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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

The Toxic Irony Of Being Green

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A look at 350.org's planet-scale art project for the climate.

How's this for bitter irony? Most forms of the color green, the chosen emblem of environmentalism since the 1960s, are not only not ecologically responsible but potentially poisonous. Writing in the Design section of the New York Times, Alice Rosthorn says that because the color green is so difficult to create, manufacturers have to use toxic chemicals to stabilize it. That means that......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

Catch Me If You Can

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New rules of the sea mean new recipes on the plate.

Like so many fisheries around the world, the seafood stocks off the Southeastern coast of the U.S. have been decimated by overfishing. The situation is so critical that regional fisheries managers believe that many of the most commonly fished species, including grouper, sea bass and red snapper, are in danger of disappearing for good. Recreational and commercial fishing for those species have......read more

The Bluefin Tuna's Demise

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The story of a species on the brink of extinction.

To those of us with an interest in environmental affairs, the plight of the bluefin tuna is by now a familiar story. Driven by demand in Japan's seafood market, stocks of the predatory fish with the brilliant red flesh have depleted 85% over the last forty-odd years. Earlier this year, a bid to ban commercial fishing of bluefin tuna was denied at the annual United Nations meeting on......read more

Here, Fishy

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NYT's Cooking With Dexter grills up bluefish with salsa verde.

There's probably nothing more rewarding than cooking food that you caught or grew yourself. It's a primal thing. Food just tastes better that way. In yesterday's New York Times Magazine, Pete Wells recounts his failed attempts to help his son Dexter catch a fish for the fam to eat. The fishing efforts may have come up short, but the recipe doesn't.Fish With Grilled Salsa......read more

Edinburgh Zoo's Sustainable New Menu

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Sea lions and penguins at the zoo begin a diet of Marine Stewardship Council-approved fish.

The fish-eating denizens of Edinburgh Zoo are joining the sustainable food movement. Miranda and Sofus, the zoo's two sea lions, have been switched onto a diet of Marine Stewardship Council-approved Scottish herring. The Patagonian sea lions are said to be loving the new sustainable feed. Next up are the zoo's 200 penguins, who will be soon guzzling MSC-certified South African hake......read more

SafetyNet Saves Fish

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Trawling concept design could save millions of tons of fish a year

It's shocking to learn to that more than 27 million tons of dead unmarketable fish are caught and thrown back into the sea each and every year. The SafetyNet is a technological advancement designed to drastically reduce unwanted "by-catch" and save the lives of juvenile and endangered fish that get tangled in traditional trawling nets. The SafetyNet concept, envisioned by Dan Watson,......read more

Whole Foods to Halt Sale of Unsustainable Fish

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Grocer announces plan to stop selling 'red-rated' seafood

As of April 22 (aka Earth Day 2012), Whole Foods shoppers will no longer be able to purchase fish pulled from depleted waters or collected through unsustainable means.  The Austin, TX-based retailer will no longer stock fish and other seafood rated red, as in "avoid," by a color code established in partnership with the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. That includes......read more

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