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Colbert Show's Environmental Montage

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Sometimes you just have to laugh.

With all the bad news about the environment constantly flooding the media, it's not always easy to feel positive about things. Recently, if we're not stressing about the oil spill, we're worried about the fate of climate legislation. Environmental progress almost seems like a "one step forward, two steps back" scenario. At SHFT, we try to stay focused on all the good......read more

Dala by Stephen Burks: Food Packaging Recycled Into Furniture

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New York designer teams with Dedon for a collection of eco-minded seating

Stephen Burks, the New York-based designer and founder of Readymade Projects, has created a new line of outdoor furniture for Dedon that's as creative and colorful as it is environmentally sound. The collection, called Dala, is inspired by the idea of "improvised seating," which allows for a flexible arrangement depending on the needs and mood of the social gathering. The collection includes a......read more

Urban Air: Stephen Glassman's Green Kickstarter

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Project aims to transform LA billboards into aerial gardens

Wit the popularlty of New York City's High Line, other cities are looking for ways to incorporate elevated green spaces into public infrastructure. Recently a Los Angeles developer announced plans for "High Line West" in Hollywood. With "Urban Air," LA-based designer and SHFT compadre Stephen Glassman introduces a new twist on the aerial garden rage. The plan involves converting LA billboards......read more

Kenneth Cobonpue's Bamboo and Rattan Roadster

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The world's first biodegradable car.

Sustainable designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have joined forces to shape what's being touted as the world's first biodegradable car. The Phoenix is a superlight roadster built from rapidly renewable bamboo and rattan, along with steel and nylon. Borrowing design principles from Mother Nature herself, the exterior structure is built like a leaf and the interior is a single woven......read more

Stephen Zirwes Aerial Photography

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Hypnotic views of Earth from 10,000 feet above

We're not generally prone to superlatives around here, but we love us some aerial photography, and German photog Stephan Zirwes takes some of the most incredible/amazing/awesome/epic aerial photos we've ever seen. Zirwes's pictures of industrial areas, beaches, construction sites, and airfields show a world is full of striking patterns and geometries. Visit his site for the full......read more

The End of the Line

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Stephen Mallon chronicles the repurposing of NYC subway cars.

Since 2000, the NYC Transit Authority has been dumping decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean, where they assume new lives as artificial reefs. In Next Stop Atlantic, photographer Stephen Mallon documents the process, uncovering the melancholy of the experience. As he says in his artist statement: “Seeing these massive mechanisms being tossed into the......read more

Solar for Everyone

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In an NYT op-ed, Robert Kennedy Jr. and David Crane make the case for expanded solar

We don’t think much about pitch pine poles until storms like Hurricane Sandy litter our landscape with their splintered corpses and arcing power lines. Crews from as far away as California and Quebec have worked feverishly to repair or replace those poles as utility companies rebuild their distribution systems the way they were before. Residents of New Jersey and New York have lived......read more

Photos by Ryan Kenny

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Dreamy shots from next-generation Aussie photographer

Adelaide-based photographer Ryan Kenny has only been shooting photos seriously for a couple years, but his trademark fuzzed-out aesthetic has already landed him high-profile magazine gigs for i-D, Oyster and Fallen, among others. His portfolio is packed with photos of young, beautiful people living out the carefree fantasies of youth. On his inspiration, Ryan says: "Life......read more

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