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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: A new collaborative report explores the preparedness of the accounting profession to respond to declining natural capital

Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: A new collaborative report explores the preparedness of the accounting profession to respond to declining natural capital | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The new report entitled: Is natural capital a material issue? An evaluation of the relevance of ecosystem services to accounting professionals and the private sector will be officially launched at a briefing event held in London today.

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The Changing Geography Of Education, Income Growth And Poverty In America | Newgeography.com

The Changing Geography Of Education, Income Growth And Poverty In America | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In this column, we often rate metropolitan areas for their performance over one year, five or at most 10. But measuring economic and social progress often requires a longer lens, spanning decades.

Nowhere is this clearer than in education, which many claim is the key to higher-wage economic growth. Yet there are two sets of numbers that need to be distinguished: those states with the highest percentage of educated workers and the states that have increased their numbers most rapidly.

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Children's Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says

Children's Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The new study, conducted in Southern California, provides evidence that better air quality improved health among children, experts said.
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(Self)-Organize for Complexity

(Self)-Organize for Complexity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"You've got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it." - Toni Morrison I've been re-reading Niels Pfleaging's short book Organi...
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Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked.
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Net Zero Case Study: Bullitt Center - Green Materials - CleanTechies

Net Zero Case Study: Bullitt Center - Green Materials - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington, is one of the most self-sufficient buildings on the planet. It is net zero energy and, after the water reuse system is approved by city authorities, net zero water. Net zero means that the building uses the same amount as it creates or generates – it is self-sufficient.
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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.
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In Kentucky, manufacturers partner to bridge the skills gap

In Kentucky, manufacturers partner to bridge the skills gap | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When General Electric announced plans to ramp up production at its Louisville Appliances & Lighting plant several years ago, the company and its suppliers faced a significant barrier: finding enough skilled workers to staff their plants and factories. Securing skilled labor is a familiar challenge for employers. Although debate continues over the size and nature of a national skills gap, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky—a 22-county area stretching from Louisville to Lexington&m
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Why we need to think about implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Why we need to think about implementing the Sustainable Development Goals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While in yesterday’s post Shanta Devarajan confessed that he was wrong to cost the Millennium Development Goals, today’s post offers a different perspective. Homi Kharas argues that governments should develop their own detailed implementation strategies for the Sustainable Development Goals, with financing included, so that they can continue to discuss and refine them in consultation with development partners and other stakeholders.
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EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars By 2025 - CleanTechies

EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars By 2025 - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the most effective arguments against electric cars right now is their high cost compared to conventional vehicles. Without the $7,500 tax rebate, a Nissan LEAF costs nearly $30,000, making it one of the most expensive compact cars you can buy…and that’s for the base model. But what happens if electric cars actually endRead More
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Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity - environment - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist

Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity - environment - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Forests may only achieve half of their predicted increase in carbon sink capacity because insects munch more when CO2 levels rise
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Cleaning up wastewater from oil and gas operations using a microbe-powered battery

Cleaning up wastewater from oil and gas operations using a microbe-powered battery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A treatment process developed by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder promises a simpler and more economical way to clean up the wastewater produced by oil and gas operations that is he...
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Building Urban Food Resilience

Building Urban Food Resilience | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Back in the days before the burst money bubble of 2008 it seemed like community gardening and environmental projects in the voluntary sector could access all sorts of funding, and indeed many did. Times were good for gardening and environmental projects, funding was fairly easy to acquire and it was regular. On the other side of the the burst money bubble there is still funding about but the need for services and resources is much greater than it has ever been due to the shock and trauma caused by the credit crunch, and subsequent efforts to support and prop up a crooked and greedy banking sector that caused it. There is a huge need in terms of access to cleanly grown fresh food in the UK. Food banks gave out over one million food parcels in 2014 which was followed by a proliferation of newer food banks opening up all over the country. When this is combined with thousands of people being sanctioned by the DWP on a weekly basis and millions pushed into working poverty by zero contract employment, and the constantly rising price of fresh food the situation is a lot worse than any of the media dare to admit. This is where newer thinking and ways of doing things come in, and in particular Permaculture.


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F. Kaid Benfield: How to Create Healthy Environments for People

F. Kaid Benfield: How to Create Healthy Environments for People | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"Just as all parts of an ecosystem must be healthy if the system is going to work," an environment for people -- a "people habitat" -- must have "homes, shops, businesses, and the environment that ...

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Would You Consider Riding a Bike Along Route 66?

Would You Consider Riding a Bike Along Route 66? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Adventure Cycling Association has just put out six detailed maps and brochures for cyclists planning to tackle the historic highway.
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Can Civil Society Change Food?

Can Civil Society Change Food? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an age of disruptive change, where trends in global politics shift at an unprecedented rate, civil society organisations could be the only solution capable of grounding the debate on sustainable food and pushing for the change so urgently needed.
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Let’s Talk About Solar Power and Equity - CleanTechies

Let’s Talk About Solar Power and Equity - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

By JORGE MADRID | BIO | Published: FEBRUARY 23, 2015 We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need toRead More

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Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling

Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Residents of the small Pacific Ocean community voted overwhelmingly against for the construction of up to 34 oil wells in the center of town

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Letting girls learn: Empowering communities to overcome barriers to girls’ education

Letting girls learn: Empowering communities to overcome barriers to girls’ education | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today, the White House will launch a new effort on the Let Girls Learn initiative to put grassroots solutions front-and-center in the struggle to overcome the challenges to girls’ education. In light of this announcement, Rebecca Winthrop discusses the key priorities for breaking the barriers and advancing education opportunities for girls around the world.
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California Beach Community to Decide if It’s ‘an Oil Town’

California Beach Community to Decide if It’s ‘an Oil Town’ | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hermosa Beach will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to follow through on a longstanding contract for drilling rights or pay millions to kill the deal.
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The City as Commons

The City as Commons | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A commons-based economy cannot thrive without appropriate institutions, especially those that represent a "partner state" approach.
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Yale Environment 360: Photographs of Amazon Forest Added to Google Street View Collection

Yale Environment 360: Photographs of Amazon Forest Added to Google Street View Collection | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Detailed views of the Amazon rainforest, its rivers, and indigenous communities are the latest additions to Google's "Street View" collection, the company announced this week. The imagery — captured while boating down 500 kilometers of rivers, walking along 20 kilometers of trails, and ziplining through dense forest — reveals stunning views of the Amazon from the top of its canopy to the forest floor. The photos also capture daily life in 17 communities of local people who live deep within the rainforest and along the Rio Mariepauá, one of the Amazon River's largest tributaries. To capture images of a particularly isolated part of the forest, the project used a custom-built camera called a Trekker, which snaps photos as it moves through the canopy on a zip line. The images were collected in partnership with the conservation organization Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, which hopes that sharing in-depth photographs of the area will help promote conservation efforts.

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The Fifth Estate | Green MashUp: 7 transport trends reshaping cities

The Fifth Estate | Green MashUp: 7 transport trends reshaping cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Nothing will reshape cities more than transport. The sector is buzzing with trends that will reshape urban design, lifestyles and sustainability. Here are some to watch out for.

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America’s infrastructure woes are no joke: John Oliver takes on infrastructure

America’s infrastructure woes are no joke: John Oliver takes on infrastructure | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Observers are lining up to credit the weekly satirical news show HBO’s Last Week Tonight and its acerbic host John Oliver with reversing the Federal Communications Commission’s decision on net neutrality. So I watched with interest as the show turned its gaze to the topic of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure: our dams and dikes, ports and pipes, roads and rails.
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Laboratory for Microclimates

Laboratory for Microclimates | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Under what circumstances would we become mindful stewards of living systems, not just their expoiters?
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