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Massachusetts takes a step for smart neighborhoods, workforce housing | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Massachusetts takes a step for smart neighborhoods, workforce housing | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Last week, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick announced a new policy initiative designed to encourage diverse, walkable neighborhoods that use land efficiently.   If a municipality meets certain criteria, it will become eligible for...
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Cities can lead the way as drivers of better growth and a better climate | TheCityFix

Cities can lead the way as drivers of better growth and a better climate | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Cities can drive better economic growth while also reducing climate risk. They are at the forefront of the fight to protect the climate and eradicate poverty, and are often trailblazers in a world in which nation states typically move more slowly to address global challenges. These are the crucial conclusions from a series of studies released this week by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which draws from examples worldwide, including cities as diverse as Lima, Peru and Leeds, UK.

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A Big Change in How the IEA Views Renewables

A Big Change in How the IEA Views Renewables | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The future is tough to predict. The International Energy Agency recently came out with its World Energy Outlook 2014, a comprehensive analysis of global energy demand and the underlying supply mix through 2040. Along with BP’s annual forecast, it is one of the most authoritative documents of i
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WaveNET – the floating, flexible wave energy generator

WaveNET – the floating, flexible wave energy generator | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scotland's Albatern is putting a modular spin on renewable energy generation. WaveNET is a scalable array of floating Squid generator units that convert w...
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US Can Reach 85% Climate Goal By 2050: UN Report - CleanTechies

US Can Reach 85% Climate Goal By 2050: UN Report - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In America’s low-carbon future, most cars will run on electricity, carbon dioxide will be stored underground, and homes and buildings will be hyper-efficient, guzzling less energy even as the population grows. This is the vision of a new analysis that maps how the United States can drastically curb its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. TheRead More
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A Carbon Tax Would Get Us a Lot Closer to Where We Need to Be - CleanTechies

A Carbon Tax Would Get Us a Lot Closer to Where We Need to Be - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By Justmeans by RP Siegel SOURCE: Justmeans DESCRIPTION: We have seen impressive growth in renewables over the past several years, but much of that growth is based on the somewhat shaky foundation of continuing subsidies. So argues Eduardo Porter in the New York Times. Porter points out that while wind power added 13 GW ofRead More
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A Climate Model of White Christmases—Through 2100

A Climate Model of White Christmases—Through 2100 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One man makes a knowingly futile attempt at predicting snow for decades down the line.
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Shale gas provides largest share of U.S. natural gas production in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Shale gas provides largest share of U.S. natural gas production in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Green living: Gizmag's Top 10 sustainable houses

Green living: Gizmag's Top 10 sustainable houses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Increasing numbers of people are outfitting their homes with sustainable technology, and the resulting boom in sustainable building is driving new levels of...
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U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says

U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.
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Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong

Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As I was recently dulling blades while chopping switchgrass for some experiments, I started thinking whether the “high yield perennial grasses on marginal land” paradigm makes any sense for biofuels. There are many positives about using perennial grasses. They are low maintenance, high y
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Clean Energy and Job Creation Go Hand-in-Hand in San Antonio - CleanTechies

Clean Energy and Job Creation Go Hand-in-Hand in San Antonio - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While many are prophesizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) as doomsday for the electricity sector, Texas utilities are telling a different story. The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions from existing power plants. One utility in particular, CPS Energy in San Antonio, “has already embraced aRead More
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World bank to focus future investment on clean energy

World bank to focus future investment on clean energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
World Bank will only fund coal projects in cases of ‘extreme need’ due to the risk climate change poses to ending world poverty, says Jim Yong Kim
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Report Release: Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Report Release: Bridges to New Solar Business Models | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Creating a sustainable long-term distributed photovoltaic (DPV) market will require aligning the interests of utilities, solar companies, technology providers, and customers. Read our latest report diving deep into how this can be done.
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6 Ways a Food Co-op Can Change the Economy

6 Ways a Food Co-op Can Change the Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Keynote speech by Janelle Orsi at the Berkshire Cooperative annual member meeting, November 1, 2014.
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6 Graphs Explain the World’s Top 10 Emitters | World Resources Institute

6 Graphs Explain the World’s Top 10 Emitters | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recent data reveals only 10 countries produce around 70 percent of global GHG emissions.

Here's a closer look at these top 10 emitters—based on our Climate Analysis Indicators Tool.
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Obama to unveil new limits on ozone pollution in victory for health groups

Obama to unveil new limits on ozone pollution in victory for health groups | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New guidelines will bring US up to par with health standards in other industrialised countries and are a victory for environmental groups
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A New Way To Finance Solar and Storage: The LOPPA

A New Way To Finance Solar and Storage: The LOPPA | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar and energy storage will increasingly be integrated together at commercial sites, homes and microgrids. But to be honest, they are an odd couple with very different personalities. Solar is passive: solar modules are typically planted in a fixed position to generate power for 20 or 30 years. You
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Most New Generating Capacity from Wind in October

Most New Generating Capacity from Wind in October | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wind energy provides more than two-thirds of new generating capacity in the U.S. in October.
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Water War Amid Brazil Drought Leads to Fight Over Puddles

Water War Amid Brazil Drought Leads to Fight Over Puddles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brazil’s Jaguari reservoir has fallen to its lowest level ever, laying bare measurement posts that jut from exposed earth like a line of dominoes. The nation’s two biggest cities are fighting for what little water is left.
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Protein that wakes up the brain could provide target for Alzheimer's prevention

Protein that wakes up the brain could provide target for Alzheimer's prevention | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In recent years, research has linked sleep problems to Alzheimer’s disease. New research shows that removing orexin in mice, a protein that regulates arousa...
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Biomimicry incubators: the business case for conservation

Biomimicry incubators: the business case for conservation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The business opportunities found in biomimicry - the application of characteristics found in species to human innovation - makes a strong case for biodiversity...
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I'm cracking the future of food – no chickens required - opinion - 24 November 2014 - New Scientist

I'm cracking the future of food – no chickens required - opinion - 24 November 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Egg-free mayonnaise is just the first in a line of eco-friendly products from Josh Tetrick's company, Hampton Creek. But what is the secret ingredient?
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Community Solar Prices at All-Time Low

Community Solar Prices at All-Time Low | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s been widely publicized that the cost of residential solar electric systems in the United States is falling faster than ever before. This downward pricing trend is projected to continue through 2016 and then stabilize, according to a September 2014 report compiled by researchers
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Violence ahead as tragedies of the commons spread - opinion - 24 November 2014 - New Scientist

Violence ahead as tragedies of the commons spread - opinion - 24 November 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world risks heading the way of Easter Island – a spiral into conflict as depleted natural resources are plundered, warns Petros Sekeris
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