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Electric Bikes Have Invaded China. Is The U.S. Next?

Electric Bikes Have Invaded China. Is The U.S. Next? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
China, long defined by scenes of its masses commuting to (grim, state-owned) factories on (grim, stated-designed) bicycles, has wildly embraced the car.
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Keeping Vaccines Colder Longer, To Get Them To People Who Need Them

Keeping Vaccines Colder Longer, To Get Them To People Who Need Them | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to the World Health Organization, about 2 million people die every year from diseases that vaccines can prevent.
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Caofeidian: l'ecocity cinese del futuro nasce da un progetto tutto italiano

Caofeidian: l'ecocity cinese del futuro nasce da un progetto tutto italiano | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oggi andiamo alla scoperta di Caofeidian: una incredibile ecocity cinese che nasce da un progetto tutto italiano dell’architetto Pierpaolo Maggiora.

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12 carros verdes que arrasaram em 2012

12 carros verdes que arrasaram em 2012 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sexies, elegantes e sustentáveis, veja os modelos verdes que roubaram a cena nos principais salões de automóvel do ano

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Apple a bit less green this year than last, Greenpeace finds

Apple a bit less green this year than last, Greenpeace finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The organization said Apple was in sixth place this year, down from fourth last year, in its study on 'greener electronics.' Read this article by Don Reisinger on CNET News.

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The Young and the Disconnected - The Socio-Economic Costs

The Young and the Disconnected -  The Socio-Economic Costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dec. 13, 2012 - In These Times: A first paycheck has traditionally been seen as a rite of passage, but these days, that paycheck is often coming later and later. Rather than launching a career, young adulthood is becoming, for many, a springboard to a lifetime of hardship, debt and instability.
According to a sobering new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), “More youth than ever—2.2 million teenagers and 4.3 million young adults ages 20 to 24—are neither in school nor working.... It often takes a GED to get a job flipping hamburgers. Even some with college degrees are having trouble finding work.”
And joblessness itself, AECF warns, can set back youth in the long term.
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14298/the_young_and_the_disconnected_a_rising_generation_in_decline/

EMPOWERING YOUTH TO OWN THEIR FUTURES: The Global Youth Forum discusses the importance of empowering youth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/op-ed-empowering-youth-bali-global-youth-forum

YOUTH SET VISION FOR THEIR FUTURE: http://www.icrw.org/media/news/youth-set-vision-their-future
Tue, 12/11/2012 By Gillian Gaynair
Nearly 1,000 delegates at the recent Global Youth Forum in Bali, Indonesia established the first-ever set of recommendations outlining a vision for young people's future around the world.
The three-day event was co-hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the government of Indonesia as part of the official United Nations review of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. It drew more than 600 young leaders from some 130 countries, as well as hundreds of representatives from governments, United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. More than 2,500 people participated virtually via online platforms. Among its recommendations, the Bali declaration - an official United Nations document - calls on governments to:...
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Aumenta em 50 o número de empresas que publicam relatório de sustentabilidade ou explicam por que não o fazem @sustentadigital

Aumenta em 50 o número de empresas que publicam relatório de sustentabilidade ou explicam por que não o fazem @sustentadigital | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iniciativa Relate ou Explique da Bolsa facilita o acesso dos investidores a informações sobre negócios e sustentabilidade das companhias listadas

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Warm in winter, thanks to summer heat

Warm in winter, thanks to summer heat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A whiff of science fiction surrounds the entire idea: storing excess summer heat deep in the earth, only to retrieve it in the cold of winter. But researchers in Zurich have developed a revolutionary system that does just that.
Via Diedert Debusscher, Hans De Keulenaer
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'Missing' polar weather systems could impact climate predictions

'Missing' polar weather systems could impact climate predictions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Intense but small-scale polar storms could make a big difference to climate predictions, according to new research. Difficult-to-forecast polar mesoscale storms occur frequently over the polar seas; however, they are missing in most climate models.
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Fast-growing Kenya facing ground water depletion - AlertNet

Fast-growing Kenya facing ground water depletion - AlertNet | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As rainfall grows unreliable, families are turning to underground water which may not last, experts warn
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New Canadian Electric Scooter Has Style and a Decent Price | The Energy Collective

New Canadian Electric Scooter Has Style and a Decent Price | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Amego, a seller of electric vehicles such as electric bicycles and electric scooters, recently introduced in Canada a new stylish scooter that is easy on both the miles you can travel as well as the wallet.
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Cartoon of the Week: "Blind Faith of Climate Change Deniers Endangers Us All" | The Energy Collective

Cartoon of the Week: "Blind Faith of Climate Change Deniers Endangers Us All" | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Opine away!Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner David Horsey had a cartoon and column in the L. A. Times this week, “Blind faith of climate change deniers endangers us all.” Here’s an excerpt:
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Permeable Response

Permeable Response | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Permeable Response is a high-speed rail network that works in synergy with wetland remediation and architecture in the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. It has three primary functions: to transport pedestrian and cargo rail traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area mega-region more efficiently than cars; provide facilities for environmental research, pollutant testing and education; and support phytoremediation and constructed wetlands where the bridge lightly meets the water. The wetlands respond to varying pollution levels, becoming a living visual barometer of water health in the delta. The reeds serve to filter pollutants from the water, help stabilize the land, and encourage native species to return.
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A Desk To Save You From Dying Because You Sit Too Much

A Desk To Save You From Dying Because You Sit Too Much | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An ergonomics expert and high-end furniture designer have teamed up to bring office workers a workstation they’re calling the healthiest way to link the human body with computers “until the computer becomes a part of our body.” Now, they’re asking...
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Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System

Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rest easy, everyone. The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire.
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The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia

The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Located on a dense site next to ‘Sustainability Street’ at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability [CIRS] houses 200 researchers from private, public, and NGO sectors, who work together with the common mission of accelerating sustainability.

The 5,675m2 ‘living lab’ is organized around two four-story wings linked by a central atrium. The atrium serves as a building lobby and entry to a daylit auditorium, and as a social and educational space from which all of the project’s sustainable strategies are visible.

The CIRS building has embraced the ambitious sustainability goals of the Living Building Challenge, including those of net zero water consumption; waste water treatment on site; net zero energy consumption, and construction and operational carbon neutrality...
Via Lauren Moss, Digital Sustainability
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An appeal to people who plant trees

An appeal to people who plant trees | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rhea Madarang explores the dark side of Bohol’s Bilar Manmade Forest.

Mahogany, not being a native species to Philippine soil, is basically an alien; thus, native organisms do not recognize those trees and do not thrive in such forests.
“Didn’t you notice there are no birds?” she told me. “It’s so pretty but it’s a silent and dead forest.”
There are no birds, no insects, only a nearly dead soil due to the lethal chemicals that leak from the rotting leaves (emphasis mine). Native species are rarely found as seedlings beneath the canopy, and so, most significantly, there is no future for ten hectares of mahogany.”
Via Bert Guevara
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Fuel efficiency: The gift that keeps on giving [Infographic] | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Fuel efficiency: The gift that keeps on giving [Infographic] | MNN - Mother Nature Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Energy Department explains the economic and ecological perks of its new fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

Via Sass Peress, Stephane Bilodeau
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How to Install and Use an Energy Management System

How to Install and Use an Energy Management System | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For facilities with hundreds of devices to manage, monitor and track, a central system is required to pool data from the device, circuit or load into understandable, actionable information. Energy management software trends data to manage expenses across a facility, making it possible to compare equipment or facility energy consumption and identify inefficient practices. Software calculates the return on changing habits, replacing equipment.
Via Duane Tilden, Hans De Keulenaer, Diedert Debusscher
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Empreinte Mondiale

Empreinte Mondiale | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Aujourd’hui, l’Humanité utilise l’équivalent de 1,3 planètes chaque année. Cela signifie que la Terre a besoin d’un an et quatre mois pour régénérer ce que nous utilisons en une année.

Nous aurons, en 2050, besoin de 2 planètes pour subvenir à nos besoins. Problème, nous n'en n'avons qu'une à disposition...
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The Water Gap: Interior Department Warns Of Water Shortages In The Colorado River Basin Due To Climate Change

The Water Gap: Interior Department Warns Of Water Shortages In The Colorado River Basin Due To Climate Change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
by Katie Valentine Climate change and population growth will have serious effects on the water supply in the Colorado River Basin over the next 50 years, according to a newly-released federal study. The study, which was funded by the U.S.
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Climate Change 101 With Bill Nye the Science Guy

Climate Change 101 With Bill Nye the Science Guy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The famous scientist cuts through the global warming noise and lays out the facts
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Researchers Study Electric Car Impacts on the Grid | The Energy Collective

Researchers Study Electric Car Impacts on the Grid | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids hit the streets, one of the challenges will be managing the power grid requirements for these cars when they are having their batteries recharged at all hours.
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Covered Electric Motorcycle (Or Scooter) That Can’t Be Knocked Down — Lit Motors C-1

Covered Electric Motorcycle (Or Scooter) That Can’t Be Knocked Down — Lit Motors C-1 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
  Is It A Motorcycle Or A Car? Lit Motors founder Daniel Kim views his inviting creation, the C-1, as a vehicle that offers the driver “…the romance of the motorcycle with the safety and comfo...
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MarineMap & SeaSketch

MarineMap & SeaSketch | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MarineMap was developed by The Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara, with help from Ecotrust and The Nature Conservancy, to facilitate the design and evaluation of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as defined by California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Developed on a web-based, free and open-source platform, MarineMap provided an intuitive user experience and offered a simple, flexible, and powerful means for users to share ideas and foster collaboration among various stakeholders. MarineMap moved spatial analysis away from the domain of GIS experts to a broader group of stakeholders by simplifying complicated spatial concepts and science-based MPA design guidelines, quickly delivering critical information that allowed users to iterate through MPA scenarios rapidly.
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