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Green City Index - Siemens Global Website

Green City Index - Siemens Global Website | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

Great resource that compares the "green" factor by cities around the world. 

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Business: Cement producers, eyeing their bottom line, pledge to cut emissions -- 10/18/2012 -- www.eenews.net

Business: Cement producers, eyeing their bottom line, pledge to cut emissions -- 10/18/2012 -- www.eenews.net | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
Concrete is the most ubiquitous synthetic material on Earth. Only water is consumed by humans in greater amounts.

 

It's office buildings and interstate highways, modern public sculptures and the ancient Roman aqueducts.

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Texas Science – News from the College of Natural Sciences » Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Fish

Texas Science – News from the College of Natural Sciences » Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Fish | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

There’s a problem for scientists trying to understand why populations of southern flounder have been in such decline in the waters of the Texas Gulf.


“They live underwater,” says Benjamin Walther, assistant professor of marine science in the College of Natural Sciences. “We can’t just follow them from birth to death.

 

You can tag a fish with acoustic or satellite tags when it’s an adult, but typically the young are too small and fragile. So you’re missing that whole big piece of the story. And without that there are a lot of very important ecological questions we can’t answer. That’s where otolith chemistry comes in.”

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Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built...

Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built... | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

The cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their center, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

At DLD Cities in London, he said "cities have centers that celebrate previous centuries -- in Europe, the cities celebrated spirituality, with cathedrals. After some time, the cathedrals became downtown cores- and celebrations of capitalism and commercialism".

The cities of the future will celebrate "the belief of what keeps us alive" - or elements of the city that make our lives better.

 

Terreform ONE, a green design company in Brooklyn, explores biohacks for the ecological issues facing modern cities. For instance, the waste New York City produces every hour weighs as much as the Statue of Liberty - in the future that waste could be recompacted into building blocks, or recycled "bales". Looking beyond recycling, though, it would be even better to create a city which didn't produce waste in the first place...

That means growing thousands of homes -- building a new suburb could involve twisting, pruning and manipulating large trees into the frames of buildings. "There would be no difference between the home and nature -- it would be something that would be a positive addition to the ecology," explained Joachim.

 

For more information on these innovative concepts, including biomimicry and new green technology proposals for future cities, stop by to read the complete article and visit referenced links on urban sustainability...


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Arctic sea ice before and after record low – interactive map

Arctic sea ice before and after record low – interactive map | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest ever recorded extent, in 'dramatic changes', which signal that man-made global warming is having a major impact on the polar region.

Drag the slider across the map to see how the ice has shrunk between 1979 and 2012 in the interactive map at the article link.


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Supertrees of Singapore

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space right next to Mariana Bay Sands, unveiled a new attraction last month – a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 18 towering solar-powered “supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes.

 

These tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights ranging between 25 meters and 50 meters, are like vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include providing plants, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.
The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants.

 

They are fitted with environmental technologies which mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy and can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, just like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories’ cooling systems...


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Nooventures - A Pattern Language for Sustainability – Toward a Conservation Economy, by Ecotrust

Nooventures - A Pattern Language for Sustainability – Toward a Conservation Economy, by Ecotrust | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

“In A Conservation Economy, Economic arrangements of all kinds are gradually redesigned so that they restore, rather than deplete, Natural Capital and Social Capital.”

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Fracking: A Role for Universities - Forbes

Fracking: A Role for Universities - Forbes | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
University research can help ensure that decisions about fracking are evidence-based.
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Seguridad y ciencia marina ahora en línea en español

Seguridad y ciencia marina ahora en línea en español | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

Uno de los mejores recursos en línea del estado con información sobre las ciencias marinas y costeras está ahora disponible en español.

Conjuntamente con el Mes Nacional de Herencia Hispana, el Programa Universitario Texas Sea Grant (TXSG) ha lanzado una versión en español de su popular sitio web para, según la Directora de TXSG Dra. Pamela Plotkin, “ser más inclusivos y alcanzar a la población de habla hispana que servimos”.

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Foundational Safety, Vision Accomplished

Foundational Safety, Vision Accomplished | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

It is amazing how we always jump to goals without taking the time to build trust and safety.  This is critical to sustaining a team!


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40th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) :: NOAA Fisheries

40th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) :: NOAA Fisheries | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was enacted on October 21, 1972. All marine mammals are protected under the MMPA.

The MMPA prohibits, with certain exceptions, the "take" of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas.

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Yale Environment 360: Small Forage Fish Species Worth 20 Percent of Global Fisheries

Yale Environment 360: Small Forage Fish Species Worth 20 Percent of Global Fisheries | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

The world’s forage fish species — small, schooling fish such as herring and sardines that play a key role in the food web in marine ecosystems — represent about 20 percent of the global values of all marine fisheries, according to a new study.

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Lionfish video

Harte Research Institute researchers reported one of the first video confirmations of lionfish 40 miles southeast of Port Aransas near an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design

Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

C. F. Møller Architects have designed a proposal for the pilot-project Housing+, for 60 zero-energy housing units on the Aalborg Waterfront. The design adhered to stringent energy goals through a combination of architectural design and user-focused technical innovation.

 

The Housing+ concept sets the ambitious target of a zero-energy housing scheme, which also includes the tenant’s primary household energy consumption. The complex will thus be 100% relying on renewables.

 

Central to the concept is the use of integrated energy-design to generate the concept of tomorrow’s housing, producing more energy than it consumes. This is achieved by optimizing the inherent passive gains of the main volume, and shaping it to take advantage of the orientation and potential for active solar energy-collection.

 

Visit the link for more images and details on this contemporary, green design that incorporates solar, passive strategies, and on-site renewable energy.


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6 Tips for Staying Supercharged

6 Tips for Staying Supercharged | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
When running your business, sustained energy and razor sharp focus come from within, not from a caffeinated beverage or other external stimulants....
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Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic

Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

Renewable energy enjoys broad support in the US where people expect the government to support emerging clean power technologies but check out what the surveys are finding...

 

Americans more concerned about the state of the economy than the threat of climate change: - - 41% of respondents ranked climate change in the lowest category as a threat facing the world - 51% ranked the economic recession in the highest category in the recent 2012 Global Consumer Wind Study.

 

 

To see this information and learn more, view the infographic, as well as visit links shared at the complete article...


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The 11 Mental Health Habits of Highly Successful People

The 11 Mental Health Habits of Highly Successful People | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
If you are among the ones that are feeling like success has skipped over you, these 11 mental health habits of highly successful people will truly guide you.

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Invasive Fish Found in South Texas | KRGV.com | CHANNEL 5 NEWS | Breaking News Breaking Stories

Invasive Fish Found in South Texas | KRGV.com | CHANNEL 5 NEWS | Breaking News Breaking Stories | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
A dangerous invasive species of fish is showing up for the first time in the waters off the coast of South Texas...
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Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk

Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
Experts conducted an experiment running for the full lives of rats - two years.

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Hot, dry or flooded. Time to get serious about putting a price on carbon. Let the free market decide which energy source is most efficient once the true costs are added to the cost of energy.

Hot, dry or flooded.  Time to get serious about putting a price on carbon.  Let the free market decide which energy source is most efficient once the true costs are added to the cost of energy. | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
HOT summers, wildfires and drought are anomalies no longer. They are the visible products of climate change, and more can be expected, says James Hansen. One...
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Tortoises Manhandled for Solar Splits Environmentalists

Tortoises Manhandled for Solar Splits Environmentalists | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
It’s a 106-degree Fahrenheit day in the Mojave Desert. Heat devils dance off chocolate-hued Clark Mountain on the horizon. Air-conditioned cars zip along Interstate 15 toward Las Vegas.
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Symphony of Science - Our Biggest Challenge (Climate Change Music Video)

A musical investigation into the causes and effects of global climate change and our opportunities to use science to offset it. Featuring Bill Nye, David Att...
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Benefits to composting for organic sustainability in natural vegetable gardens

Benefits to composting for organic sustainability in natural vegetable gardens | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it
Benefits to composting for organic sustainability in natural vegetable gardens...
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Deep Sea Bacteria Took a Big Bite out of Deepwater Oil Spill | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Deep Sea Bacteria Took a Big Bite out of Deepwater Oil Spill | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainability & Us | Scoop.it

A new study from the University of Rochester and Texas A&M found that for five months following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas.


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