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Lessons From the Little Ice Age

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What we can learn from the coldest century on record

Geoffrey Parker for The New York Times: Climatologists call it the Little Ice Age; historians, the General Crisis. During the 17th century, longer winters and cooler summers disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests across Europe. It was the coldest century in a period of glacial expansion that lasted from the early 14th century until the mid-19th century. The summer of 1641 was the......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

A Visual History of Light

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From The Atlantic

400,000 years ago, humans and Neanderthals created fire. This ignited a relationship between people and photons that changed the course of mankind—and continues to evolve to this day. Take a tour through the visual history of light. Via: The Atlantic...read more

Short Doc: The Collection

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Two Friends Stumble Upon A Unique and Valuable Piece of Film History

Producer/Director: Adam RoffmanCinematographer/Editor: Nathaniel HansenColor Correction: Modulus StudiosMusic: Stars Of The Lid, A. TaylorFeaturing: DJ Ginsberg, Marilyn Wagner...read more

New World

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UK animator Oliver Sin uses simple graphics to narrate the history of earth

When he isn't busy working as a designer at Nerv Interactive, UK animator Oliver Sin finds time to pursue personal creative projects. "New World," a delightful animated short that Sin made in 2013, is one such project. The Vimeo Staff Pick tells a visual story of the history of earth, from its creation through to 21st century space exploration. Sin employs a bright color palette, simple graphical......read more

El Nino may not be able to save California

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The Golden State issues statewide water restrictions as it prepares for the worst drought in its history

California has imposed statewide water-use regulations for the first time as its three-year drought worsens. Yesterday, state regulators approved stringent new measures limiting outdoor water, which include $500 fines for using an outdoor hose without a shut-off nozzle. Meanwhile, hopes that the drought would break by autumn have been tempered. The National Weather Service’s Climate......read more

Book: Natural Histories

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Extraordinary rare prints from the American Museum of Natural History Library $25.00

Published late in 2012, Natural Histories offers a rare glimpse of seldom-seen, fully illustrated essays from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection. And it's not just for armchair scientists. Included in the clamshell package are 40 prints of extraordinary illustrations, printed in quality stock, just begging to be framed. From the curation to the printing, this is a......read more

Beekman 1802 Heirloom Garden Seeds

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Plant some history in your garden $18.00

Established in 1802, Beekman Farm is a fixture in America's agricultural heritage, now made famous by the Planet Green show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Thanks to Williams-Sonoma, you can participate in the history with this collection of Landreth heirloom seeds that have been grown in the Beekman gardens for over 200 years. The collection comes handsomely adorned with vintage seed illustrations,......read more

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

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Inventive furniture pieces crafted from highly sustainable material.

Epic stop-motion animation in pen and crayon, created by 17-year-old Jamie Bell, sums up the history of the universe as we know it....read more

After Sandy: Break the Silence

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In the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in American history, it's time to face the reality of climate change

Every four years presidential candidates tell the American people that that election is a turning point for the country. This year they might have actually been right. To be sure, there are always differences between candidates. On a range of issues, from health care to tax reform, voters this year faced a real choice about two different approaches to governing. But the other turning point in......read more

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