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The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected

The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The Netherlands made headlines last year when it built the world's first solar road - an energy-harvesting bike path paved with glass-coated solar panels. Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than...
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UN climate chief: other countries are 'further ahead than Australia'

UN climate chief: other countries are 'further ahead than Australia' | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has hinted that Australia risks becoming an outsider at this year's Paris climate talks if it doesn't match the ambition of many other countries' climate pledges.
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Climate change and bushfires: Q & A with a Curtin expert - YouTube

Want to know more? http://science.curtin.edu.au Conditions in Western Australia’s southwest that are warmer and drier have made large and erratic bushfires m...
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I’m going to climate denial school: My first week inside the science of anti-science

I’m going to climate denial school: My first week inside the science of anti-science | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
A new online course takes on the climate deniers. Here's what I learned in Week One VIDEO
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Green the Gene

Green the Gene | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Green the Gene is an international completely youth-run, non-profit environmental organisation, founded in 2004 by a small group of passionate, determined, and concerned youth. Today, with 18 year old Founder & President Madhav Datt, we are successfully building a global grassroots movement for positive environmental action through over 4500 children and youth volunteers from schools and universities across 42 countries, making us one of the largest completely youth run environmental organisations in all of Asia and Africa.


Just as a gene is the basic unit of hereditary, our aim is to introduce concern for the environment as the basic unit of the current and future generations. Essentially, the idea is to inject the Green Gene into people. This means using more environment friendly things, practices and encouraging others to use them. Basically going green !

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What links the global Internet? Wires inside tubes no bigger than a garden hose.

What links the global Internet? Wires inside tubes no bigger than a garden hose. | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
If you think your life is getting ever more wireless, think again. The Internet connections the world relies on still cross the globe thanks to cables laid along the sea floor. And while terrorism isn't yet a major threat to their health, dropped anchors or human carelessness are.
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Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) - Future Cities Laboratory

Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) - Future Cities Laboratory | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is a transdisciplinary research programme focused on sustainable urbanisation on different scales in a global perspective, laying the foundation for a new form of urban studies programme. FCL is co-initiated by the ETH departments of Architecture (DArch) and Civil Engineering (DBaug). It is the first research programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to future cities and environmental sustainability.

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Progress 2015

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Back, and bigger than before, Progress 2015 is about what’s next: the issues, the people, the non-profits and the strategies that shape Australia.


Progress 2015 will convene the who’s who of Australia’s leading campaigners and change-makers.


At Progress 2015 we’ll discuss new and bold ideas for our country’s future – and, more importantly, explore how we will strengthen our organisations and movements to make them happen.

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Hard Road Ahead for Solar Freakin’ Roadways | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Hard Road Ahead for Solar Freakin’ Roadways | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Take a solar panel. Surround it with light-emitting diodes attached to a microprocessor and, in northern climes at least, some kind of heater. Sheath all of ...
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Flourish after-school program encourages Earth-love from day one

Flourish after-school program encourages Earth-love from day one | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
A senior interior design student at The Ohio State University has created an after-school program that teaches kids about sustainability and eco-stewardship.

 

“Flourish” will utilize healthy, interactive, and creative learning environments in order to teach and promote sustainability and environmental stewardship to children. With these efforts to educate our future generations, we can look forward to a better, more promising future.

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Biophilic design, interactive space, focus on sustainability...

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Financing for Sustainable Development Forum | Global | Investec Asset Management

Financing for Sustainable Development Forum | Global | Investec Asset Management | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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International Conference on Sustainable Development

International Conference on Sustainable Development | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Third Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on September 23 & 24, 2015, at Columbia University, New York.

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Climate change: farmers urge Coalition to restore emissions trading scheme

Climate change: farmers urge Coalition to restore emissions trading scheme | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Failure to acknowledge the problem is ‘doing the industry a disservice’ and harming Australia’s international standing, says farming group
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Climate science is looking to art to create change

Climate science is looking to art to create change | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Scientists and policy makers are struggling in some countries to gain the support that will lead to meaningful action on climate change. Could art be the answer?
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SUSTAINed Network Colloquium Registration

SUSTAINed Network Colloquium Registration | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
This is the registration form for the third national colloquium for the Australian tertiary EfS network.
The colloquium is on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 2 - 5.30pm (EST).

Leveraging & Leading Through Our SUSTAINed Network:

When?      Wednesday May 20th, 2015, 2.00pm – 6.00pm (arrive at 1.30 for networking)
 
Where?        Face-to-face in the cities listed on the registration form, or via Zoom on-line. We strongly encourage you to attend in person – at this stage we are finalizing venues – these will be emailed to you once you register. They include: Melbourne (LaTrobe Bundoora); Sydney (UTS); Hobart (UTas); Bathurst & Albury (CSU); Brisbane (Griffith); Cairns (TBC); Darwin (CDU); Adelaide (TBC); Perth (Curtin University). If you are individually on-line, you can listen in but not participate in discussion.
                                                        
What?  We will be asking you contribute to discussion on: the content and organization of the Living Handbook; how the network can contribute to the next ACTS conference (Geelong in October 2015); provide feedback on the activities of the interest group hubs.
 
Keynote address by Kirsty Albion, Co-Director of Australian Youth Climate Coalition: What do students want from sustainability education, and how can learning be linked to advocacy & change?
 
Register NOW - This will only take a few minutes – we need to determine numbers for each site ASAP please.


For further information email Alison Lugg, EfS in Tertiary Practitioners Network Project Coordinator 


Find out more about the SUSTAINed Network at

http://sustainability-ed.blogs.latrobe.edu.au

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Cloud control: Climatologist Alan Robock on the effects of geoengineering and nuclear war

Cloud control: Climatologist Alan Robock on the effects of geoengineering and nuclear war | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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In this interview, Rutgers University climatologist Alan Robock talks with Elisabeth Eaves from the Bulletin about geoengineering and nuclear winter. He says that geoengineering is not the solution to global warming because of its many risks and unknowns. He notes that some of the technology that would be required to implement geoengineering has not been developed and that many socio-political questions would have to be resolved before it could be put into practice. The world would have to reach agreement on a target temperature and on what entity should do the implementing. Robock’s biggest fear with regard to geoengineering is that disputes over these questions could escalate into nuclear war which in turn could cause nuclear winter, producing global famine among other effects. He goes on to describe his meeting with former Cuban President Fidel Castro and discuss the role of the arts in addressing existential threats.
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New WiFi system uses LED lights to boost bandwidth tenfold | KurzweilAI

New WiFi system uses LED lights to boost bandwidth tenfold | KurzweilAI | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology called WiFiFO (WiFi Free space Optic) that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using optical transmission via LED lights.

The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in crowded locations, such as airport terminals or coffee shops, and in homes where several people have multiple WiFi devices.

Experts say that recent advances in LED technology have made it possible to modulate the LED light more rapidly, opening the possibility of using light for wireless transmission in a “free space” optical communication system.
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Big Data and Climate Change - YouTube

In this short video I offer a brief global warming and climate change. I then give a brief overview of what climate denial is and the main two arguments. Those arguments are: 1.) that human behavior is not the cause of global warming, or 2.) that global warming is not happening at all. I then offer a few possible reasons behind the reason there is such wide debate over the issue. I argue some reasons for the debate are based on sociopolitical reasons, epistemological reasons, and a lack of understanding of science and correlation in general.


After a brief discussion of correlation, as it relates to the scientific method, I then move on to discussing big data. In regard to the study of climate change, big data can offer some very useful information. However, due to the nature of the study, global effects of global warming, the conclusions big data would offer are correlational in nature. I then offer a brief description of climate science. After this I give a couple examples of how big data can help, on a global scale, with understanding the effects of global warming. I then conclude with an example of how big data can help us understand the effects of global warming on a local scale.

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Home - Future Cities Laboratory

Home - Future Cities Laboratory | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it


Future Cities Laboratory (FCL)


The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is a transdisciplinary research programme focused on sustainable urbanisation on different scales in a global perspective, laying the foundation for a new form of urban studies programme. FCL is co-initiated by the ETH departments of Architecture (DArch) and Civil Engineering (DBaug). It is the first research programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to future cities and environmental sustainability.

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Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change? - Scientific American

Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change? - Scientific American | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas cuts must begin soon or it could be too late to halt global warming
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Catherine Love meets artists who are responding to climate change with digitally-driven installations and projects. - The Space

Catherine Love meets artists who are responding to climate change with digitally-driven installations and projects. - The Space | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
In an increasingly globalised world, linked by rapidly advancing digital technologies, we seem to be more connected than ever. At the same time, though, it’s a world in which a relationship with our surroundings is often sacrificed for a relationship with our screens. We can communicate across vast distances, but many of us remain dangerously disconnected from the environmental crisis pressing in on all sides. In addressing that contradiction, Shearing and a number of other artists are turning anew to the idea of interconnectedness, flipping digital technology on its head in the process.
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Space agency launches online course on tracking climate change from space

Space agency launches online course on tracking climate change from space | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
They’re hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists.
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Global Public Health

Global Public Health | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Health was recognized as a cornerstone of human development in the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with three goals explicitly linked to health indicators, and...
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EAT

EAT | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The vision of EAT is a transformation of the global food system to sustainably feed a healthy population of nine billion people by mid-Century.
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Sustainable Development Solutions Network | The World in 2050: Pathways towards a sustainable future

Sustainable Development Solutions Network | The World in 2050: Pathways towards a sustainable future | Futures Thinking and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

VIENNA – A new research project, announced today, will develop pathways to achieve sustainable development within a safe and just operating space of a stable planet.

Today, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockholm University, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group announced the launch of a new initiative to develop integrated pathways for achieving sustainable development and attain the Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed by member states of the United Nations in September 2015.

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