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Solar-powered RC race cars teach valuable energy lesson

Solar-powered RC race cars teach valuable energy lesson | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Solar Rollers hope to teach teenagers to love solar energy, one race at a time.
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These suckers jam really fast!

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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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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay in Some States

Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay in Some States | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Utility regulators are upending the financial dynamics of residential solar as they try to meet their obligations to customers who don’t have roof panels.
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Again, the altered buy back rates/times is harming future home solar adoption.
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A half-built futuristic ‘eco-city’ is sitting abandoned in the Arabian Desert

A half-built futuristic ‘eco-city’ is sitting abandoned in the Arabian Desert | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Photographer Etienne Malapert visited Masdar City, Abu Dhabi's first self-sufficient development project, and captured remarkable images of the empty streets.
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California's small solution to the housing crisis: Small houses

California's small solution to the housing crisis: Small houses | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Because of a court ruling, no one in Los Angeles is allowed to build second units on their properties. As the city determines a plan, three bills in the Legislature aim to make the process easier
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Housing shortage?  Try easing the process for allowing homeowners to add additional units in their backyards.
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Ecuador Pays $112 mln Award to Chevron

Ecuador Pays $112 mln Award to Chevron | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ecuador has paid $112 million to energy company Chevron Corp over a four-decade-old contract dispute, even though it remains in
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This is unrelated to the oil spill case still working its way through the courts.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!) - The Equation

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!) - The Equation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Biodiesel by the numbers.
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The Challenge of Making Data Publicly Accessible

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A key part of sustainability is open access to data we can all use and interrogate ourselves.  It is often a monumental task to get data out of agencies.  I hope this improves in the near future.
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Debate brews over proposed Southwest L.A. skyscraper

Debate brews over proposed Southwest L.A. skyscraper | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Opposition builds to a proposed Southwest L.A. skyscraper
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Again, the question is: how should we develop?
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How to remake the L.A. freeway for a new era? A daring proposal from architect Michael Maltzan

How to remake the L.A. freeway for a new era? A daring proposal from architect Michael Maltzan | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Architect Michael Maltzan has a proposal to wrap the 134 Freeway as it crosses the Arroyo Seco with a tunnel-like form that produces power, captures stormwater and reduces noise and pollution.
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Neat idea!
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What China's successful reforestation program means for the rest of the world

What China's successful reforestation program means for the rest of the world | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
China is growing a lot of trees: Here's why that news might not be as great you might think
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Hotter Years, More Fires

Hotter Years, More Fires | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The average number of large wildfires burning across the Western U.S. each year has tripled from the 1970s to the 2010s.
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Surprise, surprise.  More variable and intense swings in fire-prone weather looking into the future.  
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California's climate change agency just approved a $500 million plan — but there's no money for it

California's climate change agency just approved a $500 million plan — but there's no money for it | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
On Thursday morning, the state's climate change agency is scheduled to vote on a $500 million spending plan -- including electric vehicle subsidies -- even though the state budget has no money in it
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California closing last nuclear plant after 3 decades

California closing last nuclear plant after 3 decades | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and environmental groups said Tuesday that the Diablo Canyon plant will close by 2025. The electricity it generated will come instead from solar and renewable energy.
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This is the beginning of the end of public nuclear power in California.  We still have years to go, but the last act is being written now.
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Next Item on Obama’s Climate Agenda: Airplane Pollution

The airline industry opposes the administration’s plan to curb airplane emissions, saying it could endanger passengers and hurt American companies.
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In Phoenix, an ambitious plan aims to cover 25% of the metropolis with tree shade

In Phoenix, an ambitious plan aims to cover 25% of the metropolis with tree shade | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Phoenix, not known for being green, is planting more trees.
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It would be great if we could use native tree species for this, though.
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Los Angeles Times Summit: Powering Forward | Excerpt: Nancy Sutley

Los Angeles Times Summit: Powering Forward | Excerpt: Nancy Sutley | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LA Times Summit Energy Panel Nancy Sutley
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Quick summary of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's view of changing power mix.
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Field Notes: Quarry Bay, Hong Kong — Pacific Standard

Field Notes: Quarry Bay, Hong Kong — Pacific Standard | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As part of an architectural series called Look Up, photographer Andy Yeung reveals the artistry of vertical human development and…
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LA Food Fest's order for zero waste may take a while to fix

LA Food Fest's order for zero waste may take a while to fix | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's not easy going green for food festivals. They produce a ton of waste. But the organizer of the LA Food Fest is trying.
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As Japan's population shrinks, bears and boars roam where schools and shrines once thrived

As Japan's population shrinks, bears and boars roam where schools and shrines once thrived | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Japan has begun a white-knuckle ride that will see it shed about one-third of its population – 40 million people – by 2060, experts predict.
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The future of agriculture

The future of agriculture | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
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This well-researched article totally ignores issues of nutrition, soil health, water supply, food justice, etc.  This is an interesting read to be sure, but at times most closely tracks with big Pharma and the Monsanto-esque approach to food production that is firmly in the driver seat of our food policy these days.  Biotech approaches are truly impressive and are clearly part of the mix now and in the future.  But there are many more layers of the onion here than "simple" technofixes and whiz-bang things that appear to "solve" the hard choices and difficult decisions that are necessitated by a world of perhaps 9 billion very hungry humans.

Thanks to Rachel Langley for flagging this piece.
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Beijing is sinking at an alarming rate, research shows

Beijing is sinking at an alarming rate, research shows | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Parts of Beijing are sinking more than 4 inches per year because of over-exploitation of groundwater
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State commission renews Diablo Canyon’s cooling system lease to 2025

State commission renews Diablo Canyon’s cooling system lease to 2025 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A key lease for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant was extended today by the California State Lands Commission — avoiding a plant shutdown in 2018 when the coastline cooling water infrastructure lease expires.
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The nuclear generating station will be allowed for another decade before permanently shutting down.
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Time to replace your lawn? We have the lowdown on 8 alternatives

Time to replace your lawn? We have the lowdown on 8 alternatives | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
We've put together a series of popular landscape options, along with information on how they fare against the traditional Californian lawn in five areas.
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Bad Drivers In Los Angeles? It's Not Your Imagination; New Study Says We Truly Stink

Bad Drivers In Los Angeles? It's Not Your Imagination; New Study Says We Truly Stink | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new survey of "Best Drivers" ranks Los Angeles and Glendale among the absolute worst. And the survey includes more than 200 cities.
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What drives drivers to drive poorly?  Clearly training is part of it, but frustration and lack of social cues and reinforcement to drive responsibly are part of it.  I wonder if anyone has done a experimental test of reducing the amount of cars on the road (via more public transportation, more bike lanes, etc.) and then examine the per capita vehicle accident rate.

Anyone?
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