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Why New York's Fracking Ban Is A Victory For Communities Everywhere

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Andrew Cuomo killed fracking in the state yesterday.

Fracking took a beating yesterday, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the heels of a stern recommendation from the state’s acting health commissioner, announced his intention to ban the unconventional drilling method. But even if he’d failed to do so, frackers would’ve been effectively barred from a large number of the state’s communities, anyway. That’s......read more

Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing

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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......read more

No Bailout for the Biosphere

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Agreements to bail out banks happen in days - but we still don't have a deal to bail out the planet

They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades. Nicholas Stern estimated that capping climate change would cost around 1% of global GDP, while sitting back and letting it hit us would cost between 5 and 20%. One per cent of GDP is, at the moment, $630bn. By March 2009, Bloomberg has revealed, the US Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health......read more

Lost Banksy Mural Uncovered in Berlin

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Gallery discovers early work under layers of paint

After painstakingly stripping away layers of wall paint, an art gallery in Berlin has uncovered a 2003 piece by Banksy, the much-ballyhooed street art pranskter whose politically-charged stencil work now sells for six figures. The piece, which features five soldiers with angel wings and smiley faces, was revealed when the wall was stripped away as part of an installation by Brad Downey, a......read more

SHFT @ Wired Recap

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SHFT @ Wired. Take 5.

A couple weeks ago, SHFT descended on New York for another pop-up event with our good friends at Wired. This was our fifth collaboration with the venerable tech magazine, a partnership that began in 2008 when Adrian and Peter curated an eco section of products for a Wired shop. For this one, we were asked to feature our Lighten Up series, so we had The Honey Brothers perform to a packed house. ......read more

Photos from Iceland

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Stunning images of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

Boston.com's The Big Picture assembled a collection of astonishing images from Iceland's volcanic eruption last weekend. We collected a few highlights. Photo credits, left to right: 1. AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti2. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson3. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images4. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images5. AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti6. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images7. AP Photo/Arnar......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-17-10

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Weekly links: Winter cycling, animals face-to-face, the real story behind Chinese wind energy dominance, and more.

Aww, is it "too cold" to ride your bike in the winter? No matter where you are, it ain't as cold as St. Petersburg, Russia, where Adams Carroll rides his Ukrainian beast — made from surplus military tank parts — through the snow. Check Carroll's notes on winter cycling at the Fader. On a one-way path to wind energy dominance, China is steady flouting world......read more

Our Natural World: The Year in Photos

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A selection of the best environment photos of 2011

For big, juicy photos of important happenings around the globe, there is no better place on the internet than The Big Picture. For green types like us, the Boston Globe photo blog's environment and wildlife gallery, The Natural World, is tops. TBP recently pulled fifty their picks for the top 50 photos of 2011 from the gallery, and published them here. Definitely some phenonmenal......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

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