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Alma Allen Coffee Table

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Stunning, one-of-a-kind coffee table made from salvaged walnut wood. $3,200.00

Working out of Joshua Tree, California, self-taught sculptor and furniture designer Alma Allen crafts objects of stunning beauty from found and salvaged materials. If you've ever been to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, you've seen his work in the lobby and rooms. One of Allen's preferred materials is claro walnut, a dark brown wood native to northern California. This one-of-a-kind,......read more

IT House: An Off-Grid Desert Retreat

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LA firm Taalman Koch creates a sustainable oasis in California's Yucca Valley

The IT House is a pre-fab design system developed by LA-based architects Taalman Koch. Delivering optimum control of construction waste, labor, and quality of finished product, the firm has several of its IT Homes built. This particular one is located off-the-grid in Pioneertown, California, near Joshua Tree National Park. Conceived as a small house with glass walls and an open floor plan, the......read more

New Index Promises More Sustainable Apparel

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Sustainability index launches with support from Nike, Walmart, and Levi's

The eco fashion movement got a huge boost last week when the Sustainable Apparel Coalition launched a sustainability tool called the Higg Index, which will help the industry measure the "greenness" of products. The trade group is an alliance of several companies with interests in the apparel industry, including heavyweghts like Nike, Coca-Cola, Walmart, and Levi's. Designed......read more

Hotel Nowhere - KAMTCHATKA

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Nixon Surf Challenge, stunning Man vs Nature imagery

Each year, Nixon organise one of the wildest and remote surf contests on the planet.  Ten of the best European surfers are invited to an unknown surf destination, to battle against their own fears & human limits without the pressures of the public or the press. An unexpected quest, one where the only enemy is yourself and your best ally is nature, in its rawest, purest form. In June......read more

Cross Blanket by Pia Wallen

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100% organic cotton blanket features Swedish designer's iconic cross pattern $120.00

The new Cross Blanket from Pia Wallen pays homage to her famous Crux Blanket. In Swedish folk art tradition, the cross is a strong symbol for hope and has remained an important symbol for the designer throughout her career. Made of the finest organic cotton, the reversible blanket is produced in collaboration with a Swedish company that manufactures environmentally friendly cotton from their own......read more

Lily Allen "Air Balloon"

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Summery video finds Brit popster hanging out with zebras, launching into space

Need quick a break from the winter freeze? Let Lily Allen breathe some sunshine into your day with this video for "Air Balloon." The sunny clip finds the Brit pop singer in summery attire near Cape Town, South Africa, where she chills with local zebras and cheetahs. Allen appears to having a blast on the safari, before she literally blasts into space for a short extraterrestial segment, and then......read more

Vermont Approves GMO Labelling Law

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Trailblazing bill is expected to face major legal challenges

In a major victory for consumers who say they have a right to know what's in their food, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin last Thursday signed a bill that puts the state on the path to be the first to require labelling of genetically modified foods. The law would take effect in two years. Shumlin also announced an online fundraiser to battle expected legal challenges from the food industry, including......read more

Palm Leaf Plates by Leafware

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Fallen palm leaves transformed into sustainable dinnerware $16.99

We're not into advocating for single-use anything around here, but there are some instances where disposable stuff is basically a must. And when it happens, you gotta do it right. Leafware brings sustainability, sturdiness, and leak resistance to the disposable dinnerware game, with a line of plates, bowls and platters made in India from fallen palm leaves. The leaves are pressed together using......read more

Interstate Sublime: Paintings by Timothy Tompkins

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California painter challenges traditional notions of landscape art

In the mid-19th century, a group of New York City landscape painters launched the first true American art movement. The artists of the Hudson River School, as they came to be known, were infused with Romantic notions about the sublimity of nature. Their rapturous, plein-air paintings of the "wilderness" to the north of the city came to symbolize American independence and vitality. In his 2005......read more

Connecting Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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Climate scientists take on the 'grand challenge'--and none too soon

Bill Chameides for The Huffington Post Whenever an extreme weather event occurs these days, the question almost inevitably asked is: Was it caused by global warming? For years, the less-than-satisfying scientific response went something like this: We don't know; even though global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme events, directly linking a specific event to global warming is......read more

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