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SHFT Sampler 6-15-10

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Our weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Oil gushers and global warming: The New Republic asks why we stink at dealing with ecological catastrophes. GOOOAAAAAL! Scoring green at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Tunto Design modestly describes its wooden LED1 lamp as "the best lamp in the world." It's hard to disagree. The hybrid goes virtual: Honda's CR-Z sport hybrid coupe makes debut at E3 video game expo. Gehry vs.......read more

No Bailout for the Biosphere

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Agreements to bail out banks happen in days - but we still don't have a deal to bail out the planet

They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades. Nicholas Stern estimated that capping climate change would cost around 1% of global GDP, while sitting back and letting it hit us would cost between 5 and 20%. One per cent of GDP is, at the moment, $630bn. By March 2009, Bloomberg has revealed, the US Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health and......read more

Lost Banksy Mural Uncovered in Berlin

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Gallery discovers early work under layers of paint

After painstakingly stripping away layers of wall paint, an art gallery in Berlin has uncovered a 2003 piece by Banksy, the much-ballyhooed street art pranskter whose politically-charged stencil work now sells for six figures. The piece, which features five soldiers with angel wings and smiley faces, was revealed when the wall was stripped away as part of an installation by Brad Downey, a......read more

Ordinary People, Overlooked Beauty

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Photographer Captures Ordinary People Surrounded by Overlooked Beauty Of The World

Photographer Helena Georgiou captures subjects that are often overlooked as we go about our daily lives. Her impressive portfolio features many portraits of people that we'd probably pass by on the street without a second glance. Georgiou gives them the proverbial spotlight in her compositions, with one facet of these portraits set against bold outdoor landscapes. Using vibrant colors......read more

A Secluded Treehouse Hotel Built By Peter Becker

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Guests Can Completely Unplug From The Outside World

Nestled within a forest in Hesse, Germany is Robin’s Nest Treehouse Hotels, a destination spot for those wanting a unique and rustic getaway. The gorgeous and scenic locale offers a host of housing options, with the most striking being its elevated structures. There, visitors can sleep among the treetops and leafy branches, admiring uninterrupted views of nature. Robin’s Nest is the......read more

A Changed Climate In Washington

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World Leaders Make Both Moral And Practical Progress In The Debate On Climate Change This Week

Mark this week down as the one that truly shifted the climate conversation in the nation's capital. It was a week where Hillary Clinton's announcement that she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline played fourth fiddle -- and a potential government shutdown was barely even in the band -- climate change was the one unifying theme connecting the week's top stories.  First, Pope Francis called......read more

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.  Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050,......read more

World's First Solar Bike Path Launched

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Surprise, surprise, it's in the Netherlands

Scott Pierce for Collectively: Tourists often flock to Amsterdam for its delectable coffee shops. But there's more to do in the Netherlands than plopping down at one of these fine establishments. After all, inevitably inhaling stroopwafel and bitterballen is never a good look. If you find yourself in that hazy daze, look up! Chances are you'll notice most people riding......read more

The World's Greatest Travelers

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German adventurers complete 556,000-mile, quarter-century odyssey by SUV

It was 1988 when Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel around Africa. After completing the planned 18-month tour, they decided to keep going... and going... and going. The end result was an epic, 25-year adventure which saw the Mercedes--nicknamed Otto by Christine--driven 556,000 miles through 215 countries and into the record books. Christine......read more

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