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N.Y. Declares Moratorium on Fracking

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Temporary ban will give the state time to address environmental concerns.

This week, the New York State Assembly approved a temporary moratorium on the controversial natural gas exploration technique known as "fracking." Combining hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, fracking uses large quantities of water and chemicals to blast through the earth's surface and uncover natural gas reserves. The moratorium is aimed at the Marcellus Shale field,......read more

April Bloomfield: Farm to Table

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Celebrated chef sources sustainable essentials in upstate New York.

As executive chef of beswarmed NYC hotspots The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, April Bloomfield has earned a reputation for creating simple, unpretentious dishes with meat playing the starring role. But, as we learned from Nowness, the celebrated chef is big into veggies too. “I love my veggies,” says the chef. “Sometimes I could just do without the meat.” Brazilian......read more

Fridge Igloo

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Ralf Schmerberg's refrigerator igloo makes a statement on energy use and climate change.

Berlin-based artist Ralf Schmerberg has built an igloo made of 322 old fridges in a public square in Hamburg, Germany. The 11-meter wide sculpture includes a massive electricity meter that shows the crazy amount of energy the fridges are using. The piece, called "Wastefulness Is the Biggest Source of Energy," also contains a plaque listing all the materials used that went into the......read more

California Bummer

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Statewide plastic bag ban voted down by California lawmakers.

Well, that sucks. The Democratic bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags across California — a measure we at SHFT adamantly supported — failed in the state Senate late Tuesday night. It would have been the country's first statewide ban, although a few California cities already prohibit their use. With the bill's downfall, the state misses an opportunity to be at the......read more

Pearl Jam To Plant $210K Worth Of Trees

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Trees planted in band's home state of Washington part of effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 U.S. tour.

The Pulse of Radio reports that Pearl Jam is spending $210,000 to plant trees in the band's home state of Washington as part of an effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by the band's 2009 U.S. tour. According to Reuters, the money will cover the band's own travel and hotel contributions as well as emissions made by fans traveling to shows. The group wants to continue......read more

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

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Serve it up -- on a block of recovered fir. $80.00

Vancouver's Union Wood Company finds inspiration -- and materials -- in the docks, foundries, mills, and factories of the city's past. This handcrafted Serving Tray, made from fir rafters reclaimed from an old stable near the Union Wood studio, has a rich and weathered patina only age can provide. Distressed steel handles and rubber feet are complemented by knots, nail holes, and cracks that add......read more

Scottish Wind Farm Photos by Toby Smith

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A celebratory union of striking landscapes and sustainable energy structures

Toby Smith's photos of wind farms in the Scottish Highlands capture nature's grandiosity and marvels of human engineering in equal measure. The flicks are part of the London photographer's "Scottish Renewables" series, which also included hydro projects and their associated landscapes. "With its raging seas, wind-swept hills and high rainfall, Britain has more potential kinetic......read more

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