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Woolly Pocket

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DIY vertical gardening system made from recycled plastic water bottles in the USA. $49.00

Pockets are simple to install and maintain. Just place and fill with beautiful, full-size plants. Breathable sides release excess moisture and aerate soil. Waterproof lining helps keep walls and floors dry....read more

US and UK Announce Floating Wind Turbine Collaboration

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New tech looks to harness consistently powerful winds above deep water

At this week's multilateral clean energy meeting in London, the British government announced it will collaborate with the US to develop floating wind turbines that harness the higher wind speeds available over deeper water. The UK's offshore wind potential big; it is estimated to account for about one-third of Europe's overall offshore wind potential. But in order to exploit it, new technology......read more

Come Hell or Low Water

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The indelible link between climate change and social unrest in the Arab world

It's tempting to attribute much of the recent dischord in North Africa and the Middle East to politics. And in the most direct sense, it's true. In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria, the people have risen up against brutal and corrupt regimes. But dig a little deeper, and you find that the unrest is more broadly driven by drought and food shortages -- themselves linked to environmental shifts......read more

Paper Sculptures by Valerie Buess

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Stunning art objects resemble elements of an underwater world

Switzerland-born, Germany-based artist Valerie Buess takes sculpting with paper to stunning and surprising new places. For the better part of twenty years, Buess has been creating unique paper sculptures that are simultaneously abstract and representational, looking like alien objects from some mysterious underwater world. What you see above is just a small sampling; there's plenty of......read more

Alice Waters: 40 Years of Sustainable Food

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Veteran SF chef celebrates Chez Panisse's anniversary

To most of us, the sustainable food movement is a relatively recent phenomenon. But to chef/author/food activist Alice Waters, it began four decades ago, before "sustainability" was even a word. That's when she opened Chez Panisse, the Berkeley eatery that helped pioneer the now-popular concept of serving local, organic, seasonal food. Over the last forty years, Waters and Chez Panisse have......read more

Turning Wastewater into Energy

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NYC looks to the renewable energy potential of sewage treatment.

Processing sewage is a challenging and expensive endeavor, one that can contaminate the surrounding environment. NYT reports that New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is looking at ways to turn the costly and polluting process into one that creates energy and income. Naturally occuring algae at New York waste plants produce sludge and butanol that can be converted into a......read more

Deep Water Drilling Set to Resume

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Federal announcement ends offshore drilling moratorium.

Oil and gas exploration has been suspended in the Gulf since May, one month after the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in American history. In a few weeks, drilling and exploration will resume. The Obama administration will allow 13 companies to resume their work on 16 different offshore projects that had already been approved and were in......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-29-10

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Weekly links: Volt vs. Leaf, a bottled water ban, and the Fridgecouch.

New York Times auto writer Christopher Jensen took the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for a spin. Read his review at NYT Wheels Blog. Principles of sustainability are gaining traction in the fashion world. The new issue of JC Report has a nice feature on trends in sustainable fashion design, covering eco-minded brands like Chistopher Raeburn and Bodkin. Graphic......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-3-10

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Essential weekly links: Arctic wilderness, coconut water, and a really nice house.

Visions of the Arctic: Earthjustice, Florian Schulz and Patagonia team up to protect Arctic wilderness. Epic photography. Oh no, you don't: A pair of House Democrats seek to stop BP from taking a $10 billion tax write-off for its spill response costs. Widening the electric car consumer base: Treehugger argues the case for EV subsides. Cuckoo for coconut water: Kiera Butler on the latest......read more

Free Dive

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New collection of underwater photos from Kanoa Zimmerman.

Photographer Kanoa Zimmerman, whose work focuses on human interaction with the natural environment, goes beneath the sea in a moody and mysterious new photo series, 'Free Dive,' which opened at Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco last weekend. For the collection, Zimmerman traveled with friends and pro surfers Mark Healy and Aamion Goodwin to Fiji, where they relied on spear fishing for......read more

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