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Al Gore: The Future

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In his new book, the former U.S. Vice-President asks, "What are the drivers of global change?"

Al Gore at Huffington Post: Almost a decade ago, someone asked me a question, "What are the drivers of global change?" I've spent a lot of time over the last eight years thinking about it, and have dedicated much of the last two years to researching, writing and refining my conclusions. The result is my new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. The book will be released on January......read more

Alter Eco: Outstanding In The Field

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For artist and chef Jim Denevan, ephemeral land art and sustainable food provide the same charge.

In this clip from ALTER ECO, Denevan discusses his work cooking impromptu meals from local ingredients and making temporal art in the sand....read more

Alter Eco: Vogue Fashion Shoot

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Model and activist Angela Lindvall takes on a sustainable fashion shoot.

For those that aren't aware, prior to founding SHFT, we produced a TV show called ALTER ECO that aired on Discovery's Planet Green. In this episode we tried to show one of the typically more wasteful industries things it can do to clean up its act. With some help from Angela Lindvall, we did a sustainable fashion shoot for VOGUE. Some of the fashionistas involved were skeptical, but......read more

Earth (Hour) Night

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Try this at home.

Always well-informed on all things green design, the good folks at Inhabitat tipped us off on the Breezeway House, the certified by the ...read more

MNN: SHFT/Wired Pop Up Store

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Peter and Adrian share their favorite gift greens to give this holiday season.

Adrian Grenier, actor, and Peter Glatzer, producer, helped host the Wired party launching its Manhattan pop-up store, standing by a display of cool green products they'd selected. The co-creators of Alter Eco, the green living show on Discovery's Planet Green, looked delighted to be discussing an hybrid electric bicycle and an LED table lamp made with what looked like foam peanuts but......read more

Alter Eco: Arbor Skateboards

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Santa Monica skate company brings sustainability to the streets

A tuned-in skate shop owner in Santa Monica boils down the basic tenets of the SHFT philosophy - that we need to bring sustainability to culturally relevant places. And that today's youth will gravitate towards green living when it's presented to them in the context of what they do in their every day lives. We think he's right, and Arbor Skateboards nails it on both counts....read more

Mining For Algae

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Researchers in Missouri aim to grow algae for biofuel in abandoned mines.

Based in Brooklyn, Nightwood is a home decor shop specializing in its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owner-designers Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron salvage woods and fabrics and reincarnate them as beautifully rustic, original pieces. Last week, the Nightwood pop-up shop at a downtown Brooklyn condo development. If you're in the area, be sure to swing by. For more......read more

Jet Fuel from Algae Turning into Reality

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Algae-powered jets for everyone!

Pentagon way-out research arm DARPA and Predator dronemaker General Atomics are teaming up to turn algae into jet fuel. The Defense Department announced the $20 million deal earlier in the week. The idea is to "demonstrate and ultimately commercialize the affordable production" of an algae-based surrogate for JP-8 jet fuel by 2010. The work is going to be spread all over the country,......read more

Carbon-Eating Algae Tested in Germany

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Scientists hope to turn coal plant CO2 emissions into clean air.

Algae is being studied globally for its potential in various commercial and environmental applications, from biofuels to animal feed to industrial grease. In Senftenberg, Germany, the "Green Mission" project is studying the organism for a new, different purpose. Scientists from European energy giant Vattenfall are looking to algae as a way to reduce emissions at Germany's abundant......read more

The Big SHFT: Harrison Dillon, Algae Baron

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Solazyme takes algae-based biofuel applications beyond renewable energy and into cosmetics, plastics, lubricants, and... ice cream?

Ten years ago, when Harrison Dillon and his partners founded Solazyme in a garage in Palo Alto, CA, their goal was to create clean, renewable diesel fuel from algae. And so they did. But it was clear after a couple of years that they needed to find other applications for algae-based biofuel to make their business fly. Today, the San Francisco-based company's technology is being used to......read more

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