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'Straight Up' Climate Book Drops

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New book by influential blogger described as a "must-read" by Al Gore.

Readers of Joseph Romm's Climate Progress blog, an offshoot of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, are familiar with the writer's sharp wit and tight prose. With his new book 'Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions,' followers get the chance to experience it in cullulose......read more

You Are Here: Photos by Chris Hadfield

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Astronaut publishes book of awe-inspiring space photography

Chris Hadfield has added published photographer to an already impressive list of credentials that includes engineer, astronaut and YouTube sensation. In his new book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, he shares his personal snaps of planet Earth shot while living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The book’s 150 stunning images are all new to the public (Hadfield's......read more

Infrared Photos Make France an Alt Universe

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From Engineer-Turned-Photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer

With a background in optical instrumentation, engineer-turned-photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer says he's inspired by a “passion for the properties of light.” Since shifting gears in 2012, Ferrer has focused on digital infrared photography, creating several series that transform French landscapes into dreamy destinations. Ferrer's photographs are set in different......read more

Sean Lynch's Otherwordly New York

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Surreal infrared photographs depict the city in hot pink and cobalt blue

New York photographer Sean Lynch uses infrared film to render his surroundings in an unearthly manner. Using Kodak Ektachrome--a professional infrared film that was discontinued six years ago--Lynch transforms everyday views into surreal scenes, with hot pink plantlife popping out against icy blue skies. The above slideshow features images he shot since the fall in New York City, as well as......read more

Spectacular Infrared Photography by David Keochkerian

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Surreal, super-saturated landscapes captured by the French photographer

In infrared photography, a filter is used on the camera to block all light except infrared waves, giving the image a dreamlike appearance. Earlier in the year, we saw Richard Mosse transform war-torn Congo into a candy-colored wonderland using infrared's vision-warping effects. Here, French photographer David Keochkerian uses the power of infrared tech to depict European landscapes......read more

Richard Mosse: Infra

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Abstracted African landscapes shot with infrared technology

"I raised my head. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky--seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness."  - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness The Congo, Africa's volatile beating heart, has for centuries represented a vast unknown to the Western imagination. Irish......read more

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

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Cornell University's bird lab is offering big bucks as reward for sighting of ultra-rare-if-not-extinct ghostbird, last seen in 1964.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering a reward of $50,000 to the person who finds them an ivory-billed woodpecker. Officially listed as critically endangered, the ‘pecker hasn’t been seen for certain since 1964. ...read more

Books Not Oil

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No natural resources? No problem. Education ensures economic success

A look at the diverse array foreign countries with the most companies listed on the Nasdaq -- Israel, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Singapore -- reveals one common link: none of them have much in the form of natural resources. For these countries, economic success depends on the intelligence and creativity of the people that live there. In a recent New York Times......read more

E-Readers vs. Books

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Which is the greener way to read?

The surging popularity of e-readers like the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle has bookworms wondering if the days of the printed page are numbered. But which is more sustainable? Conventional wisdom (and tech research) might have you believe that e-books are the greener alternative, but it may not be so clear cut. E-readers are no different from other handheld electronics – they're made......read more

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