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Are Those Seeds Safe?

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Look carefully at seeds before buying them, implores author and gardener Margaret Roach

So you've taken the sustainable food pledge. You buy local and organic, and you're feeling good about it. Now you want take the natural next step and start growing your own veggies. First you need some seeds, those tiny plant embryos that will transform into the most local, environmentally friendly dishes your table has ever seen. Right? Sort of. Seeds, as author Margaret Roach explains in a......read more

Nostalgic Imagery

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Margaret Durow

Photographer Margaret Durow captures fleeting moments filled with sparkling light. Her main intension is to explore her surroundings with her camera and to express the way she feels. To establish a real connection to her inner world, she mainly creates self-portraits or uses her best friends as her subject. The viewer gets a somewhat nostalgic feeling when looking at her......read more

Planet Under Pressure

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An arty animation from Moth Collective espouses an integrated approach to climate security

London animation studio Moth Collective has unveiled a new short produced for the Global Canopy Programme, a tropical forest conservation group. "Planet Under Pressure," the second video created by Moth for GCP, takes a global look at the "nexus challenges" of food, energy, water and the environment. Not the sexiest of topics, but the animators manage to pull off a beauty of a piece, even if the......read more

The Wilderness Act's Midlife Crisis

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As we approach the legislation's 50th birthday, it's time to rethink the wild

In September 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which created a national system of protected natural areas. As environmental legislation goes, it is uncompromising. The definition of wilderness provided by the act is "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” But today, in the face of climate......read more

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SHFT is a lifestyle platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. Our mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and food.

It takes a lot to make a movement on the quotidian level.  As filmmakers who are concerned with climate change, we felt that we could bring something creative to express the changes we wanted to see and were, gratefully, starting to observe.  We feel that film, design, art and food are powerful and inspiring ways to convey this narrative.  That SHFT was our particular tool to tell......read more

The Science of Republicanism

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Economist Jim Barrett on the GOP's selective approach to climate science

Economist Jim Barrett for The Huffington Post: In case there was any remaining doubt that mainstream Republicans have abandoned mainstream science, look no further than the House Republicans' recent crusades against their own scientific ideas. According to The Hill: "Lawmakers voted 234-178 ... to prevent EPA from factoring the "social cost of carbon" into rules unless a federal law is enacted......read more

Lighten Up: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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Waiting for their tour bus, the band considers a more conscious approach to taking their show on the road.

The past year was an explosive one for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Los Angeles ten-piece outfit whose 2009 debut album 'Up From Below' was a runaway hit. The band has been touring pretty much constantly since the record hit the streets, and they're getting a taste of success. At the same time, they're seeing first hand the kind of waste that accompanies a road tour if no steps are......read more

British Columbia's Forward-Thinking Carbon Tax

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Canadian province adopts progressive approach to taxing carbon emissions

On Sunday, the best climate policy in the world got even better: British Columbia’s carbon tax — a tax on the carbon content of all fossil fuels burned in the province — increased from $25 to $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide, making it more expensive to pollute. This was good news not only for the environment but for nearly everyone who pays taxes in British Columbia,......read more

Obama's New Climate Change Strategy

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The President remains committed to addressing climate change, will adopt piecemeal approach in 2011.

Despite the failed attempts to pass sweeping climate change legislation, President Obama said he would would be willing to put the entire weight of his presidency on the issue. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the President said that he plans to address climate change in "chunks" starting next year. He said he will devote a massive amount of presidential power to the......read more

SoBi Bike-Sharing System

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Stripped-down "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to urban bike share.

The good people at GOOD tip us to SoBi, an emerging model of bike-sharing set for test launch in New York City this fall. The "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to the idea of public bike share. Instead of custom bikes and an elaborate network of docking stations, SoBi uses a single, mulitfunctional gadget that fastens to the back of any bike and operates as a lock, GPS......read more

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