Frontrunner for Country of the Year, 2015

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Since January 1st, Costa Rica has gotten 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Nothing Quite Like Some Human Impact, Earth-Disaster Porn To Make You Feel Good About the Coming of Spring

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NASA’s Images of Change

With a Simple Change in Background, A Time Lapse Becomes Interesting

Flowers by Thomas Blanchard

No Thanks

Riding the “White Line” in Sedona, AZ.

The Newest Island on Earth

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Situated 28 miles from Tonga in the South Pacific between the volcanic islets of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai, the new one-mile island was formed during an underwater volcanic eruption that began in December. At its peak, the new island rises 1,640 feet above sea level. It is expected to dissolve slowly back into the ocean.

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Earthmojis

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For the recent People’s Climate March in London, Pentagram reduced the language on protest placards down to the most universal form of communication, the emoji.

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Corals of Opportunity

Coral City is a fascinating documentary directed by John McSwain about the Miami-based scientific art collective Coral Morphologic, who create living artworks out of the tiny polyps.

Black Supermoon

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No, it’s not a Brothers who Lyrically Act and Combine Kickin Music Out On Nations all-star group, it’s a rare new moon that will be in the sky tonight (2/18) and not returning again until until Oct. 30th 2016.

Letting The Current Take You Away

OCEAN GRAVITY, an underwater collaboration between free-diver Guillaume Nery and filmmaker / free-diver Julie Gautier.

New Landscapes

From wilderness hikes to dark room afternoons, David Benjamin Sherry talks about his process of making photographs.

Obvious

2014 was the warmest year on record

Chilllllll

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Infinite mushrooms

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When Environmental Activism Backfires

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During a publicity stunt aimed at delegates participating in the U.N. climate talks in Lima, idiot Greenpeace activists damaged parts of the extremely fragile patina surface of the desert surrounding the legendary Nazca lines.

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Lurking in the Darkness Below

The scariest and most fascinating thing about the ocean is that you never really know what’s underneath you. Here’s some footage of the very rare “black sea devil” anglerfish swimming about at a depth of 600 meters. It uses a “flashlight” on its head to attract its prey and is one of the cuter fish in existence…

All Dried Up

Due to one of the worst droughts on record, California’s Central Valley is becoming a dustbowl and leaving its inhabitants and workers with an uncertain future. This terrifically shot film by Matt Black tells the story.

New Trees

Robert Voit’s large format series humorously highlights the odd, oversized attempts to hide cell phone towers in plain sight. The series is on view at Clamp Art through November 15th, 2014.

Printables

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The Deepest Dig by Brooke Jarvis

The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn’t stopping us from mining it.

100.4 inches

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The size of this year’s “giant’s penis” blossom at the University of Basel’s botanical garden. Officially known as the titan arum or “corpse flower,” the plant is native to the rainforests of Sumatra and is the largest flower in the plant kingdom. This is the third time that this specific flower has blossomed in its 20 years of cultivation in Basel, and is the biggest yet.

There’s No Room for Wild Animals in This Modern World

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A new report from the Living Planet Index states that world wildlife populations have been reduced to half of what they were 40 years ago. The population of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish is down by an average of 52%, while the population of freshwater species is down 76%. No word on house pets and zoo animals, because nobody tracks that sort of thing, but those numbers are probably holding steady.

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