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MPCA photos cover topics such agriculture, air pollution, solid waste and recycling, water quality, alternative energy, blue-green algae, stormwater, and more. You can also find images from the MPCA’s annual Eco Experience exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair.

Images on the Flickr site generally have caption and background information included. We request that you attribute the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as the source of any image you use.

The Melting Ice Sheet, The Artist, And The Space Agency

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Artist Justin Guariglia’s enormous artwork comes from embedding with NASA as it collects climate change data and is meant to last centuries, to serve as an artifact itself of how humanity is reshaping the planet.

Public Art or Renewable Energy? New Designs Aim to Produce Both

Read the full story at E360 Digest.

As cities look to incorporate sustainable technologies into their infrastructure, a design competition is challenging artists and architects to create artwork that can both generate renewable energy and enlighten the public on environmental issues.

Conservation photographer wants his emotional photos to propel you into action

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

To Jasper Doest , it doesn’t matter if a photo tells a story if it doesn’t inspire action. What an audience feels and chooses to do after viewing his work is as important to him as the work itself.

The recipient of many prestigious awards, Doest focus is on tough environmental issues and he has launched a #challengetochange campaign alongside his photography. When you look at his emotional images, which are as much fine art as photojournalism, it’s impossible not to ponder how one can help both the species and the planet.

We spoke with Doest about what he seeks out in his subjects, how he combats compassion fatigue and what he hopes to accomplish through his photography.

Student waste leads to weird and wonderful creations at Campus Recycling

Read the full story in The Post.

In a humid, airless facility tucked behind the The Ridges, forgotten memories can be found.

Used textbooks, bobbleheads, little league trophies and cameras sit delicately on a far shelf. The “Hall of Cool Things,” Campus Recycling and Zero-Waste Manager Andrew Ladd calls it.

A swirling art project that once was displayed on campus hangs above as decor and gives the stuffy storage facility life — especially on this sticky Athens summer day, when standing outside is almost unbearable.

Ladd and Campus Recycling collect the forgotten relics to give them a second life after O[hio] U[niversity] students leave them behind.

The youth orchestra that turns waste into musical instruments

Read the full story at Equal Times.

Through the waste at a landfill site in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Asunción, Paraguay, hundreds of children walk with musical instruments, small and large, on their backs. The black cases do not hide a Stradivarius or a cello made from precious woods, but rather violins, guitars, flutes, saxophones and even a double bass made from coins, bits of pipe, plastic, tin cans and the remains of donated instruments.

Their proud owners are members of the Paraguay Recycled Instruments Orchestra, a group of children and young people that grew up in Cateura, a neighbourhood looked down on for its poverty and its closeness to the Asunción municipal dump.


Gowanus Recycling Center Seeks Artist-in-Residence to Turn Junk Into Art

Read the full story at DNAInfo.

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, and a neighborhood recycling center is looking for someone to prove it.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is seeking applications for an artist-in-residence to set up shop at its Gowanus e-waste warehouse at 469 President St., near Nevins Street.

The position is unpaid, but artists get a 200-square-foot work space inside the warehouse and free use of any materials brought there for recycling.

In return, the artist is expected to create a product that can be sold at the warehouse and host workshops to teach the public how to reuse discarded electronics.