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The Bluefin Tuna's Demise

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The story of a species on the brink of extinction.

To those of us with an interest in environmental affairs, the plight of the bluefin tuna is by now a familiar story. Driven by demand in Japan's seafood market, stocks of the predatory fish with the brilliant red flesh have depleted 85% over the last forty-odd years. Earlier this year, a bid to ban commercial fishing of bluefin tuna was denied at the annual United Nations meeting on......read more

Farming the Bluefin

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Can aquaculture help save the world’s largest tuna?

The giant Atlantic bluefin tuna is one of the fastest fish in the sea. A fierce predator, it hunts incessantly and can cross the ocean multiple times in its life. Now, European researchers are looking to convert this very wild — and very threatened — species into a farm animal. In Sunday's Week in Review in the New York Times, Paul Greenberg, author of "Four Fish: The......read more

Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos

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Aussie artist colors trees blue to draw attention to the problem of deforestation

Nope, these aren't real life depictions of Dr. Seuss illustrations, but they're just as surreal. The Blue Trees is a traveling art project by Australia's Konstantin Dimopoulos, who paints trees a striking sapphire blue to raise awareness about the growing problem of global deforestation and its relationship to climate change. Dimopolous riffs on the ways that plants use vibrant colors as a......read more

The Blue Planet by 3XN

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The latest incarnation of the Denmark Aquarium mimics the waves of the sea

The swirling Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen, designed by Danish studio 3XN, has recently opened to the public, and it's a spectacular building to say the least. Designed to resemble a wave or a whirlpool, the waterfront structure appears to melt into the ocean. The building comprises a series of curved wings, designed to mimic the shapes generated by swirling water, and is clad in shimmering......read more

A Year on the Road: Once Upon a Blue Moon

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You never know what you'll find on a dirt road, which is exactly why you should take the journey

About a month ago, I got that familiar nagging that often happens when I've been a couple of weeks in once place. On this particular afternoon, I dipped off Interstate 17 heading North to explore a string of ghost towns along a winding dirt road. Immediately off the exit, I dove onto a perfect, dusty highway straight into the sun. A little dot on the map, Cleator, Arizona is a town that has been......read more

Dan Barber: The Farm-to-Table Movement Isn't Working

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Chef and sustainable food advocate presents radical new vision for food

As the brainchild Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dan Barber knows a thing or two about the farm-to-table movement. Diners at the restaurant, which sits on a farm along the Hudson River, are served food that's harvested on the farm year-round. It's a great model, one that we like so much that we partnered with Stone Barns for our Mobile Kitchen Classroom project. But Barber thinks there's a problem......read more

Ars Natura: Fragile Blue Globe

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The story of the COP15 logo.

The sketchy, ephemeral blue globe which served as the official logo for the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen has in interesting story. The UN in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Culture launched a design competition in the early part of the year to create an identity for what would become the most important climate summit in history. The judges received hundreds of entries and selected a......read more

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, undermining the Obama administration's drive to cut pollution from electricity generators. The case looked at the EPA's regulation of mercury and other emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act, which Republicans have......read more

Let's Take A Page From The Netherlands

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The Citizens Sued The Govt To Cut Emissions And They Won

Dutch climate activists just won a landmark case that will require their country to cut emissions faster—and similar lawsuits are now before other nations. By Ben Schiller If governments won't respond to the threat of climate change on their own, perhaps the legal system will force them into it. That's the possibility raised by a first-of-its-kind verdict in a court case in the......read more

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says

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Global commission announces its findings

In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free. A global commission will announce its finding on Tuesday that an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4......read more

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