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America's Dead Sea

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Jim Lo Scalzo's Salton Sea short is a beautiful document of an eco calamity

In "America's Dead Sea," award-winning photojournalist Jim Lo Scalzo serves up a beautiful but disturbing document of the Salton Sea, the heavily polluted saline lake southeast of Los Angeles. Lo Scalzo manages to find a fresh perspective on the notorious, much photographed sea, which was formed  in a desert basin when the Colorado River flooded just over 100 years ago. With no outflow, and......read more

The 'Perfect' Car

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Is a no-emissions vehicle made from 100% recycled materials on the way?

So energy is a big deal. Where we get it from, how much of it we use, and what consequences result from using it have massive implications on our planet and our species. One side of this coin is looking at the energy that we use to power our homes, offices, and grid-connected technology. Another side of the energy coin involves transportation, which gets us from A to B, along with most of the......read more

Potomac Tops List of America's Most Endangered Rivers

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Conservation group American Rivers urges support for clean water protection

In an announcement that's as laden with symbolism as rivers are with sediment, American Rivers has named the Potomac River, which flows through the nation's capital, the most endangered river in the United States. "America’s Most Endangered Rivers," the annual report from the clean water advocacy group, noted that the Potomac is under increasing threat from pollution caused by urban......read more

Chris Jordan: Gyre

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Historic woodcut recreated using plastic trash from the ocean

Seattle artist Chris Jordan is well known for creating large-scale works depicting mass consumption and waste. Like most people, we first heard about him via "Midway, Message From The Gyre," his Prix Pictet-nominated photo series showing the deadly effects of oceanic plastic pollution on baby albatrosses. We're new to his ongoing "Running the Numbers" series, in which he recreates historic......read more

The Death of the Plastic Bag

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L.A. ban marks tipping point in the demise of the plastic bag

Poor plastic grocery bags. It must be hard to know that your time is coming to a close. And make no mistake, after L.A. councillors voted 13-1 to ban single use bags in the city, the end is nigh, indeed.  L.A. is but the latest in a growing number of American cities and regions that are ditching single use plastic bags. But this time it's different. When Seattle, Portland, and San......read more

Court Backs EPA On Climate Rules

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Federal judges deal climate smackdown with unanimous decision to uphold emissions regs

In a finding that restores our faith in judicial common sense, a federal appeals court in Washington has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's right to regulate greenhouse gases in the name of public health.  The decision is a major victory for Obama's climate pollution policy and a decisive blow to the utilities, coal companies, Koch-funded climate deniers and states like Texas that......read more

Find a Clean Beach to Cool Down At

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The NRDC releases its annual report on beach pollution in America

With summer in full swing, many among us will be heading to a body of water, where cooling off is just a splash away. But do you know what the water quality is at your favorite vacation spot? Us neither. Luckily, the ever-resourceful folks at the NRDC have done the work for us. NRDC's 2012 report on water quality at beaches around the US is a useful guide, not only for vacationers looking for a......read more

Kim Preston: Plastic Pacific

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Aussie photographer transforms everyday objects into underwater sea creatures

The massive plastic trash vortex in the North Pacific is one of the world's most depressing environmental issues. It's terrifying, really. Just thinking about it is enough to send me into the fetal position. Melbourne-based photographer Kim Preston faces up to the problem of plastic pollution with "Plastic Pacific," a new series of photos that find everyday plastic......read more

EPA Releases Emissions Map

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Interactive map shows the nation's biggest industrial polluters. Big shock: coal plants are at the top

With new data indicating that 2012 carbon dioxide emissions in the United States dropped to their lowest levels since 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency has released an interactive map showing industrial greenhouse gas emissions in 2011. Drawing on data from 8,000 power plants, refineries and factories, the map demonstrates which states are the nation’s biggest industrial polluters.......read more

William Miller: Gowanus Canal

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NYC photographer finds abstract beauty in the polluted Brooklyn waterway

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal carries the unwelcome distinction of being one of America's most polluted waterways. To gaze into it is to witness more than a century of unfettered industrial abuse, with all of the coal tar, oil slicks, and garbage you might expect. So it's not exactly the most photogenic landscape in New York. But local photographer William Miller has a knack for finding beauty in......read more

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