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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

Oceanic Plastic Pollution Enters the Food Chain

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Fish eat plastic, you eat plastic.

Hmm... maybe banning plastic bags wasn't such a bad idea after all. The LA times reports on alarming new oceanic research from southern California, where scientists from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project found bits of plastic in  the stomachs of 35% of the fish they collected off the U.S. west coast. That's a lot of fish! The......read more

Toronto's Garbage-Powered Garbage Truck

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Canadian city unveils waste collection vehicle that feeds itself.

How's this for meta? The City of Toronto has launched the first of a fleet of waste collection trucks to be fueled by, well, collected waste. The garbage-eating truck will join Toronto's existing Green Fleet, created as part of a government effort to reduce the city's fuel consumption and protect air quality and health. The newly unveiled vehicle contains a Cummins Westport ISL G......read more

Gorgeous Garbage

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Wallpapered dumpsters force a reconsideration of trash.

C. Finley's Wallpaper Dumpsters project, spotted over at Inhabitat, brings attention to problems of overconsumption and waste, while making trash bins look, well, pretty. The beautified trash bins confer powerful ideas about femininity, beauty, and domesticity. “I like to think of these inventions as polite graffiti,” says the artist. For more on Finley and the project, watch her vid on......read more

Atlantic Garbage Patch Discovered

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Study finds area of the North Atlantic Ocean where plastic debris accumulates.

Scientists have discovered an area of the North Atlantic Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The region is said to compare with the well-documented "great Pacific garbage patch". Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that the issue of plastics had been "largely ignored" in the Atlantic. She announced the findings of a two-decade-long study at the......read more

NYC Garbage Cube

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Artist Justin Gignac would like to thank you for littering.

The key to a successful business is good margins, the difference between what you buy stuff for and what you sell it for. So when what you're selling costs you nothing to buy, and it retails for $50 or $100, you're in good shape. Such is the case with Justin Gignac's New York City Garbage project, in which the artist/entrepreneur gathers trash found on the streets of Manhattan,......read more

Jean Shin's Epic Eco Art Made from Recycled Garbage

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New York artist turns trash into treasure.

Jean Shin is doing her part to combat America's garbage problem, one mindmelting art installation at a time. The Brooklyn-based artist's widely divergent body of work shares a few common traits: it's all highly labor-intensive, it's all made from discarded materials (whether wine bottles, prescription pill bottles, cheap umbrellas, or lottery tickets), and it's all awesome. But Shin's......read more

Do Patchwork Emissions Cuts Work?

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They can, if countries agree on rules and build trust, says Elliot Diringer

Governments have set a 2015 deadline for a new global climate agreement. But after the debacle in Copenhagen four years ago, when COP15 failed to produce the binding climate change treaty that many of us expected, you would be forgiven for lacking optimism about it. There are, however, reasons for hope, as Elliot Diringer points out in Nature this week. While there has been no formal agreement......read more

Wind Power Windfall for Oregon Farmers

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Money pours into to windy patch of rural Oregon

In Sherman County, Oregon, just south of the Columbia River Gorge, the howling winds are attracting more than just kiteboarders and windsurfers these days. They're also blowing in money. Hundreds of wind turbines now stretch across the farm landscape, generating clean energy for power lines — and cash for county coffers.  In the New York Times, Lee Van der Voo writes: Sherman......read more

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