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Southwestern bird and reptile distributions to shift as climate changes

Southwestern bird and reptile distributions to shift as climate changes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to new research. Overall, the study forecasted species distribution losses -- that is, where species are able to live -- of nearly half for all but one of the 5 reptile species they examined, including for the iconic chuckwalla.
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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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Quantis Introduces New Land Use Guidance to Slash Global Supply Chain Emissions | Sustainable Brands

Quantis Introduces New Land Use Guidance to Slash Global Supply Chain Emissions | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Reducing deforestation and other unsustainable land use practices is imperative and could help capture as much as a sixth of the carbon necessary to reach global climate targets, according to the UN-endorsed Bonn agreement on deforestation. Corporations, particularly those with vested interests in forest resources and rely heavily on agriculture and forestry, stand to gain considerably by reducing impacts, a move which would also positively affect climate. As these companies set objectives to align with science-based goals, a formal methodology is needed to guide them towards embedding land use-generated emissions in their corporate and product footprints.

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California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy

California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Imagine a California future where fossil fuels are never used to generate electricity. That's a proposal lawmakers are considering now. What would it take to hit that goal?
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Bye to 'Whole Paycheck'? New owner Amazon slashes Whole Foods prices

Bye to 'Whole Paycheck'? New owner Amazon slashes Whole Foods prices | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Amazon.com Inc. completed its $13.7-billion purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc. on Monday and immediately slashed prices by up to 43% for some of the grocery chain’s bestselling products.
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Can you say "loss leader?"
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What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer

What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Will your grandchildren live in cities on Antarctica?
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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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L.L. Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight

L.L. Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The new ad is part of the company's new 'Be an Outsider' campaign.
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How ‘Decent Work’ And Climate Resilience Grow Together

How ‘Decent Work’ And Climate Resilience Grow Together | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Whilst climate change has disruptive and sometimes devastating consequences, confronting it has great potential for job creation. Good jobs. Decent jobs that provide livelihood, protection and dignity. The kinds of jobs that ensure sustainable and inclusive growth. The ILO calls these "green jobs."

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We must learn to recognize these opportunities and design strategic environmental policies driven by a decent work agenda. There is an urgent need for green employment policies in: 

1) Prevention—before disasters occur 
2) Mitigation—transitioning to clean energy 
3) Adaptation—waste recycling, and reusing of materials such as plastic. 

This process of change at work will require the combined efforts of governments and of employers and workers through social dialogue. Day by day, workplace practices, skills, product design and job profiles are being adjusted. Most automobile manufacturers produce more fuel-efficient (or electric) cars; farmers apply more climate-resilient growing methods with organic fertilizers; enterprises use more energy-efficient techniques. 

This new working dynamic makes a strong case for thinking in terms of processes to enable the greening of economies and production, rather than a dichotomy between unsustainable, dirty jobs being discontinued, and sustainable, clean ones being created.
 
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Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Area Gets High National Ranking For Sustainability

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Area Gets High National Ranking For Sustainability | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new survey of the top regions in America for sustainable growth efforts includes part of the South Coast. The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura area ranked
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I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new study confirms what many already know: Exxon for years sowed uncertainty and doubt about climate change in the public. Should scientists reject certain funding sources?
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With These Science Apps, You Can 'Shazam' Mother Nature

With These Science Apps, You Can 'Shazam' Mother Nature | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Don't just point and shoot, point and learn! These apps are fun for nature lovers, and contribute to scientific databases of flora and fauna. 
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Aides, but not real substitutes for natural history knowledge.
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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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Power = influence. 
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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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