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Reusable Replacements For Foil And Plastic Wrap

Reusable Replacements For Foil And Plastic Wrap | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To help you halt the endless stream of single-use cooking waste, Earth911 gathered up five clever (and reusable) ways to replace foil and plastic wrap in your kitchen.
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Yale Environment 360: Pollinator Loss Could Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition

Yale Environment 360: Pollinator Loss Could Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Declining pollinator populations could leave as many as half of the people in developing countries facing nutritional deficiencies, according to researchers from the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health. In the study — the first to link pollinator declines directly to human nutrition — researchers collected detailed data about people's daily diets in parts of Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Bangladesh. They found that in Mozambique, for example, many children and mothers are barely able to meet their needs for micronutrients, especially vitamin A, which is important for preventing blindness and infectious diseases. Fruits and vegetables were an important source of that nutrient for many people in the study, and those crops are highly dependent on pollinators, researchers say — for example, yields of mangoes, which are high in vitamin A, would likely be cut by 65 percent without them. Pollinator losses might also lead to folate deficiency, they say, which is associated with neural tube defects.

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Infographic: Building Green

This infographic from GreenBuildingCanada shows both the economic and environmental advantages of building green.
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A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists

A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Imagine if each tap that delivered water from the Colorado River – whether to a farm, a factory, or a home – suddenly went dry for a year. What would happen to the West’s economy?

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World Megacities: Densities Fall as they Become Larger | Newgeography.com

World Megacities: Densities Fall as they Become Larger | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There is an impression, both in the press and among some urban analysts that as cities become larger they become more densely populated. In fact, the opposite is overwhelmingly true, as Professor Shlomo Angel has shown in his groundbreaking work, A Planet of Cities. This conclusion arises from the fact that, virtually everywhere, cities grow organically so that they add nearly all of their population on the urban fringe, which has considerably less expensive land. As their physical form of cities (the urban area) expands, the residents per unit of developed area generally falls.

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The Precariat and the Basic Income

The Precariat and the Basic Income | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The concept of the precariat, from Wiktionary: “People suffering from precarity, especially as a social class; people living a precarious existence, without security or predictability, especially job security.”
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Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.
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Climate Change Mitigation's Best-Kept Secret

Climate Change Mitigation's Best-Kept Secret | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas — but there’s a lot we can do about it.
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U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds | Newgeography.com

U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior states, notably Texas and North Dakota, that have benefited from the fossil fuel energy boom. And if the Obama administration gets its way, they are about to get tougher.


This can be seen in a series of actions, including new regulations from the EPAand the likely veto by the president of the Keystone pipeline, that will further slow the one sector of the economy that has been generating high-paid, blue collar employment. At the same time, housing continues to suffer, as incomes for the vast majority of the middle class have failed to recover from the 2008 crash.

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Drowning in plastic

Drowning in plastic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard stories of islands of floating rubbish in the middle of the oceans, but it’s the trillions of barely visible microscopic fragments that are set to be the world’s next ecological emergency. Lucy Siegle reports
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Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air

Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is d...
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This is a lovely idea that supports the need for water and the need for community...please support if you can.  This is appropriate technology at its best.

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Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.
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Globalizing Sustainable Development | World Resources Institute

Globalizing Sustainable Development | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.

Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.
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7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations

7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The United States has a lot to learn about quality bus-rapid transit, and great station design is toward the top of that lesson plan. Take the Orange Line BRT in Los Angeles—one of America's highest-rated BRT systems, earning a bronze rating from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. It's not that Orange Line stations like the one below are unattractive for bus stops. It's just that they still inspire comparisons with bus stops.

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Monarch butterflies rebound but levels in Mexico still at near-record low

Monarch butterflies rebound but levels in Mexico still at near-record low | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Migrating butterflies covered 2.79 acres in wintering grounds but World Wildlife Fund says they suffer from habitat loss in US, illegal logging and climate change

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Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As if the drought weren't bad enough, four of the area's aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.
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Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land

Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It seems pretty obvious that recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials we no longer need makes a lot more sense than burning or burying them, not just from an environmental, but an economic perspective.
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The Precariat and the Basic Income: Part 2

The Precariat and the Basic Income: Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“The 20th century system of economic distribution lasted for 60 years and it’s gone. The 21st century is the century of economic rights.”
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Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 2

Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Usury is little discussed today but it is crucial in policy terms.
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Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming

Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California is one of the many community garden projects in the area, yet is unique in its mission and its everyday actions.
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Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action

Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN climate conference in Lima set the stage for Paris in 2015. Next year’s accord is to provide a working, albeit not a final, answer to the question: Is it possible to keep global warming at or below the 2 degree Celsius limit? This limit is considered the boundary beyond which the negati
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The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems

The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rebecca Bell: The sea off our coasts teems with microscopic life that breaks down the carbon dioxide we pump into the air. Now a series of expeditions aims to find out more
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Innovation Excellence | Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy

Innovation Excellence | Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Disruptive innovation has become business' biggest paradigm. Harvard's Clayton Christensen coined the term and the New Yorker's Jill Lapore recently tore it down. While many companies scramble to create disruptive innovation strategies, the problem is that it isn't a linear process or methodology. No single strategy or theory (even the theory of disruptive innovation itself) has captured how it really works or how to do it.
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How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life

How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in "urban jungle."
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Why Infrastructure Matters: Rotten Roads, Bum Economy

Why Infrastructure Matters: Rotten Roads, Bum Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This essay argues America’s infrastructure choices must respond to economic, demographic, fiscal, and environmental changes if they are to help people, places and firms thrive and prosper.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A bathing Bengal tiger, wintry horses and San Francisco’s bird mystery feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world
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