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How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water

How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The series "Previewing the possible for smart cities" begins, starting with the basics: energy, water and information and communication technology.

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Efficiencia makes your building clever and can also make your city clever!

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Efficiencia makes your building clever and can also help your city to be more clever!

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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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Seafood entrepreneur: Lobster traceability company aims to empower consumers

Seafood entrepreneur: Lobster traceability company aims to empower consumers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
You may also like: Tools targetting labor abuse in supply chains awarded $250,000 Seafood industry group argues traceability leads to more revenue DNA tests show over 99% of surveyed MSC-certified seafood is correctly labeled
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 30, 11:48 AM
Traceability and authentication must be at the heart of any sustainable seafood endeavor.
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How fracking can contribute to climate change | Environment | The Guardian

How fracking can contribute to climate change | Environment | The Guardian | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.…

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A River’s Tale

A River’s Tale | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tracing the mighty Indus from sea to source.
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The story of one of the planet's great rivers.
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Environmentalists are very worried about Brazil's new government

Environmentalists are very worried about Brazil's new government | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The new guys in charge of Brazil describe themselves as great for business interests — as for the environment, campaigners say not so much.
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Agreement on Best Practices for Drone Use | UAV Expert News

Agreement on Best Practices for Drone Use | UAV Expert News | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Agreement on Best Practices for Drone Use MULTI-STAKEHOLDER GROUP FINALIZES AGREEMENT ON  BEST PRACTICES FOR DRONE USE Washington, DC – Today, a wide range of privacy groups and industry stakeholders participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues regarding commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft …
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These are all common sense steps that many of us already follow, but it is good to have a clear document we can point to with community support.
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UN agency: Pace of environmental damage 'intensifying' across the globe

UN agency: Pace of environmental damage 'intensifying' across the globe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a sweeping synthesis of global data, the United Nations Environment Programme has intensively catalogued environmental assaults across the globe.
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Again, the emphasis we see is on pollution, etc.  While the ultimate drivers (gross numbers of humans and the affluence with which we live) are not front and center.
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Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes

Southern California Gas Co. ordered to stop cleaning Porter Ranch-area homes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered Southern California Gas Co. late Sunday to stop cleaning the homes of Porter Ranch-area residents affected by the gas leak at the company's Aliso Canyon facility, concluding that the utility’s contractor was not properly trained o
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Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success

Burritos and ice cream – the contrasting fortunes of two organisations and the difference between supply chain failure and success. Burritos and ice cream. Who doesn’t love them? Carne asada and guacamole. Chocolate and cherries. The combinations are endless, and so are the places that offer these tasty treats. So what can a burrito chain … Continue reading Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success →

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Great lesson to be derived from this instance: Sustainable procurement plays a signficant role in the supply chain and CSR effort. 

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Going green: Energy-efficient, water-wise homes on Ojai tour

Going green: Energy-efficient, water-wise homes on Ojai tour | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This year’s Green Living Tour and Home Show is organized by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition and aims to inspire and educate people about sustainable home improve­ments, gardening and ­lifestyles.
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The Changing American Diet

The Changing American Diet | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Check out what we ate on an average day over the past many decades!
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Video: River Set On Fire In An Area With Fracking

Video: River Set On Fire In An Area With Fracking | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Watch this video, in which an Australian politician sets a river on fire to protest nearby fracking operations.
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Tesla throws cold water on its own hype by admitting huge risks in building the Model 3

Tesla throws cold water on its own hype by admitting huge risks in building the Model 3 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Undermining its own hype, Tesla admits that building its new Model 3 could be a huge challenge
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High risk, high reward.
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The ‘Other NRA’ and the Future of American Food

The ‘Other NRA’ and the Future of American Food | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The 2016 annual meeting of the National Restaurant Association is all about “local” food — with a very liberal definition of “local.”
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Rubber meet road.  What is "local?"  Who makes our food?  All this and more is on display at the annual NRA meeting in Chicago.
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The Rise of Small Farm Robots — Food is the New Internet — Medium

The Rise of Small Farm Robots - Food is the New Internet - Medium
Or why the miniaturization of farm machinery will help encourage small, diverse farms.
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When we think about the future in ten years, we’re going to see smaller machines rather than big ones,” said Rowbot’s founder Kent Cavender-Bares in a recent conversation of This Week in Startups podcast. The 64-row corn planters that crawl across the Heartland today are so large and expensive that they only make sense for the most gargantuan, and debt-worthy, farmers. They’re so heavy they compact the soil. And they don’t work if you decide to plant a rye, sorghum or anything besides corn. In contrast, Rowbot is small enough to get between the rows of corn, dropping fertilizer in microdoses, when the crop needs it. Much less fertilizer gets wasted and runs off the field to contaminate the water supply. These are things a big tractor simply cannot do. “Let’s say we just wanted to mix corn and soybeans on the same field. Today you can’t do that easily at scale.
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What Do Elephants and Cocaine Have in Common?

What Do Elephants and Cocaine Have in Common? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Wildlife products and drugs both fuel massive levels of international crime, according to a new United Nations report. A massive new report published this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) proves what conservationists have been saying for years: smuggling of wildlife products is huge business. The report—compiled from records of…

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Dubai Partners with WOC on Ocean Sustainable Dwevelopment

Dubai Partners with WOC on Ocean Sustainable Dwevelopment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Dubai Council on Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI) and the World Ocean Council (WOC) have agreed to collaborate…
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Historic Drought Helps Predict How Climate Change Might Affect an Endangered Species

Historic Drought Helps Predict How Climate Change Might Affect an Endangered Species
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In defense of the reasonable Republican — Culture War Dispatches — Medium

In defense of the reasonable Republican - Culture War Dispatches - Medium
A much-shared article is a conservative cry for mature political discourse
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While not about "sustainability" per se, I think this article makes several good points.  And points relative to an effect improvement of our current situation: civility and comity.  Before we can move forward on the myriad of problems, we need to be able to actually dialog and interact and debate with one another.  Too often we get bogged down in the stupid political coverage or the raging rift that some prefer to widen with every day.  There is another way.  It is called "being an adult" and hearing one another before jumping in with our our opinions.
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What it's like to be married to the men doing 'the most dangerous conservation job in the world'

What it's like to be married to the men doing 'the most dangerous conservation job in the world' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The rangers’ jobs are difficult, to be sure. But sometimes the work is even harder on their wives.
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We all depend on our support networks, wherever we are around the world and whatever tasks we do.  So much is put on the shoulders of not only our shoulders, but of our entire family and social networks.
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Citizen scientists collected rare ice data, confirm warming since industrial revolution

Citizen scientists collected rare ice data, confirm warming since industrial revolution | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In 1442, Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the freeze dates of a nearby lake, while in 1693 Finnish merchants started recording breakup dates on a local river. Together they create the oldest inland water ic
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The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR

The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It’s not the number alone that matters; it’s the combination of the quantitative number and the accompanying qualitative narrative that provides the full picture.

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Great concept of "apples with oranges" comparison applied in sustainability reporting! 

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Two fans beat Dodgers traffic by walking to the game – 22 miles from Sherman Oaks

Two fans beat Dodgers traffic by walking to the game – 22 miles from Sherman Oaks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Sometimes it really is the journey, not the destination. Occasionally it's both.
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A great form of "alternative energy."
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Fossil fuels: ‘Enough is enough’

Fossil fuels: ‘Enough is enough’ | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Colorado demonstration part of global protest movement https://twitter.com/RacingXtinction/status/730515331634987008 Staff Report As part of a global series of protests against the continued burning of fossil fuels, hundreds of Colorado activists gathered this week in Denver to protest a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood. Organizers counted about…

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Spiralling global temperatures | Climate Lab Book

Spiralling global temperatures | Climate Lab Book | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Hyperloop One succeeds at first of many much-hyped tests

Hyperloop One succeeds at first of many much-hyped tests | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Development of the nearly supersonic train known as the hyperloop reached a new milestone Wednesday as entrepreneurs propelled a passenger-less sled about 100 yards at half its eventual targeted speed.
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Hot damn!  Here comes the super fast hyperloop.  It would be awesome if this became our new California bullet train!
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