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This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII

This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Our annual conference will explore approaches that will make a difference for a sustainable future. The conference will include workshops, seminars, posters, and facilitated discussions.  It is our goal to make this conference accessible to all who will benefit from this educational opportunity! Conference Index - over three full days we will host over 140 speakers and over 80 panel presentations, workshops and a few tours!
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The conference registration for this year's conference will go live on January 1.

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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 advisor Carl Icahn resigned in advance of magazine article on his potential conflicts of interest

Trump advisor Carl Icahn resigned in advance of magazine article on his potential conflicts of interest | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Carl Icahn, who resigned Friday from as President Donald Trump's adviser on deregulation efforts, stepped down ahead of a lengthy article detailing his potential conflicts of interest.
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National parks are already setting attendance records. Now come the eclipse chasers.

National parks are already setting attendance records. Now come the eclipse chasers. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Here’s how the 20 national parks on the path of totality are preparing.
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Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters?

Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
two current stories have skeptics wondering whether state regulators are watchdogs or lap dogs.
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75,000 Trees Donated So Far to ‘Trump Forest’ to Offset President’s Climate Destruction

75,000 Trees Donated So Far to ‘Trump Forest’ to Offset President’s Climate Destruction | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
GR: The name is acceptable since there will be no single place to name thus giving future visitors the wrong impression that Trump  contributed. "Environmental activists have created a worldwide reforestation project called "Trump Forest" to help offset the potential environmental destruction caused by President Trump's anti-climate agenda. "We wanted something tangible that people could…

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Explosion, major fire rocks DWP power station; 140,000 customers without power

Explosion, major fire rocks DWP power station; 140,000 customers without power | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An explosion Saturday at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plant in the San Fernando Valley caused a major fire and knocked out electricity to 140,000 customers.
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Yet another argument of a distributed, battery/storage-based electrical grid.
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Gov. Brown unveils plan for global climate summit, further undercutting Trump's agenda

Gov. Brown unveils plan for global climate summit, further undercutting Trump's agenda | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a swipe at Trump, Gov. Jerry Brown told climate activists Thursday he'll convene an international summit on global warming in San Francisco in 2018.
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Rick Perry and Al Franken exchange heated words on global warming

Rick Perry and Al Franken exchange heated words on global warming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
And it shows exactly why we need to stop arguing about climate science.
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More insanity of climate/fact-deniers who grab at any slim misquote as evidence that the entirety of the collective wisdom about the reality of climate change is a farce.
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A beleaguered EPA has become ground zero in Trump's war on science

A beleaguered EPA has become ground zero in Trump's war on science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency is the federal entity most threatened by Trump's anti-science agenda.
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IKEA is releasing a version of its iconic shopping bag made from potato chip wrappers

IKEA is releasing a version of its iconic shopping bag made from potato chip wrappers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Two Egyptian women have redesigned a Swedish classic in the name of sustainability. Attendees of last week's IKEA Democratic Design open house in Älmhult, Sweden cooed over sparkly, silver versions of the company's Frakta shopping bag. This latest incarnation of the iconic IKEA workhorse bag is the work of Mariam Hazem and Hend Riad, founders of Reform Studio, a desig
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Pick Figs, Grapes, And Lemonade Berries At This 5-Acre Park In Culver City

Pick Figs, Grapes, And Lemonade Berries At This 5-Acre Park In Culver City | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The fruit-bearing plants were installed by the art collective Fallen Fruit.
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Water extraction project would be destructive to California’s Mojave Desert

Water extraction project would be destructive to California’s Mojave Desert | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cadiz seeks to create a loophole in an 1875 railroad law to drain an ancient desert aquifer without any federal oversight.
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Draining aquifers is something we are supposedly trying to put into the past her win California.  Not greenlighting with federal nepotism.
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Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion

Why are so many CEOs bashing Trump over the Paris accord? Money and public opinion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Captains of industry such as Elon Musk and Bob Iger have led corporate opposition to President Trump's climate policies, but is their position about global warming or their bottom lines?
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The murder of a beloved anti-poaching crusader steels the resolve of fellow conservationists

The murder of a beloved anti-poaching crusader steels the resolve of fellow conservationists | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Wayne Lotter, 51, co-founder of PAMS Foundation USA, an NGO that supports anti-poaching efforts across Africa, was shot dead on Aug. 16, 2017.
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Countries without laws and strong protections for both people and planet are never a safe place and in ever-present struggle.
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Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The iconic VW van is coming back. Volkswagen will build new versions, starting soon. But this time around, they're all electric.
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Best way to distract from the act you illegally used computer controls to emit a gazillion tons of pollutants: unveil and electric vehicle!
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The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science

The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Historically, the biggest chunk of money for the IPCC climate report has come from the US. Or rather, it used to.

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Climate Change's Impact in the US? It's Already Here, Scientists Say Attempting to Avoid Being Silenced by U.S. Administration

Climate Change's Impact in the US? It's Already Here, Scientists Say Attempting to Avoid Being Silenced by U.S. Administration | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The impacts of climate change across the U.S. are dramatic, according to a new report.
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Elon Musk tweets picture of first Tesla Model 3 production car

Elon Musk tweets picture of first Tesla Model 3 production car | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The billionaire entrepreneur unveiled photos of the first Model 3 to come off the production line.
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Policy change in Jakarta accidentally teaches drivers the value of carpool lanes

Policy change in Jakarta accidentally teaches drivers the value of carpool lanes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Los Angeles, if you think traffic on the 101 is bad, be thankful you don’t live in Jakarta — especially since the city did away with its controversial carpool rules.
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After the drought, the 'Killer Kern' river is a different beast

After the drought, the 'Killer Kern' river is a different beast | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
During this deadly year for the so-called Killer Kern, the county has relied on two teams of about 50 trained volunteers to save swimmers
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These dynamic flows with high year-to-year variability in this era of a changing climate bode a world with many more such deaths.
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Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Explore the pipeline route, the effects it will have on surrounding communities and beyond, and a few of the alternatives to the fossil fuel-dependent economy of which DAPL is one small piece.
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ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on

ExxonMobil’s shareholders force the company to confront climate change head on | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
To stay sane, environmental activists have to live by the mantra, "you win some, you lose some." Earlier today (May 31), Reuters and Axios both cited sources saying president Donald Trump will likely pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. Almost as if to make up for it, on the same day
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True American Power - 60

Learn more about how wind energy is working for America at www.americanwindaction.org/
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A nonprofit group backed by the wind industry is launching a seven-figure advertising blitz in D.C., touting the renewable energy's American bona fides, seeking to capitalize on President Trump's driving mantra of America First.

The advertisements will run on cable, radio and digital outlets across D.C., with the president, his new administration and Congress as the target audience. The ads will run on Fox and Friends, which Trump watches regularly, along with other influential cable shows.
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Exxon Mobil shareholders successfully demand climate policy accountability

Exxon Mobil shareholders successfully demand climate policy accountability | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Even as the US pulls back from leadership on climate change, corporate shareholders are beginning to demand more information from large companies about their plans for a low-carbon future.
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Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality?

Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Coal is still very much at the center of the debate on the future of energy. For some, the holy grail is a new type of technology that captures some coal carbon emissions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to take a closer look at the results coming out of one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the country and the obstacles stopping them from collecting more.
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What Happens If the U. S. Exits the Paris Climate Accord?

What Happens If the U. S. Exits the Paris Climate Accord? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
"The world without U.S. efforts would have a far more difficult time avoiding a dangerous threshold: keeping the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. "The world has already warmed by just over half that amount - with about one-fifth of the past heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions coming…

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The probability of devastating climate change is growing. Some believe that we are nearing the point beyond which there is no return. Recent analyses show that our options for reversing climate change are fading. There is a real danger that if the U. S. withdraws from the Paris climate treaty other nations will follow our lead. Climatologists agree that if the Paris Accord breaks down, global disaster may be inescapable.