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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 and marine ecosystem standpoint, but also from a tourism standpoint as thousands of people visit the region annually to dive with sharks and other marine wildlife.

    According to the Pew Environment Group, 73 million sharks are killed annually, and often just for their fins to be used in shark fin soup. As apex predators in the sea, their survival is crucial for the health of the entire ecosystem, and the government and people of the Bahamas should be praised for their sound decision making.

    - Mitchell Flexo

    (via MSNBC)

    Photo: A shark in waters off the Bahamas. (AP via NYT)

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    The Water Tank Project

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    Ed Ruscha, Thom Yorke and Jay-Z among artists enlisted to dress up New York's water tanks

    Environmental nonprofit Word Above the Street is organizing a mass public art project to promote sustainability and raise awareness of water issues. In spring 2013, several hundred of New York City's ubiquitous water towers will be adorned with designs created by a bevy of big name artists, including Ed Ruscha, Thom Yorke and Jay-Z. The exhibition in the sky is appropriately called......read more

    Thomas Struth: Paradise

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    Primeval forests documented in Prix Pictet-nominated photographs

    German photographer Thomas Struth is among the artists generally credited with establishing photography as a major medium in fine art. The former Gerhard Richter student made the shift from paintbrush to camera in 1976, beginning a long career documenting street scenes, landscapes and plantlife. For his Prix Pictet-nominated series, Paradise, Struth traveled to Australia, Japan, China,......read more

    Zhang Kechun: The Yellow River

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    Chinese photographer documents life along the world's sixth largest river

    For his latest series of images, Chinese photographer Zhang Kechun traveled along the Huang He, the world's sixth largest river, known to us English speakers as the Yellow River. Rising in the Tibetan Himalayas, the Huang He winds 5,000 miles through northeastern China before emptying into the Gulf of Bohai.  Armed with a large format camera, Zhang set out to capture life along the river,......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

    Hudson River Project

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    An epic quest by James Bowthorpe to row the Hudson River from its source to NYC -- in a kayak made of recycled waste

    Adventurer extraordinaire and record-setting cyclist James Bowthorpe is busy prepping for his next madcap quest: a journey down the 315-mile length of the Hudson River in a kayak made of NYC construction waste. "We see cities as something separate from the wilderness, but the former evolved from the latter," says Bowthorpe, who undertook a similar expedition down the Thames. "I’m......read more

    Patagonia Wild Salmon Jerky

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    Outdoor apparel company ventures into sustainable snacks with these delicious salmon treats $35.00

    On first glance, a collection of salmon jerky products seems like an unlikely brand extension for an outdoor apparel company. But when that company is Patagonia, which lives and breathes environmentalism, it actually makes sense. Launched under the newly unveiled Patagonia Provisions program, Wild Salmon Jerky is available in three flavors (sold here as a three-pack) using selectively harvested,......read more

    Last Call at the Oasis: Trailer

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    New doc dives deep into the global water crisis

    Here is the trailer for Last Call at the Oasis, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu. Inspired by Alex Prud'homme's book The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century, the film is a thorough examination ofthe global water crisis, with a focus on industrial and agricultural pollution in America and the drying of the Southwest. Last......read more

    The Value of Trees

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    Artist and Tree Activist Gillian Ware on preserving and respecting the arboreal world

    "The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." - William Blake  Two hundred years later, Blake's words ring truer than ever. In Santa Monica, city officials are moving forward with a plan to remove 54 mature fig trees as part of a new urban design project. Artist Gillian Ware, who divides her time between the UK and Los......read more

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