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Ars Natura: Adam Wolpert

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New abstract paintings by California artist/environmentalist capture power and mystery of natural world.

Many years ago I visited a magical place in northern California called the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. It was founded in the 70’s as a think tank for environmental innovation (cum heirloom seed bank) and one of its founding directives was to promote the arts as a means for exploring the natural world and visioning a sustainable future for humankind in which prosperity and......read more

SHFT Pop Up Gallery: A Few Pieces

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A closer look at some of the artists and their work.

Our pop-up gallery in downtown LA brought together 25 artists whose work shares the loose theme of man's relationship with nature. Some of the work is violent, some of it beautiful, but taken as a whole, they reflect man's increasingly fragile relationship to our planet. Here is just a handful of what our SHFT online 'gallery' can accomodate: Deb Ris (a.k.a. Anne Shackman):......read more

SHFT Natural Wine Tasting

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Organic food and sustainable wines at the pop up gallery/shop

Our first pop-up gallery and shop, which comes to a close this week, wound down with a small wine tasting by wine expert Jeffrey Meisel, who educated folks about natural, organic and bio-dynamic practices and brought an amazing and interesting sampling for us. Organic chef and cook-book author Anna Getty made crustinis with home made sun dried tomatoes on organic goat cheese; and Staci......read more

Ordinary People, Overlooked Beauty

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Photographer Captures Ordinary People Surrounded by Overlooked Beauty Of The World

Photographer Helena Georgiou captures subjects that are often overlooked as we go about our daily lives. Her impressive portfolio features many portraits of people that we'd probably pass by on the street without a second glance. Georgiou gives them the proverbial spotlight in her compositions, with one facet of these portraits set against bold outdoor landscapes. Using vibrant colors......read more

The Return Of London's Fog

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With Cities Driving Public Climate Policy, Lets Look At London

Cambridge, England — IN January, researchers at King’s College London announced that pollution levels on Oxford Street, in central London, had exceeded limits set for the entire year in just the first four days of 2015. Similarly alarming numbers have been recorded for other streets in the city — and yet the mayor, Boris Johnson, has delayed implementation of stricter......read more

Upstart SF Restaurant Looks to Redefine Food Sustainability

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In a quest to face climate change head on, The Perennial pushes way beyond farm-to-table cuisine

Twilight Greenaway for Civil Eats: In the quest to shave off distance from field to plate, today’s chefs and restaurants have devised a range of creative solutions–from growing tomatoes on their own rooftops to sourcing fruit from their customers’ backyards. The Perennial, a soon-to-open San Francisco eatery, plans to take the business of local sourcing several steps......read more

A Parched State Looks to Regulate Private Water Drilling

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Drought-stricken California passes law on drilling for groundwater

Felicity Barringer for The New York Times: FRESNO, Calif. — The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said,......read more

Food: A Sustainable America

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This is what a more sustainable food system looks like

From Eve Andrews at Grist: Let’s be real: The American food system today has some pretty daunting issues. We’re saddled with a farming system that, on the whole, releases a massive amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (675 million metric tons annually at the most recent tally, to be exact), sucks nutrients from the soil, and leaches chemicals into the water table. And in......read more

Force of Nature

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Supercell thunderstorm looks like apocalyptic tornado. From our friends at Ryot

Basehunters, a storm-chasing team from Oklahoma, captured this unbelievable footage of a supercell thunderstorm forming in Wyoming. Supercell thunderstorms consist of continually rotating updrafts and can cause torrential rainfall, hail and even tornadoes. While in theory it just sounds like a really wild storm, on film it looks like an apocalyptic tornado carrying with it imminent death.......read more

Petal by Pedal Delivers Locally-Sourced Flowers by Bike

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An NYC startup looks to shake up the flower industry

Thanks to the the sustainable food movement, foodie buzzwords like "local," "organic" and "seasonal" have taken root in our collective consiousness, and consumer awareness about where and how food is produced has never been higher. Now a New York City startup is looking to apply the same concept to flowers. The brainchild of Long Island native Kate Gilman, Petal by Pedal aims to......read more

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