the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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who owns the fish?

Any commercial fisherman used to be able to fish in U.S. seas. Not anymore. Today, the right to fish belongs to a number of private individuals who have traded, bought and sold these rights in unregulated markets. This system, called “catch shares,” favors large fishing fleets and has cut out thousands of smaller-scale fishermen. How did this happen? Learn more in this short animation from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

For more information on this story visit CIR online:…

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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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story of our soil

“The regeneration of soil is the task of our generation.”

The video is great, but their petition is even better. Learn more about the Story of Soil on the group’s website. which is a project dedicated to convincing the California legislature to allocate $160 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to help rebuild healthy soils.

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the real world …. of 17th century farming

This is the true story… of seven strangers and farm animals… picked to live on a 17th century farm…working together with only the tools available in the year 1620 ….
Tune in to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real…
Spoiler alert: everyone on this show is always polite if not totally charming!
Also, they are historians, archeologists, and experts in agrarian culture.
it is basically the best show ever.
There is 1 episode for each month, starting with September.

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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.”


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