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SHFT Sampler 8-19-10

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Weekly links: Oceanic garbage patches, green universities, and zero-waste fashion.

And so on, and so on, and so on: Zoom in on National Geographic's infinite National Parks photo, which reveals hundreds of pics making up each original. The magic box: Trunz Water Systems' portable, solar/wind-powered water filtration unit is the next level of disaster relief. (via Core77) Oh, super. Wired tells us about new research showing that the plastic garbage patch in the North......read more

Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

Good News, Bad News from the Gulf

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Scientists discover giant plumes of crude underwater, as BP engineers successfully divert gushing oil away from well.

In Louisiana, mixed news from the frontline of the catastophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine scientists have found a giant plumes of oil coagulating deep under the surface of the water, raising concerns that the spill might be a lot larger than originally estimated. There are three or four plumes, including one reported by the New York Times to be "as large as 10 miles long, 3......read more

Earth Day: John Kerry on Climate Change Action

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On Earth Day 's 40th anniversary, John Kerry warns that climate change is the environment's biggest hurdle yet.

Environmental advocates and allies have achieved plenty since the first Earth Day forty years ago: the creation of the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, are just a few of the legislative highlights that come to mind. But, as John Kerry warned today, the U.S. has yet to confront the biggest environmental problem of today: climate change. In......read more

Katie Paterson's Melting Glacier Records

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Scottish artist's ephemeral environmental art delivers profound message about climate change

Struth's photos are up at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York until June 19. ...read more

What Is Missing?

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Maya Lin's new "Listening Cone" installation brings attention to the crisis of collapsed biodiversity.

In San Francisco, the main component of Maya Lin's What Is Missing? art project - a "multi sited artwork dedicated to bringing awareness to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss" - was unveiled yesterday. Lin, who is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., says this memorial will be her last. "My goal with......read more

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

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Cornell University's bird lab is offering big bucks as reward for sighting of ultra-rare-if-not-extinct ghostbird, last seen in 1964.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering a reward of $50,000 to the person who finds them an ivory-billed woodpecker. Officially listed as critically endangered, the ‘pecker hasn’t been seen for certain since 1964. ...read more

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