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Urban Air Concept— Greening the streets of Los Angeles | Architecture on GOOD

Urban Air Concept— Greening the streets of Los Angeles | Architecture on GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I'm really digging this Kickstarter concept. These guys are taking billboards and turning them into small-scale forests.

I personally drive through the city and sort of wish we had more art culture on the grungier streets.
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Sustainable Development Goals Set Roadmap for Business

Sustainable Development Goals Set Roadmap for Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
They are the questions of boardroom conversations: "What is the next BIG thing?" "What should we be making or providing NEXT?" "Where is the market going and how can we meet that need faster, b...
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With Imposed Transparency and Concerned Millennials, a Boom in Corporate Responsibility?

With Imposed Transparency and Concerned Millennials, a Boom in Corporate Responsibility? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an era of rising transparency and concerns about corporate ethics, companies eager to please millennials appear to be shifting business models and messages.
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Foresight Africa 2016: Banking on agriculture for Africa’s future

Foresight Africa 2016: Banking on agriculture for Africa’s future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Makhtar Diop explains why agriculture, a primary source of food and income for Africans, must be a priority for the continent in 2016.
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The Chinatown Bus Is Making a Big Comeback

The Chinatown Bus Is Making a Big Comeback | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two years after a federal safety crackdown, the intercity option is carrying more passengers than ever.
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Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Fourth Industrial Revolution that is underway can compromise humanity’s traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, and identity – or it can lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a sense of shared...
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Life returns to the bog

Life returns to the bog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Leash Fen, Derbyshire I’ve often seen birders parked up on the road watching the short-eared owls that nest here
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Marks of the Anthropocene: 7 signs we have made our own epoch

Marks of the Anthropocene: 7 signs we have made our own epoch | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From nuclear weapons to intensive farming, there is overwhelming evidence that our activities will leave a lasting impact on the geological record
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How I Helped Set up a Local Permaculture Park

Josh Dolan is a New Dream Get2gether team leader who is leading an effort to establish a Permaculture Park Project in Ithaca, New York—a neighborhood shared green space along the Cascadilla Creek in the city’s Northside community.&n
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Humans Leave a Telltale Residue on Earth

Humans Leave a Telltale Residue on Earth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists find a layer of plastics, radiation and soot embedded in the planet's surface, defining a new Anthropocene epoch
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We Need a New Narrative of Minority Migration

We Need a New Narrative of Minority Migration | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When upscale whites move (e.g., to Portland), people celebrate it. But when poorer minorities move, people decry it as displacement. While there is no doubt some displacement, focusing on this miss…
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Largest Texas City Embraces Private Clean Energy Finance Program in Record Year

Largest Texas City Embraces Private Clean Energy Finance Program in Record Year | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

By: Charlene Heydinger, Executive Director, Keeping PACE in TexasAs a bustling metropolis and the biggest city in Texas, Houston has a lot of buildings – and that equals a lot of opportunity to make these facilities more energy- and water-efficient.Houston...


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Why girls’ education is the world’s best investment

Why girls’ education is the world’s best investment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, discusses her new book (co-authored with Gene Sperling and Christina Kwauk) "What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment."
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Yes - without a doubt!
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To Protect Monarch Butterfly, A Plan to Save the Sacred Firs

To Protect Monarch Butterfly,  A Plan to Save the Sacred Firs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mexican scientists are striving to plant oyamel fir trees at higher altitudes in an effort to save the species, as well as its fluttering iconic winter visitor — the migrating monarch butterfly — from the devastating effects of climate cha
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Deforestation Threatens Pygmies, Study Finds

Deforestation Threatens Pygmies, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The first scientific census of the African population finds that there are nearly one million in communities threatened by encroaching societies.
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Why the rains failed – and why they may return

Why the rains failed – and why they may return | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kate Ravilious on evidence that climate change has led to a welcome increase in rainfall in the Sahel. But can it last?
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Yale Environment 360: Massive Transformation to Clean Energy in the U.S. is Possible, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Massive Transformation to Clean Energy in the U.S. is Possible, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A rapid and affordable transformation to wind and solar energy within 15 years is possible in the U.S., according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers published in the journal Nature Climate Change. This energy transformation could slash greenhouse emissions by as much as 78 percent below 1990 levels, the study said. One of the biggest issues with weather-related power generation is its inherent intermittent nature, leading utilities to rely on gas-fired generators and other reserves during cloudy or low-wind periods. The solution to this problem is to scale up renewable energy generation systems to match the scale of weather systems, the scientists said. The model partially depends on significant improvements to the nation’s outdated electrical grid, including the creation of new, high-voltage direct-current transmissions lines.

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Want to do good at work? Here's where to find a job in the sustainability market

Want to do good at work? Here's where to find a job in the sustainability market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The historic COP21 agreement is poised to create a jump in sustainability hiring. Here are four areas of the job market expected to grow significantly in five years
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Green Building Sector Set To Create 3.3 Million Jobs in US By 2018

Green Building Sector Set To Create 3.3 Million Jobs in US By 2018 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

According to a USGBC study, green building design is outpacing the growth of conventional construction sector in the US. Popularity of  green building sector is rapidly increasing and it is set to create more the 2.3 million jobs for Americans, this year – reveals the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study report prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch
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The remnants of bygone eras - mostly organic evidence found in fossils and the carbon based materials we use as fuels - were all part of nature's systems and reuse was simple. Remnants from our era will be mostly inert making reuse will be nearly impossible.

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“We could be looking here at a stepchange from one world to another that justifies being called an epoch,” said Dr Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey and an author on the study published in Science on Thursday.

“What this paper does is to say the changes are as big as those that happened at the end of the last ice age . This is a big deal.”

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Can B Corp be the next Fair Trade for socially-minded corporations?

Can B Corp be the next Fair Trade for socially-minded corporations? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Larger companies pursuing wider sustainability efforts are now seeking B Corp certification
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If all companies did a good job of managing the B Corp impact categories; environment, workers, customers, community and governance the world could be a more viable place for our grandchildren's grandchildren.

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Organic and small-scale: An alternative vision for the future of farming

Organic and small-scale: An alternative vision for the future of farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Oxford Real Farming Conference has rapidly outgrown its decades-old establishment counterpart and is calling for radical reforms to the industrialised intensive model they respresent
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Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped

Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The people of Earth really love their cities.
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..."The vast majority of cities are prone to river flooding. That’s because, when cities were founded, they tended to be founded near rivers. According to Swiss Re, nearly all large metropolitan areas are in danger of flooding to some degrees, because they are situated on river flood plains or along river deltas. India and China, apparently, face the world’s biggest threat in this regard."

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"Bottom line: A study by Swiss Re – released September 18, 2013 – outlines the risk from natural disasters for 616 cities around the world, and identifies the top 10 cities most at risk in various categories."


Excerpts from Earthsky.org

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After Paris: The Soil Story

After Paris: The Soil Story | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After eighteen years with the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit I cofounded to support an emerging radical center among ranchers, conservationists, scientists and public land managers, I am moving on to new adventures. My goal now is to explore and expla
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Yale Environment 360: The View From Far Above: How Earth Changed in 2015

Yale Environment 360: The View From Far Above: How Earth Changed in 2015 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

From raging forest fires to dwindling snowmelt to the extraordinary birth of new ocean islands, sometimes the best way to witness planetary happenings — and to gain perspective on them — is from high above. Below are satellite images and aerial photos from the NASA Earth Observatory that capture some of the more dramatic changes that shaped the earth over the past year.

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The Precise Way the Arts Add to City Economies

The Precise Way the Arts Add to City Economies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Performing arts organizations like opera or ballet help to attract knowledge workers.
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