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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

Jason Florio: River Gambia Expedition

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Stirring photos document a threatened way of life along the Gambia River

Jason Florio and his wife, Helen Jones-Florio, had already traveled the Republic of Gambia extensively when they decided to walk around the entirety of it in 2009. The 600-mile walk stands as the first recorded circumnavigation of the West African country by foot. As such, they know Gambia better than most, so when they heard of plans to dam the Gambia River on the Senegal-Guinea......read more

River of Youth

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Derek Henderson's serene short chronicles New Zealand's Waikato River

This short film, from Kiwi photographer/director Derek Henderson, captures the serene beauty of the Waikoto River in central New Zealand. Commissioned last year by The Anthropologist, which is quickly becoming a SHFT fave, River of Youth was shot via inner tube over the course of a day. The river itself has a deep meaning for Henderson -- his mom grew up on its shores and used to swim in the......read more

River Rafting in Sweden

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A Scandanavian eco-tourism outfit lets travelers embrace their inner Huck Finn

Thanks to Mark Twain, the image of a timber river raft drifting lazily downriver is forever embedded in the American consciousness. Over the years, it's become the ultimate symbol of escapist freedom. Now, you too can enjoy that very activity on your next holiday. The only catch? You have to travel to Sweden to make it happen. During the summer months, a Swedish eco tourism outfit called......read more

Last Days of 1984, "River's Edge"

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Eerie, shape-morphing video directed by Sophie Gateau

Director Sophie Gateau teamed up with Dublin-based electro-pop duo Last Days of 1984 to deliver this surrealistic video for "River’s Edge." With some seriously mindblowing shape-shifting effects applied to the bandmembers' profiles as they perform the track, Gateau manages to make something really special out of a simple performance clip. Is the face-morphing clip a comment about man......read more

Urban Farm Pops Up in Midtown Manhattan

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Veggies and herbs thrive in space where development stalled

For a nice example of an economic slump yielding positive results, check out this ingenious urban farm that has popped up in midtown Manhattan, where the recession halted development of the Alexandria Center, a bioscience complex just east of FDR Drive. When the project stalled, the developer leapt on the opportunity to use the space to grow fresh produce for Riverpark, the Tom Colicchio......read more

Colorful Commotion

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In Berlin, a guerrilla art project makes unwilling artists out of cars.

Last week a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of paint on the road at Berlin’s busy Rosenthaler Platz, creating a series of colourful lines as cars drove through.The various colours of paint were dumped onto the road in large puddles at different locations throughout the intersection. As traffic drove through, the paint was spread around creating lots of colourful lines. The whole action......read more

James Hetfield Makes Public Land Donation

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Metallica frontman gives 330 acres to California county in exchange for more privacy

In California, the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a donation of 330 acres of Lucas Valley farmland from Metallica's James Hetfield. The land, which sits around the singer's property, is to be preserved as open space. It follows an earlier gift by Hetfield of 400 acres. County officials say they are close to a deal with Hetfield that would reroute a hiking trail......read more

Protecting Animal Paths

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With wildlife habitat under threat, migration corridors are a key wildlife conservation strategy.

As human population continues to grow, wildlife habitat is increasingly under threat. In the past, conservationists addressed this problem by creating wildlife sanctuaries, islands of protection where animals could safely eat, sleep, and breed without encroachment by humans. But research over the past decade has revealed that for many large mammals, like jaguars in Central and South America,......read more

Obey for Surfrider Foundation

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Shepard Fairey links up with Surfrider in the name of coastal conservation.

It's hard to believe it's been 26 years since a handful of Malibu shredders started Surfrider Foundation. Now 50,000 members strong, it's probably safe to say Surfrider has done more for the cause of coastal conservation than any other nonprofit. Last year, to mark the 25th anniversary, Surfrider enlisted a bunch of artists, including Barry McGee, Thomas Campbell, and Raymond......read more

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