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Brooklyn Informed: The Gowanus Canal

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Learn more about the Gowanus Canal "sewershed," newly named an EPA Superfund site.

The murky depths of Brooklyn's highly polluted Gowanus Canal conceal the remains of its industrial past. Now, having recently been listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List, it looks to a clean future ahead. The best part? Restoring the canal will be paid for by polluters, not taxpayers....read more

Washed Out, "Amor Fati"

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On the road in Iceland

Shot in Iceland (trending!), the video for "Amor Fati" pairs Washed Out's emotional synth pop with a good old-fashioned travel film. The video, directed by Yoonha Park, features fellow musician Luke Rathborne rambling around the Nordic nation, chasing livestock, bathing with a beautiful woman, and generally re-creating the delerious sense of wonder and isolation one gets on a solo......read more

Driftwood Hooks

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Washed up wood repurposed as colorful hangers $25.00

As a kid growing up on the shores of Lake Erie in western New York, Kiel Mead had a "love affair" with driftwood, which he collected for display at home. Now a designer living in Brooklyn, Mead works primarily with found objects, refashioning them in new and interesting ways. Mead makes clever and colorful use of driftwood with these unique, one-of-a-kind hooks, which  are stained......read more

Washed Out, "Before" (Unofficial)

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Standout track off new Washed Out record laced with nostalgic visuals by Franck Deron

We've said it before: fan-made music videos are one of the internet's greatest gifts. Add this one to the pile. Director/editor/photographer Franck Deron cobbled together some vintage visuals to set with Washed Out's "Before," a highlight off his well-received Within and Without LP, released a week ago on Sub Pop. The grainy, nostalgic clips sit well with the bliss-pop rhythms and Ernest Greene's......read more

Alaska

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Christopher Baker documents life in the Copper River watershed.

Photographer Christopher Baker traveled to Cordova, Alaska to provide this glimpse of the salmon fishery that drives the local economy. The Copper River ecosystem, "one of the last pure watersheds in North America," is threatened by overfishing, so the state of Alaska and various agencies are working to ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations....read more

Trippy Winter Landscapes by Megan Brim

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Washed out snowscapes captured on film

It always rules when falling into a Flickr wormhole results in an amazing find. That's the case here with Megan Brim, whose work we uncovered while deep in the Flickr matrix. Shooting on what appears to be an analog camera, the Oakland, CA-based photographer creates lovely, light-washed landscape images that border on the psychedelic. These selections, chosen from some of her more recent work,......read more

Artecnica tranSglass Tumblers, Polished

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Graceful glassware crafted from recycled bottles. $39.00

Set of 4 Handcut Tumblers   tranSglass brings elegance and subtlety to recycled material design. These tumblers are crafted in Guatemala City from recycled bottles, where skilled craftspeople cut and polish items by hand. Designed by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden, tranSglass is included in the permanent collection of MoMA New York, and available only through Artecnica as part of their......read more

The Food Movement's Watershed Moment

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Why California's Proposition 37 should matter to anyone who cares about food

Over the last twenty-odd years, a new American food economy has emerged, and if you're reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are a part of it. The food shift is exemplified by the resurgence of farmers' markets and the rise of community-supported agriculture and sustainable farming. To date, however, the so-called "food movement" has yet to enter the fray of politics. That will change......read more

180 South Trailer

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Woodshed Films doc delves deep into the roots of climbing, surfing, and the environmental movement.

In 1968 Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins set out to surf, ski and climb their way to Patagonia. The wild places they found later motivated them to protect the environment. Inspired by this journey, Jeff Johnson and Woodshed Films set sail on a voyage to South America to climb a mythical peak called Corcovado with Chouinard and Tompkins. ...read more

The Book That Changed Everything

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Fifty years since it was first published, 'Silent Spring' is remembered as the book that started the environmental movement

In September of 1962, the first edition of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" hit bookstore shelves. Fifty years and two million copies later, the book is widely regarded as the catalyst of the modern environmental movement.  In "Silent Spring," Carson wrote in eloquent and sometimes sentimental prose about effects of manmade pesticides on the natural world -- and on humankind. A scientific......read more

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