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New Book Synthesizes 10 years of Challenge Program on Water and Food - Water, Land and Ecosystems

Water Scarcity, Livelihoods and Food Security draws on experiences from over 100 projects in 10 river basins in the developing world.
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Make Use of the USDA’s Unofficial Support of Permaculture

Make Use of the USDA’s Unofficial Support of Permaculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
VersaLand fields: Tree shelters protect an emerging 145 acre permaculture farm
Even though they do not know it, the Unites States Depa
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Human Health and Climate Change

Human Health and Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A variety of independent research is increasing our understanding of the link between human health and climate change.
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Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds

Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Excess heat being stored hundreds of metres down in Atlantic and Southern oceans – not Pacific as previously thought
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Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises

Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How we think about and talk about ecological crises and our role in them form the structures of our responses.
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Major factors contributing to wind power diffusion: foresight: Vol 16, No 3

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the linkages between the technological, market and political environment in the wind power industry, and their contribution to market diffusion.

Design/methodology/approach

The evaluation is based on a literature review of the wind power industry and policy issues in selected countries, patent and financial analyses of leading European firms, and semi-structured interviews of energy experts.

Findings

The results reveal that the industry is policy-driven, and appropriate energy politics are crucial in continuing the rapid wind power market diffusion during the next decades. Wind power technologies are in an accelerating stage of evolution, and competitive technologies contribute to market diffusion and firms’ financial performance. However, without adequate energy subsidies and emission trading schemes the industry will not be competitive in the energy markets, where other energy sources, including fossil fuels, are also subsidized.

Research limitations/implications

This case focuses mainly on the leading European industry actors and has a European perspective in policy issues. The analyses are limited to the main support mechanisms and countries where the diffusion of renewable energy has been rapid.

Practical implications

The wind power industry is still in the emerging phase in its life-cycle, and well-planned and efficiently implemented public support schemes are needed in order for the firms to compete successfully in the markets. The industry will propably be competitive without subsidies in 10-20 years.

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5 Rules Of Tomorrow's Bottom Line

5 Rules Of Tomorrow's Bottom Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at the practical steps business leaders must take to ensure capitalism migrates to more sustainable forms of wealth creation.
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Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts the Nation’s Youngest Learners

Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts the Nation’s Youngest Learners | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rising childhood poverty is hitting pre-schoolers hardest.
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MIT scientists use polymer scaffold to stimulate bone growth

MIT scientists use polymer scaffold to stimulate bone growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A team of chemical engineers from MIT has developed a new method of stimulating bone growth, by utilizing the same chemical processes that occur naturally i...
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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"


Via Lorien Pratt
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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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Food Charities Can Now Be More Like Food Companies With Just-In-Time Food Waste Logistics

Food Charities Can Now Be More Like Food Companies With Just-In-Time Food Waste Logistics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a live crowdsourced map of food getting wasted, Food Cowboy is helping charities get there before it's too late.
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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.
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Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains

Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate Central -- Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice ...
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The Changing Face of the Global City

The Changing Face of the Global City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I want to highlight a couple of recent studies by Joel Kotkin for which I provided some research support. The first is a report on global cities from the Singapore Civil Service College called "Siz...
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Graphene-treated rubber bands used as inexpensive body motion sensors

Graphene-treated rubber bands used as inexpensive body motion sensors | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Graphene is a cutting-edge wonder material, whereas rubber bands ... well, they're not so high-tech. By combining the one with the other, however, scientist...
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Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing?

Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New federal data reveals the regional decline in coastal ecosystems.
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The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This report presents an overview, literature review, and critical analysis of the Transition Movement.
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Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability

Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it



Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, It is an environmental, cultural, and political phenomenon which is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. — Mike Hulme

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Cement and CO2 Emissions

Cement and CO2 Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cement production is a major source of CO2 emissions. A method modeled on ancient Roman cement production could reduce emissions 97 percent.
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When the world sleeps

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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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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 19, 5:56 PM

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.