Museum of Nature

If there's an upside to global warming, it's that we've finally come to appreciate how real our connection to the environment is. Plus Big Thinker Jelly Helm.

If there's a small upside to global warming, it's surely this: After centuries of neglect and skepticism, we've finally come to appreciate just how real-and personal-our connection to the environment is. The Finnish artist Ilkka Halso imagines a time, perhaps in the less-than-distant future, when that relationship will be even more precious. Nature, or what's left of it, has become nothing more than an attraction.For more of his work see the Issue 008 Graphic Statement.BIG THINKER:

Jelly Helm

I'm sitting in Portland, Oregon, on a beautiful foggy cold morning, listening to classical music, with a nice hot cup of coffee, trying to come up with something exciting and new for the upcoming year. This is fun, but hard.OK. My big idea is: fur suits for dogs that let you change your dog's color and style.Hold on, here's BBC news: "Scientists report that the latest figures suggest that global warming threatens the very survival of the human species." I'm serious. They just said this on the radio.Shit! Before we start implementing my big idea, it looks like we're going to have to figure out global warming. Not to fret. A lot of smart environmentalists believe that we can not only pull it off-assuming we find the political will-but with our country leading the way on global-emissions reduction, we might even rediscover our shared purpose (see Apollo program, World War II) and revitalize our economy.In addition to policy work, it will take conservation. I believe the shift in consumer behavior will create a new category: ostentatious simplicity. Luxurious austerity. Conspicuous mindfulness. The reframing of sustainable consumption from hippy to modern. Front-edge design plus high price plus smart for the earth (minus any moralism) says that I am smart, modern, sensitive, evolved. Eco-consuming will be used to achieve social status.While the mainstreaming of the green movement makes a lot of granola-eaters suspicious, I'm psyched. When it's a more valuable social badge to bike to work than it is to drive a car getting 11 miles per gallon, this is good news for everybody.Anyway, after we solve global warming, these dog suits will allow you, with just one dog, to experience the joy of owning multiple breeds, colors, and varieties. They'll come in multiple sizes and styles and will be machine Helm is the co-executive creative director at the Portland office of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy.

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Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

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A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger


Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head


Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor


Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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