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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

B.C. or Bust

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Patagonia ambassadors take a road trip from Santa Barbara to Tofino

Here's the ultimate photo series to get you lusting after your next road adventure. With some help from Patagonia, surf comrades Trevor Gordon, Foster Huntington, and Jeremy Koreski packed up Huntington's 1987 4WD Vanagon in search of waves along the west coast, from Gordon's hometown of Santa Barbara, California to Koreski's hometown of Tofino, British Columbia. As with all the best road trips,......read more

Recycled Denim Jute Rug

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West Elm reincarnates jeans for the living room floor $200.00

For function and comfort, there's nothing quite like a pair of old, worn-in pair of jeans. So a rug made from recycled denim? Well, it only makes sense. This muted indigo offering from West Elm, made of recycled denim woven together with natural jute fibers, features all the best qualities of old jeans. Durable yet cozy, warm yet practical, the Recycled Denim Jute Rug is  like your......read more

Mid-Century Modern Bed

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From West Elm $799.00

From West Elm- a company mindful of its planetary impact on every level and striving to be more responsible all the time – this handsome bed, with its refined profile, streamlined headboard and gently tapered legs, possesses universal appeal. Crafted of solid eucalyptus wood that is certified to Forest Stewardship Council Standards - strict requirements for maintaining healthy forests and......read more

Buoy Vases

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From West Elm

Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Here's an easy answer. Bright and breezy. Painted to look like harbor buoys, these ceramic vases light up a tabletop either clustered together or on their own with a small arrangement. Ceramic. Sold individually. Made in Haiti. ...read more

The Desert 2011

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A boarding escapade in the middle of nowhere

You don't normally associate the desert with surfing. But "The Desert 2011" proves the two aren't mutually exclusive. The Shire of Carnavon,  a solid twelve hour drive from Perth in Western Australia, is a narrow coastal strip where the waves meet the desert. Surf filmmaker Matt Pitcher traveled there with boogie boarders Lewy Finnegan and Dave Lush and caught them pulling off some......read more

Western Climate Initiative

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As the federal climate bill dies, a regional alliance steps up for emissions controls.

With a federal climate change bill apparently dead, it seems logical that more progressive pockets of the continent can pursue their own regional climate change strategies. The Western Climate Initiative is doing just that. On Tuesday, California, New Mexico, and three Canadian provinces announced a plan to commence a regional cap and trade system by 2012. According to California Governor Arnold......read more

Weston Speaker

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Bluetooth Reclaimed Wood Speakers Handmade from Salvaged Pine $390.00

The best reclaimed gift we've found as of late.  Nicely done, Weston. Handmade item Materials: Class T Tripath Audio Amp, Bluetooth, Aluminum Woofers, Reclaimed Wood, Printers Pine, Neodymium Dome Tweeter Made to order Made in America ...read more

Out of Africa

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Photographer/conservationist Nick Brandt is obsessed with the animals of East Africa.

With its epic black-and-white photos of the noble animals of East Africa, ON THIS EARTH, the first book of wildlife photos by Nick Brandt, became one of the most popular photography books of the decade. His latest, A SHADOW FALLS, picks up where the first left off, lifting the largely documentative genre of wildlife photography into the realm of fine art. The intimacy of Nick Brandt's photos......read more

Sun-Powered African Huts

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Sustainable energy transforms lives in rural Kenya.

In east Africa, where access to reliable electricity is a rare luxury, small-scale renewable power is playing a transformative role in people's lives. In the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal reveals the story of a rural Kenyan family whose whose small rooftop solar panel delivers enough power to charge their new cell phone and run four bright lights. The solar panel cost the family $80. ......read more

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