the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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how long has big oil believed in climate change?

As the Union of Concerned Scientists unveiled in their July 2015 report, The Climate Deception Dossiers, Exxon internally recognized climate change as fact in 1981– right before they went on to spent $30 million on research that would support climate change denial. Are we surprised? No. Is it important? Yes. Read more at The Leap.

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can costal urbanization happen without landscape architects?

A 2013 Lecture by Pierre Belanger at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture, Chair of Landscape Architecture within lecture series “How Do You Landscape?”

Starting with the claim that Americans are “geographically illiterate,” Belanger explores the concept of urbanity, especially as it relates to our landscape infrastructure, and you probably haven’t heard anyone speak about urbanization with more nuance or innovative thought. The Harvard professor argues that not only is our land surface urbanized, but so are the ground deep beneath our feet, the air far above us, and most of the bodies of water along our shores. As these processes proliferate, Belanger argues for viewing “urbanity” within a more holistic context. Where do materials that build our cities come from? Where do our wastes go? How does development on land radically alter landscapes under the sea?

“Rather than trying to see the processes of changing climates, we need to essentially work with them. Because right now rather thinking of our urbanizations on coasts as downstream from all these larger inland processes, we should think of them as being upstream of this larger oceanic landscape that we are essentially urbanizing.”

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more fish in the sea

trout-539599_1280NPR’s The Salt on “Why 500 Million Seafood Meals Get Dumped in the Sea.”

Because I am willing to bet that– at least when it comes to the readers of this blog– the woman quoted at the end of the article is wrong.

“People don’t want to know all this,” she says. “In general, they just want to know what [color-coded label] to look for.”

This post brought to you by our continued excitement for Maine Sail Freight.

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corroding our democracy (big oil, the canadian government, and the silencing of environmental science)

Democracy Now on the (nearly) unbelievable story of they extent to which Canada’s oil industry has stifled the country’s democracy, silenced its scientists, and crippled its environmentalist movements. It is bananas, and it is worse than you would have imagined.

“Well first of all, the government has shut down the majority of scientific research in the country that had to do with climate change. This is a government in denial […] They fired hundreds of scientists, and the ones that are left are being told that they can’t release their research to us, even though it’s tax-funded research. They are also being told that they can’t talk to the press unless they have to have a handler and it’s an approved interview. They have to have a handler from the prime minister’s office. So the scientists I’ve talked to, they’re embarrassed; they’re frustrated; they’re protesting. Last week in Canada we had thousands of scientists hit the streets in their lab coats protesting the federal government because they can’t speak. They’re being muzzled.”


monsanto’s latest monstrosity (and a call for submissions)

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Today my friends, I bring you, Monsanto’s latest attempt to brainwash the general public. Behold, their bogus almost hip, quasi-creative, whole-foods-inspired, minimalist, knock-off of a website that you might actually want to visit.

Why bring you this insult to everything decent and good, you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Working as a reporter a few years ago, Continue reading

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good primer on reclaiming our soils and regenerative farming


Excerpted from Ronnie Collins’s essay Regeneration: Global Transformation in Catastrophic Times:

We must begin to connect the dots between fossil fuels, global warming and related issues, including world hunger, poverty, unemployment, toxic food and farming, extractivism, land grabbing, biodiversity, ocean destruction, deforestation, resource wars, and deteriorating public health. As we regenerate the soil and forests, and make organic and grass-fed food and fiber the norm, rather than just the alternative, we will simultaneously develop our collective capacity to address all of the globe’s interrelated problems.

The extraordinary thing about de-industrializing food and farming, restoring grasslands and reversing deforestation—moving several hundred billion tons of carbon back from the atmosphere into our soils, plants and forests—is that this regeneration process will not only reverse global warming and re-stabilize the climate, but will also stimulate hundreds of millions of rural (and urban) jobs, while qualitatively increasing soil fertility, water retention, farm yields and food quality.

Read the full essay here!

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drifting into feudalism

‘Sea Slaves’: The human misery that feeds pets and livestock

Men who have fled servitude on fishing boots recount beating and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become pet food and livestock feed.


By Ian Urbina

Read the riveting article the the New York Times here:


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