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On Earth Day Lydia, David, and I basked in the presence of Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. In “The Other 70%: Understanding Underwater Ecosystems,” Cousteau touched on many ocean tragedies, some which we are already aware of, like the plastic soup in the Pacific and the devastating introduction of toxic chemicals into the food chain. But two phrases he used throughout his presentation at Northwestern got me thinking:

Planet Ocean.

If an astronaut had been looking down on the Earth at the time it was named, he would have seen a world of waters – with a tiny fraction of landmass hugged by the seascape. This little landmass is earth, and the name of our planet. But, Costau says, it would more aptly be named Planet Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »

The time is 9:33PM, and we are sitting in one of our favorite Chicago coffee houses, plotting this week’s Sprout debut. Watch for a tasty restaurant review, a snapshot of the most fashionable re-usable grocery bags, and in-depth reporting on where exactly Chicago’s junk goes. But for now, we serve the sproutiest of appetizers as Lydia gets her shears out in a crafty clip. Find it under How-Tos and enjoy!

-Irena and Lydia

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