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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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Santander: The Smartest Smart City

Santander: The Smartest Smart City | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Where some see smart cities, others fear a new form of governance based on algorithms rather than human experience.
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Where some see smart cities, others fear a new form of governance based on algorithms rather than human experience.

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Imagine your robot today. Design one tomorrow.

With an open source robot design for 3-D printers, discover how Intel's 21st Century Robot program hopes to increase the growth rate, diversity, and utility of robots by allowing anyone to create and program their own robot.


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The onrushing wave

The onrushing wave | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change


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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, February 3, 2014 1:33 AM

Technology Innovation and jobs.

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Climate fix could make warming worse?

Attempts to reverse the impacts of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere could make matters worse, say researchers.

A new study suggests the idea, seen as a last-ditch way to deal with runaway climate change, could cut rainfall in the tropics by 30%.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

As with all such geoengineering efforts, we would quite literally be rolling the dice; will it work or will the knock-on effects be worse than climate change? 

 

I feel our technofix-loving society is increasingly moving towards such responses as we appear incapable of dealing with climate change in a responsible manner.  Much work needs to be done here and I would hope more caution is urged.  When the time comes, I fear that panic and desperation may be a powerful motivating factor to "do something...anything" despite the potential downsides.

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Infographic: What is Light Pollution?

Infographic: What is Light Pollution? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Light pollution refers to the various ways in which artificial light can negatively impact our natural environment. The four most common categories of light pollution are urban glow, glare, light clutter, and light trespass.


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Adding olive oil to California's salad

Adding olive oil to California's salad | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
ARTOIS, Calif. — Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon.
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Industrialization can be one approach to more sustainable food systems.  but it must be done right (and it normally isn't).  This is possibly a case in point in that they are able to generate a higher yield of fruit without a corresponding massive increase in pesticides, water, etc.  While we need to see the hard numbers on water use, etc. this is an interesting model.  

 

So the upsides: reduced transportation costs of oil (for California/U.S. consumers) and more efficient agricultre.  The downside is that with increased mechanization comes fewer people jobs (although those that are there tend to be higher wage).

 

A similar "new" approach to agriculture can be seen with a local industrial tomato grower here in Ventura County, CA: (http://future360.tv/video/houwelings-tomatoes).  A wonderful approach (but their tomatos lack taste/flavor).

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Techno-panic

This is a fun thought experiment for thinking about technollgy and technolgical innovation.


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Can Artificial Meat Save The World?

Can Artificial Meat Save The World? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution. 


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It is increasingly clear that these "optional" choices for syntheic meat/food stuffs will soon become central to the caloric and nutritional needs for a good chunk of the globe's population.

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