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Food Waste Remains a Big Problem for 2013

Food Waste Remains a Big Problem for 2013 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Food waste is a big problem in industrialized countries, and it has big economic impacts.
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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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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A lion escapes a herd of angry buffalo, lesson in rock climbing and a charging elephant feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Two radically different cities, and the sustainability challenges they face

Two radically different cities, and the sustainability challenges they face | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Leading a sustainable life in Iqaluit and Johannesburg isn’t always easy, but communities are rallying to overcome long-standing hurdles
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Yale Environment 360: Ozone Benefits of Montreal Protocol Already Widespread, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Ozone Benefits of Montreal Protocol Already Widespread, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The planet's protective ozone layer is in far better shape today thanks to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which came into force in 1987 and restricted the use of ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The researchers used 3D atmospheric chemistry modeling to look at what might have happened to the ozone layer had the treaty not been implemented. The findings suggest that the Antarctic ozone hole would have grown by an additional 40 percent by 2013 and, had ozone-depleting substances continued to increase, the ozone layer would have become significantly thinner over other parts of the globe. A very large ozone hole over the Arctic would have occurred during the exceptionally cold Arctic winter of 2010-2011 — colder temperatures cause more loss — and smaller Arctic ozone holes would have become a regular occurrence. "We knew that it would save us from large ozone loss 'in the future,'" said lead researcher Martyn Chipperfield of the University of Leeds. "But in fact we are already past the point when things would have become noticeably worse."

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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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Bees and Other Pollinators Love These Flowering Plants

Bees and Other Pollinators Love These Flowering Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Given that here in the Midwest it's still planting season, and pollinators still (always!) need good habitat, I hope that anyone reading this will feel inspired to add more native plants to their gardens.
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Drive your car, help fight climate change? The new biofuel that claims to be carbon negative

Drive your car, help fight climate change? The new biofuel that claims to be carbon negative | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Colorado-based startup Cool Planet says it has created a fuel that mixes seamlessly with gasoline and actually removes carbon from the atmosphere
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