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Where Should Poor People Live?

Where Should Poor People Live? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Evidence says lower-income people do better in affluent neighborhoods, but rich residents don't want them there.
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Ban Ki-moon urges governments to invest in low carbon energy

Ban Ki-moon urges governments to invest in low carbon energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
UN secretary general says wise energy investment and strong civil society movements, such as the divestment campaign, are vital for a strong climate change agreement at the Paris summit
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Young People and Placemaking: Engaging Youth to Create Community Places

Young People and Placemaking: Engaging Youth to Create Community Places | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more.
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What does REconomy look like ... in Portugal?

What does REconomy look like ... in Portugal? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With more than 300.000 young adults between 20 and 35 in Portugal unable to find a satisfying place in the economy of their local community...a small team of Transição Portugal have explored how to connect people and their community in a support programme for young adults.
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The Fifth Estate | How 3D printing will cut construction resource use

The Fifth Estate | How 3D printing will cut construction resource use | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A photograph released by Arup has elegantly expressed the resource reduction potential of 3D printing for the construction and manufacturing sectors.

The image of three metal structural elements shows how 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, can lead to a reduction in both weight and cost – with each product designed to perform the same function and carry the same structural loads and forces. However, the much smaller, organic looking form on the right is designed using advanced optimisation and additive manufacturing methods – cutting the amount of materials needed and wasted.

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The Population Bomb, Then and Now

The Population Bomb, Then and Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A video examines why the “population bomb” first scared us, then fizzled, and is still debated.
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Global Apollo programme seeks to make clean energy cheaper than coal

Global Apollo programme seeks to make clean energy cheaper than coal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sir David King calls for £15bn a year R&D spending on clean energy to make it cheaper than coal power globally, in emulation of space race research efforts
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Trees trained to grow into furniture

Trees trained to grow into furniture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Timber furniture is made from a tree that has been cut down, sawed up, and stuck back together again. Wouldn't it make more sense to grow a tree straight into a piece of furniture? Gavin Munro thought so, now he grows all sorts of furniture straight out of the ground.
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Public Art That Isn’t Garbage, but Collects It

Public Art That Isn’t Garbage, but Collects It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Washington's experiments in community art haven’t always been great. But a new project with the city’s public-works trucks reflects the real D.C.
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New Docu-Series Offers a Crash Course in Urban Homesteading

New Docu-Series Offers a Crash Course in Urban Homesteading | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Once you get a taste of your own pickles, it will be hard to turn back!”
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Smartphone and tablet could be used for cheap, portable medical biosensing

Smartphone and tablet could be used for cheap, portable medical biosensing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As mobile technology progresses, we're seeing more and more examples of low-cost diagnostic systems being created for use in developing nations. One of the latest incorporates little more than a smartphone, tablet, polarizer and box to test body fluid samples for diseases.
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This Gorgeous Visualization Shows Which Way Your City's Winds Will Blow

This Gorgeous Visualization Shows Which Way Your City's Winds Will Blow | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Will it be still as a crypt tomorrow or gusty as a typhoon? To find out, you could check the local weather forecast. Or if you wanted a more sublime, artistic answer, you could visit the wonderful Windyty, a simulation of air currents for today, tomorrow, and several days into the future.

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Oasis at Risk: Oman’s Ancient Water Channels Are Drying Up by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Oasis at Risk: Oman’s Ancient Water Channels Are Drying Up by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since pre-Islamic times, Oman’s water systems known as aflaj have brought water from the mountains and made the desert bloom. But now, unregulated pumping of groundwater is depleting aquifers and causing the long-reliable channels to run dry.
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Getting to $100 Billion: Climate Finance Scenarios and Projections to 2020 | World Resources Institute

Getting to $100 Billion: Climate Finance Scenarios and Projections to 2020 | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At Copenhagen in 2009, developed country Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) committed to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion a year by 2020 from public and private sources to support climate action in developing countries. More than five years later, the sources, instruments, and channels that should count toward that goal remain ambiguous. As the Parties negotiate a new agreement for the post-2020 period, progress in meeting earlier climate finance commitments is needed to promote trust and confidence in a future climate regime.
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How Can the World Secure $100 Billion in Climate Finance? | World Resources Institute

How Can the World Secure $100 Billion in Climate Finance? | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Getting to $100 Billion: Climate Finance Scenarios and Projections to 2020 is one of the first quantitative analyses of realistic funding scenarios to achieve the climate finance goal of $100 billion annually by 2020. It shows that if a variety of sources are included, climate finance could total $109 to $155 billion in 2020 under projections of low-medium growth and leverage.
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Paris climate pledges 'will only delay dangerous warming by two years'

Paris climate pledges 'will only delay dangerous warming by two years' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Earth will reach 2C warming threshold by 2038 based on carbon pledges made by 36 countries so far, rather than 2036 without any cuts, analysis show
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The Carbon Ranch

The Carbon Ranch | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The purpose of a carbon ranch is to mitigate climate change by sequestering CO2 in plants and soils, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and producing co-benefits that build ecological and economic resilience in local landscapes.
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UK's National Grid claims largest living wall in Europe

UK's National Grid claims largest living wall in Europe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new living wall is being claimed as the largest in Europe. Measuring 1,027 sq m (11,055 sq ft), it comprises around 97,000 plants and is installed along the sides of a recently built multistory parking structure at the headquarters of the UK's National Grid on the outskirts of Warwick.
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"Designer carbon" bodes well for enhanced energy-storage

"Designer carbon" bodes well for enhanced energy-storage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers at Stanford University have created a "designer carbon" with greater pore connectivity and therefore greater electronic conductivity than conventional activated carbon, which enables superior energy-storage performance.
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Grains of life the size of pinheads

Grains of life the size of pinheads | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Blackwater Carr, Norfolk What gives me satisfaction in finding butterfly eggs is pride that such a beautiful creature should choose my ground to propagate
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The 606: Converted Chicago railway line becomes park in the sky

The 606: Converted Chicago railway line becomes park in the sky | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new public park and trail system will open in the US city of Chicago this weekend. The 606, so-called because of the Chicago ZIP code prefix, is built on the former route of the Bloomingdale Line railway track. Its centerpiece is a 2.7-mi (4.3 km) elevated recreation and cultural trail.
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Houston, we have a great opportunity to turn an eyesore called the Pierce Elevated into something wonderful and fun...

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The Rise of the Changemaker Business

The Rise of the Changemaker Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The responsible business of the future is not a company that cares about social impact, it is a movement that uses business to empower others to build a better world.
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The US Deployed 5.8MW of Energy Storage in Q1 2015 - CleanTechies

The US Deployed 5.8MW of Energy Storage in Q1 2015 - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, a quarterly report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the United States deployed 5.8 megawatts of energy storage in the first quarter of the year. That’s up 16 percent over the first quarter of 2014. Seventy-two percent of the nation’s recently deployed capacity wasRead More
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Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought

Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs.
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Earthern Floors: Why, How, and Where

Earthern Floors: Why, How, and Where | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My first step onto an earthen floor (sometimes called a ‘poured adobe’ floor) awakened me.
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