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If You Love the Ocean, Embrace Clean Energy

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Ocean acidification is just one of the ways that fossil fuels threaten the seas

Blue Planet Foundation's Catharine Lo for The Huffington Post: During a recent presentation about Hokule'a's worldwide voyage, Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson remarked that if you want to save the Earth, save the ocean. "Out of four breaths you take," he said, "three come from the ocean." As someone who loves the ocean, this resonated with me. It is the reason I work as an......read more

Earth Day: Our Acidic Oceans

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Actress Sigourney Weaver calls for action on ocean acidification.

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Actress Sigourney Weaver testified before the Senate, warning that without climate legislation limiting CO2 emissions, the impacts on our oceans will be monumental. “The oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were during pre-industrial times and if we continue burning fossil fuels as we are now, we will double the ocean’s acidity by the end of the......read more

The World Press Photo Contest 2016

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Some of Our Favorite Winners

1. People, Second Prize Winner, Stories La Maya Tradition by Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP A ‘Maya’ girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of ‘Las Mayas’ on the streets of the small village of Colmenar Viejo. Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as ‘Maya’ for the ‘Las Mayas,’ a festival derived from......read more

2014: The Hottest Year Ever

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1880: Since we've been keeping count

The data is in, and it’s official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the joint announcement Friday morning, relying on two separate analyses of the data to arrive at this startling new extreme of the long-term rise in global temperatures. Despite a relatively cool year in the eastern U.S. —......read more

Incredible Scenes Sans Photoshop

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The latest series from Jee Young Lee

We featured Seoul-based artist Jee Young Lee this summer with her staggering series, The Moment.  Lee sometimes spends months building incredibly elaborate scenes by hand for the sake of taking a single photograph—all without the use of digital manipulation. Confined to the small space of her 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio, she painstakingly constructs every last detail of the set, from......read more

The World's Greatest Travelers

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German adventurers complete 556,000-mile, quarter-century odyssey by SUV

It was 1988 when Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel around Africa. After completing the planned 18-month tour, they decided to keep going... and going... and going. The end result was an epic, 25-year adventure which saw the Mercedes--nicknamed Otto by Christine--driven 556,000 miles through 215 countries and into the record books. Christine......read more

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Five of our favorite entries

These aren't even the winners.  But they inspire our wanderlust that tends to live in all of us SHFTers.  The deadline for entry ends June 30 for the 2014 contest.  The prize is a trip to Alaska.  So if you've taken some photos of nature, sponteneous moments, outdoor scenes, images with a strong sense of space, go for it! ...read more

2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

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Six great pictures from this year's global photo contest

Another year, another edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the annual contest allowing talented photographers -- professional, amateur or youth -- to show off their chops in front of a global audience. Looking for "stories that force the viewer to find something surprising within the everyday," the World Photography Organization announced the shortlist this week, paring down from almost......read more

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

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Latest amendment contains small victories for the sustainable food movement, big losses for Big Food

Elizabeth Kucinich for the Huffington Post: The purpose of the Farm Bill is to balance the immediate needs of feeding the country with the long term goal of ensuring a sustained food supply. In order to unite the interests of both urban and rural communities, the Farm Bill combines food assistance for our fellow country men, women and children in need, along with longer term agricultural......read more

What Surprises Might Climate Change Bring Within Our Lifetimes?

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A newly published report lays out the latest findings

Many of the impacts of climate change may not be felt for hundreds of years, but according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences, some of the biggest changes will be "abrupt," and we would be well advised to start preparing for them. In the paper, titled "Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises," the researchers argue that in the coming decades, global warming will bring a......read more

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