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SHFT Sampler 11-12-10

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Weekly links: Pimped-out bikes, phone book sculptures, and a renewed push for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Freewheelers is a series of video portraits of tricked-out bikes and the people who ride them – from self-build fixies and coveted vintage steeds to bikes as art or manifestations of style. Two bipartisan senators have proposed a sensible idea that most people are going to hate. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to President Obama’s National Commission on......read more

This story was originally published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The federal gas tax that pays for America’s highways hasn’t been raised in decades, but that doesn’t stop some determined lawmakers from trying. The latest effort comes via Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who has introduced a plan to raise the tax four cents a......read more

Short Circuit by Gaspard Tine-Beres

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A quirky collection of kitchen appliances made from recycled components and cork

Our world of cheap, disposable hosuehold goods is a sad state of affairs. Think about it. You buy, say, a new toaster, which lasts maybe three years before kicking the bucket. It's probably not hard to fix but it's easier to buy another cheap one, so you get rid of it (hopefully at an electronics recycler). And on it goes. French product designer Gaspard Tiné-Berè intercedes in......read more

America's Wildest Place Is Open For Business

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The Expansion of Oil and Gas Exploration in Alaska

By Christopher Solomon Several years ago a mapping expert pinpointed the most remote place in the Lower 48 states. The spot was in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, 20 miles from the nearest road. Roman Dial read the news and wasn’t much impressed. To him, 20 miles — the distance a hungry man could walk in a long day — didn’t seem very remote at......read more

alt-J "Left Hand Free" Video

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The first of two vids for "Left Hand Free" is a smorgasbord of summer cliches

In the post-MTV era, indie bands are lucky to have a label that backs the making of a video. "Left Hand Free," a bluesy number from Brit trio alt-J, has not one but two videos, the second dropped this week to coincide with a new push for radio play. Featured here is the first clip, released late in the summer, which may or may not leave you pining for summertime fun. The video, directed by Ryan......read more

Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

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Want cheaper gas and a stable economy? Keep combating climate change

Margo T. Oge for The Huffington Post: It's the end of 2014, and we are enjoying a remarkable convergence. Gas prices are down, the auto industry is booming and we have the most environmentally clean vehicle fleet ever. In fact, if we'd been listening to industry over the past several decades, this should be an impossible confluence of events. These industries repeatedly told Americans that......read more

In the Great Outdoors With Photographer Richard Gaston

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Dreamy adventure pics to ignite your midweek wanderlust

Richard Gaston, a 23 year-old photographer from Glasgow, Scotland, will awaken your inner wanderlust with these evocative images shot on adventures in the Scottish Highlands and on the coast. Shooting on a Canon AE-1 and a Yashica T4, Richard documents his travels in the great outdoors where he captures stunning shots of lakes, mountains and time spent with friends. "The majority of my work is......read more

Geothermal Gets a Boost from Oil and Gas Drilling

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'Forgotten' clean energy industry growing with help from fossil fuel well data

Kate Galbraith for The New York Times: Geothermal energy — tapping into heat deep underground and using it to produce power — is sometimes described as a forgotten renewable. It languishes in the shadows of better-known sources like wind and the sun, and in 2011 it accounted for less than 1 percent of electric power worldwide, according to last year’s World Energy Outlook. Yet......read more

White House Plans Methane Crackdown

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New strategy on natural gas pollution could be unveiled before the end of the month

Natural gas, a key component of the Obama administration's plan for American energy independence, is highly problematic in terms of climate change. Though it has significant less carbon emissions than either coal or oil, natural gas fields "leak" methane into the atmosphere -- and methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Now key Obama advisors have revealed a government-wide strategy aimed at cutting......read more

Emissions Fall in US Northeast

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Greenhouse gas emissions dropped for the third straight year within regional cap-and-trade program

For the third consecutive year, greenhouse gas emissions fell in the nine Northeastern states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI (pronounced "Reggie"), a market-based cap-and-trade program. Carbon emissions in the states dropped six percent between 2012 and 2013, from 92 million to 86 million tons. States in the RGGI program turned to lower emitting electricity......read more

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