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Eat LACMA: The Food Pyramid

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Artist collective Didier Hess designs and builds a food pyramid/fish taco farm on the LACMA campus.

In this Eat LACMA episode, we hang out with art collective Didier Hess, the founders of LA-based design group Materials & Applications. The architects and designers by training — and uncategorizable visionaries in practice — designed and built a totally eco-friendly hydroponic tilapia farm (complete with a water pump powered by solar panels) on the LACMA grounds. Dubbed by the museum and......read more

Waka Fish Surfboard

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A classic shape from Maine's sustainable Grain Surfboards $670.00

Grain Surfboards is an eco-centric surf company that makes shred sticks from renewable materials, specifically sustainably harvested cedar from local mills in Maine. Grain's Waka board is a retro-style Fish that's super-buoyant for its length (either 5'4" or 5'10"). The Waka kit comes with all the components you need to assemble the setup, including machine-cut keel and frames, top......read more

Ocean Green Golondrina Surfboard

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Shred sustainably with this 6'4" quad fish.

Ocean Green is a small Britsh surfboard company with a staunch focus on sustainability. Avoiding the negative ecological impacts of conventional board shaping, the shapers use hollow balsa cores (sourced from sustainably managed forests) instead of non-biodegradable polyurethane or polystyrene, and organic hemp or cotton cloth instead of fiberglass. At 6'4", the Golondrina is Ocean......read more

Massive Fish Sculptures Made from Recycled Bottles in Rio

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Epic beach installation offers poignant comment on ocean pollution

In Rio de Janeiro, where world leaders are meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), two gigantic fish are rising from Botafogo Beach. The public art installation has been created entirely from discarded plastic bottles collected on and around the beach. By day, the plastic sculptures shimmer in the sun, against the gorgeous backdrop of Rio's mountains. By night, the big......read more

Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing

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Caribbean nation joins global movement to protect sharks

In a strong move for the marine conservation movement, the government of the Bahamas has banned commercial fishing for sharks, as well as selling, exporting, or importing shark meat. The archipelago has one of the most diverse and healthiest shark populations in the world, and this move will ensure a healthy future for the often maligned creatures. Not only is it a good move from a conservation......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-11-11

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GOP vs. EPA, jeans go green, space fishing, and more.

GOP vs. EPA: The Congressional Republican attack on the Environmental Protection Agency began in earnest this week, as GOP leaders assailed EPA chief Lisa Jackson about her agency's authority to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said that the proposed emissions limits will put the US economy in a "straitjacket" and cost the country "millions of jobs and......read more

Sexism in the Sea

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Male cleaner fish punish females for poor service.

CBC News reports that scientists have found that male cleaner fish will punish their female partners if they do something that offends the larger client fish they are cleaning. This "third-party punishment" is surprising because the males don't appear to be directly harmed by the females' behaviour. Nichola Raihani of the Zoological Society of London and colleagues at the......read more

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