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Narrower Traffic Lanes Are Safer and Still Move Plenty of Cars

Narrower Traffic Lanes Are Safer and Still Move Plenty of Cars | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The case for 10-foot over 12-foot lanes in cities, in 3 charts.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hippos ganging up on an impala, wolverines of Finland and a Bengal tiger out on a walk feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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Water for All: How to Ensure We Leave No One Behind | World Resources Institute

Water for All: How to Ensure We Leave No One Behind | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When it comes to water, most people don’t know what they’ve got ‘til it’s gone – yet we are already facing a water scarcity crisis.

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L.A.'s Groundbreaking Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor

L.A.'s Groundbreaking Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new electric vehicle pilot would provide access and savings to those who need it most.
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"World's first" E paper traffic signs installed in Australia

"World's  first" E paper traffic signs installed in Australia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sydney has become the world's first city to feature E Ink-based traffic signs. The signs display information to motorists during special events like football matches or concerts, and promise improved reliability over standard electronic roadsigns.

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SALt lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt

SALt lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While cheap, kerosene lamps are bad for the environment and human health. Intended as an alternative in areas with access to electricity, the SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) lamp burns for eight hours at a time running on only a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt.
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How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change | TheCityFix

How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Though our planet is home to one hundred and ninety independent nations, the UN Climate Conferencein Paris this December reminds us that all countries share a single, collective future. Indeed, in order to keep the global temperature rise from rising more than 2 ° C., all nations will have to agree on climate action. Therefore, the participation and commitment of all 190 countries meeting in Paris is vital for the new climate plan—which replaces the Kyoto Protocol expiring in 2020—to achieve a low carbon future.


Although all 190 countries have a hand in the fight against climate change and need to work together at the conference, the challenges that each country faces and their individual emissions are far from the same. In this post, we home in on the top ten most emitting countries, detailing their corresponding emissions profiles and their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for post-2020. An INDC is a public statement in which countries outline their intended emission goals to be set at the UN Climate Conference. A tool produced by World Resources Institute (WRI) has mapped the submissions of each country.

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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.
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The Gig Economy is Coming. What Will It Mean For Work?

The Gig Economy is Coming. What Will It Mean For Work? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The new working model offers greater freedom – and a fresh chance for the rich to exploit the poor.
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‘The Last Mile’: Laying the political and security foundations first for peace, then development

‘The Last Mile’: Laying the political and security foundations first for peace, then development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Expanding on his chapter in “The Last Mile,” Bruce Jones analyzes how aspirations to eradicate extreme poverty often rely on the fragility of or conflict in a country.

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Saving Lives with Smart Urban Design

Saving Lives with Smart Urban Design | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. Traffic-related incidents are the e...

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Thirteen US companies sign on to White House climate change pledge

Thirteen US companies sign on to White House climate change pledge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Walmart, Coca-Cola and Google, among others, commit to reducing their carbon footprints following the Obama administration initiative to slash US emissions

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Satellites Spot Deforestation in Almost-approved Peruvian National Park

Satellites Spot Deforestation in Almost-approved Peruvian National Park | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A proposed national park in Peru sits on the apparent cusp of approval, even as it suffers deforestation at the hands of illegal loggers, miners, and coca growers.

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Climate models are even more accurate than you thought | Dana Nuccitelli

Climate models are even more accurate than you thought | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Dana Nuccitelli: The difference between modeled and observed global surface temperature changes is 38% smaller than previously thought

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Google to measure air quality through Street View

Google to measure air quality through Street View | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Google has teamed up with Aclima to incorporate the company's environmental sensors into the search giant's Street View cars. Initially tested on three vehicles in the Denver metro area, the partnership should lead to a better understanding of overall air quality in urban environments.

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Hard lessons from creating jobs and opportunity in the next economy

Hard lessons from creating jobs and opportunity in the next economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In January 2011, the United States was still in the grips of the Great Recession. The unemployment rate sat at a stubborn 9 percent, slightly lower than the high of 10 percent in October 2009. Job losses were staggering. The Chicago and Phoenix metro areas shed 330,000 and 240,000 jobs, respectively, from their pre-recession peak to their post-recession troughs in 2010. Even midsized Portland, Ore. had lost 80,000 jobs by late 20099.

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Just growing more food won't help to feed the world | Richard Ewbank

Just growing more food won't help to feed the world | Richard Ewbank | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The rush to increase production has caused catastrophic environmental degradation – we need to make agriculture climate-resilient and more efficient
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Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform | TheCityFix

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common that often goes unappreciated. Let’s take the example of how a city dweller in China spends an average day:

  • 8 hours of work activities
  • 30 minutes of study or training, at home or school
  • 1.5 hours eating meals, at home, work, or a restaurant
  • 4 hours watching TV or pursuing other leisure activities, mostly at home
  • 10 hours of sleep or other personal activities, at home

What is common to all these daily activities? The answer: buildings.

Buildings are not only the largest physical element in cities, occupying 50 percent or more of urban land area, but are also where people spend most of their time, as the average person in a developed country spends up to 90 percent of his or her life in buildings. However, buildings are often ignored as public service providers, despite their prevalence in urban life. As a result, investments in buildings often lag, leaving significant potential untapped for improving productivity, health, and comfort. It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform.

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Data-Driven Parking Policy Pays Off in Seattle | Streetsblog.net

Data-Driven Parking Policy Pays Off in Seattle | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Seattle is set to improve upon its successful street parking program by setting meter rates based on demand.


The Seattle Department of Transportation keeps a close watch on curbside parking, reports Stephen Fesler at The Urbanist, with regular audits and adjustments to rates and hours for close to 12,000 spaces. SDOT’s goal is to reduce congestion, noise, and pollution by helping motorists find parking more easily. Increasing turnover also helps businesses by improving access.

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Getting People to Walk in NYC Is Easy. What About Smaller Cities?

Getting People to Walk in NYC Is Easy. What About Smaller Cities? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new study identifies the two best design features for attracting pedestrians.

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MID-YEAR REPORT: 70% of New U.S. Generating Capacity in First Half 2015 is From Renewables - CleanTechies

MID-YEAR REPORT: 70% of New U.S. Generating Capacity in First Half 2015 is From Renewables - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In yet another clear indication of the nation’s energy future, renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for nearly 70% (69.75%) of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first six months of 2015. According to the recently-released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’sRead More

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Resilience: A New Conservation Strategy for a Warming World

Resilience: A New Conservation  Strategy for a Warming World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As climate change puts ecosystems and species at risk, conservationists are turning to a new approach: preserving those landscapes that are most likely to endure as the world warms.
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Roads Were Not Built for Cars

Roads Were Not Built for Cars | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many people assume roads became the way they are today because of the rise of automobiles. In Roads Were Not Built for Cars, Carlton Reid explains that infrastructure for bicycles, tricycles, and m...
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Electric Cars Are Critical To Stopping Global Warming, But That’s Not Why They’ll Take Off

Electric Cars Are Critical To Stopping Global Warming, But That’s Not Why They’ll Take Off | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I wouldn’t blame you if you thought electric cars weren't green. There's a massive misinformation campaign against them, and part of that is trying to seed doubt about one of their top advantages -- that they are one of the best solutions to global warming. I'll tackle that point below, but first, let's get something…

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Andrew Winston's curator insight, July 30, 11:09 AM

The clean tech writer Zach Shahan provides some great analysis that destroys the misperception that an electric car isn't green since it's just plugged into dirty grid power. He provides a really cool chart from Union of Concerned Scientists showing what (equivalent) mileage you get from plugging an electric into each power/utility region in the U.S. (e.g., drive a Volt in California and it's like getting 96 mpg in a regular car...drive one in coal-heavy Indiana, and you get 36 mpg, which still ain't bad). As the shift from coal continues and nat gas and renewables grow, these numbers will only get better. So, yes, it's worth it carbon-wise to drive electric.

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Climate change 'triple threat' increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities

Climate change 'triple threat' increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Trio of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall exposes coastal cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston to potentially catastrophic flooding in future

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