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Cities Advance on Climate Change « The Dirt

Cities Advance on Climate Change « The Dirt | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
According to a panel of environmental officials from some of the most sustainable cities in the world, cities make up 2 percent of the world's landmass, but account for two-thirds of the world's energy and 70 percent of the carbon emissions.
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Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation, a major report from the McKinsey Global Institute, presents a clear view of how manufacturing contributes to the global economy today and how it will probably evolve over the coming decade.


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Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative

Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Infographics on being creative in life and inspiration with top 29 ways to be creative on success and startup exploring and researching ideas and concept...

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Elisa Vivancos's comment, December 22, 2012 3:46 AM
http://allinfographics.org/top-29-best-ways-to-stay-creative-in-life-inspirational
Kathy Jordan's curator insight, February 10, 2013 11:27 AM

I need motivation to stay creative and this infographic by @all_infographic is a winner.

Ana Gea's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:03 PM

Most importantly- Have fun & Finish something. 

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Top 7 Websites for creating Future Cities

Top 7 Websites for creating Future Cities | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Over 50% of the world's population now lives in cities, so the conditions are ripe for improving, adjusting and rethinking the urban landscape and city life. The web flourishes with digital platforms for community discussion, since now it’s city dwellers - rather than governing executives - that actively take part in city-related decision-making...
Check out the following seven websites that harness the power, wisdom and knowledge of the crowds to cultivate smarter future cities.


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Why genetically engineered food is dangerous: New report by genetic engineers

Why genetically engineered food is dangerous: New report by genetic engineers | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Aren’t critics of genetically engineered food anti-science? Isn’t the debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) a spat between emotional but ignorant activists on one hand and rational GM-supporting scientists on the other?

A new report released today, “GMO Myths and Truths”,[1] challenges these claims. The report presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and other authoritative evidence of the hazards to health and the environment posed by genetically engineered crops and organisms (GMOs).


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A competitive economy is an energy-efficient economy

A competitive economy is an energy-efficient economy | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Adopting changes recommended by the International Energy Efficiency Score card will make the U.S. economy (and all countries' economies) more competitive and resilient, reports Kiva Bottero.


Via Joan Tarruell, Diedert Debusscher, Hans De Keulenaer, Digital Sustainability, Paulo Camargo
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What Obama Can Do on Climate Change | Mother Jones

What Obama Can Do on Climate Change | Mother Jones | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
"I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions," Obama said, "and as a consequence, I think we've got an obligation to future generations to do something about it.
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CSR Tracking Tools Unreliable, Survey Finds

CSR Tracking Tools Unreliable, Survey Finds | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Global companies’ confidence in correctly tracking the financial contribution of corporate social responsibility has fallen from 76 percent to 66 percent in two years, even as the proportion of companies trying to quantify that measure has ...
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Entire Cities Could Run on Compressed Air

Entire Cities Could Run on Compressed Air | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
The company LightSail Energy started out a few years ago with a student's modest idea for a compressed air scooter, and now it has just raised $37.3 million in private funding to bring utility scale, compressed air energy storage to the market.
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Dubai's Sustainable City Inspired by UC Davis's West Village Development

Dubai's Sustainable City Inspired by UC Davis's West Village Development | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
“All the world is going to environmental developments,” said developer Faris Saeed.
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Cause Marketing: A Far Cry from Corporate Social Responsibility

Cause Marketing: A Far Cry from Corporate Social Responsibility | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
By Chris Rosica, Author, "The Business of Cause Marketing" Embracing a cause makes good business sense.
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Made in America: Clean Energy Jobs - Infographics - eWallstreeter

Made in America: Clean Energy Jobs http://t.co/rXW9M8Fa...
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The moral logic of climate communication

The moral logic of climate communication | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Climate communicators have two moral obligations: (1) be accurate and (2) insure that audiences understand and care. Too many people fixate on No. 1 and ignore No. 2.
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CCRES: Carbon capture and consumption

CCRES: Carbon capture and consumption | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Could it Eliminate the Need for Wastewater Aeration? Algal blooms have always proved a challenge for the water industry. Yet could this organic matter,with the help of wastewater nutrients, be turned into a biofuel and help alleviate fossil fuel shortages? Tom Freyberg investigates the European funded All-Gas project. First generation biofuels from crops never really bloomed into a fruitful harvest. Opponents criticized using up valuable land to grow crops and fuel the cars of the rich, instead of filling the stomachs of the poor. Second generation biofuels – made from biomass - have proved a lot harder to extract the required fuel and fully crack. And then along came algae. Unlike first generation biofuels, algae can be grown using land and water not suitable for plant and food production. Consuming solar energy and reproducing itself, algae generates a type of oil that has a similar molecular structure to petroleum products produced today. As if this wasn't enough – algae growth also consumes carbon dioxide, a known major greenhouse gas (GHG). As a result of the apparent benefits the race is on to commercialize second and now third generation biofuels, in the case of algae. Continents and companies are putting money where their mouths are to find out how what we thought was simply a green weed growing in the sea could be the answer to inevitable fossil fuel shortages.


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Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded

Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

"A report by the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) says loss of soils, forests, and fisheries, as well as rising resource costs, are likely to become increasingly important to a nation's economic health – and may therefore affect its ability to repay or refinance sovereign debt."

 

This excellent report makes the link between the world's financial debt crisis and the global ecological debt crisis. The debate on austerity gets a completely different dimension if you look at this double challenge.


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A look at "seven keys to stronger community" | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A look at "seven keys to stronger community" | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
  I am fortunate to have befriended, one way or another, some people who are very good at the business of thinking about, designing, and building good communities.  While many of them are architects and planners, primarily concerned with physical...

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Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation

Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Chicago's South Side could soon remake itself as a greenbelt studded with urban farms -- perhaps the largest such network in the country.

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Citystates: How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability | GreenBiz.com

Citystates: How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability | GreenBiz.com | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

This report explores a new take on the concept of "citystates" and how the sustainability of cities and business are inextricably linked.

 

Produced in partnership with GreenBiz and sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the paper lays out seven characteristics or "states" for sustainable cities that can enable both cities and businesses serving them to flourish.

 

"The purpose of 'Citystates,' " say report authors Chris Guenther and Mohammed Al-Shawaf, "is to seed a dialogue, the central question of which is: How might business and others come together to strengthen and leverage the unique characteristics and advantages of cities to accelerate progress on sustainability?"

 

Click headline to read more, access hot link to the report and watch video--


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Recycling's next frontier: Anne Ludvik sees the potential in compost - Pioneer Press

Recycling's next frontier: Anne Ludvik sees the potential in compost - Pioneer Press | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Recycling's next frontier: Anne Ludvik sees the potential in compostPioneer PressA conveyor from the screener piles up ready-to-use finished compost at Specialized Environmental Technologies in Rosemount, the only organic compost recycling facility...
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Climate change touching Indiana Dunes, researchers say - WLS

Climate change touching Indiana Dunes, researchers say - WLS | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
WLSClimate change touching Indiana Dunes, researchers sayWLSFrom lower water levels in Lake Michigan to declining food sources for the endangered Karner Blue butterfly, climate change is having an impact on the national park.
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5 Outside-The-Box Ideas To Change U.S. Cities For The Better

5 Outside-The-Box Ideas To Change U.S. Cities For The Better | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
It’s a theme that we’ve touched on over and over at Co.Exist: Cities are in a better position to enact real change than a stagnant federal government.
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Curitiba, a green city from the outset

Curitiba, a green city from the outset | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Curitiba, in the south east of Brazil, is a model sustainable city. At the heart of its strategy lies an extremely effective public transport network.
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The secrets of corporate sustainability success- Businessgreen mobile

The secrets of corporate sustainability success- Businessgreen mobile | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Embedding sustainability in the company culture.
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10 creative uses for empty beer bottles

10 creative uses for empty beer bottles | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Sure, you could recycle your bottles, but why not get crafty and use them for things like candle holders and garden borders?
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Nevada ranks 10th in clean energy jobs

Nevada ranks 10th in clean energy jobs | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Nevada was ranked 10th nationwide for clean energy job creation during the third quarter, but the sector faces strong headwinds going into 2013.
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