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Three mistakes we're still making about Smart Cities

Three mistakes we're still making about Smart Cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(I was asked this week to contribute my view of the present state of the Smart Cities movement to the UK Government's launch of it's Smart Cities forum, which will report to the Government's Inform...

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Brian McConnell's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:43 PM
Rick Robinson extends an objective, well qualified assessment of the Smart Cities movement as "an Executive Architect at IBM specialising in emerging technologies and Smarter Cities."
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When Wealth Disappears

When Wealth Disappears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We are reaching end times for Western affluence. We must accept economic honesty and recognize that promises made during good times can no longer be easily kept.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:06 PM

Brilliant must-read article from NY Times.

"In his “Future of an Illusion,” Sigmund Freud argued that the faithful clung to God’s existence in the absence of evidence because the alternative — an empty void — was so much worse. Modern beliefs about economic prospects are not so different. Policy makers simply pray for a strong recovery. They opt for the illusion because the reality is too bleak to bear. But as the current fiscal crisis demonstrates, facing the pain will not be easy. And the waking up from our collective illusions has barely begun."

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Designing for Climate: From the (winning) European Teams at the Solar Decathlon

Designing for Climate: From the (winning) European Teams at the Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How the Czech and Austrian teams designed their entries for the California climate.

The Solar Decathlon Europe is not until 2014, but two European teams are competing stateside this year representing the Czech Republic and Austria. 

Designed by students at the Czech Technical University, Air House targets a demographic familiar to the students, their parents—the 50+ empty nesters. The team cites data that states that senior housing represents 20% of Czech households and that number is growing. Conceptualized as weekend country house, it transitions to a permanent residence as the owners retire.

LISI from Team Austria surprisingly blurs the line between inside and outside. Large retractable sliding glass doors on the north and south sides disappear into the core areas leaving the living open to the elements, more like a covered courtyard than an interior. Lightweight curtains wrap the house for privacy and extra shade when low sun angles are at their most intense.


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Eric Corey Freed Reviews 6 Sustainable Flooring Options

Eric Corey Freed Reviews 6 Sustainable Flooring Options | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
There’s trouble underfoot if you’re building a green home without considering your flooring. Take stock of these sustainable wood options that let you tread lightly on the land.

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Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines

Kahsatstenhsera gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi'kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet'suwet'en land defenders. 


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Tour the sustainable dream house that won the 2013 Solar Decathlon

Tour the sustainable dream house that won the 2013 Solar Decathlon | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
College students from around the world designed and built incredible, sustainable homes that people would actually want to live in for the Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon.

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Two Views of our Current Economic and Energy Crisis

Two Views of our Current Economic and Energy Crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As the US heads toward debt default and continues with government shutdown, the underlying reason for the predicament is generally not clear to the American people or the world. The story that the press has generally been feeding us places the problem as basically a temporary one, caused by conflicts between the Democrats and Republicans.

It seems to me that the problem is much deeper. In this post, I summarize the two views, and provide reasons why the Predominant View is very far off the mark. We may be headed for a financial collapse that the Predominant View misses completely.

 
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Huge North Dakota oil spill went unreported by furloughed feds

Huge North Dakota oil spill went unreported by furloughed feds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A spill of fracked oil from a pipeline was discovered two weeks ago, but we're only just learning about it.
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ZipKit Homes - Tiny House Blog

ZipKit Homes - Tiny House Blog | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
ZipKit Homes, a division of Timberhawk Homes, is located in Mt.Pleasant, Utah and features several prefab plans including two that could be perfect, streamlined and efficient tiny homes built with sustainable materials and in a controlled...
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Ocean Health and Kelp Preservation | The Energy Collective

Ocean Health and Kelp Preservation | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We need to continue to build resiliency in our ocean environments so we can better withstand the changes that are already taking place.
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Nobel Prize Recipient Tours Solar Decathlon Village

Nobel Prize Recipient Tours Solar Decathlon Village | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 houses are totally cool. They have a look of functional beauty, reports Solar Decathlon. And once inside, they’re even more cool.
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Team Austria Takes First Place At Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Austria Takes First Place At Solar Decathlon 2013! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
The winner of the Solar Decathlon 2013 is the team that best blended affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency, reports Solar Decathlon.
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Warming makes El Nino 'more intense'

Warming makes El Nino 'more intense' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
New research says that the El Nino weather phenomenon will be more intense as a result of rising temperatures.
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Introducing 24 Ways to Invest Locally - tips 1-4

Introducing 24 Ways to Invest Locally - tips 1-4 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
 It's New Economy Week. Want some ideas on how to make real changes in your local economy?

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SolarCity expects to install 80% more solar systems in 2014 than it did in 2013

SolarCity expects to install 80% more solar systems in 2014 than it did in 2013 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As you know, we're big fans of all kinds of solar power. From large scale to small scale, residential, commercial, PV, thermal, concentrating, everything.

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China's generation gap

China's generation gap | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Chinese parents bemoan the laziness and greed of their children, but this generation of young people has had enough.  Parents who spent their own twenties labouring on remote farms have children who measure their world in malls, iPhones, and casual dates."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 13, 2013 8:01 PM

China rapid economic ascent has been astounding, but it has led to some interesting cultural dynamics as parents and children are literally from different worlds. 

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 8:06 PM

APHG-U2

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Environmentally-friendly business is profitable business

Environmentally-friendly business is profitable business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Many associate sustainability with expense, but companies that have embraced it are financially outperforming

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Les motivations et les obstacles au développement de l’efficacité énergétique en France

Les motivations et les obstacles au développement de l’efficacité énergétique en France | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Qu’est-ce qui motive les consommateurs et les professionnels à adopter des solutions d’efficacité énergétique ? Quels sont à l’inverse les éventuels freins qui retardent la progression de ces évolutions ? Les résultats du Baromètre OpinionWay – Fondation Rexel nous fournit de précieux éléments pour décrypter la diffusion des solutions d’efficacité énergétique.


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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 14, 2013 1:12 PM

"C’est donc assez logiquement que les sondés affirment que les autorités devraient contribuer à diffuser plus largement ces technologies. 44% des consommateurs sondés attendent une communication axée sur les potentiels gisements d’économie qu’elles représentent. Pour 58% des professionnels français interrogés, les autorités nationales ont un rôle à jouer dans le développement de ces solutions. Pour ce faire, elles pourraient par exemple augmenter les aides publiques ou simplifier les incitations fiscales existantes."

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Comment les industriels intègrent les contraintes vertes

Comment les industriels intègrent les contraintes vertes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Une quarantaine de groupes industriels français et mondiaux rencontre les associations de consommateurs et de défense de l'environnement, mardi, en partenariat avec "Le Monde".

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Flo @ddline2020 's curator insight, October 14, 2013 3:25 PM

Entre industriels et citoyens, le courant passe souvent mal. Les premiers se plaignent de l'ignorance des seconds quand ceux-ci barrent la route à nombre de leurs innovations, ou s'opposent aux infrastructures qu'ils développent. De crainte qu'elles ne polluent leur environnement. Les seconds, échaudés, ont perdu confiance dans les assertions des premiers.

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California Utilities Face "Rooftop Revolution"

California Utilities Face "Rooftop Revolution" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
http://vimeo.com/51790280 Bloomberg: California’s three biggest utilities are sparring with their own customers about systems that store energy from the sun, opening another front in the battle tha...
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Ask Umbra: Can you help us find a super new pooper?

Ask Umbra: Can you help us find a super new pooper? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A reader wonders which loo to choose: composting or septic. Umbra puts on her boots and wades in.
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Gasmobiles Will NEVER Be As Good As Electric Cars (Reader Comment)

Gasmobiles Will NEVER Be As Good As Electric Cars (Reader Comment) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

For nearly two months now, I've been planning to repost the excellent reader comment posted below. The comment came on an article by Shai Agassi regarding the lessons automakers should learn from Tesla Motors (and Apple, Ford, and other technological pioneers). That original post is worth a read as a preface. I was tempted to add an extra preface of my own, but the reader comment is so good that I think I’ll just add an addendum. Without further ado, here’s the reader comment:

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Bad advice: Why the future won't be like the past

Bad advice: Why the future won't be like the past | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's easy to get bad advice from successful people. Here's why: Successful people assume that the same circumstances that prevailed while they were achieving their success will generally prevail while you are pursuing yours.
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Dutch Nuon Team Takes Gold At World Solar Challenge Race In Adelaide

Dutch Nuon Team Takes Gold At World Solar Challenge Race In Adelaide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Dutch solar racing team Nuon has won gold once again, for the fifth time in seven tries, at the World Solar Challenge race in Australia.
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Lithium-ion Batteries vs Fuel Cells (+ Lithium-air Batteries & Graphene Commentary)

Lithium-ion Batteries vs Fuel Cells (+ Lithium-air Batteries & Graphene Commentary) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
During my recent trip to Ukraine, I had the opportunity to chat with an ultracapacitor/supercapacitor and EV battery expert, Vadim Utkin, CEO of Yunasko. Below are a couple of quite interesting videos from that.
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