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How Many Gigatons of CO2? - Information Is Beautiful

How Many Gigatons of CO2? - Information Is Beautiful | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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Nice illustrartion of CO2 emissions.

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Paris designers create "Insectopia" bug houses

Paris designers create "Insectopia" bug houses | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This hotel for insects was created to promote urban biodiversity.
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Interesting, but I am not sure which insects they are seeking to attract.

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Another reason not to build glass towers: They are not resilient

Another reason not to build glass towers: They are not resilient | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Superstorm Sandy and the Alberta floods demonstrate the need to design buildings that keep the heat in or out when the power fails.
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Americans Buy Green to Save Money, Not the Climate

Americans Buy Green to Save Money, Not the Climate | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new poll finds that consumers are willing to save energy—but only for the sake of their own bank accounts.
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Nothing particularly new or surprising here.  Often times simply creating fewer bad choices to choose from can be the most effective way forward.

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The artistic evolution of the Sobieski house

The artistic evolution of the Sobieski house | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An innovative South Pasadena house treats living spaces like art galleries.
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Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory

Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
UK retail giant Tesco has stopped taking clothing from one of its supplier factories in Bangladesh after a structural survey of the site revealed serious safety issues.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 21, 2013 8:37 AM

An expected response from Tesco: withdrawal.  This is of course more cost effective than capacity building or supplier training , but what about the social consequences for already impoverished economies?

Leanne's curator insight, February 5, 5:58 AM

Ethics

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Raising trout tested farmer's business and animal-husbandry skills

Raising trout tested farmer's business and animal-husbandry skills | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Raising trout tested farmer's business and animal-husbandry skills
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Other help came by way of Laura Tiu, an aquaculture specialist from Ohio State University who runs a research and extension program.

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Global Aqua Link's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:05 AM

John should be proud from where ever he is to see Meyer's trout farm growing..

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Greenhouse gases nearing highly dangerous levels, study finds

Greenhouse gases nearing highly dangerous levels, study finds | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are growing at such a rate that the world will probably exceed a safe limit in average global temperatures by the end of the century and veer into a higher temperature zone that would...
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Harward University, Steps toward sustainable seafood

Harward University, Steps toward sustainable seafood | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Harvard University Dining Services has turned its attention to sustainable seafood, an effort that may lead to new institutional standards for purchasing.

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San Onofre shutdown will mean tight electricity supplies

San Onofre shutdown will mean tight electricity supplies | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO — Southern California residents will have to get serious about energy conservation, particularly this summer, now that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been permanently shut down.
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MBA in Design Strategy | California College of the Arts

MBA in Design Strategy | California College of the Arts | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
CCA's MBA in Design Strategy is the only two-year MBA in the world that is design-centric and integrates sustainability.

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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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Solar-powered RC race cars teach valuable energy lesson

Solar-powered RC race cars teach valuable energy lesson | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Solar Rollers hope to teach teenagers to love solar energy, one race at a time.
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These suckers jam really fast!

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Why they hate LEED in Georgia

Why they hate LEED in Georgia | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Last year the Governor banned LEED, because Georgia tree plantation owners don't like FSC.
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While far from perfect, LEED is a key driver oushing the building industry towards more sustainable practices.  This pushback is disappointing.

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Material ecology: additive technology and biological forms

Material ecology: additive technology and biological forms | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Neri Oxman presents her work from MIT's Mediated Matter Group at the Biomimicry 3.8 conference.
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Timeline: Big Ag's Campaign to Shut Up Its Critics

Timeline: Big Ag's Campaign to Shut Up Its Critics | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
From "veggie libel" to pink slime.
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On the heels a session yesterday on comunicating sustainability, this seemed an interesting overview.

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Jones' anti-wind rally flop

Jones' anti-wind rally flop | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

While the lack of attendees at the anti-wind protest in Canberra left MC Alan Jones a bit underwhelmed, a hastily organised pro-wind rally nearby had more than six times the number of attendees.


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Hmmm....

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 19, 2013 7:28 AM
An entertaining read on the social environment surrounding wind farms and sustainable energy in the community.
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How corporate reporting improved Microsoft's supply chain

How corporate reporting improved Microsoft's supply chain | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Here's a novel use of corporate reporting to gain insight into key suppliers' management systems.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:41 PM

CSR is gaining momentum as companies embrace the existing , roubust standards that have been in place for some time, such as Global Reportining Initiative.


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Slightly darkened streets of Tokyo

By fading back and forth between scenes of pre- and post-quake Tokyo, this time-lapse video by YouTube user darwinfish105 shows how the metropolitan nightscape has been affected by Japan's ongoing power shortages and conservation efforts.

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Great Escape: A Tiny, Off-the-Grid Hideout in the California Woods

Great Escape: A Tiny, Off-the-Grid Hideout in the California Woods | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Covered in bark and topped by a living roof, this 90-square-foot retreat hides on its Big Sur hillside
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Cool bungalow!

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U.S. oil and gas reserves up by a third, new report says

U.S. oil and gas reserves up by a third, new report says | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Reserves of oil and gas that can be developed using current technology are 35% greater in 2013 than in 2011, according to a new report by the Energy Information Administration, the research branch of the Energy Department.
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Turning cow dung into electricity

Turning cow dung into electricity | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Dairy farmer Ron Koetsier's 1,200 cows produce roughly 90 tons of manure daily, and for the last three decades, he has tried unsuccessfully to turn the stinky dung into energy to power his 450-acre farm in Visalia.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

We do indeed need to work on making our environmental regulations less onerous.  While I fully agree with the ultimate goal of these regulations, crazy rules and simply crazy rules wherever they may be.  Our environment is not necessarily protected better by more numerous/more complex regulations.  

 

As we have seen with wind power, with alternative ocean energy generation, etc. we develop these technologies here in California but cannot implement them here due to the insane rules.  We are fine with burning fossile fules in power plants but seem to want to hold small-scale start-up energy production to an increadibly high bar.

 

Here is hoping we can get our manure together and get these digesters running. 

 

Oh, and this might make the drive up the 5 a bit less of a smally affair...

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A Floating Wind Tower Is Launched in Maine

A Floating Wind Tower Is Launched in Maine | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The tower floats on three hollow concrete tubes and produces 20 kilowatts of power, but a much larger version is planned in the next few years.
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Fracking Tests Ties Between California 'Oil and Ag' Interests

Fracking Tests Ties Between California 'Oil and Ag' Interests | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Fracking Tests Ties Between California 'Oil and Ag' Interests New York Times By all accounts, oilmen and farmers — often shortened to “oil and ag” here — have coexisted peacefully for decades in this conservative, business friendly part of...
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Crowd-Funded Solar Projects Top $1 Million in U.S.

Crowd-Funded Solar Projects Top $1 Million in U.S. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Is this a new key to a wave of clean energy development in the U.S.? Mosaic, the crowd-funded solar site, certainly hopes so.
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