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Brazil supermarkets ban Amazon meat

Brazil supermarkets ban Amazon meat | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Almost 3,000 supermarkets in Brazil are pledging to avoid selling meat from cattle raised in the Amazon rainforest to curb illegal deforestation.
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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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Drought-conscious residents turn the water tables on public agencies

Drought-conscious residents turn the water tables on public agencies | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The scene captured on video by a onetime aspiring filmmaker had neither actors nor dialogue, but it spoke volumes:
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Do as I say and not as I do.

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Google Chairman: Climate Change Deniers Are 'Literally Lying'

Google Chairman: Climate Change Deniers Are 'Literally Lying' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that his company's support for the American Legislative Exchange Council was a "mistake," adding that it should avoid aligning with groups that deny climate change.

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Hmmm...did they really not understand whose bed they were crawling into when they joined ALEC?  In any event, this is another very small, but welcomed piece of news.

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Mammoth Lakes earthquake swarm tied to water pressure, tectonic stress

Mammoth Lakes earthquake swarm tied to water pressure, tectonic stress | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The more than 600 earthquakes that have struck the Mammoth Lakes region over the last 24 hours are an indication of tectonic, not volcanic, stress, an expert said Friday.
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Add another category to drought effects: more earthquakes.

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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

"For at least 70 years, the Red Delicious has dominated apple production in the United States. But since the turn of the 21st century, as the market has filled with competitors—the Gala, the Fuji, the Honeycrisp—its lead has been narrowing. Annual output has plunged."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 23, 11:05 AM

The story of the Red Delicious is almost a perfect analogy for the food industry.  It was genetically selected for its marketable skin, an aesthetically sumptuous red.  The skin of the Red Delicious better covers bruises than other varieties and tastes more bitter.  Consumers were buying what the industry promoted and “eating with their eyes and not their mouths.”  But recently there has been a backlash in the United States and more American consumer are seeking out other varieties; meanwhile the apple producers are working on exporting this variety to around the world, but especially into Chinese markets.  


Tags: agriculture, food production, food distribution, agribusiness, USA

Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 25, 7:33 AM

I believe this is the rotten tasting apple that comes with your meals at Panera. 

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, September 29, 9:40 AM

I loved this article for so many reasons! One who doesn't love an old man who sticks it to the grocery store managers? Two this is a perfect example of what humans do to everything they touch. To munipulate an apples genetics so much that it no longer exists? Seriously? What ever happen to if it aint broke don't fix it? This is also the prime example of how we are as a society. As long as everything is shiny and pretty on the outside don't worry about the inside. Red Delicious apples have a nice attractive outside but the inside is usually blah..

 

I'll stick to my Honeycrisps!

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Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world offers more evidence that the brunt of climate change will not be borne equally.
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Very cool visualization. 

 

I am still trying to get our Ventura County data to work.  I'll keep you posted, but explore this tool in the meantime.

 

For a more detailed examination of their methodology, please see:

 

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/new-analysis-global-exposure-to-sea-level-rise-flooding-18066

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Jerry Brown calls for ‘more ambitious’ climate change action at U.N.

Jerry Brown calls for ‘more ambitious’ climate change action at U.N. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown, appealing to world leaders for joint action on climate change, issued a forceful defense Tuesday of plans to expand California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels next year.
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Governor Brown took something of a victory lap at the New York climate summit yesterday.

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Global Warming Concerns Grow

Global Warming Concerns Grow | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
More than half of Americans said global warming was caused by human behavior, the highest level ever recorded by The New York Times/CBS News poll.
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Our polling shows a slightly greater overall proportion who think this is a problem we need to deal with (>60% and as high as ~80%).  We are re-polling as we speak for this year's results.

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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

It "boils" down to energy cheapness, agricultural practices, and social expectations.

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It "boils" down to energy cheapness, agricultural practices, and social expectations.

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Ecological Footprint & Pollution Calculators

Ecological Footprint & Pollution Calculators | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Calculate ecological footprints, calculators to help you determine your footprint on the Earth
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California drought: Dramatic before-and-after photos

California drought: Dramatic before-and-after photos | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
California is in a historic three-year drought, and recent photos taken in Northern California put a visual exclamation mark on the issue. The images were captured in August by Justin Sullivan of Getty Images, in the same locations at Lake Oroville and Folsom Lake where the California Department of Water Resources took photos in July 2011. Lake Oroville in Butte County is currently at 31 percent capacity, while Folsom Lake near Sacramento is at 38 percent of capacity.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Another great use of visual slider to show contrasting images (before and after) across California

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Family Planning Worldwide 2013 Data Sheet

PRB's Family Planning Worldwide 2013 Data Sheet provides the latest estimates of births per woman and other indicators for 150 countries, including the percentage of women using modern and traditional family planning methods, unmet need for family planning, and use of modern contraception by wealth group.

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Burlington flood: Cities face 'new breed' of storms, climatologist says

Burlington flood: Cities face 'new breed' of storms, climatologist says | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Canadians are facing a ';new breed' of storms, and governments should change the way they plan for the kind of wild weather that caused a flash flood in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. And not only in Canada. All around the world, infrastructure is aging and breaking down. We need to take into consideration the new climate and look for innovations like green roofs, porous pavements and storm management solutions like the various and complementary water solutions at BetterWorldSolutions.
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This is increasingly a problem for our coastal zone worldwide.  And beyond the coastal zone as well.  Just this week we saw flooding outside the Arizona Cardinal's stadium in September and the greatest single day rain event in Nevada history.  While we are always cognizant of not wanting to confound "weather" with "climate," it should be clear to just about everyone that our infrastructure and hardened infrastructure is increasingly not up to the task of 21st century natural hazards.

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Early snow blankets Sierra Nevada, delighting drought-weary California

Early snow blankets Sierra Nevada, delighting drought-weary California | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An unusual early snowstorm blanketed the Sierra Nevada over the weekend, but the welcome sight isn't expected to last long as a warming trend spreads across California.
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The first accumulation in nearly seven months.

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8 Surprising, Depressing, and Hopeful Findings From Global Survey of Environmental Attitudes

8 Surprising, Depressing, and Hopeful Findings From Global Survey of Environmental Attitudes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Consumers in many countries are adopting eco-friendly behavior, but others aren't ready to be green.
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This is a good benchmark.  But, lumping all Russians or Americans or Chinese together is perhaps not the best way to go about doing this.  There is marked difference in consumption in Moscow vs. Siberia, Los Angeles vs. Alaska, etc.  While the country level aggregation is great, it would be nice if we could see the break down (and especially the variance) of attitudes in the larger countries.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 29, 8:58 AM

This is a good benchmark.  But, lumping all Russians or Americans or Chinese together is perhaps not the best way to go about doing this.  There is marked difference in consumption in Moscow vs. Siberia, Los Angeles vs. Alaska, etc.  While the country level aggregation is great, it would be nice if we could see the break down (and especially the variance) of attitudes in the larger countries.

 

This might make a particularly interesting comparison for some things when it comes to next week and our Coastal Opinions polling is done for the year.

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DWP still working to repair water main break on Sunset Boulevard

DWP still working to repair water main break on Sunset Boulevard | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews were still busy Saturday morning trying to repair a broken water main that closed a portion of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on Friday.
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This is the latest high profile failure of our water infrastructure here in California.  This pipe was laid a century ago and concrete-lined to extend its useful life...in the 1950s.  One might think that servicing more than once a century would be on the to-do lists of public works agencies.  I understand all the arguments about why this is so hard, but the fact remains: physical materials wear out and need physical replacing.  That is the long and the short of it.

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38 maps that explain the global economy

38 maps that explain the global economy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

AbsoCommerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.

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Absolutely stellar assortment of maps displaying our interconnected world and the systems that currently feed our society.

 

You can get lost in this page for hours, so be careful!

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Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming

Mapping the LA Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Global Warming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The UCLA Luskin Center and Environmental Defense Fund have just released a new report looking at Los Angeles's opportunities for using more solar power (which are still 98% untapped, they say) and it includes these fascinating maps of which areas of LA County are most vulnerable to global warming.

According to the report, it's the "first study to provide specific climate-change projections for the greater Los Angeles area [in the years 2041 to 2060], with unique projections down to the neighborhood level." By mid-century, SoCal can look forward to "slightly warmer winters and springs but much warmer summers and falls, with more frequent heat waves," but the burden won't be spread around evenly: "The study predicts a likely tripling in the number of extremely hot days in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations." But of course higher temps aren't the only threat.


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▶ Gains and Gaps: No Ceilings Data Visualization - YouTube

At the 10th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project previewed a data visualization video that highlighte...
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All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit

All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
More than 120 leaders are expected to attend the one-day summit sponsored by the United Nations. They have been instructed to arrive Tuesday with "bold ideas" to slow the rise in global temperatures.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Lots of attention in New York this week in the lead up to the current UN Summit on Climate Change.

 

It would be great if our national leaders could do what our business, state and local leaders are being forced to do on their own.  For example:

 

http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/Brown-signs-several-clean-air-vehicle-bills-5771184.php?cmpid=hp-hc-bayarea

 

http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2014/09/09/california-electric-car-sales-pass-major-milestone/#26566101=0

 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-google-conservative-20140922-story.html

 

 

But just in case you were forgetting about the folks on the other side of the fact/reality fence, there is always the good ol' propaganda machine humming along nicely.  For example:

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-a-chevron-pr-website-20140922-column.html#page=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Is a Green Gun Barrel and Why Is the DoD Interested?

What Is a Green Gun Barrel and Why Is the DoD Interested? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Green technologies, or green manufacturing, are technologies or processes that provide a more environmentally acceptable alternative to current practices. In order to be successful, these alternatives must be at least as effective or robust as the current practices. For example, thecurrent electroplating process for gun barrels requires a caustic rinse, followed by acid polish and hard chrome plating and finally thermal treatment to alleviate hydrogen embrittlement. Chrome plating provides both wear and corrosion resistance, thus increasing the ballistic accuracy and diminishing the opportunities for mechanical fatigue failure. The hazards and wastes associated with the current practices are well documented.

 

PIRatE Lab's insight:

Hmmmm...there is something amiss with a "green" gun.  But I jut can't put my finger on it.  I think I had the same problem with an organic nuclear warhead.

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Elon Musk Dreams of a Martian Metropolis

Elon Musk Dreams of a Martian Metropolis | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Just last week, Elon Musk revealed that one of his main goals for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is to eventually build a city on Mars, ushering in an age when humanity is a multi-planet dwelling species.
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Ride services decimate S.F. taxi industry's business

Ride services decimate S.F. taxi industry's business | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
While the MTA regulates the taxi industry, the state Public Utilities Commission has claimed jurisdiction over the new ride services, which typically contract with people to use their personal cars to carry passengers who hail them with a smartphone app. The new companies, unlike taxi operators, have lesser insurance requirements, no restrictions on the number of vehicles they put on the streets, no clean-air standards and less-stringent background checks. Among biggest impacts of the ride services has been the drop in taxi rides taken by people in ramp taxis, which carry people in wheelchairs. Director Malcolm Heinicke wants to make it mandatory for taxis to have e-hailing apps, and taxi drivers said they want the city to keep ride services and limousines out of transit-only lanes and taxi stands.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Change is hard.  This is perhaps a classic example of how poor planning can kill an industry that provides a social good.  Is your grandma going to be able to jump on Uber and get in someone's car when she lands at the airport for Thanksgiving?

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ESRM Tenure Track Job Search Fall 2014

CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM). The ESRM Program…
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Position Description:

           CSU Channel Islands invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM).  Our ESRM Program seeks an energetic, creative colleague interested in making substantial contributions to our rapidly expanding program.  Prospective candidates should have a strong record of teaching, research, and service (or be able to provide strong evidence of their promise in each of those areas).  We are particularly interested in candidates with two or more of the following disciplinary interests: hydrology/watershed science, land use planning, coastal restoration, environmental policy, sustainability science, biostatistics/data visualization, remotely piloted systems, protected area management, and Geographic Information Science.  More important than specific disciplinary interests are the candidate’s broader qualifications.  The prospective candidate should have strong methodological skills with experience or substantial interest in developing community-based research.  CSU Channel Islands promotes interdisciplinary inquiry, community engagement, service learning, and an international focus; candidates are expected to share those commitments.  A Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field is required by time of appointment. 

 

For additional information and to apply please visit:

https://www.csucifacultyjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1410822788143

 

Application review begins on November 3, 2014

 

Please direct any and all questions to our Interim Chair:

Dr. Sean Anderson  office: (805) 437-8948  sean.anderson@csuci.edu

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Position Description:

           CSU Channel Islands invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM).  Our ESRM Program seeks an energetic, creative colleague interested in making substantial contributions to our rapidly expanding program.  Prospective candidates should have a strong record of teaching, research, and service (or be able to provide strong evidence of their promise in each of those areas).  We are particularly interested in candidates with two or more of the following disciplinary interests: hydrology/watershed science, land use planning, coastal restoration, environmental policy, sustainability science, biostatistics/data visualization, remotely piloted systems, protected area management, and Geographic Information Science.  More important than specific disciplinary interests are the candidate’s broader qualifications.  The prospective candidate should have strong methodological skills with experience or substantial interest in developing community-based research.  CSU Channel Islands promotes interdisciplinary inquiry, community engagement, service learning, and an international focus; candidates are expected to share those commitments.  A Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field is required by time of appointment. 

 

For additional information and to apply please visit:

https://www.csucifacultyjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1410822788143

 

Application review begins on November 3, 2014

 

Please direct any and all questions to our Interim Chair:

Dr. Sean Anderson  office: (805) 437-8948  sean.anderson@csuci.edu

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China seeks to fight smog by brainstorm: All ideas welcome

China seeks to fight smog by brainstorm: All ideas welcome | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The city of Wuhan is considering building skyscrapers coated with a high-tech substance that can "eat" air pollutants. An artist is offering to suck particulates out of Beijing's dirty skies using a giant vacuum-cleaner-type device and sell jewelry made with the collected contaminants. One researcher is suggesting an "urban wind passage" in the Chinese capital, regulating the height and density of buildings so that smog has a dispersal channel.
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Very interesting to see the arc of history repeating.  I recall many of the crazy ideas here in California.  A similar story was had when we needed water during a drought.  And for our famously traffic-clogged highways.  

 

When you go down the same road creating a problem we know is going to happen and just think you will "deal with it" later, the next phase is the outlandish responses to dealing with those problems.  Eventually we get to the mature adult phase wherein we actually tackle the problems of our own creation.  It would be nice if we could just jump to the last phase in the first place.

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L.A. heat wave: Medical emergencies expected to spike this weekend

L.A. heat wave: Medical emergencies expected to spike this weekend | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A heat wave that’s forecast to bear down on the Los Angeles region this weekend is likely to bring not only a heightened threat of wildfires but also a spike in medical emergencies.
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Thank you climate change deniers and failed leaders who think that tacking climate change is a "waste" of energy and time.  Although, I suspect the people that will die in this heat wave and the ensuing waves of heat stress over the coming decades won't be so appreciative.

 

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