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Reusable Replacements: Never Use Foil or Plastic Wrap Again - Earth911.com

Reusable Replacements: Never Use Foil or Plastic Wrap Again - Earth911.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help protect the environment.
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Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins

Biomimicry Lessons for Business from Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

At an event entitled “Biomimicry + the Regenerative Economy" in NYC, experts Amy Larkin and Katherine Collins share lessons business can learn from nature.

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Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources

Japan Bets on Hydrogen’s Potential to Diversify Energy Sources | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The hydrogen market in Japan is set to expand to 1 trillion yen ($9.8 billion) by 2030 and 8 trillion yen by 2050, according to a government report.
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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.
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How Can Laws Promote Bicycling? | Streetsblog.net

How Can Laws Promote Bicycling? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Over coming months, we’re breaking down the building blocks of a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the first step is a solid legal foundation. While we’ve made many gains over the years, there are still plenty of examples “legal impediments” to bicycling. Last week, we looked at those impediments in more detail. Today, I’m looking at the oppostie: the city ordinances that improve or promote bicycling, which is a good marker for a Bicycle Friendly Community.

 

One easily visible example is a bicycle parking ordinance like the one in Santa Monica, Calif., which not only ensures an adequate supply of racks at destinations, but also requires event organizers to have monitored bicycle parking for 200 – 250 bikes if attendance is expected to reach 1,000 or more (requiring 3 attendants).

 

Better yet, the Santa Monica Bike Center, a non-profit and League Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business, is often contracted to provide this service, and the funds raised subsidize and expand the Center’s educational programs. When other event participants come to realize how much easier it is to arrive by bike (and have free parking valet service!) the word spreads and events become bicycle attractors rather than a frustrating cause of increased congestion.

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How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life

How Trees Actually Improve Your Quality of Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—and they can even help with your attitude.
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Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.
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Systems Learning - Systems Thinking for a sustainable future

Systems Learning - Systems Thinking for a sustainable future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Systems Learning is an online learning resource, designed so you can quickly browse, or deeply absorb.
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A Framework For Assessing Country-Level Resilience

A Framework For Assessing Country-Level Resilience | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With no meaningful actions on such things as climate change and peak resources in sight, a realistic assessment of country (and regional) level resilience is required.
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As cash flow flattens, major energy companies increase debt, sell assets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

As cash flow flattens, major energy companies increase debt, sell assets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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White House Report Presses Economic Case for Carbon Rule

White House Report Presses Economic Case for Carbon Rule | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Failing to reduce carbon pollution could cost the United States economy $150 billion a year, the Council of Economic Advisers said.
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Bahamian paradise built by bacteria using Saharan dust - life - 28 July 2014 - New Scientist

Bahamian paradise built by bacteria using Saharan dust - life - 28 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The islands of the Bahamas sit on a mysterious limestone column that may have its origins in a desert 8000 kilometres away
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Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s a class of fuels that don’t use an intervening biomass to make a fuel — so, though they use biology or waste carbon, they’ve bristled at being called “biofuels." Instead, the technologies that depend on unique pathways to converting CO2 and water to fuels a
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Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds

Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Trees are saving more than 850 human lives each year and preventing 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in the U.S., according to the first broad-scale estimate of trees' air pollution removal by U.S. Forest Service researchers. Looking at four common air pollutants — nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 microns — researchers valued the human health benefits of the reduced air pollution at nearly $7 billion annually in a study published in the journal Environmental Pollution. The benefits of trees vary with tree cover across the nation, the researchers note. Tree cover in the United States is estimated at 34.2 percent overall, but varies from 2.6 percent in North Dakota to 88.9 percent in New Hampshire. While the pollution-removal capabilities of trees equaled an average air quality improvement of less than 1 percent, the impacts of that improvement are substantial, the study found.

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TERA (Tracked Earth Repair Apparatus) For Large Scale Earth Repair

TERA (Tracked Earth Repair Apparatus) For Large Scale Earth Repair | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Mechanized labour” in the form of earthmoving equipment, tractors, and the myriad attachments that may be utilized in conjunction with
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German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts

German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
German water supplies will become increasingly threatened this century as climate change raises the risk of droughts and water shortages in the country.
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Making Good Food Affordable

Making Good Food Affordable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I'm always stunned at how uninformed many people are regarding the nutritional benefits (and costs) of the food they buy and eat. 

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Long Beach Gets Moving on Southern California’s First Highway Teardown | Streetsblog.net

Long Beach Gets Moving on Southern California’s First Highway Teardown | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It’s been named one of the top  “Freeways Without Futures” in the nation and described as a “perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.” It has been a blight on a neighborhood that sees some of the least amount of park space in the entire city.

Now, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP… It marks a major event in Southern California’s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project that mirrors existing projects such as the removal of both of San Francisco’s Embarcadero Freeway and Central Freeway.

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This Huge Corporation Is Tackling Climate Change—Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line

This Huge Corporation Is Tackling Climate Change—Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Food giant General Mills now has some pretty sweet eco-bragging rights.
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How Much Cleaning Up Brownfields Is Really Worth

How Much Cleaning Up Brownfields Is Really Worth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study shows the enormous effect that the EPA's brownfield remediation program has on real estate values in cities.
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Against the Odds

Against the Odds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unlike other jobs, cooperatives promote [the} development and growth of workers.
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Seven fabrics inspired by nature: from the lotus leaf to butterflies and sharks

Seven fabrics inspired by nature: from the lotus leaf to butterflies and sharks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry brings nature and technology together to create exciting new fabrics that are smarter and more sustainable
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What we like - and don't like - about our cities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

What we like - and don't like - about our cities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
    American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets.  We also love historic buildings and good public spaces.  Traffic, not so much.  These findings are from a new study released...
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Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go. A McKinsey & Company article.
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The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live?

The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The "poor door" controversy on Manhattan's Upper West Side is only the most outlandish example of New York's uphill battle on affordable housing.

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Southwestern U.S. Aquifers Are Extremely Low, NASA Data Show - CleanTechies

Southwestern U.S. Aquifers Are Extremely Low, NASA Data Show - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Groundwater reserves in the U.S. Southwest are severely low and prospects for their long-term viability are bleak as persistent drought continues to parch the land and prevent recharging, according to an assessment from NASA. As shown in this map, many underground aquifers in the Southwest are extremely dry compared to average conditions over the pastRead More
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