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Reads tagged with “sustainability”

Tree Islands and Networked Resilience: Biomimicry Pioneer Janine Benyus on the Power of Reciprocity in Nature and Our Human Future
Tree Islands and Networked Resilience: Biomimicry Pioneer Janine Benyus on the Power of Reciprocity in Nature and Our Human Future

“The more stressful the environment, the more likely you are to see plants working together to ensure mutual survival.”

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Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates
Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates

Visual verses celebrating the glorious grandeur of life on our pale blue dot.

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5½ Favorite Food Books of 2012
5½ Favorite Food Books of 2012

From Thomas Jefferson to the secret history of coffee, by way of urban farming and Downton Abbey.

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The Gnomes of Gnù: Umberto Eco Teaches Kids About Ecology Through Abstract Art
The Gnomes of Gnù: Umberto Eco Teaches Kids About Ecology Through Abstract Art

A beautiful allegory about ecological collapse and salvation.

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The Hidden Beauty of Pollination
The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

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Water: A Stunning Celebration of the Element of Life Based on Indian Folklore
Water: A Stunning Celebration of the Element of Life Based on Indian Folklore

“We need nature — water, sun, air — to survive, but she doesn’t really need us. She is generous to us, but she has some conditions, and we have to respect them.”

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Jane Goodall on Science, Spirituality, and Our Highest Responsibility as Human Beings
Jane Goodall on Science, Spirituality, and Our Highest Responsibility as Human Beings

What the chimpanzees teach us about the fine line between faith and apathy.

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Designers on Top: MoMA’s Paola Antonelli on the Evolution of Design
Designers on Top: MoMA’s Paola Antonelli on the Evolution of Design

The quest for elegance and empowerment, or how design went from process to authorship.

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Plink Plink! Celebrate World Water Day with Vintage Children’s Illustrations circa 1954
Plink Plink! Celebrate World Water Day with Vintage Children’s Illustrations circa 1954

A marvelous mid-century homage to Earth’s lifeblood.

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How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths
How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths

What The Netherlands can teach us about child safety and mass protests as effective policy-benders.

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