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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

Greendex Ratings

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Annual study ranks consumer sustainability around the world.

National Geographic and Globescan teamed up for the third annual Consumer Greendex study, which evaluates the "greenness" of shoppers in various countries around the world. The study monitored 17,000 consumers in 17 countries, taking into account energy use, transportation, food, housing, and knowledge of environmental issues. The end result is a vaguely scientific index of sustainable......read more

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

Trees Wrapped in Spider Webs After Flood

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Spiders flee to trees to create cotton candy arachnid islands.

Um, wow. WOW. After unprecedented monsoons caused massive flooding in Pakistan in 2010, millions spiders near the village of Sindh found refuge in above ground in trees, where they wrapped the branches in ghostly webs. Although the disaster didn't grip the attention of the media the way the Japanese earthquake has, it was a devastating event, killing nearly 2,000 people and affecting almost 20......read more

National Geographic Photo Contest Entries: SHFT Picks

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Top nature shots from Nat Geo's 2011 photo contest

For all you photographers out there, the National Geographic 2011 Photo Contest is well underway but there's still time to submit. If you have a great picture that falls into one or more of the categories of people, places, or nature, enter it here by November 30. The photos will be judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of Nat Geo pros, with one grand prize winner......read more

Visions Of Earth

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National Geographic Wallpapers

A selection of the best images from National Geographic Wallpapers Gallery. All the photos are from the book Visions of Earth. Stunning stuff across a wide breadth of subjects. Go Nat Geo - keep em coming. First image: Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Photograph by Patrick di Fruscia second image: Scrap Yard, Canada, Photograph by Pete Ryan thrid image: Cave of Crystals, Mexico, Photograph by......read more

Scientists to Congress: "Act Now on Climate Change"

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National Academy of Science demands action in latest reports.

The National Academy of Science published new reports Thursday recommending that lawmakers act now to combat climate change. The reports, which were requested by Congress, explain the data behind global warming and highlight the links between climate change and human activity. Going well beyond a simple explanation of the evidence, the Academy declares that immediate action to curb greenhouse gas......read more

The University of North Carolina, best known for its basketball prowess, is celebrating a different sort of victory this week. The Chapel Hill, NC school was named winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's National Building Competition to see who could get the most energy savings out of their respective buildings over the course of a year. The winning team, from UNC's Morrison......read more

Too Good To Be True?

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Authenticity of award-winning nature photo called into question.

In a split-second, a photographer captures a striking image of a rare Iberian wolf on the hunt, leaping over a farm gate. The image is selected from over 43,000 entries, netting photographer Jose Luis Rodriguez the award for Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, allegations have been raised challenging the photo's "veracity". It seems that his......read more

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