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10 Terrifying Before and After Photos That Will Silence Global Warming Deniers

10 Terrifying Before and After Photos That Will Silence Global Warming Deniers | Sustainability | Scoop.it
If someone says global warming is a hoax, show them this.

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Chicago Horizon: A Negative Carbon Kiosk at the Architecture Biennial

Chicago Horizon: A Negative Carbon Kiosk at the Architecture Biennial | Sustainability | Scoop.it

How much kiosk can you get for $75,000? Chicago Horizon probes this question through a quest to build the largest flat wood roof possible. Using Cross-Laminated Timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, in the largest dimensions commercially available, the kiosk aims to provide an excess of public space for the Architecture Biennial and Chicago beach-goers.

Chicago Horizon is constructed almost entirely out of engineered timber products, including CLT for the roof canopy and glulam columns, making its total carbon impact negative due to the ability of wood to sequester atmospheric carbon. The canopy is to be fully protected by a roof membrane and an exterior grade plywood deck, ensuring its longevity.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 17, 2015 12:34 PM

Great parks make great cities.

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Climate Risk Information: Connecting the dots between Maasais, national and international actors

This video exercise is a bottom up participatory process that empowered a Maasai Community to craft and send their message out about their reality and need ...
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Earth Expanding? Sinkholes - Earthquakes - Volcano - Chemtrails - Climate Change

In this video we talk about the theory of an Expanding Earth as a possibility and reason why so many earth changes are taking place. Please let us know your opinion on this ever changing subject....
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Sustainable cities: New collaboration models are essential

Sustainable cities: New collaboration models are essential | Sustainability | Scoop.it

In the face of modern challenges, corporates, governments and NGOs are asking how sustainable innovations can be applied in useful and serious ways.


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Cambium's curator insight, March 30, 2015 4:05 AM

New kinds of collaborations are essential to deliver Sustainability in Cities.  

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Why not learn from the best? 10 great transportation ideas from 10 great cities! ("rethinking urban")

Why not learn from the best? 10 great transportation ideas from 10 great cities! ("rethinking urban") | Sustainability | Scoop.it
if most cities decided to invest more in that type of infrastructure rather than more car parkings, pollution would go down and health and happiness would go up a lot.

Below are 10 great ideas from 10 great cities. I'm not quite sure about the outdoor escalators, but everything else is pretty awesome. Not every one of those ideas would fit everywhere (some ideas are better in hilly areas, others in flat areas), but if most cities decided to invest more in that type of infrastructure rather than more car parkings, pollution would go down and health and happiness would go up a lot.

Check out the video for the 10 great ideas from 10 great cities (well, the last one isn't exactly a city, but it's a great idea!), and if you want more one any one city, just keep scrolling down!


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, March 1, 2015 11:48 PM

Take time to watch these videos of new transportation ideas from around the world. Many may be applicable to the Philippines.

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'We're probably drinking plastic'

'We're probably drinking plastic' | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Commonly used in cosmetic products, microscopic beads have been found in Cayuga Lake

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Net Positive 2015 Program | Living Future

Net Positive 2015 Program | Living Future | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Zorana Bosnic, Susty Director @hok joins #NP15 to share the Biophilic Nature of Net Positive on Fri Jan 23 in SF: http://t.co/EdvfnQmP27
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Climate Change Is Making Us Shorter - RYOT News

Climate Change Is Making Us Shorter - RYOT News | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Turns out climate change is preventing us all from becoming supermodels.
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Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses - USA TODAY

Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses - USA TODAY | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Coming climate change will exacerbate flood, crop insurance costs to taxpayers
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The storage necessity myth: how to choreograph high-renewables electricity systems

It's frequently said that variable wind and solar power endanger reliable electricity supply; and so we need either "baseload" fossil fuel-burning power plants, or breakthroughs in bulk storage. That's a myth. Amory Lovins explains why.

 

A breakthrough in cheap bulk storage of electricity would be helpful, but not vital.  We needn't wait for it, and the market isn't waiting. Only the myth holds us back.


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, August 10, 2014 3:49 PM

Fact: the variability of wind and solar does not mean they are unpredictable.  It turns out they are at least as predictable as the variable demand for energy, and fairly closely correlated.  We can cover 100% of electric energy needs with renewable sources together with efficiency improvements by only using small scale distributed storage to fill in about 15% of the supply.

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New, biodegradable hydrogel could help farmers store water for crops | Local Business | Tri-CityHerald.com

New, biodegradable hydrogel could help farmers store water for crops | Local Business | Tri-CityHerald.com | Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new, biodegradable hydrogel being developed by Washington State University researchers could help farmers better use water during the growing season.

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The Energy Cost of Local Food

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Years back a pair of planners, Branden Born and Mark Purcell, warned that there's nothing about smaller scale enterprises that make them inherently more efficient than their larger counterparts. With respect to on-farm energy intensity, they're certainly right.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 7, 2014 7:36 PM

"As I point out in The Energy Basis of Food Security there's a strong relationship between energy prices and food prices owing to the high energy demand associated with food production. As long as local food fails to gain an advantage over larger scale food production in terms of its energy intensity, it's reasonable to expect the price of local food to trend with energy prices just like food from larger-scale operations.

Perhaps the higher energy inputs often needed for small-scale farms partially accounts for why local food tends to be pricier than comparable mass marketed products? While food enterprises in general need to pay more attention to their energy intensity, this is particularly true for smaller enterprises that seek to market their products locally."

 
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If we want a low-carbon future to happen, we should look to Silicon Valley

If we want a low-carbon future to happen, we should look to Silicon Valley | Sustainability | Scoop.it
The internet has monumentally changed our world in just 40 years. If we harness the vision and belief of those innovators a low-carbon revolution is possible too

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Memories from a 2014 Green Building Showcase!

Memories from a 2014 Green Building Showcase! | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Innovation | Performance  |  Display  |  Sponsor  |  ATTEND Believe it or not, the 2014 Showcase was a year ago. Click on the photos below to recount the event. There are many familiar faces and it only builds excitement for this year. We are looking forward to exceed 2014's 75 boards, 200 invitees and awards this year, to make the best Green Building Showcase in Chapter history. We know that you have been working on and hearing about innovative and high performing buildings all year. This is your opportunity to see them all in the same place and connect with the people behind the projects.  If you are interested in sharing a building, product, or service, take a look at the "Display" of "Innovation" links above. If you have a high performing building with at least one year's worth of energy data, click on the "Performance" link to learn more about our award for high performing buildings.  Space is limited and tickets are selling fast. Thank you to all who have taken advantage of the early-bird discount. The event will be hosted with an open bar and a generous assortment of appetizers at the Harvard Art Museums.   
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Tasting Vegemite Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart meet Beau Ryan

Beau with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart - NRL Footy Show. Please Subscribe Evidence of Gov. Rick Scott's ban on climate change Christopher G. Brown's ...
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By 2050, the Greenest City May Not Be in the First World

By 2050, the Greenest City May Not Be in the First World | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Cities might be burning three times more energy in 2050 than they did in 2005—unless they act now.

Currently, more than half of the world’s people live in cities. Given the trend of jobs returning to urban centers, it may not be surprising that by 2030 the world’s cities will be home to 60 percent of the world’s population. Cities are adapting to accommodate the growing population by becoming sustainable and green.

Yet assuming that the current rapid pace of population growth continues, cities will be burning three times more energy per capita in 2050 than they did in 2005 despite their “green” efforts. Even with increasing favor toward public transport in the first world’s largest cities, the cities with the greatest opportunity to reduce energy use are those in the still-developing second world, particularly in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


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Worse than We Thought - Sea Level Rise on the Mid Atlantic Coast

Worse than We Thought - Sea Level Rise on the Mid Atlantic Coast | Sustainability | Scoop.it
A reader pointed me to this brief (10 minute) but very informative video from Maryland Sea Grant at the University of Maryland. If you watched the new video about the slowing of the North Atlantic ...

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Global population growth threatens to outstrip fresh water supply: study

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global demand for fresh water is set to outstrip supply as a result of population growth by the middle of this century if current levels of consumption continue, a study

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Jacqueline Garcia pd1's curator insight, March 22, 2015 1:52 PM

Here we saw the threats of growing population on the water supply. And if the food and water supply continue to grow linearly and the population continues to grow exponentially( as Malthus predicted) this could become a larger scale problem that could effect the world.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 22, 2015 8:31 PM

This brief yet informative article explains the potential problems of future water availability due to the constant global population growth. Given current situations with retrospect to specific droughts, such as Brazil and California, the world might become unable to provide water to every human being. They recorded to have around 9.6 billion people on the Earth by 2050 and if the world is unable to limit water usage or invent new water technologies, this conclusion is predicted to occur. I personally think that we already have an issue with water. This issue currently deals with distribution with the water being easily provided to more developed countries and less being obtained by the more developing countries. We already face an issue with water, but as they predict, we officially wont have enough in the future, although, I believe certain technologies will be invented by then to help reduce the possibility of this conclusion occurring.  

Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 2015 7:33 PM

Summary:  Unlike Thomas Malthus, this article claims that the world's population growth exponentially while the world's water supply fails to grow at all.  The article states that the human population will soon be limited by the supply of fresh water.

 

Insight:  This article directly relates to Unit 2 in the fact that it projects future population growth and how an external factor may effect it.

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18 Scientists On What They Actually Think About Climate Change

18 Scientists On What They Actually Think About Climate Change | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Science communicator Joe Duggan asked several researchers working in climate science how they really felt about climate change. These quotes are excerpted from their answers.

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Inspired by Copenhagen: Municipal Council of Recife, Brazil approves Green Roof Law

Inspired by Copenhagen: Municipal Council of Recife, Brazil approves Green Roof Law | Sustainability | Scoop.it
On 16 December 2014, the Municipal Council of Recife, Brazil, approved the Green Roof Law. This law requires buildings with more than four floors to have their roofs covered with native vegetation. The law also applies to any commercial building with more than 400 square meters.

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The lesson on climate change, again - U-T San Diego

The lesson on climate change, again - U-T San Diego | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Now comes India pouring cold water on the U.S./China climate agreement
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Fighting Climate Change With Indigenous Livelihoods - Forbes

Fighting Climate Change With Indigenous Livelihoods - Forbes | Sustainability | Scoop.it
In Indonesia, where forests are being destroyed at the highest rates in the world, an untapped solution exists for balancing conservation with economic expansion.
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Life Without Cars

Life Without Cars | Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Can America be Uberized?


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victor g martinez's curator insight, July 15, 2014 5:51 PM

'It’s an expensive item of equipment that sits idle most of the time; it requires parking (and often a parking structure) both at origin and at destination; it requires maintenance and is a big hassle all around.'


But at the end the solution is not one, but many interconnected and interdependent.

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$5.1 Trillion to be Invested in Renewable Energy by 2030 - CleanTechies

$5.1 Trillion to be Invested in Renewable Energy by 2030 - CleanTechies | Sustainability | Scoop.it
$5.1 trillion dollars is one very big number. It’s a figure equal to just a little less than one-third of the U.S. economy’s annual GDP. $5.1 trillion is the amount that will be invested by 2030 to build new power plants that use renewable energy, according to a Bloomberg News Energy Finance report. Out ofRead More

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 9, 2014 7:54 PM

Since 2011, annual investment in renewable energy technologies has totaled more than the dollars invested in fossil fuel power generation. This upward trend for clean energy shows every sign of continuing to rise.

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 13, 2014 7:38 PM

This is good, but it could be better. Why not use renewable resources for 100% of new capacity?  Why not do even more than that, by replacing the current fossil fuels with 100% renewable, as much as we can afford, as soon as possible?