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Original Series: The Big SHFT

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10 innovators changing our world for the better

In The Big SHFT, we train the camera lens on the trailblazers who are cutting a path to a more sustainable future. The 10-part doc series is presented in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, whose manufacturing innovations forever changed the way that things are made. "Sustainability is the biggest issue facing business in the 21st century, and the problem will not be solved by one person or......read more

4 Big Unresolved Questions In The Draft Climate Agreement

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Midway In The Climate Talks In Paris, Negotiators Have A Rough Draft

LE BOURGET, France—Negotiators from 195 countries signed off on a draft climate agreement here Saturday, but the document left so many huge questions unanswered that the real work is only just beginning. The negotiating teams turned their rough draft over to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will guide senior ministers from each country Monday as they try to seal a......read more

Paris Climate Talks

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Questions Linger Before Final Deal, Canada Will Play a Big Role, and Australia Turns Focus to Rainforests.

A draft of a climate agreement is finished, but it leaves many questions unanswered. Now, as government ministers swoop in to finish off the talks by 11 December, those questions must be addressed. Nature recaps the weekend’s reaction and looks ahead to the final days of the climate talks. 1. Edging closer to a final deal A week of “very low drama” produced a draft of a......read more

Brooklyn Farmer

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Filmmaker Michael Tyburski profiles the world's biggest rooftop farm

If you're reading this, you're probably already familiar with Brooklyn Grange (if not, start here then go here). In Brooklyn Farmer, filmmaker Michael Tyburski follows the story of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who turned unused space in the city into the world's biggest rooftop farm, producing over 120,000 pounds of food for the local community. Today the farm is looking to......read more

Escape from Bigfoot Country

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Watch the second instalment of Trevor Gordon's surf journey in Cascadia

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of Trevor Gordon and his homemade truck-bed camper, which acted as his mobile home as he travelled north from Carpinteria, California in search of Pacific Northwestern waves. In chapter two, Gordon comes face to face with Bigfoot, that mythical beast of misty forests, and manages to paddle into a bunch of pristine peelers and catch a few fish before......read more

U-Lock Holster by Jesse Herbert

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This handmade bike lock holder solves one of cycling's biggest dilemmas $34.00

A safe, secure U-lock is a must-have accessory for every city cyclist. But U-locks across the board are heavy and cumbersome, which raises a persistent dilemma: How does one carry the damn thing? Montreal-based designer Jesse Herbert of Oopsmark solves the problem with the U-Lock Holster, a simple, aesthetically-pleasing solution for hauling your bike lock. Made by hand using veggie-tanned......read more

Bigfoot Country: The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox

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After building his own truck-bed camper in Carpinteria, CA., Trevor Gordon embarks on a surf mission in Cascadia's Bigfoot Country

Last summer, surfer Trevor Gordon took his newly built camper north to British Columbia in search of surf and adventure. Having traded in his 1988 VW Vanagon for a blue four-by-four Jeep Comanche, he set out to build a wooden camper with a sturdy frame to withstand the rough terrain and torrential rains that define the region. “The day I finished, I immediately started the maiden voyage......read more

Why 2014 Is a Big Deal

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Thomas Friedman on what plummeting oil prices mean for the climate fight

Thomas L. Friedman for The New York Times: I WAS just about to go with a column that started like this: When they write the history of the global response to climate change, 2014 could well be seen as the moment when the balance between action and denial tipped decisively toward action. That’s thanks to the convergence of four giant forces: São Paulo, Brazil, went dry; China and the......read more

The Big SHFT: Yves Behar, Designer for Life

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The leading light of sustainable design walks us through some of his most game-changing projects

Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject are the go-to design group that companies turn to for game-changing ideas. From the $100 XO laptop and Puma's waste-saving Clever Little Bag to the sleek Leaf LED lamp and SAYL Office Chair for Herman Miller, Yves' work merges must-have design with a firm commitment to social and ecological responsibility. That's what makes him one of the design world's......read more

The Big SHFT: Michael Crooke, Sustainable Business Maverick

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The former Patagonia CEO, now a management professor at Pepperdine University, discusses the role of environmental responsibility in business

Michael W. Crooke's résumé reads like a young achiever's dream bio. The former Navy SEAL (underwater demolition team) holds a Ph.D. in management and has held senior executive roles at a number of companies in the outdoors industry, including Yakima, Kelty Packs, Pearl/Izumi and Patagonia, where he was CEO from 1999 to 2005. It was Crooke's time at Patagonia -- the company founded......read more

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