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No Bailout for the Biosphere

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Agreements to bail out banks happen in days - but we still don't have a deal to bail out the planet

They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades. Nicholas Stern estimated that capping climate change would cost around 1% of global GDP, while sitting back and letting it hit us would cost between 5 and 20%. One per cent of GDP is, at the moment, $630bn. By March 2009, Bloomberg has revealed, the US Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to......read more

Alice Axinder's Idyllic Sweden

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Beautiful photos could easily pass as movie stills

Alice Axinder's photos are nothing if not in tune with nature. The young artist, who lives in the northern Swedish town of Kvarnberget, captures pastoral images of the outdoors, with the changing seasons as a predominant theme.  "My favourite season is winter, I think," she says. "Although I like all seasons very much, all in different ways. Summer nights I love because then you can......read more

Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

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City sees increasing access to fresh food, but lots of work still needed

With First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago to address the city's food desert problem, a report [PDF] released this week shows that the amount of people without easy access to fresh, healthy food is down 40 percent over the last five years. Still, an estimated 384,000 Chicagoans -- mostly African-Americans, 124,000 of which are children -- live in food desert neighbourhoods. There is no......read more

'Sound Sculptures' Eulogize Old Growth Forest

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Tviga Vasilyeva's "Soundstills" would be pretty cool if we could understand them.

You know the feeling when you look at something and you're pretty sure it's awesome but you don't understand how it works or what it's all about? Such is the case with these "Soundstills" by Russian artist Tviga Vasilyeva. Apparently Vasilyeva recorded audio in the old growth forests along the Russia-Finland border, then went back after they were logged and photographed these......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-18-11

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Greenland's shrinking, Brooklyn's getting bike sharing, Rush Limbaugh is still an asshole, and more.

Plant Plastic: Drinking soda is bad for you, yes, but petroleum-based plastic bottles bad for everyone. In 2012, Pepsi will drop the world's first fossil fuel-free plastic bottle, made from 100% plant-based materials like switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Bike Share, Yo: Inhabitat reports that Brooklyn will join Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis as the first cities in the......read more

Gas Prices on the Rise

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But Americans still pay little for fuel compared to most.

Across the country, Americans are feeling the pinch of increasing gasoline prices. The average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. currently sits around $3.53 a gallon, up about 34 cents from 16 days ago. For what it's worth, you can blame conflict and political instability in the Middle East and North Africa for the leap.  But is our gas really expensive? Not when you take a look around......read more

Farmers Markets Exploding

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In spite of exponential growth, farmers markets still only account for a tiny proportion of U.S. food economy.

Over at Grist, Bonnie Azab Powell reports that farmers markets are growing like weeds all over the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 6,132 farmers markets in the United States, a 16% increase from last year and a 214% increase from 2000. California leads the charge with 580 markets, followed by New York, Illinois, and Michigan. However, only one sixth of......read more

We Cut Corners "Pirate's Life"

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Brilliant hand drawn animation by Kijek/Adamski

Here's a newish animated video for "Pirate's Life" by We Cut Corners from Polish directing duo Katarzyna Kijek and PrzemysÅ‚aw Adamski, who created the entire thing by hand using markers on paper. They say the process was "As simple as it gets," but it doesn't look remotely simple to us. They also made this making-of video, which is pretty funny.    ...read more

EPA Fights Back

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Agency accused of cutting corners on climate change findings

The Obama Administration responded with strong words Wednesday to a Republican-initiated report claiming that the agency should have sought outside scientific review on the human impacts of climate change. The report out of the Office of the Inspector General charged that the Environmental Protection Agency cut corners in concluding that greenhouse gases pose a threat to......read more

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