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What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo. [Read more...]

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Who Knew that Disposable Plates Could be Stylishly Designed? Biodegradable TableWare by Wasara

Tuesday 10.22.2013 , Posted by

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Have you seen what the kids are eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off of these days?  I have fond memories of hot summer days eating lunch sandwiches from the classic round paper plates with ruffled edges. Those plates were great! Except that they stuck together…. and they were kinda ugly… and I threw away about a bazillion into landfills from ages 5 to 13. Ahh, yes… the 90s.  The Millennial kids are better than that. They are growing up in an age where people are environmentally aware and design conscious (hopefully).  Wasara has reinvented the ‘disposable’ paper plate with their collection of beautiful AND biodegradable tableware bringing us a tad closer to lifestyle perfection. [Read more...]

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Dirty Little Secrets: Sarah Rosado Creates 3D Illustrations Sculpted From Dirt

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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Collecting dirt from local parks, NYC-based artist Sarah Rosado transforms what many people find ugly into lovely illustrations, capturing their ephemeral beauty at the perfect moment before they disappear. We’ve seen this sculpting technique done with food all over the internet, but food in itself is appealing to our senses; Rosado instead uses the soil that gives the nutrients to all we deem edible. Calling her project Dirty Little Secrets, she hopes to have 100 images when the set is complete and has finished 43 so far. Arranging the brown dirt to contrast on a white background to shape it into everyday objects like a camera or steaming cup of tea, she uses her camera to preserve the short-term sculptures forever. [Read more...]

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Smart Environmental Illustrations by Yuko Shimizu

Tuesday 07.16.2013 , Posted by

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With Superstorm Sandy still a recent memory, New York-based editorial illustrator extraordinaire Yuko Shimizu has recently put together a portfolio of her environmentally themed works. We’ve got to confess a strong affection for her incredible illustrative stylings, and when applied to something as vital as the environment, we’re in love. The flowing lines of her work lend themselves well to the inviting curves of the natural world and the very elements we so badly need to protect. These illustrations featured in articles ranging in topic from sustainable eating and deforestation, to oil drilling and environmentally friendly cars. [Read more...]

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EnviroSiren: A Playful Music Vid About Climate Change

Sunday 05.12.2013 , Posted by

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While on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, Jules Cazedessus sat with her young nephew talking about the planet and some of the issues affecting it today. As they conversed about animal extinction, the changing of the climates, and the rising of oceans, Jules couldn’t help but think : What sort of planet is her nephew going to inherit. Were people going to be smart and make the right decisions for long term environmental sustainability? There wasn’t a clear answer in Jules’ mind, and she decided that she would give what she could to continue the conversation regarding the issue. She wrote a song and titled it “S.O.S – Sink or Swim?[Read more...]

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7 Shocking Google Earth GIFs of Human Impact on Earth

Friday 05.10.2013 , Posted by

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There’s no doubt about it, humans have reshaped the earth more in the last two hundred years than at any other time in our history… and the last 25 years are no different. Now Google has released a new “interactive map experience” which allows users to view archived satellite data over the last quarter century and in doing so they are giving us perhaps the most clear and valuable view of our recent impact on earth. “We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public,” Google said in a statement [Read more...]

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Wild Animals Call the Urban Jungle Their Home

Tuesday 04.30.2013 , Posted by

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We covered Nick Pedersen before when he created a wildly verdant, jungle-like vision of the post-apocalyptic future. In those scenes, wild men eked out their existence in cities long ago abandoned by their massive populations – now overgrown by plant life, they were suitable even for hunting. The Philadelphia based artist has now turned his talents toward creating a vision of our current time, yet still with his focus on themes of ecology and the preservation of the environment. [Read more...]

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Underwater Sculptures on Our Oceanic Trash Problem

Monday 02.25.2013 , Posted by

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I’ve recently been staying in the most unusual of homes – one which some might not even consider a home at all – it’s a canal boat in London. It is a picturesque place to live, one which you can travel the countryside upon and see different things from the windows daily. It’s also cold, damp and small on a snowy winter day… unless you keep the tiny fireplace stoked well. But all these things were expected before I started this type of living. What wasn’t expected? The mass profusion of garbage that floats down the canals surrounding me. Dock for only a day in one place and your boat acts as a dam for all the refuse of the waterway… quickly surrounding your cozy home with less than welcome scenery. Later it all floats downstream into the open ocean. [Read more...]

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A Duck is Different than a Buck: 50s Ethyl Gasoline Ads

Thursday 02.21.2013 , Posted by

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In a time long before Photoshop, when advertising departments looked something like the set of Mad Men and every piece of art was hand-crafted, this advertising campaign from the Ethyl Corporation was highly ambitious and still succeeds in capturing our eye. The once giant Ethyl Corporation is a manufacturer of fuel additives designed to stop engines from knocking better than fuel without – a point driven home by this vintage series of ads… after all, a collie is very different than a cauliflower. [Read more...]

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One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

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By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more...]

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