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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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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.
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An Evolutionary Family Drama

An Evolutionary Family Drama | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I went out rowing each morning, unaware that a grand evolutionary experiment was taking place beneath my hull.
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EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability - CleanTechies

EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The European Parliament has passed a historic law that makes it mandatory for the largest companies in Europe to include sustainability factors as an integral part of their annual financial reporting. The law, which was passed with a thumping majority vote of 599-55, will apply to publicly traded companies employing more than 500 workers. ThisRead More
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Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wisconsin researchers release the first batch of seeds designed to propagate the old-fashioned notion of sharing.
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Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation

Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After last week’s introduction, we’re proud to present the first in-depth chapter of Shareable’s invaluable Policies for Sharing Cities Report.
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It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine

It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. So now what?
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Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities

Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  According to Bloomberg News last week, crowdfunding solar could become a $5 billion investment vehicle in the next 5 years. This exciting development will connect people who want to invest their money responsibly with solar projects that need financing. SolarCity, the biggest U.S. solar power
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Urban Ecology Reconnects Humans with Nature | In Asia

Urban Ecology Reconnects Humans with Nature | In Asia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last month, China unveiled its grand urbanization plan to increase the number of people living in cities to 60 percent, or around 100 million additional people,
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Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More

Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the next month, millions of Californians will receive their first "climate credit."
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Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo

Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tocardo International BV, a Dutch maker of turbines that generate power from water, said the market for installing its devices in rivers may be worth as much as 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 10 years’ time.
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How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation

How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the
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Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress

Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For 100 years, the nation’s state and local infrastructure finance agencies have issued trillions of dollars’ worth of public finance bonds to fund the construction of the nation’s roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure—and literally built America. Now, as clean energy subsidies from Washington dwindle, these agencies are increasingly willing to finance those projects, if only the clean energy community embraces them.
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Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift

Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California’s drought has left rivers too shallow for salmon, so the government is trucking and barging them to the sea in the hope they will return.
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California’s Thirsting Farmland

California’s Thirsting Farmland | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California farmers have never relied only on rain. But given a prolonged drought and environmental regulations, the jockeying for water is becoming more intense.
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A Case Study in Community Sustainability

A Case Study in Community Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Feldheim a perfect example of how a community working together can create sustainable solutions without (and in some cases in spite of) government legislation.
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2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.
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Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals

11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cities stand at the very center of each and every one of the biggest challenges the world now faces.
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Biomimicry in the real world - O'Reilly Radar

Biomimicry in the real world - O'Reilly Radar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I visited the World Science Festival in New York and saw Festo's robotic bird. It was amazing. I've seen things that looked more or less like...
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The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season

The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Those cold snaps helped spawn an intense outbreak of pollen.
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People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution

People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York and Philadelphia top the list of urban areas with great gaps in pollution exposure between whites and non-whites.
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Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”
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How to Reset the Climate Change Debate

How to Reset the Climate Change Debate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Policies to mitigate climate change are best viewed as insurance against
great but imperfectly understood risks.
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Solar Harvesting Windows Possible With Advances in Semiconductors - CleanTechies

Solar Harvesting Windows Possible With Advances in Semiconductors - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New semiconductor technology is advancing the development of house windows that could double as solar panels, according to scientists from Los Alamos National Lab and Italy. Their research into so-called “quantum dots” — ultra-small bits of semiconductors that transmit energy extremely efficiently and can be tuned toward specific colors — shows that quantum dots canRead More
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