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Eider duck population declining in Arctic as polar bears devour eggs

Eider duck population declining in Arctic as polar bears devour eggs | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An Arctic duck is at risk because polar bears have developed a newfound appetite for their eggs, scientists say.
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Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments -- to the tune of hundreds of bird species and thousands of plant species in a single city.
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Hummmm....well yes, critters do persist.  But if we were to measure functioning and interactions, this would pale in significance to natural landscapes.

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Cameron's declaration that "money is no object" has destroyed his austerity message

Cameron's declaration that "money is no object" has destroyed his austerity message | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By insisting that he will spend "whatever money is needed" on flood relief, Cameron has undermined his claim that austerity means we must tolerate rising homelessness and poverty.
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Wayback Machine: How to clean your sidewalk with calcium carbide

Wayback Machine: How to clean your sidewalk with calcium carbide | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Or should we call this the "What could possibly go wrong department"
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What could go wrong?

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How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage

How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been exploring how using public weather forecast information can help deliver significant reductions in energy consumption.

 

Combining information from the Bureau of Meteorology with data from existing building management systems, the researchers have developed an intelligent model that remains one step ahead of the building’s temperature changes, automatically adjusting the heating and cooling supply accordingly.

Early experimental results have provided encouraging results, with at least 10 per cent energy savings shown to be possible.


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From Occupy to Climate Justice

From Occupy to Climate Justice | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.

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caffeine in a cup of coffee, cup of tea - Use your math and WolframAlpha to find out!

caffeine in a cup of coffee, cup of tea - Use your math and WolframAlpha to find out! | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Check out these dynamically computed results from Wolfram|Alpha!

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Imagine your robot today. Design one tomorrow.

With an open source robot design for 3-D printers, discover how Intel's 21st Century Robot program hopes to increase the growth rate, diversity, and utility of robots by allowing anyone to create and program their own robot.


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This vs. That: Is it better to watch the Olympics with friends?

This vs. That: Is it better to watch the Olympics with friends? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The environmental impact isn’t always our first thought when we plan our daily activities. That’s why we’re introducing a new series of infographics, “This vs. That: Which has the smallest carbon footprint?” We’ll take a look at the different ways everyday activities impact our carbon emissions—even things like watching the Olympics.
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How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome)

How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights—known for their distinctive yellow hue—with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city appears on camera, thus giving Los Angeles a brand new look in the age of digital filmmaking. As Dave Kendricken writes for No Film School, "Hollywood will never look the same."
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An added benefit of the switch to lower energy lighting is the improved color spectrum for our built environment.

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Where tech buses roam, affluence follows

Where tech buses roam, affluence follows | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Which came first, the Google bus stop, the two-bedroom apartment for $10,500 a month, or the new place that sells organic fruit juice and nut milk for $12 per serving? "San Francisco has always been a really expensive place to live, but I wanted to see if these neighborhoods had become even more gentrified and affluent with the arrival of all these tech workers who commute to the South Bay," said Walker. Walker, a Union City native, worked in data visualization for a large tech company before deciding to shift those skills to data journalism to tell, as he described it, "important news stories that I care about." Feeding upon itselfAs Walker sees it, technology companies stationed their bus stops in fun, hip neighborhoods where their young workers were increasingly moving. Companies like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Facebook hire private shuttles to pick up their workers in the Mission, and it's there that protesters in recent months have blocked some buses, arguing that tech companies are responsible for the neighborhood's skyrocketing housing prices and rampant evictions. Not everyone happyThe loud clangs of construction equipment just outside his door are music to his ears because they signify more buildings and more potential customers. Wearing a T-shirt reading "I love to get chai" and sporting long blond curls, he said he gets by using about 10 different skills, including photography and restoring antique furniture. A thoughtful, soft-spoken man, he said he's deliberated a lot about contributing to gentrification and thinks everybody - the anti-eviction protesters, tech companies, landlords and city officials - needs to stop blaming each other and actually talk. A recent report by the city's budget and legislative analyst showed that Ellis Act evictions, used to clear a building to sell it, jumped by 170 between 2010 and 2013. Peter Cohen, director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, said it's not at all surprising to learn about Walker's "clusters of affluence," where tech shuttles, new restaurants and skyrocketing property values are clumped together. Asked to predict what the Mission could look like in several years without such interventions, Cohen predicted a fate that would surely strike fear into the hearts of longtime Mission District residents and newcomers alike. The brightest areas show that restaurants and cafes tend to cluster in the same neighborhoods that have multiple shuttle stops.
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More data from the epicenter of gentrification: San Francisco.

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'Sustainability' is venture capital's new buzzword

'Sustainability' is venture capital's new buzzword | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As the definition of clean tech expands, more investors are backing companies with environmental innovations.

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Scientists Discover That Antimicrobial Wipes and Soaps May Be Making You (and Society) Sick

Scientists Discover That Antimicrobial Wipes and Soaps May Be Making You (and Society) Sick | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago as I was walking out of a Harris Teeter grocery store in Raleigh, North Carolina, I saw a man face a moment ...
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Why need we so fascinated by "unsafe" places and making them "more safe."

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Coffee growing: More biodiversity, better harvest

Coffee growing: More biodiversity, better harvest | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Bees, birds and bats make a huge contribution to the high yields produced by coffee farmers around Mount Kilimanjaro -- an example of how biodiversity can pay off. This effect has been described as result of a study now published, conducted by tropical ecologists.
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Relocating 'nuisance' animals often unhealthy for wildlife

The long-distance relocation of nuisance animals may appear to benefit both people and wildlife, but often the animals end up dead. Research suggests such human/animal conflicts are best solved with short-distance relocations instead.
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This is interesting.  The problem with shorter relocation distances is the increased possibility that the critter will return to the same spot.

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5 ways jewelry is becoming cleaner and greener

5 ways jewelry is becoming cleaner and greener | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Companies as diverse as Tiffany, Brilliant Earth and Kamoka Pearl are working to satisfy consumer demand for eco-friendly jewelry.

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit
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Nice examples from the mariculture side of things and from the synthetic diamond side of things.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 14, 2014 5:49 PM

Nice example of some relatively simple steps being taken to reduce the environmental impact from pearl farming.

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Tom Perkins still thinks the rich are persecuted

Tom Perkins still thinks the rich are persecuted | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It is hard to believe that this all started with a hedge. Multimillionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins spoke to a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club on Thursday night. Also in t...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

I love the fact that this is something of a dialog and not someone hiding out.  So I do give lots of respect to someone who speaks his mind without having his minions do circuitous things behind the scenes or try to nefariously influence power brokers, editors, etc.  This guy isn't engaging in ad holmium attacks, skulking around internet chat rooms under a fraudulent avatar, or using others to do his "dirty" (for lack of a better word) deeds.

 

But that being said, this is a continued example of the uber wealthy/entitled feeling that they should be able to do (almost) whatever they like.  I take it on face value that his comments about dollars equalling votes was a joke, but that only goes so far.

 

Here's to honest and open dialog.  But we all need to be open to new ideas...not just coming to the debate to push our ideas down to "the little people."  Again, this is only way we will get true dialog and tangible progress towards a more sustainable world.

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Waste coffee grounds set to fuel London with biodiesel and biomass pellets

Waste coffee grounds set to fuel London with biodiesel and biomass pellets | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Bio-bean, a new London based company, is taking waste coffee grounds and turning them into biofuels. Tim Smedley reports

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit
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I tried a coffee-ground based "wooden" log for the fireplace last year.  It burned quite nicely and cleanly.  And it smelled like a coffee shop.

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Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically Modified Seeds

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically Modified Seeds | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Bill talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, links genetic tinkering to problems in our ecology, economy, and humanity, and sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth.

 
Vandana Shiva describes the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth.
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Vandana Shiva describes the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth.

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Is Interstate 280's future no future? One group hopes so

The notion of demolishing the stretch of Interstate 280 that lands near the Caltrain yard South of Market is gaining support -- and national attention. Until now, the idea of tearing down the stub ...
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The onrushing wave

The onrushing wave | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change


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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, February 3, 2014 1:33 AM

Technology Innovation and jobs.

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SolarCoin: A currency that represents solar power being produced.

SolarCoin: A currency that represents solar power being produced. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Incentivizing solar energy for the next 40 yrs.
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SolarCoin is an alternative digital currency. SolarCoin is backed by two forms of proof of work. One is the traditional cryptographic proof of work associated with digital currency.

 

Another proof of work is a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) or meter record that has been generated and 3rd party verified. SolarCoin is equitably distributed using both of these proofs of work as a means to reward renewable energy production.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 10, 2014 12:28 PM

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Water in the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle. Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so…

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 9, 2014 11:10 PM

Short video with good visuals on global water challenges

- Alex Gaskill

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The cost of the Sochi games: $19 million per Olympic athlete

The cost of the Sochi games: $19 million per Olympic athlete | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The 2014 Winter Olympics are seven times more expensive than the last Winter Games, and cost $20 billion more than the Summer Games in Beijing.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

I don't really want to be overly harsh on the Olympics, but these games seem to have morphed into something of an insane monster of an event.  The lack of true sustainability related interests/programs, the willingness to outright destroy ecological communities (as with Sochi) and bulldoze over the poor and disenfranchised (as with Beijing) is becoming a bit much in my opinion.

Perhaps the clearest sign that something is simply off is the disgusting amount of money that is now expected to be spent on each of these couple week ad campaigns…I mean sporting events.  All kinds of expenditures are common on government or industrial activities.  The issue is the cost vs. benefit.  I regretfully think that we have vastly exceeded an ROI anyone could say was worth it. 

The last profitable Olympics was the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles.  And the ones in totalitarian/oligarchic regimes seem to only foster injustice.  The Olympics are far from the ideals laid out in the Olympic charter.

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Who are the 1 percent? Two new views

Who are the 1 percent? Two new views | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Nobel Prize -winning economist Robert M. Solow has leveled a blast at a recent attempt by Harvard economist N. Gregory Mankiw to explain rising income inequality and the primacy of the 1% in the U.S. as the result of "just desserts" going to the talented people making important economic contributions to society.
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While we certainly need innovation to tackle our vexing sustainability crises, the "one percent" are certainly more often a hinderance rather than a assistance in these matters.  At least in my opinion.  I do not find many "one percenters" or five or ten percenters for that matter in the cue to assist with new technological innovations that can bolster sustainability.  But I do find many of them on the status quo tip, arguing against technological or policy innovations to bolster sustainability.  Be it wealthy mining heiresses in Australia or fossil fuel advocating industrialists, most are actively seeking to hinder or reverse gains in environmental protection and social justice.  Unfortunately I concur that most of the ultra rich are indeed more Jamie Dimond and less Steve Jobs.

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