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Forward-thinking Tiny Homes are built from "pure salvage"

Forward-thinking Tiny Homes are built from "pure salvage" | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An American tiny house builder specializes in what he calls "pure salvage building."
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Go small!

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Tar Sands Pipeline Ruptures, Spreading Oil Across Arkansas Town

Tar Sands Pipeline Ruptures, Spreading Oil Across Arkansas Town | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A pipeline carrying crude oil from tar sands in Canada ruptured Friday in the small Arkansas town of Mayflower, forcing the evacuation of 22 homes.

Via clare wormald
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Surprise, surprise.  Where there is oil there are spills.  The longer the pipeline, the greater the liklihood of a spill.  Be careful what you wish for "Keystone."

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Record-High Antibiotic Sales for Meat and Poultry Production

Record-High Antibiotic Sales for Meat and Poultry Production | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Record-High Antibiotic Sales for Meat and Poultry Production

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Green Roof | Make It Right

Green Roof | Make It Right | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation, planted over a waterproofing membrane.

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First Green Roof in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans: the Shigeru Ban house.

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Modernization of flood insurance risk assessments, ending of mandatory policies behind levees recommended

Modernization of flood insurance risk assessments, ending of mandatory policies behind levees recommended | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The National Flood Insurance Program should adopt new and more modern methods of analyzing and managing the risk of flooding behind levees, concludes a new report from the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Encouraging or discouraging behaviors is one of the most essential paths forward in making our coastlines (and other environments) more sustainable.

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Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to ...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This idea is not new, but has been tried too infrequently. I recall a talk several years ago wherein the speaker proposed we do intensive grazing of seagrasses by heards of turtles.

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Kangaroo scrotums in short supply in Australia after rain sends them bounding

Kangaroo scrotums in short supply in Australia after rain sends them bounding | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Kangaroo scrotums are reportedly in short supply in Australia after constant heavy rain drove the animals beyond the range of shooters.
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When we discuss about climate change or "global weirding", we normally talk about coastal flooding, etc.  But this panoply of events can also (apparently) include this.  I guess for some people/critters it is not much of a G'Day.

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On Location video: The dark side of Paraguay’s agricultural boom

On Location video: The dark side of Paraguay’s agricultural boom | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Agricultural output has boosted Paraguay’s economy, but some say the cost is too high.
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With the increasing need to boost food production globally, we must also be asking the hard questions about sustainability and justice of the efforts to produce that food...

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Sahm Timon McGinnity's curator insight, April 27, 2014 11:19 PM

Paraguay's economy holds soy as its largest export, but the government is pushing for diversification in the exports. People have been encouraged to produce cattle and export beef, but it has not been successful in the individual standpoint. People who have invested into cattle farming have taken serious deficits in the short run, and this industry will most likely fail without government subsidies in the long run. 

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Whole Foods to require labels on genetically modified products

Whole Foods to require labels on genetically modified products | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Although California voters didn't back the labeling of products made with genetically modified ingredients, the practice will soon be mandatory at Whole Foods Market Inc.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

No GMO at Whole Paycheck.

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What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?

What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

In the past decade we became an urban species.  It is hard to imagine a time when we could ever return to our non-urban roots.  These folks are embracing that and heading onward.

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School-based kitchen gardens are getting an A+: New study highlights benefits of for both children and parents

Grow it, try it, and you just might like it is a motto many schools are embracing to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
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Sustainability has benefits from all aspects of our life and society.

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Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on climate change, State Department analysis says

Analysis says Canada’s oil sands will be developed if pipeline is blocked; U.S. oil consumption won’t change.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This analyses is, to say the least, a massive disapointment.  It also suffers from numerous deficiences and ignores the realisty of global energy trading.

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In Epic Blunder, NY Times And Washington Post All But Abandon Specialized Climate Science Coverage

In Epic Blunder, NY Times And Washington Post All But Abandon Specialized Climate Science Coverage | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Columbia Journalism Review slams Times for “outright lie” about its commitment to environmental coverage. This weekend two of the premier newspapers in the country basically abandoned the story of the century — climate change — as a specialized beat.
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What an increadible blunder...

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Smuggler caught with more than 10 percent of an entire species

Smuggler caught with more than 10 percent of an entire species | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The arrest of a wildlife smuggler in Thailand proves just how easily a handful of criminals could bring about the demise of an endangered species.

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PIRatE Lab's insight:

Yes, yes...market forces will solve everything.

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Twin Tree-Covered Towers: The World’s First Vertical Forests | WebUrbanist

Twin Tree-Covered Towers: The World’s First Vertical Forests | WebUrbanist | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

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PIRatE Lab's insight:

Very cool idea.  We are stuggling to get our first green roof on the ground on a horizontal surface.  This tiered approach is quite cool. 

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Most in U.S. concerned about sea level rise, poll finds

Most in U.S. concerned about sea level rise, poll finds | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of Americans is convinced that sea level rise resulting from climate change poses a significant threat to the United States and coastal communities should invest in preparing for the risks, according to a...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

As with most issues related to dealing with sustainability, if you can narrow down on a relatively simple, easy to understand aspect with clear, local manifestations, we are moer likely to see folks register/decide the issue has relevance to them.  We are finding similar responses towards such attitudes here in California.

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Go Green NOLA | Links & Resources

Go Green NOLA | Links & Resources | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Go Green NOLA is the guide for the New Orleans community on how to build and live green.
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Resources for more sustainable housing designs.  In this case a New Orleans/Gulf Coast-centric smattering of ideas and suggestions.

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Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat Youth Farm | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
growing leaders through the meaningful work of growing food
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This is one of our partners here in New Orleans.  Check it out.  They are "growing" some good stuff.

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Yew World City Prize: The Ahmedabad Story

Yew World City Prize: The Ahmedabad Story | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Faced with a congested road network clogged with highly polluting private transport, the Indian city of Ahmedabad launched a highly successful three-pronged strategy to develop a world-class transport system. This helped transform Ahmedabad into one of India's most liveable cities, and for which it received a Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Special Mention in 2012.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

The Yew Wold City Prize is another of these "Global Prize" awards which seems to be a lot about who you know.  Nevertheless, wihtin this website are some great examples of cities sturggling to be better and more sustinable.  This particular story about an Indian city highlights some of the lessons pther cities might take to heart.

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Dead pigs in Shanghai river jump to almost 6,000

The number of dead pigs found in Shanghai's main river doubled in two days to nearly 6,000, the government said, as officials from a nearby area blamed for the porcine deluge sought to deny it was the source.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

The pigs seemed to have been dumped by farmers upstream after dying of disease.  Despite this, local government maintains that water from the river is safe.  Ummmmmm....these claims have been met with a healthy dose of skepticism on Chinese social media.  I trust bottled water sales are spiking.

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In Asia, tide slowly turning against shark fin soup

In Asia, tide slowly turning against shark fin soup | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Will lovers of the deluxe Chinese dish eat shark species into extinction?
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The question is: are we already too late?

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California Student Sustainability Coalition

California Student Sustainability Coalition | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Connecting students across California to make our universities more sustainable.
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A great resrouce for students in California colleges and universities.

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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe

WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations
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Nazir, however, noted that the EUTR was still only dealing with the legality of products and not whether the products was produced in a sustainable manner.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, March 6, 2013 3:53 PM

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) since March 3rd imposes responsibilities to develop a risk management system for E.U. traders' who place timber and timber products on the EU market.  The Regulation is legally binding on all 27 EU Member States.

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As Arctic ice melts, full steam ahead for shipping?

As Arctic ice melts, full steam ahead for shipping? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Shipping routes across the Arctic Ocean -- which have been ice-covered and impassable since humans first invented ships millennia ago -- could be open to ships by mid-century.
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Good times!  Who needed all that ice anyway?  It just got in the way of shipping!

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New York Times Widely Cricitized For Dismantling Its Environment Desk, Eliminating Editorial Positions

New York Times Widely Cricitized For Dismantling Its Environment Desk, Eliminating Editorial Positions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Keeping Environmental Reporting Strong Won’t Be Easy,” Warns Public Editor The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

The precursor to my last post about the killing of the NY Times Green Blog (and climate change desk).  I feel as if we are standing on a shifting pile of sand, but no one else notices the rollicking ground.

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