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Conservative Cities Quietly Prepare For Extreme Weather

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Just don't call it climate change

John Flesher for the Associated Press: GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject. Big cities and small......read more

Popcorn Popper

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For the tastiest popcorn, skip the microwave bags and go straight to the flame $35.00

If anyone can think of a better snack to pass around a campfire than freshly popped popcorn, we'd like to hear it. And until someone demonstrates otherwise, there isn't. This long-handled popper from Terrain makes it simple to whip up the world's greatest fireside snack over an open flame (or on the stove). So skip the microwave bags, cop this popper, load with kernels, and get popping.......read more

Megacities: The Future of the Planet

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Composite images by Marcus Lyon offer a glimpse of our urban future

In 2001, Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill coined the term 'BRIC' in reference to the megacities of Brazil, Russia, India and China -- urban magnets that he rightly predicted would drive economic growth in the coming years. Drawing in rural workers with the promise of higher wages and a higher quality of life, the ever-growing BRIC megacities are defined by the fine balance between expanding......read more

Open Source Movement Spreads to Seeds

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Restriction-free seeds include 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) announced the release of 29 new plant varieties that are free of intellectual property (IP) protection. The new seeds, which include varieties of carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, can be freely used by anyone as long as they don't restrict use by others through IP protection. Spearheaded by a group of scientists from the University of......read more

Threatened Cities Hold Key in Addressing Climate Change

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Smart choices by coastal cities are key to reducing emissions, says IPCC report

The third and final installment of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's (IPCC) "working group" reports was published Monday and the take-home message was crystal clear: "The high-speed mitigation train needs to leave the station very soon and all of global society needs to get on board," said the chair, Rajendra Pachauri. Decades of foot-dragging by political leaders has pushed......read more

Crown Maple Syrup - Petite Trio

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Three delicious varieties of artisan organic maple syrup from a farm in Dutchess County, NY $15.95

At Madava Farms in New York's Hudson River Valley, 800 acres of sugar and red maples take advantage of ideal soil and weather conditions to produce the perfect sap for maple sugaring. Crown Maple Syrup is the delicious, organic result. With an artisan's eye for craftsmanship, Crown Maple produces three distinct varieties of amber maple syrup, each with its own flavor profile. The company's......read more

Site Specific: Aerial Photographs by Olivo Barbieri

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Ten-year project chronicles the world's cities from above

Site Specific is a summary of Olivo Barbieri’s ten-year project to record the world’s cities in aerial photographs. The book offers a thrilling survey of thirty-six cities throughout the world. At the same time, it presents a narrative of Barbieri’s evolving approach to photography and his ideas about the nature of the medium. Presented chronologically, the photographs begin......read more

Rain in the City: Photos by Christophe Jacrot

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French photographer captures downpours in cities around the world

When the rain hits, Christophe Jacrot pulls out his camera and starts snapping. The Paris-based photographer started taking pictures of the rain almost by accident. He had a commission for a travel book about Paris, and the brief called for sunshine. But the weather at the time was rotten, so he had the idea of starting a photo series on Paris in the rain. It turned out so well that he continued......read more

Incredible Aerial Photos of Mexico City

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Overhead shots of one of the world's largest cities

Mexico City, the most populous city in the Western Hemisphere, is home to over 21 million people. There are an astounding 25,400 people per square mile living in the city. In the above photos, Mexican photographer Pablo Lopez Muz shows what just that looks like, as seemingly endless rings of homes radiate out in waves from the city center.  "In a megalopolis like Mexico City," says Lopez......read more

Gardens NYC: It All Ties In

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A '60s flower child and native Brooklynite shows off his gawwden

If you were in New York City in the late '60s, you may have come across a longhaired Stephen Rutsky out in the streets with his hippy brethren, advocating for social and political change. These days, you're more likely to find him among the abundant greenery of his Park Slope garden, where he practices a quieter, more personal form eco-activism... by growing plants. From beans for his table to......read more

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