the physical environment, but visualizing and explaining these effects is not always easy. Take the water cycle, for example. It's obvious that things like damming, extraction, and irrigation are affecting the global water supply (on which all life depends), but it's difficult to see the whole picture. This new video from The Global Water......read more
Climate change is undermining economic development in poor countries and pushing millions people back into poverty, the World Bank has warned. The droughts, floods, heatwaves, sea-level rises and storms that are likely to accompany unabated global warming will trap millions of people in poverty, the Washington-based bank said in a report. From AP: "Urgent action is needed to not only reduce......read more
If you haven't seen this yet, prepare to be inspired. Pascal Honore, a 50-year old mother of two from Australia, suffered T4 complete paraplegia after a car accident 18 years ago. While she enjoyed watching her sons surf, she always wanted to experience the thrill herself. Tyron Swan, a friend of her sons, has made that possible by duct taping her to his back and taking her out on his board. Look......read more
In celebration of landing an honorable mention at the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards, Dopper has released a limited edition version of its Original water bottle in red. The reuseable bottle, designed and produced in Holland, sports the clean, minimal aesthetics we've come to expect from the Dutch. Featuring a screw top that acts as a little cup, the Dopper Original is made of BPA-free plastic......read more