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Europe Unites to Build Renewable Energy Supergrid

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North Sea countries plan $40 billion clean energy project that could offer weather-proof supply.

It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up......read more

Airspace Reboot

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A look at European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash from Icelandic volcano

The April 16 volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed ash all over northern Europe, grinding air travel to a halt for several days. This neato animation, produced by UK web mapping services company ITO World, visualizes what happened to European airspace in the aftermath. ...read more

SHFT Sampler 7-1-10

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Essential links for your Memorial Day weekend.

The EU, which says it will meet 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, gets set to switch on solar power in the Sahara Desert. Vertical agriculture takes off: 11 "farmscrapers" that build on the success of living walls and mobile gardens. A fake oil spill was staged at the Tate in London, as BP protestors railed against the unholy alliance between oil companies and......read more

European Cities Curb Drivers

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Traffic planners restrain cars in favor of walking and public transit

While American cities tend to bend over backwards to accommodate vehicle traffic, cities in Europe are going the opposite direction, making planning changes that make it prohibitively annoying and expensive (if not downright illegal) to drive cars in the inner city. NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the traffic-tormenting situation in Europe: Cities including......read more

Moody Landscapes by Silvia Mogni

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Awe-inspiring photography from the European hinterland

Silvia Mogni is a professional architect and freelance photographer living in in Zurich. She's less interested in shooting pictures of buildings than in training her lens on sweeping natural landscapes, which she depicts in mystical, otherworldly fashion. With a great eye for texture, she captures mercurial images of European landscapes, from the snowy Alps in Switzerland, to the sunny......read more

Spain Slashes Subsidies for Renewables

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With bleak European prospects, clean energy companies focus on other markets

With Spain in the midst of an economic meltdown, the Spanish government has cut off aid to the domestic renewable energy industry -- once the most heavily subsidized in Europe. Faced with an empty trough, Spanish clean energy companies are responding by seeking out projects abroad.  As Todd Woody mentions at Forbes, the Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa is making 90% of its capital......read more

Video Painting by Sweatshoppe

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Custom software and a projector used to "paint" city walls around Europe

High-tech art outfit Sweatshoppe (aka artist-programmers Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy) are taking video art into new territory with their brand of "video painting," seen here in action in cities around Europe. Armed with a projector, a roller, and some homemade software, the duo hit the night streets to paste up short-lived video collages on city walls.  But what......read more

Serene Winter Landscapes by Akos Major

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Hungarian photographer captures snow-covered tranquility in Europe

We're loving the stark tranquility of these snowy photos by Akos Major. The Hungarian-born, Vienna-based photographer, who works as a graphic designer by day, pulls off a crisp, bright tone that imbues a Zen-like quality to his images. You can really feel the peaceful solitude that he must have experienced while shooting. "I like to work slowly, in silent places, where I can get lost in the......read more

Enigmatic Photos of Coastal Barcelona

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Benjamin Gerull highlights a famous city's other side

As much as any urban center, Barcelona is defined by its architecture. The Spanish city's buildings are its greatest tourist attraction, and it is the only city ever to win a Royal Gold Medal for architecture. In his photo series Backside Waterfront Barcelona, Benjamin Gerull presents the city in a new light, one that challenges the viewer's assumptions about its identity. It is a project about......read more

Camera in Motion: Photos by Rolf Sachs

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Scenic alpine sojourn captured in transit

The train route from Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy traverses snow-capped mountains, forested expanses and quaint alpine villages. London-based artist and designer Rolf Sachs takes us with him along this dramatic passage in "Camera in Motion," a collection of photographs shot from a moving train. Sachs shot 12,000 photos in the span of a year during his trips between the two cities, with each......read more

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