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As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive : NPR

As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive : NPR | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers argue that ecology has a pretty big say in whether disease rates increase or die down. They used a new field that blends economics and ecology called "macroecology" to figure out how biodiversity loss affected disease burden.
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Stewart Brand: We Need Planetary Restoration

Stewart Brand: We Need Planetary Restoration | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stewart Brand, who is perhaps best known for his book, Whole Earth Catalog, now runs the Long Now Foundation, which is focused on the next 10,000 years of human civilization. At the American Planni...
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A Carbon Price Would Benefit More than Just the Climate | World Resources Institute

A Carbon Price Would Benefit More than Just the Climate | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When the price of carbon-intensive fuels and goods increases, the government takes in new revenues. These funds can lower taxes, reduce the federal deficit and more while curbing climate change.
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How to Make a Productive Patio

How to Make a Productive Patio | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It would be great if we all had an acre or two, the time, and inclination to grow our own food, but the realities of the day are that the majority of peop
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Have we really reached 'peak car'?

Have we really reached 'peak car'? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vehicle traffic grew at a fearsome rate worldwide for decades … until 2007. Then came the perfect storm of an economic collapse, a digital revolution and major changes to urban lifestyles. But is this just a blip?
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ReFlow reuses grey water, saves fresh water

ReFlow reuses grey water, saves fresh water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As water shortages haunt many parts of the world, saving water at home is a must. One way to do that is to recycle and reuse grey water. In Vancouver, Canada, a team of designers has created the p...
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How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal

How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A crowdsourcing satellite-imagery site that made headlines when Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared last year is now being used to plot parts of Kathmandu in need of aid.
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How the Microtransit Movement Will Change Your Commute (and Your City)

How the Microtransit Movement Will Change Your Commute (and Your City) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The good and the bad of all these new flexible ride services.
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Antarctica's Blood Falls are a sign of life below ground - environment - 28 April 2015 - New Scientist

Antarctica's Blood Falls are a sign of life below ground - environment - 28 April 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A vast underground network of aquifers storing water – and potentially teeming with microbes - may be linked to Antarctica's bleeding glacier
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Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements

Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I met architect Andrea Paoletti four years ago at Impact Hub SoMa in San Francisco, the coworking space where I’m a long-time member. He was visiting from Milan to lead a collaborative interior design project with Hub members. His job was to help Hub members design their space so that it encouraged collaboration. His work interested me and was relevant to Shareable. I asked him to write an article about his work co-designing collaborative spaces.
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Asheville Just 'Happened' to Develop a Nice Downtown—Or Did It?

Asheville Just 'Happened' to Develop a Nice Downtown—Or Did It? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the immortal words from Liberty Valance, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Herewith the legend and reality of Asheville.
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Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Audi is making a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent when it comes to climate change – that's because the synthetic diesel is made from just water an...
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Audi is in the process of making a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent when it comes to climate change. Synthetic diesel is made from just water and carbon dioxide.

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Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power

Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Oil fracking companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power.
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Did You Know That The Future Is Inside Of Your Organization? - Kedge

Did You Know That The Future Is Inside Of Your Organization? - Kedge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

...In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us...

In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us – in what we think, what we hope for, and what we do. The future is the higher order purpose of our present ideas, innovations and activities. When we miss the transformative nature of the future, we really fail to understand the purpose and meaning of the present altogether. - See more at: http://www.kedgefutures.com/did-you-know-that-the-future-is-inside-of-your-organization/#sthash.gMOrdKw6.dpuf
In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us – in what we think, what we hope for, and what we do. The future is the higher order purpose of our present ideas, innovations and activities. When we miss the transformative nature of the future, we really fail to understand the purpose and meaning of the present altogether. - See more at: http://www.kedgefutures.com/did-you-know-that-the-future-is-inside-of-your-organization/#sthash.gMOrdKw6.dpuf
In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us – in what we think, what we hope for, and what we do. The future is the higher order purpose of our present ideas, innovations and activities. When we miss the transformative nature of the future, we really fail to understand the purpose and meaning of the present altogether. - See more at: http://www.kedgefutures.com/did-you-know-that-the-future-is-inside-of-your-organization/#sthash.gMOrdKw6.dpuf
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Massive stars lit up the early universe

Massive stars lit up the early universe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After the Big Bang, it took several hundred million years for all the hydrogen and helium and some other gases floating around to start to coalesce into the first stars. New research shows these ancient suns would have clustered together to form extraordinarily bright groupings of stars.
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These Lovely Maps Trace the Most Picturesque Routes of Every City in the World

These Lovely Maps Trace the Most Picturesque Routes of Every City in the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The "Geotaggers' World Atlas" follows the path of Flickr images.
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Steps Toward a New World: Four Co-ops that Are Building a New Economy

Steps Toward a New World: Four Co-ops that Are Building a New Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seeing high unemployment, activists from various social movements have decided that since the contemporary system cannot provide them with jobs, they’ll create them outside of it.
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How Much Water Do You Really Use? A New Calculator Will Add It Up

How Much Water Do You Really Use? A New Calculator Will Add It Up | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This tool reminds us that every bite of food, every mile we drive, and every light switch we flip relies on the wet stuff.
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My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school

My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Teacher Stephen Ritz explains how a project to grow fresh food in his school turned into a wider movement encouraging healthy eating among US students

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We're making progress on a community vertical garden for an after school enrichment program in Houston.  Hooray!!

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Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF

Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades
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One Way To Force The Government To Act On Climate Change: Take It To Court

One Way To Force The Government To Act On Climate Change: Take It To Court | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A landmark case in the Netherlands will decide whether or not the government is violating human rights by not stopping emissions.
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Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers - Water, Land and Ecosystems

Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers - Water, Land and Ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  A big, risky decision for smallholder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops.…
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Implanted micropump could deliver epilepsy drugs right into the brain

Implanted micropump could deliver epilepsy drugs right into the brain | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A promising new treatment for epilepsy directly targets the nerve cells that cause seizures. Its creators hope to combine it with an implantable microchip that they previously developed to create ...
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Resilient Urban Systems: Where We Stand Now and Where We Need to Go

Resilient Urban Systems: Where We Stand Now and Where We Need to Go | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This paper draws on case studies from across the globe to assess the current innovative approaches that cities are undertaking to make their infrastructure systems more resilient in order to better cope with future uncertainties.
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In a New Video, Las Vegas' 'Water Empress' Delivers a Lesson in Conservation Ethics

In a New Video, Las Vegas' 'Water Empress' Delivers a Lesson in Conservation Ethics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Patricia Mulroy lays out your moral obligation to save water.
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