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Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'

Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies' | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Industry expert warns of grim future of 'recession' driven 'resource wars' at University College London lecture
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"the era of cheap oil has passed and that we are entering a new and very different phase."

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Coffee in crisis: The bitter end of our favourite drink?

Coffee in crisis: The bitter end of our favourite drink? | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Drought, flooding, disease - climate change is already threatening the source of our caffeine fix. Are we facing the end of coffee as we know it, asks David Robson.
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Another example of humans messing up with ecological diversity plus now climate change disruptions

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El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history

El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
On the cusp of attaining "strong" intensity, the current El Niño has a chance to become the most powerful on record this fall.
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2015 El Niño could rival strongest in recorded history

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6 Graphs Explain the World’s Top 10 Emitters | World Resources Institute

6 Graphs Explain the World’s Top 10 Emitters | World Resources Institute | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Recent data reveals only 10 countries produce around 70 percent of global GHG emissions.

Here's a closer look at these top 10 emitters—based on our Climate Analysis Indicators Tool.
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Worth to take a close look, we need to focus our efforts to solve the problem, just don't forget that China's emissions are in great number just externalisations of western countries, just look around you and see how many things you have "made in China"

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Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated -- until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Wujec’s surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.
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Beautiful systems thinking talk and exercise!

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Trash | Track

Trash | Track | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
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IMPRESSIVE!!! Where does the trash go, after you discard it..? Never imagined this!

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Biodegradable batteries and induction charging cars: five tech trends to watch

Biodegradable batteries and induction charging cars: five tech trends to watch | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
A run-down of green technology’s most cutting-edge innovations, including transparent solar cells and microgeneration boilers
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There are others, but at least some of this will be powering the world in a few years...

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What's Really Warming the World?

What's Really Warming the World? | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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Climate change sceptic? Some powerful numbers nicely displayed, the reality no matter what you think.

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How We Discovered The Dark Side Of Wearable Fitness Trackers

How We Discovered The Dark Side Of Wearable Fitness Trackers | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
You no longer have to look to science fiction to find the cyborg. We are all cyborgs now. Mobile phones, activity trackers, pacemakers, breast implants and even aspirins all act as biological, cognitive or social extensions and enhancements of our bodies and minds. Some have even predicted that human beings as we know them will be replaced by technically enhanced, god-like immortal beings within 200 years. Or at least rich people will.
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Who has the control?

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IMF Report Admits IMF's Obsession with Capitalism Is Killing Prosperity

IMF Report Admits IMF's Obsession with Capitalism Is Killing Prosperity | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
"By releasing this report, the IMF has shown that 'trickle-down' economics is dead; you cannot rely on the spoils of the extremely wealthy to benefit the rest of us."
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It was about time...

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How To Reach Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Three Steps

How To Reach Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Three Steps | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Can the world’s nations afford to make the changes needed to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change? Yes, says the World Bank Group — if we start now and incorporate three important components into our strategy.
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Easy to say, let's see if politicians really commit...

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Kering reveals true cost of its operations on environment

Kering reveals true cost of its operations on environment | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital
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value your impacts and dependencies on natural capital from The B Team

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The Power of Sustainability-First Design

The Power of Sustainability-First Design | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
For many companies, social responsibility seems to come as an afterthought. But if product developers are onboard, it can become the core of a business.
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For designers, engineers and probably in most cases the entire company, sustainability is something optional, to add at the end to make something "less bad", creeping incrementalism that is call...

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The Next 10 Years Will Be Very Unlike the Last 10 Years

The Next 10 Years Will Be Very Unlike the Last 10 Years | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
5 minutes | One way or another, we're in for the ride of a lifetime!
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"Plan the transition" = Design the future we want

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Air pollution in Asia may be changing weather patterns in the United States

Air pollution in Asia may be changing weather patterns in the United States | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Air pollution in Asia may be changing weather patterns in the United States.
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Impressive visualisation of weather patterns, in the atmosphere there are no borders...

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Global threat interactive: What's the world scared of?

Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, followed by global economic instability and Isis, according to a survey, conducted in 40 countries and taking in the views of more than 45,000 respondents, that attempted to measure perceptions around global threats.
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What the world worries about

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“Draw a toast" intro for systems thinking

“Draw a toast" intro for systems thinking | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Draw Toast. It’s a simple, elegant approach to promoting clarity, engagement, and alignment. Get playfully clear about how to solve wicked problems inside your organization.
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An introduction to systems thinking and wicked problem solving by Tom Wujec

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What Is Zero UI? (And Why Is It Crucial To The Future Of Design?)

What Is Zero UI? (And Why Is It Crucial To The Future Of Design?) | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The next step is for machines to finally understand us on our own terms, in our own natural words, behaviors, and gestures.
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Very thought provoking...

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The oceans can’t take any more: Fundamental change in oceans predicted

The oceans can’t take any more: Fundamental change in oceans predicted | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If that doesn't happen, we could see far-reaching and largely irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, which would especially be felt in developing countries.
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STOP NOW! Are we stupid?

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Desigualdad para todos - YouTube

Inequality

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Inequality for all - Spanish subtitles - subtitulos en español

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▶ The Universe in a Glass of Wine (Richard Feynman Remixed) - YouTube

Raise a glass. An ode to Richard Feynman: SUBSCRIBE, it's FREE! http://bit.ly/iotbs_sub ↓ More below ↓ "The Universe in a Glass of Wine" . . . a poem by Rich...
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How everything is connected!

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Mantis shrimp inspires new body armor, football helmet design: Researchers find mantis shrimp is naturally designed to survive the repeated high-velocity blows by filtering out certain frequencies ...

Mantis shrimp inspires new body armor, football helmet design: Researchers find mantis shrimp is naturally designed to survive the repeated high-velocity blows by filtering out certain frequencies ... | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The mantis shrimp is able to repeatedly pummel the shells of prey using a hammer-like appendage that can withstand rapid-fire blows by neutralizing certain frequencies of 'shear waves,' according to new research. Using this information, researchers suggest that these shrimp may therefore be a model to inspire new body armor and even football helmet design.
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The power of biomimicry

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Why Web Design is Dead | UX Magazine

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But designers are really far from being obsolete!

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Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The next billion devices may be powered from thin air, according to a team of researchers from the University of Washington
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This could be so, so powerful!

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The Best UX Visuals Follow These 2 Rules

The Best UX Visuals Follow These 2 Rules | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Design details send all sorts of cues to users. Make sure you know what your visuals are saying.
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Really worth it to read!

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Are You A Freelancer? Confused About Hourly Rates? Use This Calculator

Are You A Freelancer? Confused About Hourly Rates? Use This Calculator | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
You tell the calculator what you spend your money on, and it tells you how much to charge clients.
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Just in case some one still has doubts about how to charge for your work

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