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ICE PACK By Guy Lawson

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The Bizarre Story Of An Accidental Pioneering Expedition

The twin-prop plane swung low, tilting its wings and heading north, only to circle back and swoop down over the men again. It was March 7, 1968, and the members of the Plaisted Polar Expedition looked up at the plane in bewilderment. They were trying to travel to the North Pole by snowmobile — in what they believed to be the first expedition to the North Pole carried out on motorized......read more

Come Hell or Low Water

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The indelible link between climate change and social unrest in the Arab world

It's tempting to attribute much of the recent dischord in North Africa and the Middle East to politics. And in the most direct sense, it's true. In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria, the people have risen up against brutal and corrupt regimes. But dig a little deeper, and you find that the unrest is more broadly driven by drought and food shortages -- themselves linked to environmental shifts......read more

Europe Unites to Build Renewable Energy Supergrid

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North Sea countries plan $40 billion clean energy project that could offer weather-proof supply.

It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up......read more

Last Minute Deal Struck in Cancun

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It ain't great but it could be worse.

The Cancun climate talks are a wrap, and to no one's surprise, negotiators failed to agree to a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. So that's crap. But! At the nth hour, an agreement was hammered out to save the UN climate negotiation progress. Which may not sound like much, but compared to the debacle of the Copenhagen talks, when it looked like future cooperation was in jeopardy,......read more

Northern Bells "Animal Kingdom"

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Director Eric Power returns with another superb paper animation

It's been a while since we checked in with Eric Power, one of our favorite animators whose work we've featured multiple times here on SHFT. What better way to mark his return than with another truly awesome animation, this time for the Northern Bells track, "Animal Kingdom." Eric applies his signature paper animation style to the video, telling the tale of three strange creatures caught headed......read more

Spirits

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Watch Nicholas Buer's magical time-lapse of the northern skies

Yes, it's another time-lapse video, and yes you have to watch it. This spectacular new clip was shot near Tromvik, in northern Norway, one of the best places on earth to witness the northern lights (aurora borealis). Time-lapse specialist Nicholas Buer happened to be visiting the area during a solar flare, which sent massive reverberations through earth's magnetic field and made the......read more

Bowerbirds "Northern Lights"

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Minnesotan lakes and forests provide the perfect backdrop for duo's earthy folk-pop.

North Carolina band takes a trip to the northern wilderness in new vid filmed at Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota. Directed and edited by Matt Amato of The Masses....read more

Poler's Nicaraguan Surf Adventure

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Adventure brand ambassadors go shredding in Central America

Good looking adventure brand Poler Stuff turned up on our radar a few weeks ago, when the company sponsored a Portland screening of Corey Adams' weirdo skateboard flick, Machotaildrop. The PDX-based company offers tents, accessories and apparel for anyone who's "looking for something that looks good, is a good value and is all about having fun on road trips and in the outdoors." That would......read more

Camera Cooler by Poler Stuff

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Dual function camera bag/cooler from Portland's Poler Stuff $65.00

In an outdoor gear market dominated by performance products, Poler Stuff brings some welcome mellowness and fun to the game. The Portland, OR company offers good-looking, well-priced gear to regular folk who like having fun on road trips and the outdoors. The dual purpose Camera Cooler is a good example of Poler's creative approach to product design. With its padded dividers in place, the unit......read more

NYC to Iceland with Alex Olson

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Pro skater travels from the concrete jungle to the remote wilderness the in this video from Poler and Nike SB

Poler Outdoor Stuff and Nike SB have collaborated on a new collection built for outdoor use, whether in the concrete jungle or the remote outdoors. To promote the launch, the brands tapped Nike SB pro Alex Olson for this campaign video, which begins with him cruising the NYC streets, hitting tricks in the sun. At the halfway point, the clip abruptly shifts overseas to find Olson in a Land Rover,......read more

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