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Nature, the Great Equalizer

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We may be broke, but we have our wilderness -- for now

With the U.S. economy experiencing its worst downturn since the Great Depression, these will go down as dark days in American history. But, argues Nicholas Kristof in an NYT op-ed this week, there is one thing we can feel good about: nature. Our national parks and forests don't contribute in GDP, but their value is immeasurable. But they need our help, now more than ever.......read more

America's Wildest Place Is Open For Business

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The Expansion of Oil and Gas Exploration in Alaska

By Christopher Solomon Several years ago a mapping expert pinpointed the most remote place in the Lower 48 states. The spot was in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, 20 miles from the nearest road. Roman Dial read the news and wasn’t much impressed. To him, 20 miles — the distance a hungry man could walk in a long day — didn’t seem very remote at......read more

What Surprises Might Climate Change Bring Within Our Lifetimes?

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A newly published report lays out the latest findings

Many of the impacts of climate change may not be felt for hundreds of years, but according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences, some of the biggest changes will be "abrupt," and we would be well advised to start preparing for them. In the paper, titled "Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises," the researchers argue that in the coming decades, global warming will bring a......read more

Koch Zero

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Billionaire oil tycoons wield heavy hand in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

President Obama pledged last week to pull back oil and gas subsidies in order to direct more dollars toward renewable energy. But can he pull it off? This will be Obama's third attempt at eliminating the subsidies; previous efforts have fallen victim to partisan politics in Congress and the overwhelming influence of fossil fuel lobbyists. So who exactly are these lobbyists?A simultaneously......read more

Bottom-Up Climate Fix

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Effective climate action requires recalibration away from national goverrnments and toward local, regional and corporate leaders

Daniel Esty for The New York Times: World leaders are at the United Nations this week, at the invitation of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to “champion an ambitious vision anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement” on climate change next year. But if history is any guide, the dialogue is unlikely to produce the ramped-up response we need to address the many......read more

California's Climate Revolution

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Could it change the national conversation?

Preeta Vissa for the Huffington Post: Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming. Advocates of strong climate change policies have had an immense political challenge that goes far beyond debunking the antiscientific rants of global warming......read more

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Five of our favorite entries

These aren't even the winners.  But they inspire our wanderlust that tends to live in all of us SHFTers.  The deadline for entry ends June 30 for the 2014 contest.  The prize is a trip to Alaska.  So if you've taken some photos of nature, sponteneous moments, outdoor scenes, images with a strong sense of space, go for it! ...read more

Jessica Tremp: Visitar

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International travels on film

When Australian photographer Jessica Tremp isn't shooting weddings at her day job, she turns her lens toward personal projects and the world around her. Often the world around her is thousands of miles from her Melbourne home. She is a committed traveler who regularly succumbs to the desire to experience new places: Sometimes I have the travel bug so bad, I may as well be lying in bed all......read more

Emmanuel Coupe's Painterly Utah

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Breathtaking landscape photography from Capitol Reef National Park

Paris-born Emmanuel Coupe knows a thing or two about landscape photography. The globe-trotting shooter was named 2009 Landscape Photographer of the Year for this extremely epic shot of a Scottish sunrise. So if you like landscape photos, Coupe's online portfolio is a good place to get inspired. Thanks to My Modern Met, we've discovered Coupe's extra-amazing work from south-central Utah, and it......read more

Spinlister: Peer-To-Peer Bike Rental

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The 'Airbnb for bikes' gets ready for national rollout

Every time we travel to a new city, we find ourselves desperately wishing we had bikes to cruise around and explore. Enter Spinlister, a web startup positioned as the Airbnb of bikes. The fledgling NYC-based company is creating a peer-to-peer bike rental network that allows bicycle owners to rent out their bikes to neighbors or travelers.  Now live in New York City and......read more

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