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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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Real Economic Payoff from Infrastructure | Newgeography.com

Real Economic Payoff from Infrastructure | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With the Obama proposal to get some money for infrastructure, it is time to revisit the payoff from investments in transportation. Investments that improve the performance of transportation in the US will pay for themselves in 17 years through increased economic activity and the resulting gains in federal tax revenue. The rate of return for national investments in transportation is 7%, significantly more than the cost of borrowing. Recently released research verbalizes a theory of why the performance of infrastructure matters for the economy.

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Seeding change

Seeding change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
73% of seed crops are now ‘owned’ by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.
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What is Network Strategy? « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

What is Network Strategy? « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Are goats the answer to the reed choking US east coast marshes?

Are goats the answer to the reed choking US east coast marshes? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yale Environment 360: Test site finds goats dramatically reduce phragmites, which have been previously tackled with fires and bulldozers
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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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First highway with glow-in-the-dark markings opens in the Netherlands

First highway with glow-in-the-dark markings opens in the Netherlands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Drivers on a road in the Netherlands are now being guided by glow-in-the-dark road markings. The N329 in Oss is being used to pilot the concept, which is pa...
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Shale Boom’s Allure to Wall Street Tested by Bear Market

Shale Boom’s Allure to Wall Street Tested by Bear Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Falling oil prices are testing investors’ commitment to the Wall Street-funded shale boom.
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Five graphs that explain the EU 2030 energy and climate deal

Five graphs that explain the EU 2030 energy and climate deal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As David Cameron prepares to join EU leaders to set new targets for emissions, energy savings and renewables, we look at the data and what it means for the UK
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Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems

Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Extreme weather from climate change and growing urbanization are making cities more vulnerable to loss of electric power and damage to energy infrastructure.
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