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Civilizations rise and fall on the quality of their soil

Civilizations rise and fall on the quality of their soil | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate.
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It sounds so evident, nevertheless we don't seem to learn the lesson, it reminded me Diamond's book Collapse:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collapse-Societies-Choose-Fail-Survive/dp/0241958687/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383684196&sr=8-1&keywords=collapse

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Home - CapraCourse

Home - CapraCourse | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Join Fritjof Capra and explore the new systemic conception of life at the forefront of science and its application in economics, management, politics, design, medicine, and law. This course will give you the conceptual tools to understand the nature of our systemic problems and to recognize the systemic solutions that are being developed by individuals…
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This promise to be very, very interesting

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US plans $4bn for self-driving rules - BBC News

US plans $4bn for self-driving rules - BBC News | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
A 10-year, $4bn (£2.8bn) proposal to bring self-driving cars to roads across the US is announced by the Department of Transport.
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Interesting moment, creating the rules of a system that does not exist yet and nobody can really predict how is going to work or behave.

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The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge

The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The data centers that support the Internet use a huge amount of energy.
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The environmental cost of our digital life...

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Plastic Injection Molding - YouTube

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The engineer guy has a new fan :)

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Degrees of separation: Why global temperatures matter to millions

Degrees of separation: Why global temperatures matter to millions | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
A growing number of countries at the Paris climate talks are calling for an ambitious target of capping surface temperature rise to 1.5 C. Tu Thanh Ha reports on the effects different surface temperatures might have on the Earth and Affan Chowdhry outlines what it will take to mitigate the long-term effects of climate change
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Check the difference between 1.5º and 4º increase in temperature in relation to sea level

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The incredible plan to make money grow on trees | Sam Knight

The incredible plan to make money grow on trees | Sam Knight | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The long read: One of the most cutting-edge projects to tackle climate change is being pioneered in one of the most remote, undeveloped countries on earth. Does it have any hope of succeeding?
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Powerful stories, interesting ideas

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Histography - Timeline of History

Histography is an interactive timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015
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"In this great future you can't forget your past" Bob M.

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Europe's love affair with diesel cars has been a disaster

Europe's love affair with diesel cars has been a disaster | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
It's not just Volkswagen.
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Disastrous example of lack of systems approach, in one side companies hooked to an unsustainable business model, on the other politicians doing what is needed instead of what is right, even if the immediate cost are high, this clearly shows how the cost are much higher afterwards.

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Saudi Arabia Minister Sees Day When Nation Exports Gigawatts

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Saudi Arabia sees the end of oil era and gets ready for it... and the rest of us? when?

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Researchers Discover New Way to Make Sturdy Structures that Fold Flat

Researchers Discover New Way to Make Sturdy Structures that Fold Flat | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
For every structural breakthrough with carbon fiber or nanotubes, it's interesting to see we still haven't maxed out the capabilities of more common materials. A trio of origami-minded researchers have discovered that if you cut common paper into a particular zig-zag pattern, then join it with another sheet of the
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Impressive! The power of geometry!

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Bonico™ | El espacio al servicio del usuario

Bonico™ | El espacio al servicio del usuario | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Producimos espacios desde la estrategia, el diseño y la comunicación, piezas claves para poder ofrecer una experiencia única a su consumidor.
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The very nice work of some very good friends.

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Artificial leaf harnesses sunlight for efficient fuel production

Artificial leaf harnesses sunlight for efficient fuel production | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
A new solar fuel generation system, or artificial leaf, safely creates fuel from sunlight and water with record-setting efficiency and stability.
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Extraordinary new development, this is the way!

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A Surprising Carbon Fiber Alternative: Nanofibers Made from Carrots

A Surprising Carbon Fiber Alternative: Nanofibers Made from Carrots | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Carbon fiber is awesome stuff, being both lightweight and strong. It's also a difficult-to-produce, non-renewable material. But for over a decade two material scientists from Scotland, David Hepworth and Eric Whale, have been working on a natural alternative made from, believe it or not, carrots. To be clear, Hepworth and
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New light and strong material from.... carrots!!!

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Smartgeometry

Smartgeometry | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
To the new generations of designers, engineers and architects, mathematics and algorithms are becoming as natural as pen and pencil. Smartgeometry promotes the emergence of this new paradigm in which digital designers and craftsmen are able to intelligently exploit the combination of digital and physical media to take projects from design right through to production.
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I just learned about this group, is pretty amazing stuff they do, take a look!

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Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain? That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.
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Ignore VW Diesels, Make Company Sell Electric Cars: Tesla CEO Musk, 44 Others

Ignore VW Diesels, Make Company Sell Electric Cars: Tesla CEO Musk, 44 Others | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
It will cost a huge sum, likely billions of dollars, to make Volkswagen fix all of the 482,000 TDI diesel vehicles it has admitted use "defeat device" software to ignore emission laws. Indeed, it may not be practically possible for VW to modify 325,000 of those cars--and it would cost the company...
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There you have... a very interesting idea, if the numbers are true, VW should go for it!

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B.C. joins international alliance for zero-emission vehicles | BC Gov News

B.C. joins international alliance for zero-emission vehicles | BC Gov News | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
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British Columbia pushing forward zero emission vehicles!

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COP21: Carbon emissions 'to stall or even decline' this year - BBC News

COP21: Carbon emissions 'to stall or even decline' this year - BBC News | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
For the first time, global emissions of carbon dioxide are likely to stall and perhaps decline this year, even as the world economy grows, according to new research.
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I find it hard to believe, I will read the sources carefully, in the mean time I have severe doubts this is true.

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How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.
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wow... hard comments on Apple... very interesting!

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Johan Rockstrom: Entire Nations Can Go Fossil Fuel Free - The B Team

Johan Rockstrom: Entire Nations Can Go Fossil Fuel Free - The B Team | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
“It is clear that the world has crossed a tipping point and is now entering the age of sustainable development” writes Johan Rockstrom of the Stockholm Resilience Centre in the latest blog post from The B Team and The Guardian. Johan’s confidence in this ‘tipping point’ comes as 17 Global Goals for sustainable development have been …
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Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt

Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that's the type of future in store for us if we don't significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now. She suggests that it's time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability.
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What she is saying is World summits are useless, don't expect politicians to do something, if we don't want to suffer the consequences of extreme climate change, we need to decrease our energy demand by 10% annually for the next four years, each and every one of us, it is our responsibility, not by 2020, not by 2030, NOW!

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Los mapas que explican el cambio climático

Los mapas que explican el cambio climático | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Los mapas que explican el cambio climático
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Informarse para saber como actuar

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Global warming increases 'food shocks' threat - BBC News

Global warming increases 'food shocks' threat - BBC News | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly.
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The importance of food safety and equal distribution

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‘El Niño’ será uno de los peores desde 1950 por el cambio climático

‘El Niño’ será uno de los peores desde 1950 por el cambio climático | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Realmente no sabemos lo que pasará porque no tenemos precedentes para esta situación
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"Realmente no sabemos lo que pasará porque no tenemos precedentes para esta situación" El niño 2015, a prepararse gente!

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Obama pleads for Paris climate change deal - BBC News

Obama pleads for Paris climate change deal - BBC News | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
"to protect the one planet we've got while we still can"
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Obama pleads: "to protect the one planet we've got while we still can" And they are aiming at Paris to something many say it is already too late to achieve, and while some of the US governors are already saying they will ignore and industrialist will fight against. They are so eager to destroy our house... for money.

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