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Toyota increases lithium-ion battery production 6x to upgrade Prius

Toyota increases lithium-ion battery production 6x to upgrade Prius | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Toyota has been rather slow to adopt lithium-ion technology compared to some other automakers, but it seems like they want to catch up.
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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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Trump's climate science denial clashes with reality of rising seas in Florida

Trump's climate science denial clashes with reality of rising seas in Florida | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Donald Trump's rejection of climate change science portends one of the most consequential changes in direction for the U.S. should he win the presidency. It also puts him at odds with Florida.
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Southern California Gas to pay $4-million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak

Southern California Gas to pay $4-million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SoCal Gas to pay $4 million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak
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World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK

World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye |
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The wind farm with the largest yet produced blades is about to kick on in the UK!
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This Mojave Desert solar plant kills 6,000 birds a year. Here's why that won't change any time soon

This Mojave Desert solar plant kills 6,000 birds a year. Here's why that won't change any time soon | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Ivanpah Solar Plant in San Bernardino county is killing thousands of birds, blasting them into wisps of smoke against the sky that plant workers call
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Nice video here that really show just how hot the focusing towers can get, with smoldering/vaporized things disappearing on a near-constant basis.
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California's climate change law clears a big hurdle after lobbyists crank up pressure

California's climate change law clears a big hurdle after lobbyists crank up pressure | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Assembly members voted on climate legislation on Tuesday, a key step in extending the state's environmental programs.
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Once again, California is leading the way at the institutional level of state government to push down carbon emissions.  We need to do much more, but this is significant progress!
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The Crossing — GlobalPost Investigations

The Crossing — GlobalPost Investigations | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The EU is ignoring international laws it helped found as it tries to turn Morocco into a ‘final destination’ for African migrants.
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Fantastic reporting and epic imagery here.  As with other aspects of our planet, if we can't get the refuge crises solved, it will solve itself in less desirable, less just ways.
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ESLRainEvent

Lousiana State University's Earth Scan Laboratory video of NOAA GOES E satellite images of nearly 12 days of thunderstorms, including those that created th
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A few overviews of the flooding this week in Louisiana: 

 from LATimes: http://lat.ms/2bgfCtQ ;

a great discussion (Louisiana climatologist kicks in about halfway through the program) on risk and environmental change:

 

Just to be clear: if your models say that was a "1,000 year rainfall event," then your models need to be updated
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Gov. Brown's attempt to save the planet and his bullet train won't fly

Gov. Brown's attempt to save the planet and his bullet train won't fly | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown should decide whether he wants to save the planet or his bullet train. Can’t do both, at least before the Legislature adjourns.
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The scourge of nuclear weapons just won't seem to die.  The longer we possess such insane devices, the more likely one will be used.  And using a single device will likely not be the end of it.

To not deal with human population or weapons of planetary-scale destruction is to not be serious about sustainability.

We should note that the Doomsday Clock (http://thebulletin.org/timeline) is 3 minutes to midnight.  Down from 5 minutes a few years ago and 17 minutes in 1991at the end of the (last?) Cold War. 
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The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile

The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Think your city doesn’t like you? You’re right.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 6, 11:51 AM

Geography explores more than just what countries control a certain territory and what landforms are there.  Geography explores the spatial manifestations of power and how place is crafted to fit a particular vision.  Homeless people are essentially always 'out of place.'  These articles from the Society Pages, Atlas Obscura, the Atlantic and this one from the Guardian share similar things: that urban planners actively design places that will discourage loitering, skate boarding, and homelessness, which are all undesirable to local businesses.  This gallery shows various defensive architectural tactics to make certain people feel 'out of place.'  Just to show that not all urban designs are anti-homeless, this bench is one that is designed to help the homeless (and here is an ingenious plan to curb public urination).  

    

Tags: urbanplanning, architecture, landscape, place, poverty.

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Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it

Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The world is ready to pay for more renewable energy, and Wyoming has lots of wind. Who owns it? Wyoming decided it did.
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Somehow, I don't think anyone ever asked oil: "tell us how much we can tax you before we drive you out of business."

Can you say double standard for renewables vs. fossil fuels.
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Above Manhattan's bustle, a reshaped public space

Above Manhattan's bustle, a reshaped public space | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In the mid-20th century, it was a railroad; now it’s a public park. Built in the 1930s, 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan, the High Line was crucial for transporting cargo. But with the decline of rail transportation, it closed in 1980 and was abandoned. Almost three decades later, it opened again -- this time, as a shared space for greenery, art and leisure. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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I've posted about the High Line urban park in New York City before.  But this is perhaps the best video I've seen on it.  You get a really nice sense of how the public is seeing/using this park here.
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An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser

An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Record temperatures scorch countries from Morocco to Iraq, causing major disruptions.
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This is the real face and consequences of the world we are inheriting thanks to the forces who refuse to deal with this challenge as adults and responsible citizens of our planet.
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Now this is a story all about how we found the Wet Princes of Bel Air

Now this is a story all about how we found the Wet Princes of Bel Air | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Reveal’s analysis found seven possible candidates for California’s biggest water user. Here’s how we did it.
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A great piece of "data journalism."
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There's a tiny house on wheels in Burbank — and you'll definitely want to see it

There's a tiny house on wheels in Burbank — and you'll definitely want to see it | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Traveler XL will be open for touring on Sunday, Sept. 18 in Burbank
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Pretty swank.  The blonde wood is nice, but this wouldn't be a good fit for cold climes nor for areas with lots of neighbors or security concerns...too many windows.
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Can the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV really go 200-plus miles with no recharge? We try it

Can the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV really go 200-plus miles with no recharge? We try it | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Chevrolet has announced an EPA-approved range of 238 miles for its all-new, all-electric Bolt EV.
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Bolt hits its advertised targets of range on a single charge in real world driving.
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Black Lives Matter UK says climate change is racist

Black Lives Matter UK says climate change is racist | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Activists were arrested after blocking the London City Airport runway to raise awareness about the "racist climate crisis" — the latest sign of a movement that's going global and adopting new calls.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Clearly Black Lives Matter has gone global and is taking on dimensions beyond its original intent/delineation.  This is both a wonderful example of how things can morph and grow in the era of social media and an example of how social media memes take on a life of their own (this story hints that this is a white-driven, opportunist phenom). 

I personally think there is a very strong racist and elitist component to climate change deniers.  For example, I was speaking with a woman this weekend who was a bit surprised by the potential downsides of a globally weirded world, happily ensconced in her affluent world that didn't need to look at what the common folk were doing or experiencing or potentially suffering ("I'm Cuban was her justification").  To be sure this wasn't outright/overt racism, but rather the now ubiquitous institutional racism that simply says "Is there a problem here?  I thought we already took care of that."

The wealthy countries will have it bad in a warming world, but our developing country friends will be in increasingly life-and-death conditions.  That is at least consistent with racist overtones and most likely racist however you slice it.
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In L.A., a walkable neighborhood comes at a price

In L.A., a walkable neighborhood comes at a price | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Nobody walks in L.A., as the saying goes. But many people want to and will pay more to live in more walkable neighborhoods where they can stroll to work, shops and restaurants from home. It’s a rare luxury in most metropolitan areas and one worth thousands of dollars on average, according t
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Walkability tends to be more valuable in places that are already somewhat walkable.

In places such as the wealthy enclaves of Orange County, walkability is far from a priority. Each point raises prices a mere 0.02% in the region, which has a 43.5 Walk Score.  Partly, this is because homes in the area tend to cost more than they would in Atlanta. But, especially in wealthy areas, foot traffic means more crowds and less seclusion. 

In neighborhoods in the top 5% of Orange County’s price spectrum, slightly more walkability actually leads to a $451 price cut, compared with a $8,225 premium for the same demographic in Los Angeles.
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Interactive Climate Map

Interactive Climate Map | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

"Obsessed as we are with cartography we in Staridas Geography perceive any aspect of the actual 3D World as a constant opportunity for another pretty map creation!"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 6, 11:35 AM

This is a great interactive map of the world's climate zones. 

 

Tags: ESRIStoryMapedtech, GIS, mapping, cartographyphysical.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 19, 7:47 PM

Great map to discuss global distribution of biomes and links to climate 

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 21, 6:24 PM
Fun way for students to learn about the diverse climates around the world, by selecting a location on the map students are shown the climatic data of the selected place.
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NOAA launches America’s first national water forecast model | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA launches America’s first national water forecast model | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New tool hailed as a game changer for predicting floods, informing water-related decisions
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National Solar Tour coming to a neighborhood near you in October

National Solar Tour coming to a neighborhood near you in October | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Take a tour of local solar installations in October.
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Big Breakthrough for Big Rigs: The EPA’s New Fuel Economy Rule for Trucks - The Equation

Big Breakthrough for Big Rigs: The EPA’s New Fuel Economy Rule for Trucks - The Equation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
If you haven't yet heard, today the federal government issued a new rule to make sure that our nation's "heavy duty vehicles" (big rigs, delivery vans, garbage trucks, and the like) go almost 40 percent farther on a gallon of fuel. This new rule will reduce global warming emissions by 1.1 billion tons and oil use by 2 billion barrels over the lifetime of the program. This is the single most comprehensive set of fuel economy and global warming pollution standards for heavy duty vehicles ever put in place, and the United States now has the strongest truck fuel economy standards in the world.
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New efficiency standards for semis.
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Op-ed: Walmart's Lousy Worker Policies Extend from Shelves to Sea

Op-ed: Walmart's Lousy Worker Policies Extend from Shelves to Sea | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Reps from Greenpeace and the United Food and Commercial Workers union explain why those organizations are driving a recent campaign against Walmart over worker wellbeing up and down the supply chain.

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit, pdeppisch
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A tour of California's water supply lays bare the tension between farmers and fish

A tour of California's water supply lays bare the tension between farmers and fish | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The country's largest agricultural water district, Westlands, maintains that California has plenty of water. It's just mismanaged.
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This is the consequence of directed efforts to fight environmental regulations via methods demonizing those seeking to make sure we have a healthy, long-term life-support system that perpetuates the remnants of the ecosystems that have thrived in California for many thousands of years.

Very sad state of affairs.  The fact people seek to stoke political wars rather than seeking true solutions that are sustainable and just is pathetic.
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When Parks Were Radical

When Parks Were Radical | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
More than 150 years ago, Frederick Law Olmstead changed how Americans think about public space.
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I would argue that in many parts of our world, parks are still radical and their worth unclear to many.
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The US gets its first offshore wind farm, with a lot of help from Europe

The US gets its first offshore wind farm, with a lot of help from Europe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The first offshore wind farm is being built off New England this month. The fledgling US industry is borrowing expertise from Europe, where offshore wind has a 25-year head start.
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