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Atlantic Garbage Patch Discovered

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Study finds area of the North Atlantic Ocean where plastic debris accumulates.

Scientists have discovered an area of the North Atlantic Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The region is said to compare with the well-documented "great Pacific garbage patch". Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that the issue of plastics had been "largely ignored" in the Atlantic. She announced the findings of a two-decade-long study at the......read more

A Convenient Untruth

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Conservatives affirm their ignorance of science with their reactions to last week's "Snowpocalypse".

The recent snowstorms in Washington, D.C. did more than provide a visible metaphor for the gridlocked politics of our nation’s capitol—they also exposed one of the most troubling causes of that gridlock: Conservatives' dismissive attitude towards science. In reaction to the record snowfalls, Fox News’ Sean Hannity announced “it’s the most severe winter storm in years, which would......read more

Green Noise

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Photographer continues his decade-long documentation of our dependence on oil.

We don't usually think of it this way, but noise is energy. What if we could harness the sound energy created by loud things? What if we could then use it to make them run better? The Green Noise does just that, collecting the energy created by one of the loudest sounds around - airplane engines - then converting it to electricity used to power runway lights. Imagined by Hung-Uei Jou, the......read more

The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced from......read more

Opportunity Knocks

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Exhibition by talented Korean artist/designer to open in Brussels next month.

Among the cost-cutting measures in its 2010 budget, the White House has 86’d longstanding subsidies to the oil and gas industries—casualties of both the swollen deficit and a larger initiative towards clean energy. And that initiative, an Obama talking point since the campaign trail, is being presented as more than just an environmental opportunity. In order to get the public and congress......read more

Countries Get Eco Report Cards

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Biannual Environmental Performance Index unveiled at the World Economic Forum.

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index, which ranks the world's nations according to environmental policy and performance, was released last week at the World Economic Forum. The index is compiled every two years by Yale and Columbia University researchers. Leading the rankings is Iceland, which is powered almost entirely by renewable energy sources. Rounding out the top 5 are Switzerland,......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

Clear Water Revival

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No chemicals, thank you. The swimming pool of the future is natural.

The philosophy behind a conventional swimming pool is to kill everything in the water without killing the swimmer. For example, I learned recently that they treat the water in my local public pool with sodium hypochlorite, more commonly known as bleach. Bleach is a substance I've come to understand I should avoid contact with, so swimming in it seems...counterintuitive. Thankfully, the......read more

Bono Solves Climate Change

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U2 singer hums the polluter-pays tune in New York Times op-ed piece.

Never one to withhold his opinion on how everyone should make the world a better place, Irish rocker Bono proffered ten ideas with the potential to change the world in a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. Among them is the "equal right to pollute" idea, a controversial climate change solution which is a sort of spin on the "cap-and'trade" idea. Says the singer:......read more

French Court Strikes Down Carbon Tax

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Council says "Non, merci" to tax on emissions.

Living Light by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang (aka “The Living“) is a permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul with a dynamic skin that glows and blinks in response to both data about air quality and public interest in the environment. The skin of the pavilion is a giant map of Seoul with the 27 neighborhood (gu) boundaries redrawn based on existing air quality sensors of the Korean......read more

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