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Photo Gallery: Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Promotes Sustainability - Patch.com

Photo Gallery: Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Promotes Sustainability - Patch.com | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Photo Gallery: Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Promotes SustainabilityPatch.comLast week's "Sustainable Fare for Sustainable Jersey" farm-to-table event raised about $12000 for Sustainable Jersey, the statewide program that encourages municipalities to...
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Winners of the IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition 2011 - Dexigner

Winners of the IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition 2011 - Dexigner | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
DexignerWinners of the IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition 2011DexignerThe International Interior Design Association and InterfaceFLOR announced the winners of the ninth annual IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition.
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sustainability news: New Design Creates More Efficient Wind Turbines

sustainability news: New Design Creates More Efficient Wind Turbines | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
sustainability news (Some friends have been emailing back and forth about this new Tunisian bladeless wind turbine technology.)...
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Climate change is already damaging global economy, report finds

Climate change is already damaging global economy, report finds | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Economic impact of global warming is costing the world more than $1.2 trillion a year, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP...

 

By 2030, the researchers estimate, the cost of climate change and air pollution combined will rise to 3.2% of global GDP, with the world's least developed countries forecast to bear the brunt, suffering losses of up to 11% of their GDP.


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Arctic Sea Ice: What, Why, and What Next

Arctic Sea Ice: What, Why, and What Next | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it

"As recently as a few years ago, most models of the Arctic ice anticipated that summers would remain icy until the end of the 21st century, and well into the 22nd century. But the trend line above makes that look unlikely. The amount of ice remaining, this year, is about the same as the ice lost between the mid-1990s and today. If ice loss continued at that pace, we’d see an ice free summer sometime around 2030, give or take several years."

 

Great article on the Arctic from Scientific American. We should stop talking about climate "change" and start using the phrase "climate collapse".


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Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’ | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it

"How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I essentially mean a very low but biophysically sufficient material standard of living, a form of life that will be described in more detail below. In this essay I want to suggest that radical simplicity would not be as bad as it might first seem, provided we were ready for it and wisely negotiated its arrival, both as individuals and as communities. Indeed, I am tempted to suggest that radical simplicity is exactly what consumer cultures need to shake themselves awake from their comfortable slumber; that radical simplicity would be in our own, immediate, self-interests."

 

Gloomy analysis of our consumer society after post-growth collapse. Forbidden reading for anyone who believes "our way of life is non-negotiable". Truth is, nature will not negotiate and things are likely to be a bit less "nice" than described in this article.


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Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels...

 

Renewed problems with the EU's biofuels policy.


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Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases in the number of urban dwellers will require considerable conversion of natural to urban landscapes, resulting in newly developing and expanding megapolitan areas. Could climate impacts arising from built environment growth pose additional concerns for urban residents also expected to deal with impacts resulting from global climate change?

 

Contrary to some sustainability thinkers (most of them brought up in cities, I suppose) this study rightly questions further urbanisation as the path towards a more sustainable world.


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Photo Gallery: Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Promotes Sustainability - Patch.com

Photo Gallery: Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Promotes Sustainability - Patch.com | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Photo Gallery: Farm-to-Table Fundraiser Promotes SustainabilityPatch.comLast week's "Sustainable Fare for Sustainable Jersey" farm-to-table event raised about $12000 for Sustainable Jersey, the statewide program that encourages municipalities to...
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Amazon.com: How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of our Forests (9781594160813): Jeff Gillman: Books

Amazon.com: How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of our Forests (9781594160813): Jeff Gillman: Books | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of our Forests [Jeff Gillman] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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Strike while the climate change iron is hot - Examiner.com

Strike while the climate change iron is hot - Examiner.com | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Examiner.comStrike while the climate change iron is hotExaminer.comEven though it was only last April that President Obama released Administration Releases 10-Year Global Change Strategic Plan -- “… prepare for anticipated changes in the global environment,...
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World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The world is depleting undergroundwater reserves faster than they can be replenished due toover-exploitation, according to scientists in Canada and theNetherlands.The researchers, (World over-using underground water reserves...
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Oil and gas industry wants you to believe ‘the sky is pink’

Oil and gas industry wants you to believe ‘the sky is pink’ | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
The letter to the editor fromJerry James (president ofArtex Oil Company) in the July 26 issue of The Athens NEWS is a perfect example of how absurd arguments areused to create a controv,Readers Forum (RT @RepowerAmerica: Don’t let frackers fool...
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Beverage companies pay millions to conserve water - USA TODAY

Beverage companies pay millions to conserve water - USA TODAY | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
USA TODAYBeverage companies pay millions to conserve waterUSA TODAYTo combat the toll on the environment, Dr Pepper cleaned bottles with air instead of water on 56 production lines in 2010, and by 2015, it hopes to cut water use and wastewater...
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Wasted Bird: Americans Toss $282 Million Worth of Uneaten Turkey Annually

RT @solarpanels12: Wasted Bird: Americans Toss $282 Million Worth of Uneaten Turkey Annually (Tree Hugger Site): Share With Friends...
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A good article by Mintzberg. (McGill  University) on where social and societal change is driving sustainability.

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Sustainable Plastics: Oxymoronic Greenwash, or the Face of the Future?

Sustainable Plastics: Oxymoronic Greenwash, or the Face of the Future? | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it

"Plastics is an industry caught between a pretty wretched legacy from an environmental point of view (particularly in terms of the build-up of toxins in the environment generally), and an increasingly inspiring approach to the role of sustainability enhancing plastics in construction, healthcare, agriculture, packaging, electronics, energy and the automotive industry. (To get a sense of what that “innovation pipeline” looks like, have a glance either at Plastics Europe’s “Visions in Polymers” or its “Partner in Sustainable Development” document"

 

Jonathon Porritt of Forum for the Future wrestles with the sustainability  and innovation drive of Plastics Europe.


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Total warns against oil drilling in Arctic

Total warns against oil drilling in Arctic | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Total SA says energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters, marking the first time an oil major has publicly spoken out against offshore oil exploration in the region.

 

This is not the first time Christophe de Margerie has the futs to speak against the narrative of other oil companies. Does he have a hidden agenda or is he seriously concerned?


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The new “Golden Age of Oil” that wasn’t

"In a sense, while the dreams of the boosters of these new forms of energy may thrill journalists and pundits, their reality could be expressed this way: extreme energy = extreme methods = extreme disasters = extreme opposition."

 

Michael Klare in the Energy Bulletin on the real facts behind the oil industry's hyping of extreme oil and gas myth.


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How Huge Food Corporations Will Make Upcoming Food Price Hikes Even Worse | Alternet

How Huge Food Corporations Will Make Upcoming Food Price Hikes Even Worse | Alternet | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it

"Now is perhaps a good time to reflect on the extent to which the entire American food system is built on one crop – corn. And within that one crop, we rely on a very narrow range of genetics; although there are more than 250 known genetic races of corn, the U.S. almost exclusively relies on just two of them. Because the U.S. is the world’s number-one producer, consumer and exporter of corn, global food prices are also linked to America’s ability to grow corn. This year, we are going to find out what happens when the crop fails in many parts of the country. Now is a good time to ask ourselves: is it smart to bet the global food supply on a few varieties of one crop grown in one country?"

 

Good article on Alternet on how food industry short-term profit-thinking is endangering our global food system.


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The 'Shale Gas Revolution': Developments and Changes

The 'shale gas revolution' in the United States created an oversupply of liquefied natural gas and downward pressure on gas prices across the globe. Disappointing outcomes have reduced the hype about the prospects for shale gas in Europe, and led ...

 

Excellent new report from Paul Stevens of Chatham House. One of the most important conclusions: shale gas does not substitute for coal but is a big danger to renewables.


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Johnson & Johnson To Revamp Ingredients In Personal Care Products - Environmental Working Group

Johnson & Johnson To Revamp Ingredients In Personal Care ProductsEnvironmental Working GroupThat's always good business, and in this case it's also good for public health and the environment,” added Cook, who called Johnson and Johnson executives ...
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Paul Ryan, BIg Oil, and the Environment « Legal Planet ...

Paul Ryan, BIg Oil, and the Environment « Legal Planet ... | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Now that Romney has announced his choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate, I thought it would be worth taking a quick look at his environmental positions. Environment and energy haven't been signature issues for him, but ...
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Tropical birds 'face extinction'

Tropical birds 'face extinction' | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Between 600 and 900 species of tropical birds could become extinct by 2100 due to climate change, researchers say.
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Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest

Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- In the pantheon of deadly weather events, heat waves rule.
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On the environment, Paul Ryan sucks - Red, Green, and Blue

On the environment, Paul Ryan sucks - Red, Green, and Blue | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Globe and MailOn the environment, Paul Ryan sucksRed, Green, and BlueSo, Mitt Romney is once again trying to nail down his conservative base by selecting Paul Ryan, the medicaid-slashing Congressman from Wisconsin, as his Vice Presidential running...
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Pivoting To Create A Smart City

Pivoting To Create A Smart City | Sustainability in the Philadelphia Area | Scoop.it
Smart cities that leverage technology and innovation to improve efficiency and quality of life for their citizens are picking up steam around the globe. I recently suggested that the smart city movement could learn from lean startup methodologies.
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