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SHFT Sampler 3-18-11

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on March 16, 2011 in All
  • Plant Plastic: Drinking soda is bad for you, yes, but petroleum-based plastic bottles bad for everyone. In 2012, Pepsi will drop the world's first fossil fuel-free plastic bottle, made from 100% plant-based materials like switch grass, pine bark and corn husks.

    Bike Share, Yo: Inhabitat reports that Brooklyn will join Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis as the first cities in the U.S. to adopt bike share programs. They better have good locks.

    The Long Melt: 2010 was a hot one, and NASA has the proof in the form of this telling infographic showing the effects of warm temperatures on the Greenland ice cap, which experienced record melting last year.

    Abort Emissions: The EPA proposed the "first ever" emissions standards for coal-burning power plants, covering toxins like mercury, lead, and chromium. Health officials and eco advocates are stoked, and industry reps and Republicans are not. Shocking.

    Tree Tape: Ever wondered how much CO2 a tree absorbs? London-based designer Nitipak Samsen has the answer. Samsen's Tree Tape creation translates the amount of carbon stored in a tree into the amount emitted by regular activities like breathing and driving. Great learning tool for kids, download the PDF here.

    Stay Classy: Thank you Rush Limbaugh for sharing your enlightened observations on the devastation in Japan. Idiot.


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