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Climate Deal Would Commit Every Nation to Limiting Emissions

Climate Deal Would Commit Every Nation to Limiting Emissions | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
LIMA, Peru — Negotiators from around the globe on Sunday morning reached a climate change agreement that would, for the first time in history, commit every nation to reducing its rate of greenhouse gas emissions - yet would still fall far short of what is needed to stave off the dangerous and costly early impacts of global warming.

The agreement reached by delegates from the world’s 196 countries establishes a framework for a climate change accord to be signed by world leaders in Paris next year. While United Nations officials had been scheduled to release the plan on Friday at noon, longstanding divisions between rich and poor countries kept them wrangling through Friday and Saturday nights to early Sunday.
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Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time

Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

“Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world.


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Our findings show that the garbage patches in the middle of the five subtropical gyres are not the final resting places for the world’s floating plastic trash,” said Marcus Eriksen, another of the report’s co-authors. “The endgame for micro-plastic is interactions with entire ocean ecosystems.”

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Ocean Energy Turbine - Climate Change Solution

Ocean Energy Turbine - Climate Change Solution | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Crowd Energy - A Solution to Climate Change, Clean Energy, & Safe Water
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Waste pickers a lucrative link in 3D printer supply chain

Waste pickers a lucrative link in 3D printer supply chain | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Social start-up turns waste plastic into printer filament, while protecting India's most marginalised.


The company provides so-called 'filament labs' to waste picker cooperatives, which are set up at the dump sites. The labs are capable of processing high-density polyethylene waste, such as discarded shampoo bottles, into 3D printer filament, which is sold around the world.

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ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change 2014

ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change 2014 | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

NAY PYI TAW, 12 Novemebr 2014 - WE, the Heads of State/Government of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Member States of ASEAN, on the occasion of the 25th ASEAN Summit.

Click here for the full document: http://www.asean.org/images/pdf/2014_upload/ASEAN%20Joint%20Statement%20on%20Climate%20Change%202014.pdf

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"Polar Sea 360" explores global warming via cross-platform, immersive storytelling

"Polar Sea 360" explores global warming via cross-platform, immersive storytelling | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Conceived as an immersive Arctic experience, Polar Sea 360 allows viewers to join the a three-man expedition on the Swedish sailboat Dax, as it travels 9,000 km from Reykjavik, Iceland, to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Promoting “an interactive hybrid concept that combines cutting edge 360° video technology and documentary film to create a new form of interactive storytelling“, this expedition through the Northwest Passage tells the story of the Arctic’s transformation. The budget breaks down as €2M for TV and €388k for the interactive component.

On TV, the Polar Sea project is both developed as a 1x90mins film, Polar Sea, The Northwest passage, and as a doc series called Polar Sea 360, the Inter-Arctic Traveller Guide.

Beyond the physical journey on TV, the story is enriched with an immersive web and mobile experience centered around 360° video storytelling.

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The heavy price of an unhealthy planet

The heavy price of an unhealthy planet | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
There's a hidden danger in the ascendancy of climate-change denialism in Canberra. It won't last - denials of reality can never last - but while it does it's an enormous distraction.

The obvious cost is that the longer we leave it to get serious about playing our part in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, the more expensive and disruptive our efforts will need to be.

But there's also a hidden cost. The more time we spend arguing about climate change, the more our attention is distracted from the many other threats to the economy and our way of life coming from other environmental problems.
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Solidarity Ristigouche - Protecting drinking water is vital!

Solidarity Ristigouche - Protecting drinking water is vital! | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
$ 1.5 million. Ristigouche being sued by the oil and gas company Gastem. Help us defend ourselves!

Our little municipality in the southwestern part of the Gaspe Peninsula, home to 168 people, is launching an urgent appeal to the solidarity of Quebec citizens. Our SolidarityRistigouche fundraising campaign – objective raise $ 225,000 – serves the purpose of helping us defend ourselves against the lawsuit brought down on our community by Gastem. The gas exploration company is suing us for $1.5-million for having wanted to protect our water sources in the absence of provincial regulation. This sum represents 5.5 times our annual municipal budget. We are counting on your solidarity to help us defend ourselves!
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Can Democracy and Fossil Fuel Extraction Coexist?

Can Democracy and Fossil Fuel Extraction Coexist? | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
When the Western Energy Alliance in June invited K-Street mugger Richard Berman to advise them on how to deal with public opposition to oil and gas extraction, Berman’s back-alley style can hardly have surprised those who invited him. His tactics and viciousness have been broadly reported in the media, and blasted even by his own son. CBS’s 60 Minutes called him Dr. Evil.

Berman summed up his philosophy by telling the industry you can either “win ugly or lose pretty.” Winning ugly includes tactics like digging up personal dirt about your opponents, discussing “how he had done detailed research on the personal histories of members of the boards of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to try to find information that could be used to embarrass them.” (As far as I can tell, Berman is either inept at this tactic or environmental board members are stunningly virtuous people, because there is no public record of any serious embarrassment resulting.)
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Solar train stations in Victoria save up to 30% on power

Solar train stations in Victoria save up to 30% on power | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Five Victorian train stations have reduced their peak summer electricity use by as much as 30 per cent, through the installation of solar power and energy efficient lights and appliances.

The stations were built or upgraded as part of the state government’s Regional Rail Link project, using more than 100 solar panels to provide power and hot water, as well as LED lighting, energy efficient smart technology, sustainable building design, and a rainwater harvesting system for use in flushing toilets and washing platforms.
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New Technology And Big Data Help You Breathe Fresh Air | TechCrunch

New Technology And Big Data Help You Breathe Fresh Air | TechCrunch | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Breezometer was conceived because CEO Ran Korber wanted to buy a house. He knew that air pollution caused health problems and he knew that in his native Israel — as with most developed countries — pollution is measured in real time, often at a street-by-street level. Yet, while local school and tax information was available in exhaustive detail for property buyers, there was no simple way to understand the air quality of a neighborhood.
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Toyota Is Bringing The First Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Car To Market Next Year

Toyota Is Bringing The First Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Car To Market Next Year | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California (Reuters) – In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.
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Sadly, no sign of these coming Downunder... price will limit uptake in the short term - but hey, these are quite impressive bits of engineering and design...

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The new Kia Soul EV

The new Kia Soul EV | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Embodying the iconic design and technological prowess of the Kia Soul, the all-new Kia Soul EV is Kia’s first globally sold 100%-electric vehicle. Free of emissions and full of possibilities, it is set to appeal to city commuters thanks to energy-saving technologies that ensure a remarkable driving range of around 200km on a single charge.
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A New Classroom That Produces More Energy Than It Consumes | WIRED

A New Classroom That Produces More Energy Than It Consumes | WIRED | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The portable classroom, designed by San Francisco firm Anderson Anderson Architecture, is among the first wave of buildings to claim the “energy positive” label—an eco catchphrase that could soon replace “net zero” as the gold standard of environmentally-friendly bragging rights. Like the name suggests, energy positive simply means a building makes more energy than it uses. In this case, the 1,000-square-foot classroom is projected to produce four times the energy it consumes—the result of eliminating the need for both artificial lighting and air conditioning.
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UN Enable - International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014

UN Enable - International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014 | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

There are currently more than a billion people with disabilities around the world – that’s around 15% of the population of the planet.

Unemployment among persons with disabilities is as high as 80% in some countries and an estimated 386 million of the world’s working-age people have some kind of disability. Often employers assume that persons with disabilities are unable to work, when in fact companies have found that they make good, dependable and loyal employees.

Wednesday is the International of Persons with Disabilities, an opportunity to spread the word that disability is NOT inability.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/idpd2014

Photo: World Health Organization (WHO) photo contest “Images of Health and Disability”.

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How Whales Change Climate

This video was produced as a gift to humanity by Sustainable Human (http://sustainablehuman.me). Visit us to find out how you can support and create videos like…
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Your brain on climate change: why the threat produces apathy, not action

Your brain on climate change: why the threat produces apathy, not action | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
For one thing, human brains aren’t wired to respond easily to large, slow-moving threats.

“Our brain is essentially a get-out-of-the-way machine,” Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard best known for his research into happiness, told audiences at Harvard Thinks Big 2010. “That’s why we can duck a baseball in milliseconds.”

While we have come to dominate the planet because of such traits, he said, threats that develop over decades rather than seconds circumvent the brain’s alarm system. “Many environmentalists say climate change is happening too fast. No, it’s happening too slowly. It’s not happening nearly quickly enough to get our attention.”

Humans are saddled with other shortcomings, too. “Loss aversion” means we’re more afraid of losing what we want in the short-term than surmounting obstacles in the distance. Our built-in “optimism bias” irrationally projects sunny days ahead in spite of evidence to the contrary. To compound all that, we tend to seek out information not for the sake of gaining knowledge for its own sake, but to support our already-established viewpoints.
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#AskDrH: The President's Science Advisor Is Answering Your Questions on Climate Change

#AskDrH: The President's Science Advisor Is Answering Your Questions on Climate Change | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Got questions about climate change? Ask the President's science advisor.

Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wants to answer any questions that you have about climate change -- what it means, how bad it actually is, and what we can do to fight it.

Starting today, ask Dr. Holdren your questions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine using the hashtag #AskDrH -- and he'll answer some of them on camera.

Climate change is a hot topic (no pun intended), and unfortunately there's a lot of misinformation out there about the subject. That's why Dr. Holdren wants to set the record straight and make sure that people are as informed and knowledgeable about this issue as possible.

So head over to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine, and ask Dr. Holdren any questions that you have about climate change, using the hashtag #AskDrH. And make sure to share this with anyone else who has questions, too.

Find out more about the President's plan to fight climate change here.
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 One wonders where the uivalent site for the Australian Prime Minister resides...  I think I found it... http://www.australiansforcoal.com.au/

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Action on climate change is #onmyagenda

Action on climate change is #onmyagenda | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
TWEET THE G20 LEADERS

Send your message directly to the members of the G20.
Each Tweet is targeted at the world leader shown and is sent in their native language.
Leaders who voice their support for action on climate change are highlighted in green.
Don't have Twitter?

Add your voice by posting on other social media channels using the hashtag #onmyagenda
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Lagging Behind: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change

Lagging Behind: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
FOUR KEY FINDINGS

1 China and the US have firmly moved from laggards to global leaders on climate change.

2 In the last five years most countries around the world have accelerated action on climate change as the consequences have become more and more clear.

3 Australia, a crucial player in global climate action, moves from leader to laggard.

4 Global action must accelerate to protect Australia and the world from the consequences of a changing climate, sea level rise and more frequent and intense extreme weather.
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How Renewables In Developing Countries Are Leapfrogging Traditional Power

How Renewables In Developing Countries Are Leapfrogging Traditional Power | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Lagging infrastructure has left many developing countries with high fossil fuel costs, making renewables and distributed solar a smart alternative.


Lots of poorer countries may be gearing up to largely skip fossil fuel reliance in favor of renewables, if a report released last week is any indication.

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Fossil fuels are only for the excessively wealthy in this era...

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More toxicity in canola-based biodiesel

More toxicity in canola-based biodiesel | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
EXHAUST from pure canola oil biodiesel is more lethal for human epithelial cells than that from traditional diesel, new research contends.

Epithelial cells, which are found in the lining of the airways and lungs, provide the body's first line of defence against viruses and particles capable of invading the body.

The research found that the ultrafine size of fuel exhaust particles from refined and blended canola oil could lead to respiratory health problems.
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Martin Green - 'father of solar' - says solar costs to halve by 2025

Martin Green - 'father of solar' - says solar costs to halve by 2025 | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Martin Green, Australia’s world leading solar PV researcher, says the cost of solar PV technology will halve again in the next decade, meaning it will become the cheapest of all technologies and help radically transform the world’s energy systems.

Green says it seems clear that solar PV will be the cheapest form of electricity across the world by 2030, and that solar – as predicted by the International Energy Agency – will become the single biggest energy source by 2050.
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Mahindra e2o – India's First Automatic Electric Car

Mahindra e2o – India's First Automatic Electric Car | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Connected, convenient and cost effective define the Mahindra E2O. We call it the future of mobility. And it's powered by Reva
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Sadly, no sign of these coming Downunder... maybe we should be a little more vocal!!   You could get 4 of these for the price of a Volt!

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