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Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

From the Farmbox

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A journey into community supported agriculture continues. On the menu: Poached arctic char with Italian dandelion contorni.

Dandelions! Greens! Is it? Can it be? It must be! (drum roll please)…It’s SPRING!   It’s enough to make my blue eyes turn turquoise. No kidding.   Now, if you’re like me, then your normal recipe for dandelions is a good hard yank with a garden-gloved fist followed by a cold beer for all your hard work. But seeing as these were Italian dandelions, that just......read more

What's A Farmbox?

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In Washington D.C., Shawn Traylor begins his odyssey with Community Supported Agriculture.

A few weeks ago, I was kicking around in Adams Morgan on a Saturday morning. The residue from Snowpocalypse 2010 had finally melted, the sun was shining, and I was feeling fine. I turned the corner onto Columbia Road, and saw a big white delivery truck where a smiling, bearded man was handing happy people boxes of gorgeous produce. “What’s this?” I thought. I meandered over to......read more

Greenaid Fosters 21st Century Johnny Appleseeds

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Clever urban hack created by young L.A. duo encourages people to replant their neighborhoods.

If you live or work in a city, odds are, you passed a vacant lot or an ugly, barren strip of soil at some point today. Now imagine if that eyesore were transformed into a wild garden. But how? Greenaid, a project by two recent grads of Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, and local urban planner David Fletcher, is a plan to distribute candy machines loaded......read more

Pearl Jam To Plant $210K Worth Of Trees

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Trees planted in band's home state of Washington part of effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 U.S. tour.

The Pulse of Radio reports that Pearl Jam is spending $210,000 to plant trees in the band's home state of Washington as part of an effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by the band's 2009 U.S. tour. According to Reuters, the money will cover the band's own travel and hotel contributions as well as emissions made by fans traveling to shows. The group wants to continue......read more

Italian Sink/Toilet Design Saves Water, Looks Amazing

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Milan designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have collaborated with bathroom brand Roca to create a combined toilet and wash basin, where waste water from the sink is used to fill the toilet cistern.

We'd like to thank Roca and Gabriel and Oscar Buratti for the gorgeous and uber efficient sink/toilet combo. The all-in-one sink and toilet are made from vitreous china, designed to maximize space and conserve water. The technology uses waste water from the basin to fill the toilet cistern, thereby reducing water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard dual-flush toilet. The basin in W+W......read more

Architecture Firm Makes Jewelry from Prefab Waste

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Marmol Radziner has created a new line of wearable architecture from their own prefab work.

What to do with the leftover bits of materials that inevitably end up in the scrap pile during the building process? Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner took the fragments from their past architectural projects and transformed them into wearable art. The ability to upcycle their company's industrial waste was made even easier by the fact that Marmol Radziner has its own production facility:......read more

Bluefin Tuna Ban Rejected

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A proposal to ban the export of the critically endangered bluefin tuna has been rejected at a UN wildlife meeting.

Some dismaying news for our oceans today, when a bid to ban commercial trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna was shot down at UN endangered species meetings. The proposal, tabled by Monaco, was opposed by Japan, Canada, and many developing countries on the grounds it would devastate fishing economies. Demand for bluefin tuna is driven by luxury seafood markets in Japan, where it is a sushi mainstay.......read more

Ars Natura: Brand Apocalypse

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Karl Burkart on 'Logorama,' the Oscar winner for best animated short.

Precious, Up in the Air, Inglorious Bastards, Avatar – we all know the big budget, big name pictures that were celebrated by the Academy on Sunday. But perhaps the most visionary and socially momentous film made in 2009 was not to be found in the feature film category but in the animated shorts category – Logorama. The French film directed by H5 (Ludovic Houplain, Francois Alaux,......read more

The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced......read more

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