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EPA: Those bee-killing pesticides? They're actually pretty useless.

EPA: Those bee-killing pesticides? They're actually pretty useless. | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
And yet farmers still use them—often because they have no other choice.
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Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot?

Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Rebecca Burns: Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right

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Fish Are Relocating Toward The Poles To Avoid Warming Waters · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment

Fish Are Relocating Toward The Poles To Avoid Warming Waters · EarthFix · News Fixed on the Environment | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
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A manifesto for solving the global food crisis

A manifesto for solving the global food crisis | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
To celebrate World Food Day, here are key ways of promoting more sustainable food systems from building grain reserves to taxing pollution
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Bear Town USA

Bear Town USA | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
As the ice vanishes in the Arctic, polar bears are just one sign of change in a small Alaskan village.
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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it

People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant.

 

The four cyclists strapped on fragile frameworks shaped like cars, then hopped into the local traffic in Riga to show how much room they would occupy on their daily commute. The difference communicates loud and clear: if these cyclists were actually in cars, they would seriously add to congestion.


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Russell Roberts's curator insight, October 17, 2014 12:23 PM

Interesting study from Latvia.  Something to think about when fossil fuels  run out or become too expensive to buy. Protection from bad weather is a definite plus for cars.  Or, you could have commuters park their cars in a municipal lot and use bikes to reach their workplaces once they enter the city.  Aloha, Russ.

Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 10:49 AM

Visually compelling look at the power of the bike commute 

Agence Relations d'Utilité Publique's curator insight, November 24, 2014 5:06 AM

Les images parlent d'elles même...

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Battlefields to Farmfields

Battlefields to Farmfields | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The transition from combat to civilian life is a challenge for many veterans. But farming provides not only employment but physical respite and a means for therapeutic recovery. As the U.S. is losing farmers to retirement and the USDA is calling for one million new farmers to fill the gap, can agriculture's problem become our veterans' solution?, Filmmaker Dulanie Ellis on her new film, "Ground Operations".
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It’s Postgrowth, Stupid!

It’s Postgrowth, Stupid! | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The growth era we are used to and that started after World War 2, is about to end – mostly out of economic reasons Gordon portrayed for the US but will most certainly apply to other economies as well; but also out of serious environmental limitations and a squeeze on resource prices, directing more and more investment into resource exploration and extraction as can be seen by the investment folly of fracking.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 11, 2014 7:15 AM

Good analysis of our current economic predicament

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Exclusive: Walmart Owners Backing Campaigns to Limit Rooftop Solar Power | VICE News

Exclusive: Walmart Owners Backing Campaigns to Limit Rooftop Solar Power | VICE News | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The billionaire owners of Walmart supported a successful campaign by Arizona’s largest utility to charge households and businesses for installing solar panels, and donated $4.5 million to groups opposed to renewable energy programs.
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Biochar! The verdict is in: it works. And you should do it.

Biochar! The verdict is in: it works. And you should do it. | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
We know enough right now to start doing biochar: making it, getting it into the soil, and getting it into the hands of “regular farmers”. We’ll improve as we go along, but just using what is now known, the farmers, soil, crops, and atmosphere will all benefit.

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For Smallholder Farmers, Tenure Makes a Crucial Difference in Livelihoods

For Smallholder Farmers, Tenure Makes a Crucial Difference in Livelihoods | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
New guidelines improve tenure security for smallholder farmers around the world.
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Climate change alters the ecological impacts of seasons

Climate change alters the ecological impacts of seasons | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
If more of the world's climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insects, malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds and mammals worldwide. The daily and nightly differences in temperatures worldwide are fast approaching yearly differences between summer and winter temperatures.

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Loan sharking and microfinance: What's the difference?

Loan sharking and microfinance: What's the difference? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Microfinance - lending poor people small sums to capitalise sustainable, profitable livelihoods and businesses - is widely lauded as a 'good thing'. And at its best, so it is. But some micro-lenders in south Asia operate with the methods, and ethics, of loan sharks, write David Hulme & Mathilde Maitrot. Can microfinance save its soul?
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Could desalination solve California’s water problem?

Could desalination solve California’s water problem? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Desalination would seem to answer every prayer to fix California’s water shortages. But turning the sea into drinking water is not so easy. The state’s first major desalination plant, under construction in Carlsbad, is a major test for the industry and wary environmental groups.

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Syracuse University News » » Microfossils Reveal Warm Oceans Had Less Oxygen, Syracuse Geologists Say

Syracuse University News » » Microfossils Reveal Warm Oceans Had Less Oxygen, Syracuse Geologists Say | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences are pairing chemical analyses with micropaleontology—the study of tiny fossilized organisms—to better understand
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Deadly virus poses fresh threat to amphibians

Deadly virus poses fresh threat to amphibians | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
A deadly new virus that causes ulcers and internal bleeding is killing off Spain's frogs, newts and toads.
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A community-driven response to the housing crisis | NewStart

A community-driven response to the housing crisis | NewStart | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
New Start, the UK's first regeneration magazine tells stories of people the and projects creating social and economic change in the UK and internationally.
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MSCI launches fossil fuel free investment indexes - Blue and Green Tomorrow

MSCI launches fossil fuel free investment indexes - Blue and Green Tomorrow | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Provider of investment decision support tools MSCI has announced the launch of a set of benchmarks to help investors eliminate or reduce fossil fuel invest
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Renewables Not Enough: World Needs Democratic, Decentralized Energy, says Report

Renewables Not Enough: World Needs Democratic, Decentralized Energy, says Report | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
In order to build an adequate low-carbon 21st century energy system that scientists have said is necessary to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, a new report argues that the world must look beyond large-scale, centralized renewable projects—such as industrial solar and wind farms—and take up efforts to build more democratically-controlled and decentralized power grids.
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When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us

When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Recent analyses raise disturbing questions about the health and environmental effects of the stuff that encases our edibles.
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Days of heavy air pollution blight northern China

Days of heavy air pollution blight northern China | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.
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When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
The poverty rate in the U.S. would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967.
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Real sustainable development requires change through culture

Real sustainable development requires change through culture | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
Next up on the global development agenda: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). The UN hopes the goals will form a framework of rules and ideals that can influence development plans and actions…
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Carney raises the heat on climate: you can’t burn all the oil | Emerging Markets

Carney raises the heat on climate: you can’t burn all the oil | Emerging Markets | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
A public call by Bank of England governor Mark Carney that the vast majority of oil reserves should be considered “unburnable” if the world wants to avoid catastrophic climate change makes him stand out among mainstream figures.
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Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty? | sustainability and resilience | Scoop.it
World Bank energy investments are categorically failing to end energy poverty.

That's the stark finding of a new report released by Sierra Club and Oil Change International which measures how mu...
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