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Officials Pressure BP Over Spill

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Frustration mounts as oil continues to coat Gulf Coast.

More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk, triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration dispatched top officials to the region and scolded BP for failing to contain the damage. “I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this well from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading,” said Secretary of......read more

U.S. Strengthens Offshore Drilling Laws

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New measures aim to improve worker and environmental safety.

NPR reports that the Obama administration released a new set of rules for offshore drilling operators that create tougher requirements for well design, cementing practices, blowout preventers, and employee training. In effect, the rules will improve the safety of drilling operators and lessen the chance of another disaster like the one in the Gulf. With the federal ban on offshore drilling in......read more

Salazar Looks to Streamline Offshore Wind

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Interior secretary vows to spur wind projects along the Atlantic coast.

Ken Salazar says he will help accelerate the development of wind projects along the Atlantic coast, vowing to use a "smart permitting process" that will decrease project approval time from seven plus years to two. The Interior Secretary is working with governors in 11 different Atlantic states to determine the most suitable spots for offshore wind farms. He said permits could start......read more

Cape Wind Project Approved

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Feds OK America's first offshore wind farm, a mere 10 years it was first presented.

Aaaannnd we're off! Ten years after the proposal was first submitted, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement has approved plans for the first American offshore wind farm.  In a landmark affirmation for renewable energy, the Feds pushed forward plans to build the 468 megawatt Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. In addition to providing renewable......read more

Kenneth Cobonpue's Bamboo and Rattan Roadster

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The world's first biodegradable car.

Sustainable designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have joined forces to shape what's being touted as the world's first biodegradable car. The Phoenix is a superlight roadster built from rapidly renewable bamboo and rattan, along with steel and nylon. Borrowing design principles from Mother Nature herself, the exterior structure is built like a leaf and the interior is a single woven......read more

Sun-Powered African Huts

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Sustainable energy transforms lives in rural Kenya.

In east Africa, where access to reliable electricity is a rare luxury, small-scale renewable power is playing a transformative role in people's lives. In the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal reveals the story of a rural Kenyan family whose whose small rooftop solar panel delivers enough power to charge their new cell phone and run four bright lights. The solar panel cost the family $80. ......read more

Africa's Rift Valley from Above

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German photographer Michael Poliza traveled by helicopter to capture the extraordinary landscapes of the Rift Valley in Kenya and Ethiopia from the air

Michael Poliza is a man of many hats. The former child actor juggles multiple roles as an expedition leader, tourism consultant, World Wildlife Fund Ambassador, and professional photographer. What remains constant is a thirst for adventure that informs all of his work, including these aerial photos he shot from a helicopter over the Rift Valley in Kenya and Ethiopia. The images are pulled from......read more

Massive Underground Water Reserve Discovered in Kenya

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Aquifer discovery is a game-changer in a country plagued by drought

In some of the biggest environmental news of the year, the Kenyan government announced the discovery of a huge underground water reserve in Turkana, an arid region in the northern part of the country. It's so big, they say, that it could meet the arid country's water needs for the next 70 years. Scientists from UNESCO and the Kenyan government teamed up on the water-searching project. Using......read more

The Living Beauty of Wicken Fen

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The Oldest Nature Reserve in Britain Says A Lot About Us Today

ON NATURE By Helen Macdonald for The New York Times On a foggy morning last spring, I took my brother and 11-year-old niece for a long walk in one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves, Wicken Fen, a tiny fragment of a lost marshland ecosystem that once covered around 2,500 square miles of eastern England. We spent hours walking through a mosaic of grassland and sedge, past wet fields cut......read more

Psychedelic Waves

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Amazing Waves Captured by Fearless Photographer Kenji Croman

Posted by Sara Barnes for My Modern Met Kenji Croman is a Hawaii resident, body surfer, and former competitive swimmer whose thrill-seeking personality allows him to photograph unpredictable yet awe-inspiring waves. Despite some drawbacks with his profession, including broken bones and close encounters with sharks, the photographer says that he couldn’t see himself doing anything......read more

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