An excellent way to get involved with (or continue to work on) Sandy recovery efforts in Rockaway is to join this Kickstarter campaign for an environmentally sustainable, pay-as-you-can community kitchen providing access to healthy, local food. Check it out! Only 24 more days left to help!
Those who were near lower Manhattan during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy may have experienced the rare and eerie view of the city’s skyline gone partway dark. Biking through Manhattan at dusk that week, the loss of power made the night feel that much deeper, and the bright sky that much more brilliant. What are [...]
Via MoMA PS1: In an effort to foster the creative debate on urban recovery after Hurricane Sandy, MoMA PS1 and MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design are calling out for ideas to create a sustainable waterfront. Artists, architects, designers, and others are welcome to present ideas for alternative housing models, creation of social spaces, urban [...]
If you are free this Thursday (and happen to find yourself in the New York area) check out this group photo show at Picture Farm Gallery in Williamsburg (388 Wythe Ave). The group photography show was curated by professional surfer and filmmaker Mikey DeTemple and showcases prints from several of the most dynamic surf [...]
Every March, thousands of filmmakers, fans, and industry representatives gather in Austin for the South By Southwest Film Festival, where over 100 feature films screen over the course of nine days. Boasting one of the best festival programs in the country, South By Southwest consistently accepts films from both emerging and established artists. For the [...]
So often in the debate on climate change and global warming, the focus leans so heavily on the debate aspect, the issue itself takes a back seat. No matter the degree to which one believes in the human impact on the environment, we should be able to find some common ground in the idea that [...]
Yesterday the New York Times published an interesting article on how India aims to use its solar power effectively. The use of solar power could help reduce India’s reliance on coal, slow the effects of climate change, and perhaps reduce the frequent and sudden blackouts you’d find in every city. In a country where it is [...]
I continue to be amazed by the Occupy Sandy movement. From the NYT: After its encampment in Zuccotti Park, which changed the public discourse about economic inequality and introduced the nation to the trope of the 1 percent, the Occupy movement has wandered in a desert of more intellectual, less visible projects, like farming, fighting [...]
The Jetsons-esque Sea Orbiter is an ocean going research vessel rumored to launch in 2013. Similar to a space ship, the Sea Orbiter will allow scientists and others a residential (for weeks at time) yet mobile research station positioned under the oceans’ surface. The station will have laboratories, workshops, living quarters and a pressurized deck [...]
Last year, California governor Jerry Brown announced that due to budget constraints the state would be forced to close many of its beautiful state parks. The good news is that a few weeks ago state politicians passed a budget that allowed for most to stay open. Here’s an announcement from the Surfrider Foundation, which had [...]
If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive [...]
An interesting article in the NYT recently argues that we’re “hooked on growth.” An excerpt: At first, this may sound crazy; we’ve become so conditioned by the language of efficiency. But there are sectors of the economy where chasing productivity growth doesn’t make sense at all. Certain kinds of tasks rely inherently on the allocation [...]
New York City’s massive new bike share program is inching ever closer to its July debut. To that end, the city has announced not only the name of the program’s $41 million sponsor (Citibank) but also the program’s official name (CitiBike, of course) and, most important of all, the exact pricing for the program. And if you were [...]
We’re not big on tooting our own horn, but sometimes you just can’t resist. The Harmony Hotel was recognized in a CNN article today about 10 luxury eco-hotels around the world. They had such lovely things to say: ”I have yet to find another hotel that inspires green living more than this sweet spot in the [...]
Last week the Guinness World Records acknowledged a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot. Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, on Oahu’s North Shore, told The Associated Press that the ride of his life [...]
We Are All Radioactive, a documentary series, tells the story of one seaside community’s efforts to rebuild in the wake of the 2011 disaster. Motoyoshi, a small town and surf spot about 100 miles from Fukushima, was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami, and now it’s unclear how damaging the effects of the Fukushima meltdown could be. We Are [...]
In honor of Earth Day””which was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson””the Daily Beast ranked the greenest cities in the U.S. Can you guess who won? A hint: there are lots of surfers there.
Pro surfer Kelly Slater and Greg Webber, an Australian engineer and board shaper, are battling one another to be the first to create a surfable man-made wave. Though there have been several failed attempts at making a shreddable artificial break, Kelly Slater Wave Company in LA and Webber Wave Pool in Australia both hope to be [...]
From the New York Times: Art Is Boring Schopenhauer ranks boredom with “pain” as one of the twin evils of life. (Pain for have-nots, boredom for haves “” it”™s a question of affluence.) People say “it”™s boring” “” as if that were a final standard of appeal, and no work of art had the right [...]
PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. What do you think about this proposed legislation? To learn more or take action, go here.
Now that the New York Times has included Nosara in their top 45 “Places to go in 2012” the word is out about the sleepy little surf town we know and love. What will this mean for Nosara? Will the beloved Guiones break start to look like choreographed chaos in RincÃ³n featured in Surfer’s Journal‘s Symphony of [...]
Time Bomb depicts a collection of bombs and mines designed to support marine life whilst symbolizing the critical future of our reef systems and the countdown of time we have to reverse the increasing worldwide decline. The works also portray the irony of weapons of destruction being used to support and nurture life. The various [...]
It’s pretty easy to disconnect from the impact our plastic habit has on the environment. But when you find yourself swimming in floating bits of garbage (as I did last summer in Far Rockaway), or you see an image like the one above, the impact is immediate and unavoidable. To learn more and bring awareness [...]
The perfect gift for your favorite prophet! From Cabinet: When the current cycle of the Maya Long Count calendar concludes on 21 December 2012, the world will end. Of course, this is hardly the first time the planet”™s demise has been prophesied. And so Cabinet offers you, doomed reader, a guide to the brief time that remains. [...]