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The Conservation Economy

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Conserving the nation's fish, wildlife and natural resources is a $40-billion industry, according to a new study

It's said that you can't put a price on protecting the environment, and on the face of it, we agree. But when we're always hearing about the economic benefits of industrial activity, it would be nice to know what conservation is actually worth, in dollar terms. Now, thanks to a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation study, we do. The analysis considered the jobs, tax revenue and other economic......read more

Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks

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Bespoke bird boxes carry message about dwindling biodiversity

The keen eyes at Ignant have hipped us to this interesting project from artist duo Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, together known as London Fieldworks. The project, called Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven, is a series of interventions in London’s green spaces, involving the mounting of bespoke bird boxes on trees of heaven (Ailanthus altissima). The artworks, which act as homes for......read more

Whither the Monarch

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Another insect appears headed for an unprecedented population crash

The monarch butterfly appears to be experiencing a massive population crash, the likes of which hasn't been seen before. The butterflies, which migrate to Mexico in the fall, have been appearing there in shockingly low numbers. Last year there were 60 million, a record low that that seems enormous compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year. From the New York......read more

Criticism Mounts For Obama's Oil Drilling Plan

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Proposal to open coastlines to drilling draws ire from both sides of the political debate.

Aurora Robson's glimmering reputation was built on Plastic bottles are utterly detestable Notcot recently reminded us about the Aurora Robson's most recent exhibit, Be Like Water, just finished showing at 2424 in Philadelphia. For more Robson, visit her site. (via Notcot)...read more

SHFT Sampler 10-22-10

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Weekly links: Prop 23, boats turned into buildings, and why all architecture is becoming green.

SHFT honchos Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer spoke to Huff Post about Prop 23. "It's about our future, period," said Peter. "Are oil companies defending their hold on our addiction? Of course they are. They'll do whatever they can to prevent clean tech from growing. That's what Prop 23 is all about." California, stand up! Vote NO on Prop 23. For whatever......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-8-11

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Group calls for "bird smart" wind power, Senate thwarts anti-EPA bill, Toyota sells a million hybrids in the US, and more.

For the Birds: The American Bird Conservancy posted a video showing a vulture getting taken out by a wind turbine, part of a campaign calling for "bird smart" design of wind power projects. Hmmm. (via Dot Earth) Phew! In a 50-50 vote, the Senate rejected the GOP's attempt to permanently block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. Recycled Rug: The recycled ANY rug from the Piadao Group is......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

SHFT Sampler 4-1-11

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Photos of a (for real) hellhole, airplanes and climate change, shop for Japan, and more.

Welcome to Hell! No literally, welcome to hell. Shop for Japan: Ladies of New York City, hit up the Bowery Hotel this weekend for Fashion Girls for Japan sale. Tons of great brands involved. (via Loomstate) Limited edition, er, dish soap: Ecover provides proof that nothing is safe from the "limited edition" artist treatment.  How rewarding! The CEO of GoDaddy calls hunting endangered......read more

Loan Guarantee Confirmed for Solar Power Plant

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But wildlife conservation groups oppose the project, the New York Times reports.

The United States Energy Department on Monday offered a $1.37 billion loan guarantee to a company planning to build a large-scale solar power plant in the Southern California desert. The loan guarantee, for BrightSource Energy of Oakland, Calif., is the largest given for a solar project. BrightSource’s 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the first utility-scale solar power......read more

Sigur Ros, "Eg anda"

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New clip from director Ramin Bahrani offers a grim comment on industrialization and wildlife

Icelandic dream pop heroes Sigur Ros continue their "Valtari Mystery Film Experiment" with a new video for Valtari cut "Eg anda", directed by Ramin Bahrani. Juxtaposing images of animals against clips of industrialization, the video offers some grim commentary on effects of humans on wildlife. For the film project, the band commissioned a dozen filmmakers to create music videos for tracks on......read more

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