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Earth Day Mashup: Beach Boys vs. Phillip Glass

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Stirring short featuring footage from "There Once Was an Island"

SHFT compadre and Honey Brothers member Ari Gold (no not the Entourage one) just sent over this moving bit of video based on an idea that came to him in a dream. While sleeping, Ari's unconscious mind offered up the idea of combining the harmonious pop of Beach Boys with the classical avant-garde of Philip Glass. Inspiration in hand, Ari mashed up the 1962 Beach Boys ballad "The Lonely Sea" with......read more

Once Again

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Nostalgic vibes abound in this test film from Elliot Sellers

This beautifully shot video is actually just a series of image tests for a bigger project. Hard to believe. The clip was shot by LA director Elliot Sellers, who went heavy on the double exposures and image composites to create something truly sublime, with no shortage of help from Jonsi and Alex (of Sigur Ros fame), whose song "Indian Summer" provides the soundtrack. ...read more

Simplifying Electronics Recycling

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California company launches e-waste recycling network.

Electronics are the fastest-growing waste stream in the country, and only 15% of American e-waste gets recycled. The Los Angeles Times reports on a California company looking to do something to deal with it. This week, ECS Refining is launching ecollective — a network of drop-off points to recycle electronics for free. Californians can get in on the action by visiting the website and......read more

California to Revisit Bioenergy

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Trash-to-energy projects gain support on the West Coast.

Twenty years ago, California had the world's most advanced biorefinery. The Long Beach facility churned out more megawatts than any other on the planet. Not so today. The technology has fallen well behind the global standard. A biorefinery is essentially a plant that turns trash into energy. At a bioenergy plant, garbage gets incinerated, creating steam that powers turbines and makes......read more

Toronto's Garbage-Powered Garbage Truck

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Canadian city unveils waste collection vehicle that feeds itself.

How's this for meta? The City of Toronto has launched the first of a fleet of waste collection trucks to be fueled by, well, collected waste. The garbage-eating truck will join Toronto's existing Green Fleet, created as part of a government effort to reduce the city's fuel consumption and protect air quality and health. The newly unveiled vehicle contains a Cummins Westport ISL G......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

Marmol Radziner Bracelet

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LA architects craft jewelry from pre-consumer waste. $200.00

Marmol Radziner, the LA-based architecture firm well known for clean aesthetics and outside-the-box green thinking (check out their prefabs), has decided to apply its creative talents to jewelry design. The Marmol Radziner collection of bracelets and rings makes stylish use of the strips of bronze left over from making architectural models. The Wide Bracelet comes in both men's and women's......read more

Waste Plant to Power Itself with Beer and Pop

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Canadian project converts waste to clean energy.

What's with Canadians and turning trash to energy, eh? The latest ingenious idea is to convert waste soda and beer (because no self-respecting Canadian would throw good beer down the drain) into ethanol that will in turn be used to power a waste plant on the Atlantic seaboard. The pilot project is an initiative of New Brunswick Community College's Bio-energy and Bio-products Applied......read more

Ban the Bag

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Happy Earth Day! No better time to voice your support for banning plastic bags in California.

California, stand up! The first organized attempt at a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags may have faltered, but the fight rages on. Emboldened by several successful local actions boycotting wasteful plastic shopping bags, Californians are urging Governor Jerry Brown to make a move.  Plastic pollution harms wildlife, threatens public health, and hinders the economy. It's......read more

North America's Greenest Cities Ranked

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San Francisco tops Green City Index, followed by Vancouver and NYC

We tend to look at environmental legislation through a national lens, and the view these days is depressing. With Capitol Hill stuck in political gridlock, national action on climate and energy is proving to be a practical impossibility. Luckily, U.S. cities aren't waiting for Congress to climb out of the mire. Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit......read more

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