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Disaster in Japan: How to Help

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Get involved with the relief effort. Here's how.

The disaster in Japan has all of us wondering what we can do to help. There are a bunch of groups doing work on the ground and there are lots of ways to get involved. Here are a few: Red Cross: Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone. Save the Children: To make a donation, click here, call 1-800-728-3843, or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. GlobalGiving:......read more

Artecnica tranSglass Tumblers, Polished

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Graceful glassware crafted from recycled bottles. $39.00

Set of 4 Handcut Tumblers   tranSglass brings elegance and subtlety to recycled material design. These tumblers are crafted in Guatemala City from recycled bottles, where skilled craftspeople cut and polish items by hand. Designed by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden, tranSglass is included in the permanent collection of MoMA New York, and available only through Artecnica as part of their......read more

First Aid Kit "America" Video

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Swedish sister duo covers Simon & Garfunkel hit

 Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit put themselves on the indie music map with covers of bands like Fleet Foxes and R.E.M. Their latest cover comes in the form of Simon & Garfunkel's "America," a staple of their live show. In a statement, the Söderberg sisters explained the appeal of the song: “The structure of the song and the melody just make for an epic journey. The lyrics are......read more

Braided Hemp Rug from Restoration Hardware

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Textured rug great for any floor $299.99

This tightly loomed highly textured rug is made from durable eco-friendly hemp.  It has a very neutral nubby feeling and acts as a subtle accent to the rest of the loft.  It's inherently durable, feels good to the feet, and carries a long-lasting versatile feel. ...read more

First Aid Kit "My Silver Lining"

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Swedish folkies unveil spooky video directed by Elliot Sellers

The Swedish sisters in First Aid Kit have unveiled a video for “My Silver Lining,” the lead single from their just-released album Stay Gold. Directed by Elliott Sellers, the spooky clip was shot in a mansion in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and features the harmonizing sisters driving in a car with an invisible driver and shooting lightning from their fingertips. “We wanted to......read more

Record Renewable Energy Demand in 2013

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Then again the same can be said for oil and coal, according to benchmark report

Global demand for renewable power continues to grow, with clean energy accounting for a record 2.7 percent share of overall energy consumption in 2013. You might want to hold the applause, however, since both coal and oil also saw demand grow in 2013, according to BP's annual statistical review, an industry benchmark. Demand from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, rose to a......read more

Imagine Peace Cuff by Yoko Ono

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An accessory with a message from Maiden Nation $80.00

Yoko Ono borrowed a phrase from her great, departed husband to create this bracelet fpr Maiden Nation, the online marketplace committed to women's empowerment. Reflecting the graphic power of John Lennon's message, the Imagine Peace cuff is inspired by the Japanese tradition of using negative space in a positive way. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelet are dedicated to supporting and......read more

SOTU 2014: Much Left Unsaid on Environment

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Environmental groups lament Obama's silence on climate plan, Keystone XL

President Obama covered plenty of policy ground during Tuesday's State of the Union address, but observers looking for clear leadership on the environment were left with a hazy, conflicted picture of where the administration stands. Of the 7,000 words contained in Obama's prepared speech, climate and energy accounted for less then 500. His coverage of climate change and emphatic calls for energy......read more

Efterklang, "Hollow Mountain"

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New Efterklang vid features grainy landscape photography overlaid with geometric ciphers

Danish experimental folk outfit Efterklang returns with a new video for the opening track off of Piramida, their fourth studio album due in September on 4AD. Directed by Oodls (creative duo Jakob Steen and Christoffer Frandsen), the clip for "Hollow Mountain" is appropriately expansive, exploring sweeping natural landscapes via a series of photographs that hang from the beams of a......read more

Fighting for the Soul of Climate Finance

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Rich countries have a moral obligation to help the deveolping world pay to mitigate climate change, writes ActionAid's Brandon Wu

Brandon Wu of ActionAid USA for The Huffington Post: As UN climate talks kick off in Poland this week, arguments about money are likely to take center stage. That's nothing new, as the annual conference enters its nineteenth year. But this year's twist to a familiar tale -- concerns about a lack of money to assist developing countries in dealing with the climate crisis -- is a strategic shift by......read more

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