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The Oil Spill: How to Help

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How you can provide assistance in the Gulf Coast.

With news from the Gulf seemingly getting worse every day, people everywhere are wondering what they can do to help. What not to do: fly to the Gulf, go to the beach and start scrubbing birds -- that can hurt the birds and yourself. Let trained experts handle that stuff and get involved in one of these ways: GOOD suggests sending in water samples from areas affected by the spill for testing.......read more

The Issue with Salvaged Oil

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Dot Earth asks why oil salvaged from the spill is going to BP instead of U.S. reserves.

It's not clear exactly how much oil is being salvaged from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico or the seabed gusher below, but for the moment, BP officials are saying the collected crude belongs to the company. On Andy Revkin's always thought-provoking Dot Earth blog, the NY Times writer and eco-thinker poses an excellent question: Why is salvaged oil going to BP instead of U.S. reserves?......read more

Bhopal and the BP Oil Blowout

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What the worst industrial disaster in history can teach us about the BP oil spill.

In 1984, a small town in India experienced the deadliest environmental disaster in history, when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical factory in Bhopal sent 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into the slums. 22,000 people died as a result. Twenty-six years later, locals are still affected by birth defects and disease. On Monday, Indian courts sentenced eight Union Carbide officials – all......read more

Naomi Klein on the Oil Spill

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Author/activist discusses the ravages wrought by the disaster in the Gulf.

The formidable PR machines behind BP and the Obama administration are in full swing, assuring us that ravaged Gulf coast ecosystem with be "restored and made whole." Amid all the positive spin, social activist and bestselling author Naomi Klein wonders how that is remotely possible: "It all sounded great. But for people whose livelihoods put them in intimate contact with the......read more

SHFT Sampler 6-24-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Visualizing the spill: From our friends at GOOD, an animated simulation of a 25,000-barrel oil spill — less than half the estimated daily amount gushing into the Gulf. Dropping the ball: A scathing account of the U.S. Interior Department's handling of the offshore oil industry. Oh phew, at least there's that: Oil-Splattered BP Promises Uninterrupted Flow of Art Funding. The......read more

What Now?

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As the Gulf disaster abates, scientists ponder the future of a ravaged ecosystem.

With the cap on the blown well holding, BP and its team are preparing to permanently seal it with mud and cement early this week. Meanwhile, the oil slick on the water surface is receding quickly, and the company says it will start scaling back cleanup efforts in the area. And so an environmental catastrophe begins to fade away. But what does the future hold for the ravaged ecosystems in the......read more

Trevor Gordon: Unpredictable

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Travel photos capture B.C. coast on 35mm film

We recently spotted these photos on The Cleanest Line, the excellent blog published by outdoor clothing brand Patagonia. The pictures, shot by Patagonia friend and product tester Trevor Gordon, document his travels along the west coast of Vancouver Island on a quest for waves.  "There is a beauty to the unpredictable," said Gordon. "Whenever I go on a trip I won't let my trustworthy......read more

British Columbia's Forward-Thinking Carbon Tax

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Canadian province adopts progressive approach to taxing carbon emissions

On Sunday, the best climate policy in the world got even better: British Columbia’s carbon tax — a tax on the carbon content of all fossil fuels burned in the province — increased from $25 to $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide, making it more expensive to pollute. This was good news not only for the environment but for nearly everyone who pays taxes in British Columbia,......read more

Jillian Anderson's Supernatural British Columbia

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Gorgeous photos of people, places and vegetation in the Pacific Northwest

As people who have lived in the Pacific Northwest can attest, there is nowhere else in North America quite like it. The dense rainforest, soaring mountains and shimmering sea stay with you long after you leave. Trust me. I lived there for ten years, so whenever I come across good photos shot in the area, I get psyched.  We can't tell you much about Jillian Anderson other than she lives in......read more

All Aboard the Helsinki Plant Tram

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Whimsical project in Finnish capital combines urban gardening, sustainable design and public transit

A British Council project in Helsinki is bringing some unusual cargo to tram lines in the Finnish capital. Passengers on public transport are being invited to donate living plants for inclusion in a whimsical, amusement-park-themed urban garden built in a disused industrial site. The Plant Tram Urban Garden was conceived by the London-based landscape practice Wayward......read more

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