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Federal Reserve Policy Keeps Fracking Bubble Afloat and That May Change Soon

Federal Reserve Policy Keeps Fracking Bubble Afloat and That May Change Soon | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In August 2005, the U.S. Congress and then-President George W. Bush blessed the oil and gas industry with a game-changer: the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Act exempted the industry from federal regulatory enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act and the National
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Lilac co-housing: How they did it | NewStart - Page 2

Lilac co-housing: How they did it | NewStart - Page 2 | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Co-housing developments are built around community and sustainability but can they also be affordable? Susan Downer visits Lilac in Leeds ...
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Climate change emerges as priority for black and Hispanic voters | Al Jazeera America

Climate change emerges as priority for black and Hispanic voters | Al Jazeera America | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Communities of color have been hit hard by global warming, and some candidates are noticing
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Toxic Lead’s Home Demolition Loophole

Toxic Lead’s Home Demolition Loophole | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Residential construction is booming again in Seattle and other Northwest cities. To make way for the new, as well as needed increases in density, hundreds of older homes are being demolished every year. However, poor...
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Earth Focus: Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?

Earth Focus: Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
(Earth Focus: Episode 69) Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. But they've been linked to the decline of honeybees, which pollinate many food crops. And scientists now say neonicotinoids also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. These pervasive insecticides damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles
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New Climate Report Issues Blunt Warning: Inaction Is Suicidal

New Climate Report Issues Blunt Warning: Inaction Is Suicidal | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The world’s top scientists and governments have issued their bluntest plea yet to the world: Slash carbon pollution now (at a very low cost) or risk “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”
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Fracking’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck Revealed In New Report

Fracking’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck Revealed In New Report | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
If you are one of those people who smell the stench of bust behind today's fracking-fueled oil and gas boom, the Post Carbon Institute has an early Christmas present for you. In its latest report, the organization makes the case that US shale oil and gas reserves will peak and drop off rapidly, long before
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Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns

Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Report says logging and burning of Amazon might be connected to worsening droughts – such as the one plaguing São Paulo
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Scientists Say An Area The Size Of Rhode Island Is Coated With Oil From The BP Well Explosion | VICE News

Scientists Say An Area The Size Of Rhode Island Is Coated With Oil From The BP Well Explosion | VICE News | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The Gulf of Mexico contains hundreds of miles of coral reefs, including the most extensive living reef in the United States.
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Dirt in Danger: How Soil Around the World is Threatened

Dirt in Danger: How Soil Around the World is Threatened | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
World leaders meet to discuss the condition of the world’s soil and plan for the future in order to prevent further erosion and increase soil health.
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Drones record how the environment shapes disease risk - Conservation

Drones record how the environment shapes disease risk - Conservation | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Drones offer ecologists the ability to collect comprehensive data more rapidly than satellites. One group of researchers also discovered some limitations.
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Salt destroying fertile land - UN

Salt destroying fertile land - UN | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

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Missouri’s “Right to Farm” Amendment has Family Farmers Worried

Missouri’s “Right to Farm” Amendment has Family Farmers Worried | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
New measure aims to preempt potential animal welfare and environmental regulations in the state
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Redefining Food Narratives: Thoughts and Reflections of a Rising Black Fooducator - The Equation

Redefining Food Narratives: Thoughts and Reflections of a Rising Black Fooducator - The Equation | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Companies hire local communities to evade palm oil restrictions in Indonesia

Companies hire local communities to evade palm oil restrictions in Indonesia | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
As more palm oil companies are held accountable for deforestation in Indonesia, a growing number are hiring local communities to do their dirty work. According to the Oil Palm Farmers Union (SPKS), companies promise to buy mature fruits at attractive rates from smallholders and local villages who agree to clear and plant in protected forest areas. Through these agreements, companies distance themselves from the process, leaving the locals to bear responsibility for the destruction.
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Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities | The Nature of Cities

Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities | The Nature of Cities | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award "to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet."

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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, November 2, 2014 2:37 PM

“It is our hope that like-minded designers see these failures as a challenge to create something new, to correct the mistakes of the past or to find the antidote for the project in question.” He is also hopeful that if the prize can receive financial support, a further competition could be thrown open to the design community to come up with a solution to each year’s Dead Prize recipient.

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Ancient Wisdom | Defenders of Wildlife

Ancient Wisdom | Defenders of Wildlife | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Nearly a quarter century ago, L. David Mech made a pair of bold predictions about the challenges still awaiting wolves in the American West. As he and I stood on a bluff in Yellowstone National Park discussing what was then the highly unlikely prospect that the howls of Canis lupus would ever be common again in the Northern Rockies, my home region, the world’s foremost wolf biologist demonstrated foresight that now seems profoundly prophetic.

“Bringing back wolves will be difficult,” he said. “And if it happens, it would be momentous. But then the real test begins. Has society moved past its historical prejudices attached to these animals or is the hysteria destined to be repeated again? To me, that will be the true gauge of whether Americans have become smarter about our relationship with wolves.”

Then he added something else: Maybe the only group of citizens who fully understand the native importance of wolves on the landscape is native people.
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Deborah Leddon's curator insight, November 24, 2014 9:59 PM

Can we move past ingrained prejudices to a position of 'living within nature' vs. trying to manage it?

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Birth Control Enters Mainstream Concern

Birth Control Enters Mainstream Concern | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it

This week, a group of researchers promoted a different kind of global approach to addressing climate change: voluntary family planning.

Though their proposal may raise eyebrows, researchers at the Population Reference Bureau and Worldwatch Institute say what they are advocating will both empower women and preserve the environment. They recently formed a joint working group of health, climate and population experts from around the world. They are drafting a report on how family planning could be incorporated into governments' environmental policy.


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Garry Rogers's curator insight, October 31, 2014 7:59 PM

Good.  This is long overdue.  Reducing the human population by encouraging birth control will take generations.  In the short term (like in the next five years), we must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we must gain control over land use practices.  

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Pilot study reveals new findings about microplastics in wastewater

Pilot study reveals new findings about microplastics in wastewater | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Treatment plants cannot completely keep microplastics out of wastewater by conventional means. This is one of the results of a pilot study commissioned by the regional water association of Oldenburg and Ostfriesland, Germany (OOWV) and the Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation ...
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Nanomaterial Promises to Reduce Shutdowns of Concentrating Solar Power Plants

Nanomaterial Promises to Reduce Shutdowns of Concentrating Solar Power Plants | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Image: Renkun Chen/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Researchers at the University of California at San Diego have developed a composite nanomaterial that can convert 90 percent of the sunlight it captures into heat, making it an ideal...

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Why reducing energy consumption through a recession doesn't really count

Why reducing energy consumption through a recession doesn't really count | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Readers of the Financial Times would have recently encountered a story that encompasses the paper’s version of bad/good news when it comes to the oil business. According to the author Daniel Yergin, the…
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Hydroceramic Walls Could Cool Buildings By Sweating Like Human Skin

Hydroceramic Walls Could Cool Buildings By Sweating Like Human Skin | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Our reliance on air conditioning, however magical an innovation, has become a serious environmental burden. Which is why researchers in Barcelona designed a material they say can naturally cool rooms by about 5 degrees Celsius, using a moisture-absorbing polymer that "sweats" much like our own body.

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The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis

The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Daily, we read or hear of more rhino being poached to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand from Asia for rhino horn. With countless articles and papers having been published on the subject - and the Internet abuzz with forums, including heated debates concerning possible solutions - current approaches seem to be failing. Evidence is in the numbers. Known poaching deaths in South Africa have risen sharply over the past three years: 668 rhinos in 2012, 1,004 last year, and 899 through the first
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How Natural Capital Is Redefining Success

How Natural Capital Is Redefining Success | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
It's the idea that natural resources and healthy ecosystems are not "externalities" separate from capital, but should be considered and valued as capital assets in their own right. Valuing them appropriately is the way to make sure we don't...

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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:27 AM

natural resources and healthy ecosystems are not "externalities" separate from capital, but should be considered and valued as capital assets in their own right -- as renewable stocks of resources for production, and reservoirs of valuable services like controlling erosion, filtering water, sequestering carbon, etc. Valuing them appropriately is the way to make sure we don't squander them.