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10 Must-See National Park Movie Cameos

10 Must-See National Park Movie Cameos | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whether they're masquerading as alien planets in sci-fi films or starring as heavily romanticized versions of themselves in thrillers and dramas, the units of the U.S.
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The Uncelebrated Places Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving | Newgeography.com

The Uncelebrated Places Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect. Yet America’s agriculture sector is not only the country’s oldest economic pillar but still a vital one, accounting for some 3.75 million jobs — not only in the fields, but in factories, laboratories and distribution. That compares to about 4.3 million jobs in the tech sector (which we analyzed last month here). Net farm income totaled $108 billion in 2014, according to preliminary figures from the USDA, up 24% from 2004.

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Why Worms Matter

Why Worms Matter | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study shows that the slimy creatures battle climate change. Here’s how to help.
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The Networks Revolution

The Networks Revolution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Those who see networks as a fad likely see them only as a tactic, as opposed to a fundamental way of being. Not long ago, Scientific American published a guest blog looking at the revolution in hum...
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Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant | TheCityFix

Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

“Life is the art of encounter even though there might be so much discord in life,” said the Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes, commenting on what he took to be the essence of human relations. Building on this, we can say that public spaces are at the essence of urban life. It’s in public spaces that these encounters occur and produce what we can call “the art of city life”.


When talking about public spaces, we need to first understand the important role they play in our concept of the city. Public spaces are where movements, interactions and connections between individuals happen. It is there, in freely accessible spaces, free of barriers or prejudices of any kind, that everyday city activities should occur.

However, the perception of public spaces is often restricted to images of parks and squares. Although streets, for example, count as public spaces, and generally represent the largest share of public space in a city, they are often forgotten as communal places. In large urban centers, roads dedicated to cars occupy on average 70 percent of total public space, leaving people with less than 30 percent.

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In Houston, where cars have been king, a bayou system has been transformed into a system of linear parks through a public-private partnership.  Opening ceremonies are June 20, 2015

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High costs of underfunding rail and other needs

High costs of underfunding rail and other needs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With funding in short supply, where should we invest our dollars? Ensuring the health and safety of our infrastructure, for one.
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Campaign launches to close the gap between corporate GHG reduction goals and a 2°C scenario | World Resources Institute

Campaign launches to close the gap between corporate GHG reduction goals and a 2°C scenario | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate experts call on the private sector to join other leading companies in minding the carbon budget to ensure a safe and profitable future

PARIS (May 20, 2015)– The Science Based Targets initiative – a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute and WWF – today launched a global campaign to recruit 100 companies by the end of 2015 to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets in line with climate science.
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Wales launches £25m underwater kite-turbine scheme

Wales launches £25m underwater kite-turbine scheme | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Anglesey renewable energy project to generate enough electricity to power 8,000 homes
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Major New Index Ranks Environmental Democracy in 70 Countries | World Resources Institute

Major New Index Ranks Environmental Democracy in 70 Countries | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Top ten countries are: Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia

Editor’s note: Launch event will be live streamed on May 20, 2015 at 09:30 EDT at http://wri.org/events/2015/05/environmental-democracy-index-launch
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Christoph B. Stamm's comment, May 20, 8:53 PM
This index must be a joke. Take Russia for example. Remember the Winter Olympics in Sochi?
Jocelyn Stoller's comment, May 21, 5:34 AM
Going to check what their indicators are and see if there was a mistake in this list.
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Transportation For America – Would increasing federal transportation investment be enough to solve our problems?

Two mayors from very different cities penned a joint op-ed in the New York Times highlighting the need for Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill and raise new revenues to increase the United States’ overall investment in transportation infrastructure. But their strong piece begs another question: Would raising the level of federal investment be enough to meet our pressing local needs without some major policy changes and reforms to the federal transportation program?

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3 Activities that Can Help Investors Become More “Climate Friendly” | World Resources Institute

3 Activities that Can Help Investors Become More “Climate Friendly” | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Warren Buffet once said, “Cash combined with courage in a time of crisis is priceless.” Will those with the “cash”—the institutional investors who own an estimated $70 trillion in capital—have the courage to respond?
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Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet?

Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.
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California: World Leader Decoupling Economy from Fossil Fuels

California: World Leader Decoupling Economy from Fossil Fuels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California is a world leader when it comes to forging a low-carbon green economy that decouples growth from fossil fuel use and energy intensity.
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In Uncertain Times, Design for Community

In Uncertain Times, Design for Community | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When I think about climate change, I like to look at a photo of my daughter and her two dear friends—not just because of their sweet smiles, but because the photo offers an important clue to how we...
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America's Housing Affordability Crisis Is Long-Term and Pervasive

America's Housing Affordability Crisis Is Long-Term and Pervasive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new analysis finds that what we see today is basically “the current manifestation of a long-run trend.”
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Toxin-absorbing nanosponges could be used to soak up localized infections

Toxin-absorbing nanosponges could be used to soak up localized infections | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A research team at UC San Diego has added hydrogel to its innovative nanosponge technique, first announced in 2013. The addition allows for the method to be used to tackle localized infections without the need for antibiotics.
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Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Resilient Agriculture recognizes the critical role that sustainable agriculture will play in the coming decades and beyond. The latest science on climate risk, resilience and climate change adaptation is blended with the personal experience of farmers
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Building a Hurricane-Ready Microgrid

Building a Hurricane-Ready Microgrid | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With its shelter-in-place strategy, the City of Hoboken, New Jersey, plans a resilient microgrid to help residents stand their ground in the face of the next big storm.
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Self-Help by the People: A Short History of Cooperatives in Britain, With a Foray into the United States

Self-Help by the People:  A Short History of Cooperatives in Britain,  With a Foray into the United States | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is the story of 175 years of successful self-help, of an international movement that built lasting economic institutions out of the pooled pennies of millions of working people.
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This is Leadership: Why Companies Are Setting Emissions Goals Based on Science | World Resources Institute

This is Leadership: Why Companies Are Setting Emissions Goals Based on Science | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Science-Based Targets initiative aims to enlist 100 companies to commit to setting science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets in 2015 and 250 companies by 2020.
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In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

In South Korea, An Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Food waste is a global problem, with the United Nations estimating that a third of the food produced worldwide winds up spoiled, rotting in fields, or being thrown away. That amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, a profligacy that carries major environmental, economic, and human costs.


In the second of a two-part series, “Wasted,” we present an e360 video that looks at how South Korea is taking extraordinary steps to deal with its food waste. The video, by filmmaker Karim Chrobog, focuses on Seoul, the sprawling South Korean capital of more than 10 million people, which has ramped up efforts to slash the amount of food being thrown away.

As the video shows, Seoul has introduced innovative, high-tech programs that require residents to deposit their food waste in bins, where the amount of food they toss out is weighed by household using a key-card system. Dispose of too much food and you are charged a fee by municipal officials.

From apartment buildings to giant hotel kitchens, leftover food in Seoul is picked up and taken to sorting facilities, where it is crushed and dried for animal feed or fertilizer, or burned to generate electricity. Trial districts in Seoul have succeeded in reducing household food waste by 30 percent and restaurant food waste by 40 percent. Such programs are now underway in 90 localities nationwide. The goal is not only to drastically curtail food waste, but also to process or incinerate all of South Korea’s remaining leftover food, thus keeping it out of landfills where it would decay and emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Underlying these measures is a frugal society that has been transformed in the past few decades from a hardscrabble nation to a prosperous one. As Seoul residents explain in the video, the kind of waste often found in the United States is alien to many Koreans. That’s why Seoul’s residents have embraced measures that most Americans would find highly intrusive, but that Koreans see as a way of furthering the common good.

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Private capital flows, official development assistance, and remittances to Africa: Who gets what?

Private capital flows, official development assistance, and remittances to Africa: Who gets what? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Amadou Sy and Fenohasina Maret Rakotondrazaka examine the trends in external financial flows to sub-Saharan Africa, which have grown rapidly since 1990.
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How China Can Leverage High-Speed Rail for Compact Urban Development | TheCityFix

How China Can Leverage High-Speed Rail for Compact Urban Development | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Many large Chinese cities have developed around transport corridors. Hangzhou and Suzhou, for example, grew wealthy from their position on the Grand Canal, which connected northern and southern China. Today, the country’s high-speed rail (HSR) system is proving to be an equally powerful catalyst for urban development.


China’s HSR system presents an opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD) around new stations. However, due to a variety of factors, development around stations has often failed to occur in a controlled or compact manner. A more coordinated strategy for TOD around HSR stations could help Chinese cities develop in more compact and sustainable ways.

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Getting It Right: A New Global Model to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change | World Resources Institute

Getting It Right: A New Global Model to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The international community has a rare opportunity in 2015 to confront two linked global challenges: extreme poverty and climate change. Success will depend on whether or not we can develop a new model for global cooperation.
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