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America ReCycled

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Crossing the country on bicycle, two brothers search for the American Dream.

As we write, two brothers are making their way across the United States on self-built bikes made from recycled trash, documenting their search for eco-villages, urban farming initiatives, and new ideas for business. America ReCycled, as Tim and Noah Hussin have dubbed their project, is a quest for the lost American Dream. In their own words: "The modern American is so disconnected from those......read more

R-House: Affordable Passive Home

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Net zero prototype offers new slant on sustainable architecture.

Here's a nicely styled sustainable house prototype spotted over at Inhabitat. Designed by Architecture Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer for the Syracuse School of Architecture, the R-House is a compact, angular form that hits on the twin notes of sustainability and affordability. Built to passive house standards, with a final price tag of under $150K, the 1,100 square foot......read more

Sustainable Meat Is Good for the Environment -- and the Economy

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New doc, American Meat, aims to ignite conversation about meat production

A new documentary about the U.S. food system hit its first round of theatres this month. American Meat, directed by Graham Merriwether, documents the lives of dozens of American farmers producing both industrially and sustainably raised meat. The film's main subject is Joel Salatin, a pasture-based pork rancher featured in Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma". Salatin has started producing......read more

Potomac Tops List of America's Most Endangered Rivers

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Conservation group American Rivers urges support for clean water protection

In an announcement that's as laden with symbolism as rivers are with sediment, American Rivers has named the Potomac River, which flows through the nation's capital, the most endangered river in the United States. "America’s Most Endangered Rivers," the annual report from the clean water advocacy group, noted that the Potomac is under increasing threat from pollution caused by urban......read more

Wolfgang Hutter's Fantastic Realism

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Exquisite environments of artifice from the Viennese painter

Austrian painter/illustrator Wolfgang Hutter, one of the founding members of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism formed after WWII, creates magical dreamscapes that pay equal homage to both the Old Masters and the Surrealists. With images of fantastical fairy tales scenes and imaginary Utopias, you can see why the artist is also a successful childrens' book illustrator. From the notes to the......read more

Dream Paintings Of Women and Animals In Nature

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From 16 Year Old Painter Dimitra Milan

Four years ago, 16-year-old artist Dimitra Milan began painting when her parents opened Arizona's Milan Art Institute, allowing her to take any class that caught her attention. Since then, she's worked to cultivate her own style.  From classical oil techniques to contemporary mixed media, Milan's skill set grew along with her desire to paint. She then started homeschooling so she could......read more

U.S. Coal in Decline

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Global demand may be on the rise, but American coal production and jobs are trending down

Bobby Magill for Climate Central: Technological progress has been brutal to the yellow pages and compact discs. Coal may be headed the same way in the U.S., partly because of the market and partly because of national climate change policy. Coal-fired power plants are the nation’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions and driver of climate change, and an old technology slowly......read more

5 Awesome Urban Projects

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From coast to coast, American cities are shaping a sustainable future

From writer Rachel Signer and our friends at Collectively: When it comes to climate change, we usually look to world leaders and national governments to take responsibility for building a more sustainable future. But with the formation of organizations like Cities Climate Leadership Group, or C40, a global network of city mayors focused on sustainability,......read more

Excavation: Paintings by Philip Govedare

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Altered landscapes of the American West, as seen from above

If you've been a SHFT reader for any length of time, you know by now that we have a minor obsession with aerial photography, samples of which have been featured on this site many times. The aerial perspective offers a whole new way of seeing the earth, one that illuminates features of both natural and manmade environments in a way that's not possible from the ground. That's why we always choose......read more

Massive Wind Farm Planned in South Dakota

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State looks to build on its reputation as American wind energy leader

Best known for its mountain carvings of presidential faces, South Dakota is earning a new reputation as one of America's wind energy leaders. The prairie state is already home to nearly 500 turbines that collectively generate 784 megawatts of power, and now it's looking to double that capacity. A group of over 80 landowners are joining forces to build a one-gigawatt wind farm, to......read more

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