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SHFT Sampler 3-25-11

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Coal kills, Earth Hour cools off, and more.

Don't Believe the Hype: In spite of common opinion, nuclear energy is not the most dangerous source of power. Not even close. Using these stats, author/thinker Seth Godin offers up a simple graphic showing that coal is by far the deadliest energy source per terawatt-hour of power produced. "For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal." Whoa. (via GOOD) Good Green......read more

Is Urban Agriculture Commercially Scalable?

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Montreal's Lufa Farms has developed an e-commerce model for fresh food

Flavie Halais for Citiscope: In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.......read more

Koch Zero

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Billionaire oil tycoons wield heavy hand in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

President Obama pledged last week to pull back oil and gas subsidies in order to direct more dollars toward renewable energy. But can he pull it off? This will be Obama's third attempt at eliminating the subsidies; previous efforts have fallen victim to partisan politics in Congress and the overwhelming influence of fossil fuel lobbyists. So who exactly are these lobbyists?A simultaneously......read more

During the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump won over voters in coal country by claiming he would keep mines open, and retain coal as a prominent energy source in the U.S. His argument was an economic one: He knew that miners were worried about their jobs, and that many did not see a path forward should the mines close. But closing mines does not......read more

I’m not really against food coloring, but I’ll happily go the natural route when possible. There are so many amazing colors in food — so why not use them? There are some brands that are now selling natural food colorings, but I love to DIY. There are a few points to keep in mind if you want to try it yourself at home. 1. Choose the source of color Sources for natural......read more

The Return Of London's Fog

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With Cities Driving Public Climate Policy, Lets Look At London

Cambridge, England — IN January, researchers at King’s College London announced that pollution levels on Oxford Street, in central London, had exceeded limits set for the entire year in just the first four days of 2015. Similarly alarming numbers have been recorded for other streets in the city — and yet the mayor, Boris Johnson, has delayed implementation of stricter......read more

Architect Frank Gehry is working with city officials to draft a new master plan for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River, bringing the avant-garde sensibilities of one of the world's best-known artistic celebrities to the struggle to remake 51 miles of the Los Angeles Basin's largely desolate central waterway. Gehry's designs for the flaring steel walls of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,......read more

Australia Could Source 100% of Power From Renewables by 2050

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Without Massive Costs or Depressing Economic Growth

Australia is well placed to reduce emissions at low cost because the costs of carbon-free technologies such as wind and solar have fallen significantly in recent years. A WWF report produced in collaboration with the Australian National University argues Australia could source 100% of its power from renewables by 2050 – without incurring massive adjustment costs or depressing economic......read more

Nimbus E-Car

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All-Terrain Concept E-Car Is Eco Friendly With On-Board Wifi

If you're looking for an all-terrain vehicle but concerned about the environmental impact, check out the Nimbus e-Car. The concept, created by artist and designer Eduardo Galvani, is an electric minibus that seats up to five. It features a full panoramic glass windshield and offers fantastic views of the whatever outside scenery you encounter. Plus, the on-demand four-wheel drive means motorists......read more

Creating Drought Tolerant Plants by Hacking Their Natural Responses

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Which new technique will help plants survive with less water?

By Erin Blakemore for Smithsonian Rainless skies. Dwindling water supplies. Dried-out plants. Droughts and water shortages threaten economies, food supplies and even lives. And with droughts unprecendented in the last 1,200 years underway and likely more to come, scientists have long been pushing to help farmers by making their crops more drought tolerant. In a new study,......read more

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