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SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health and......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

The Plastic Problem

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BPA and other everyday toxins are being linked to major health problems. How can policymakers protect us?

If you're reading this, chances are you've been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA). A key ingredient in many modern plastics, the chemical compound has been used since the 1940s in everything from baby bottles to goggles to lining for food containers. In recent years, animal studies have demonstrated links between BPA and a host of ill health effects, including breast and prostate cancer. ......read more

Steven Perriloux's Sun-Kissed California

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Laid-back Los Angeles vibes reign supreme in these photos from Terry Richardson's protégé

Photographer Steven Perriloux leads a bicoastal existence, dividing his time between LA and NYC shooting fashion editorials for major magazines. But it's his album of personal photos that caught our eye. In the series, the friend and former assistant of Terry Richardson captures California subculture in all its casual, sun-drenched glory. Perriloux discussed his attraction to underground culture......read more

Cityboy Picnic Grill

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Finnish designer Klaus Aalto's portable BBQ has your on-the-go grilling needs covered $229.00

It's official: Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to get grilling. For those of you that are lucky enough to have a backyard, BBQing is easy -- walk out the back door, light up the grill, and and go to town. But for the rest of us plebs, we have to head to parks and other public spaces for covert picnics. And that requires a portable grill. With the Cityboy Picnic Grill,......read more

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Short Film Shot From The SDO Spacecraft

From Michael König Edited time lapse sequences of the sun’s atmosphere observed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft between 2011 and 2015. Music: Una by Murcof ...read more

Sungevity and Lowe's Join Forces to Boost Solar Sales

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Home improvement giant buys stake in rooftop solar start-up

Lowe's, the second largest home improvement retailer in the U.S., has purchased minority a stake in Sungevity and will offer the solar leasing company's services in its stores.  The deal, announced Monday, will give Lowe's customers in-store access to Sungevity's web-based iQuote system, which uses satellite imagery to provide rooftop solar installation estimates. The program is set......read more

Solar Leasing Heads East

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Free popsicles! Sungevity takes its rooftop solar program to the East coast

California-based Sungevity (previously) is taking its solar leasing model to the Northeastern states, where high electricity rates and blistering summer temperatures mean massive market potential. To build hype for the expansion, the residential solar company has launched Rolling Rooftop, a bright orange ice pop truck powered by solar panels and bio diesel. The truck, which will begin......read more

The Solar Energy Enigma

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Jeff Himmelman on the shifting solar landscape

Most mornings, Danny Kennedy hops on a bike with orange saddlebags and rides half an hour from his home to Oakland’s Jack London Square. He makes for quite a picture cruising down Telegraph Avenue, decked out as he often is in an orange helmet, orange jacket and orange leather Adidas shoes. When he arrives at his office, he often makes his rounds on an orange indoor bike. (He’s not......read more

Woodzee Cardiff Bamboo Sunglasses

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Sustainable bamboo shades from wooden eyewear company $84.99

From wood watches to skate deck rings, wooden accessories are definitely where it's at right now. Now, a California-based wooden eyewear company is bringing the trend to your face. With a keen eye for sustainable materials and production techniques, Woodzee designs and develops high quaility, handcrafted sunglasses in a couple of classic styles. These Woodzee Cardiffs,  made of rapidly......read more

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