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Demystifying the World's Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities | World Resources Institute

Demystifying the World's Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A global movement to restore deforested and degraded forest landscapes is gaining momentum. But what is forest landscape restoration, what outcomes should it achieve and where should it occur?
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ghostly white elephants, a venomous stargazer fish and migratory geese are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world
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Yale Environment 360: Los Angeles City Council Says Vegetables Can Be Grown Along Sidewalks

Yale Environment 360: Los Angeles City Council Says Vegetables Can Be Grown Along Sidewalks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Los Angeles, California, City Council voted this week to allow residents to grow fruits and vegetables in the small strips of city-owned land between the sidewalk and street. Doing so used to require a $400 permit, essentially preventing lower-income residents from using the green spaces, which are also known as parkways. Community groups have been pushing for many years to do away with the permit fee in hopes of improving low-income communities' access to healthy foods, and the council has been working on the ordinance change for almost two years. The council still needs to update guidelines for parkway landscaping to include edible plants and set rules to ensure that the plants don't impede sidewalk access. The mayor is expected to approve the change next week, and if he does, the ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

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How to Seize the Opportunities When Megatrends Collide

How to Seize the Opportunities When Megatrends Collide | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Business operates today in a world of accelerating change. Preparing for the inevitable interactions between global forces can help you stay ahead of the competition.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 4, 3:30 PM

Five historical patterns active in the world today have left their mark on all aspects of the world’s economic and social fabric.


  1. Demographic and social change: the combination of greater life expectancy, declining birthrates in many parts of the world, and unprecedented rates of human migration, accompanied by a gradual increase in the status of women and greater ethnic and social diversity within most countries.
  2. Shifts in global economic power: in particular, the much-noted expansion of prosperity in emerging econo- mies at faster rates than in the industrialized world, leading to momentous changes in consumption patterns and a rebalancing of international relations.
  3. Rapid urbanization: the massive expansion of cit- ies around the world, through a combination of migra- tion and childbirth, with major implications for infra- structure, land use, traffic, employment, quality of life, and culture.
  4. Climate change and resource scarcity: the rapidly increasing demand for energy, food, and water, in a fi- nite world with limited natural resources and even more limited capacity for carbon dioxide and a wide variety of other effluents.
  5. Technological breakthroughs: the transforma- tion of business and everyday life through the develop- ment and use of new kinds of digitally enabled innova- tions in fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, fabrication (including 3D printing), cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. 
Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, March 5, 2:44 PM
Kenneth Mikkelsen invites us to discover opportunities in the crisis: “Business operates today in a world of accelerating change. Preparing for the inevitable interactions between global forces can help you stay ahead of the competition.”
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Why Small Businesses are Engaging Sustainability

Why Small Businesses are Engaging Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Small businesses are engaging in sustainable business practices as part of consumer demand and a healthier bottom line
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What is Culture? - YouTube

http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/connect and http://exchanges.state.gov/us/connect This video illustrates a conversation that took place on the U.S. State D...
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Tackling Global Sustainability: A Need for Integrated Systems Approaches

Tackling Global Sustainability: A Need for Integrated Systems Approaches | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  If there is anything that the past few decades of research and study of major global challenges tells us, it is that truly effective solutions to sustainability challenges require truly integrated approaches across disciplines, fields of study,...

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Artist Has Spent 7 Years Turning UK Forests Into Works Of Art

Artist Has Spent 7 Years Turning UK Forests Into Works Of Art | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ellie Davies, a talented multimedia artist in the UK, has spent seven years turning landscapes throughout the UK into beautiful and ghostly works of art.

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The Changing Geography Of Education, Income Growth And Poverty In America | Newgeography.com

The Changing Geography Of Education, Income Growth And Poverty In America | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In this column, we often rate metropolitan areas for their performance over one year, five or at most 10. But measuring economic and social progress often requires a longer lens, spanning decades.

Nowhere is this clearer than in education, which many claim is the key to higher-wage economic growth. Yet there are two sets of numbers that need to be distinguished: those states with the highest percentage of educated workers and the states that have increased their numbers most rapidly.

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Children's Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says

Children's Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The new study, conducted in Southern California, provides evidence that better air quality improved health among children, experts said.
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(Self)-Organize for Complexity

(Self)-Organize for Complexity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"You've got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it." - Toni Morrison I've been re-reading Niels Pfleaging's short book Organi...
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Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked.
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Net Zero Case Study: Bullitt Center - Green Materials - CleanTechies

Net Zero Case Study: Bullitt Center - Green Materials - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington, is one of the most self-sufficient buildings on the planet. It is net zero energy and, after the water reuse system is approved by city authorities, net zero water. Net zero means that the building uses the same amount as it creates or generates – it is self-sufficient.
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3M Moves Toward Using Sustainably Logged Timber

3M Moves Toward Using Sustainably Logged Timber | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The company will now require some 5,000 direct suppliers in more than 70 countries to provide data, including the source of their harvested wood fiber.
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STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to EU Official Proposed National Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute

STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to EU Official Proposed National Climate Action Commitment | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The European Union issued its official proposed national climate action commitment, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) to the forthcoming global climate agreement. The EU set a binding, economy-wide reduction target of at least 40% reductions in its domestic emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, as well as a call for a regular review and strengthening of mitigation commitments consistent with a long-term goal to curb emissions.
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Racial Equity Habit Building, Networked

Racial Equity Habit Building, Networked | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two years ago, the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Network Team, with support from IISC, committed to putting racial equity at the center of its work in trying to bring the six state region toget...
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Infrastructure boom threatens world's last wildernesses

Infrastructure boom threatens world's last wildernesses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Spread of new roads in developing nations is a greater danger than the dams, mines, oil well or cities they connect, as they open up untouched habitats to poachers, illegal loggers and land speculators, study says
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The Metrics Myth—Why Quantitative Presentation of Qualitative Value Matters - UNREASONABLE.is

The Metrics Myth—Why Quantitative Presentation of Qualitative Value Matters - UNREASONABLE.is | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since at least the early ‘90s, those involved in the generation of more than money have been on a quest to capture the right balance between documentation of impact and claims to same. For me personally, I have been a reluctant crusader in this quest for coming on thirty years. As a social worker in …
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What Will America Look Like in 2060? 9 Bold Predictions About Our Future

What Will America Look Like in 2060? 9 Bold Predictions About Our Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The U.S. is about to undergo some radical demographic shifts that will make our country a more beautiful, open place.


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Sustainability for Whom?

Sustainability for Whom? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The conundrum is that eco-business is being accepted by many governments and public interest groups as the best practical short-term option to make products and packaging more sustainable, while at the same time locking in a system that is fundamentally incapable of halting global ecological and social loss.
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F. Kaid Benfield: How to Create Healthy Environments for People

F. Kaid Benfield: How to Create Healthy Environments for People | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"Just as all parts of an ecosystem must be healthy if the system is going to work," an environment for people -- a "people habitat" -- must have "homes, shops, businesses, and the environment that ...

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Would You Consider Riding a Bike Along Route 66?

Would You Consider Riding a Bike Along Route 66? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Adventure Cycling Association has just put out six detailed maps and brochures for cyclists planning to tackle the historic highway.
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Can Civil Society Change Food?

Can Civil Society Change Food? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an age of disruptive change, where trends in global politics shift at an unprecedented rate, civil society organisations could be the only solution capable of grounding the debate on sustainable food and pushing for the change so urgently needed.
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Let’s Talk About Solar Power and Equity - CleanTechies

Let’s Talk About Solar Power and Equity - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

By JORGE MADRID | BIO | Published: FEBRUARY 23, 2015 We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need toRead More

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