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Arbor A-Frame Snowboard

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A bamboo-railed, big mountain gun. $476.00

Old man winter's around the corner. No better time to hook up a new shred stick. The Arbor A-Frame is a big mountain bomber, featuring bamboo rails, recycled steel edges and a lightweight core crafted from FSC-certified woods. Carbon a-frames, a powerhouse tail, and a structural wood top provide tight control and high-speed stability for deep carves. Once again, Arbor proves high performance......read more

Camille Seaman: The Big Cloud

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Mind-blowing photos of a massive Nebraskan thunderstorm

Acclaimed photographer Camille Seaman, best known for her award-winning works depicting polar icebergs, headed inland to the prairies of the Midwest to capture a different incredible natural phenomenon: thunderstorm clouds. For the latest entry into Seaman's storm oeuvre, the artist traveled to western Nebraska, where, with the assistance of professional meteorologists, she followed the......read more

Carla Andrade: Sleep Biocentrism

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Sweeping dreamscapes from Spain's next big photographer

Judging from this photo series, Carla Andrade has really nice dreams. For Biocentrismo del sueno (or Sleep Biocentrism, according to Google Translate), the Spanish photographer (previously) recreated images from her dreams on 35mm film. The stunning images of lonely figures in landscapes are nothing if not dreamy. Andrade describes her "photographed dreams"  using a classic quote from a......read more

Sweet Pea, a Built Green Houseboat by Affordable Floating Homes

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This tiny floating dwelling is big on sustainability

Founded last year in Olympia, Washington, Affordable Floating Homes aims to provide "small footprint, high quality interurban living at an affordable price without developing more land," according to owner Mike Auderer's mission statement on the company's Facebook page.  The new company's first build -- and Auderer's current domicile -- is called "Sweet Pea" due to its green exterior. It's......read more

America's Top Biking Cities Ranked by Bicycling Mag

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Big surprise: Portland is number one

In an announcement that will surprise approximately nobody, Portland has been named America's Top Bike-Friendly City in the 2012 rankings from Bicycling magazine. Bike culture reigns supreme in the Pacific Northwestern city, which boasts 180 miles of bike lanes and 79 miles of off-street bike paths. Always quick to embrace cyclist-friendly innovations, Portland was the first city in the United......read more

Big Win For New York Fracking Opponents

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In a case of NIMBYism doing good, a New York court rules in favor of a regional ban on gas drilling

Good news for fracking opponents in New York state this week, as an N.Y. Supreme Court judge ruled that the upstate town of Dryden is within its rights to ban a company from drilling for natural gas within its borders. Last August, Dryden's Town Board passed a drilling ban and was sued a month later by the Anschutz Exploration Corporation, whose lawyers argued that the town had no power to......read more

Why the House Transportation Bill is a Bad Idea

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Proposed legislation would slash bike and pedestrian funding in favor of Big Oil

Bad ideas abound in the House Transportation Bill released this week, and green transportation activists are rightly miffed. The proposed bill would slash funding for federally-mandated bike and pedestrian programs, and use the funds made available for highway improvements. It would also increase the size of trucks allowed on highways, and reduce the amount of time required for environmental......read more

Mystical Landscapes by Troy Moth

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After a stint shooting models in the big city, a Canadian photographer returns to the natural majesty of his homeland

If there are two worlds more diametrically opposed than fashion photography and tree planting, we can't think of them. But Troy Moth has existed in both. Born in a remote tree planting camp on Canada's west coast, Moth in his twenties found himself in Toronto working as a fashion photographer for big-name clients like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Eventually, inevitably, he left that world......read more

Obama Bails on Smog Plan

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Bowing to pressure from big business, the President abandons tougher ozone standard

President Obama, under mounting pressure from business groups and Republicans in Congress, has withdrawn a plan to strengthen emissions rules for smog-causing chemicals. The abandoned Environmental Protection Agency standard would have dramatically reduced emissions of ground-level ozone. For American eco advocates, the announcement is salt in a wound opened by a series of White House decisions......read more

Smart Grid Will Cost a Ton But Save More

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Costs of planned upgrade are massive, but benefits are bigger

You have to spend money to save money. That's the tune being sung by energy industry experts, who this week announced that revamping the national power grid will cost $474 billion over the next 20 years but will save consumers $2 trillion. The new grid would enable two-way communication between power sources, allowing renewable energy projects to operate more effectively. "The average electric......read more

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