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Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? - Ecology & Sustainability

Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? - Ecology & Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things.
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Ear-IT project: How listening to the sounds of a city could make for smarter living

Ear-IT project: How listening to the sounds of a city could make for smarter living | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ever thought about how sound could be used to bring a whole new level of automation? The Ear-IT project has been monitoring acoustics in the Spanish city of...
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A New Macroeconomic Strategy

A New Macroeconomic Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Both neo-Keynesians and supply-siders have tried and failed to overcome the high-income economies’ persistently weak performance in recent years. It is time for a new approach, one based on sustainable, investment-led growth.
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Stephen Palumbi: The Hidden Toxins in the Fish We Eat (TED video)

Stephen Palumbi: The Hidden Toxins in the Fish We Eat (TED video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There's a tight link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food
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U.S. Oil Seen as Buffer for Global Prices and Supply

U.S. Oil Seen as Buffer for Global Prices and Supply | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S. oil output is buffering global crude prices and critical to the world’s supply balance amid the threat of disruptions, even as a ban on domestic exports remains in place, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.
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Achieving Sustainable Societies: Lessons from Modelling the Ancient Maya

Achieving Sustainable Societies: Lessons from Modelling the Ancient Maya | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The ancient Maya provide an example of a complex social-ecological system which developed impressively before facing catastrophic reorganization.
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STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to EU Climate Deal | World Resources Institute

STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to EU Climate Deal | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today European Union leaders agreed on a climate and energy package that sets a domestic carbon reduction target of “at least” 40% by 2030.

Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate and Energy Programs, World Resources Institute:
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Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across U.S.

Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across U.S. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even as politicians at the national level steer clear of the politically charged topic, officials who live where its effects lap at residents’ doorsteps are embracing the issue.
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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate commissioner hails ‘strong signal’ ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary
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Eight Pieces of Our oil Price Predicament

Eight Pieces of Our oil Price Predicament | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.
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Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves

Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Adaptability is the key to survival — both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, and in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is transforming. As tens of thousands of reside
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High-end P.A.T.H. prefab house range promises energy to spare

High-end P.A.T.H. prefab house range promises energy to spare | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
High-profile French designer and architect Philippe Starck has joined forces with Slovenian prefabricated specialists Riko to produce the P.A.T.H. range of ...
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Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute

Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Using Aqueduct data, participants in a recent workshop in Trifinio, Guatemala developed scenarios for decision-makers to manage water and adapt to climate change.
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Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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E.U. Greenhouse Gas Deal Falls Short of Expectations

E.U. Greenhouse Gas Deal Falls Short of Expectations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The varied energy needs and capacity of member nations led to concessions and compromises that experts say watered down an agreement meant to pressure other countries at climate talks in 2015.
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Boeing opens cooking-oil-to-biofuel plant in China

Boeing opens cooking-oil-to-biofuel plant in China | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two years ago, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner became the first biofuel-powered aircraft to cross the Pacific Ocean. Now, in the interest of ensuring a consistent s...
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Strips of Native Prairie Protect Farm Soil

Strips of Native Prairie Protect Farm Soil | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new conservation practice reduces cropland erosion to sustainable levels even on moderately sloping land: contoured strips within corn and bean fields, planted to native prairie grasses. The deep rooted grasses slow runoff, trapping suspended soil and nutrients. They also provide habitat for insects and wildlife.
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The Green Climate Fund Is Now Ready for Ambitious Pledges | World Resources Institute

The Green Climate Fund Is Now Ready for Ambitious Pledges | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the most ambitious climate finance fund thus far, with a goal of completely transforming sectors and economies toward low-emission, climate-resilient development.

Last week marked a key moment for climate finance: The last foundations were laid for the GFC, and it’s now ready to receive funding.
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The Future of Sustainability - a new logic for a new society

The Future of Sustainability - a new logic for a new society | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What has become widely referred to as ‘Western civilisation’ has brought great technological advancement and social change over the millennia. Its underpinning scientific-philosophy is now the domi...
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Yale Environment 360: New Mapping Tool Shows U.S. Geothermal Plants and Heat Potential

Yale Environment 360: New Mapping Tool Shows U.S. Geothermal Plants and Heat Potential | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new mapping tool from the U.S. Department of Energy lets users see how geothermal power plants across the country are taking advantage of the heat stored within the earth’s crust. Most of the nation’s 154 operational and planned geothermal plants are clustered in western states, where geothermal heat potential is especially high (red areas). Notably, the map identifies two areas that appear ripe for new geothermal development: one in the Great Plains and another at the border of Virginia and West Virginia. The bulk of the facilities are conventional geothermal plants, which generate power using fluid found naturally deep below earth's surface. Steam captured at the surface spins a turbine, which then powers an electric generator. A newer type of hydrothermal technology, called enhanced geothermal, forces cold water from the surface down into the hot crust, which also generates steam that powers a generator. Both types are generally considered clean sources of energy.

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Economics As If Future Generations Mattered

Economics As If Future Generations Mattered | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the key barriers to taking action on the paramount issues of our time is that these problems are the end result of entrenched cultural, economic and social systems.
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On Public Health and Energy

On Public Health and Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Among the many radical changes that have transformed society since the birth of industrialism, perhaps none have had as great an impact as the revolution in health.
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The Time Has Come for Agroecology

The Time Has Come for Agroecology | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Agroecology is a different way of seeing the food system because it deals with issues related to who gets access to resources and the processes that det
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German Power Poised to Fall for Fourth Year on Economy

German Power Poised to Fall for Fourth Year on Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Power prices in Germany will probably fall for an unprecedented fourth year on signs Europe’s biggest economy is slowing and fuel costs are dropping.
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How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer

How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The largest metros would have seen a 24 percent bump in economic growth in 2012 if racial employment disparities didn't exist.
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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.
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