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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Estimating the economic value of cultural ecosystem services in an urbanizing area using hedonic pricing

A need exists to increase both knowledge and recognition of the values associated with ecosystem services and amenities. This article explores the use of hedonic pricing as a tool for eliciting these values. We take a case study approach, valuing several services provided by ecosystems, namely aesthetic quality (views), access to outdoor recreation, and the benefits provided by tree cover in Dakota County, Minnesota, USA.

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Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system

Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, "mother trees" serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2"


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I was just thinking about anti-fragile systems,  great example, thanks!

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, July 21, 1:05 PM

This blows me away; I had no idea about these interconnected, synapse-like links from one tree to the next. 

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Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The last nutrient I'll focus on in this series is magnesium, which, like iron and calcium, is a mineral rather than a vitamin, and it serves a range of purposes in our bodies.
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Natural Architecture, According to Humans

Natural Architecture, According to Humans | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Woven branches. Green bamboo, curved while young to harden in place. Hives, nests, rookeries, and domes. These are just some of the natural materials -- and forms -- featured in the book Natural Ar...
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Yale Environment 360: Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report

Yale Environment 360: Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The cost of wind power in the U.S. is at an all-time low of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, and utility companies are in some cases electing to use wind as an energy source over fossil fuels because of its low cost. Although wind power grew modestly in 2013 — installations were only 8 percent of those seen in the record year of 2012 — it now meets 4.5 percent of U.S. energy needs, producing enough electricity to power 16 million homes. The country ranks second only to China in installed wind capacity, the report says, and wind power accounts for 33 percent of all new U.S. electric capacity additions since 2007. That progress has been heavily dependent on federal, state, and local incentives, however, and wind power's growth could slow if those incentives expire. Its viability could also fall if natural gas becomes more affordable than wind, the report cautions.

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Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The first of its kind in the U.S., the Tilikum Crossing will reflect the city's enduring transit culture.
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The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 2

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This raises the question: To what extent can the Transition movement avoid the pain, hardship, and conflict historically associated with significant social movements...?
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Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.
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Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist

Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The amorphous nature of climate change creates the ideal conditions for human denial and cognitive bias to come to the fore, says George Marshall
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 18, 6:06 PM

Discussions about economics, meanwhile, invariably turn into self defeating cost-benefit analyses. Stern offers a choice between spending 1 per cent of annual income now, or risking losing 20 per cent of it in 50 years' time. This language is almost identical to that Kahneman used two decades earlier in his experiments on loss aversion. Is it surprising that when a choice is framed like this, policy-makers are intuitively drawn towards postponing action and taking a gamble on the future?


If cost and uncertainty really are universal psychological barriers, it is hard to explain why 15 per cent of people fully accept the threat and are willing to make personal sacrifices to avert it. Most of the people in this group are left wing or environmentalists and have managed to turn climate change into a narrative that fits with their existing criticisms of industry and growth.


Conservatives may justify climate inaction on the grounds of cost and uncertainty but they, too, are able to accept both as long as they speak to their core values. As former US vice-president and climate sceptic Dick Cheney said: "If there is only a 1 per cent chance of terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction, we must act as if it is a certainty."

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IEA report implies US crude production may start to peak 2016

IEA report implies US crude production may start to peak 2016 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When it becomes apparent that US tight (shale) oil has peaked, there will be a public confidence crisis because the media are parroting the oil and gas industry’s claim that shale oil is an energy revolution and game changer. Indeed, the game will change, but in unexpected ways.
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Vanishing river gorge shows geology in fast forward - environment - 17 August 2014 - New Scientist

Vanishing river gorge shows geology in fast forward - environment - 17 August 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Normally erosion takes thousands of years, but this river valley could vanish just 50 years after it formed
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The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure...

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Angry Bear » Head scratching use of water

Bottled water is not a significant part of water use compared to agricultural use, but certainly has a heavy footprint in plastic bottles. I believe tap water and well water is pretty safe to drink throughout the US, so what is the appeal??

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International Youth Day: Reflections on the Importance and Promise of Young People

International Youth Day: Reflections on the Importance and Promise of Young People | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While millions of youth continue to face challenges and undergo associated psychological impacts, progress is being made. In honor of Youth Day's theme, Mental Health Matters, Julia Gillard reflects on the importance of investing in youth, their futures, and the inclusion of mental health treatment.
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When the world sleeps

When the world sleeps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.
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Green Whiskey: Scottish Distillery To Be Powered by Combined Heat and Power Plant

Green Whiskey: Scottish Distillery To Be Powered by Combined Heat and Power Plant | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scotland’s Macallan whisky distillery is set to get most of its heat requirement from a combined heat and power plant part-funded by the government.
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even more reason to love Macallan's!

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The maker of Scotland’s national tipple will get about 90 percent of the steam it needs in the distillation process from the 74-million pound ($124 million) Estover Energy Ltd. biomass project in Speyside, the U.K. Green Investment Bank said today in an e-mailed statement. The bank, alongside John Laing Plc, plans to invest 26 million pounds in the project.

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Why the World Smells Different After It Rains

Why the World Smells Different After It Rains | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Behold, the wonders of petrichor.
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Community supported enterprise – how might that work?

Community supported enterprise – how might that work? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the REconomy Project’s aims is to find new ways that communities can provide support and investment to local enterprises, who in turn offer benefits back to the community – not just in terms of jobs – but also strengthened local resilience, minimal environmental impacts and fairer ways of trading and profit-sharing.
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The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing

The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"We can't do it as an individual, but four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power — that's really powerful." Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and s
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What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism

What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New measures to protect deep-sea ecosystems show a new "blue" approach to urban planning.
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Unlikely Suspects – Deep Outreach: Resilience for Whom, and to What End? - “Transitioning for All”

Unlikely Suspects – Deep Outreach: Resilience for Whom, and to What End? - “Transitioning for All” | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s time to ask some thorny questions of the Transition movement. We need look no further than Kingston, the first capital of New York, to begin.
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A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle by Ed Struzik: Yale Environment 360

A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle by Ed Struzik: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments.
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3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco's Aging Infrastructure

3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco's Aging Infrastructure | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Called SF RE:MADE, San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture propose up-cycling Candlestick Park and two other out-of-use waterfront landmarks, the Hunters Point Crane and the Islais Creek Silos, providing alternative uses for aging 20th-century structures whose original purposes have become outdated.


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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, August 17, 5:28 PM

Regenerative design requires a certain boldness by government, the courage to acknowledge when infrastructure is outdated and the future is on a different path. Kudo to SF RE:MADE

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Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a ...
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Pricing Carbon: A Carbon Tax or Cap-And-Trade?

Pricing Carbon: A Carbon Tax or Cap-And-Trade? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Charles Franks weighs in on the risks and benefits between a carbon tax and cap-and-trade in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
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