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Archaebacteria: The Third Domain of Life Missed by Biologists for Decades: Scientific American

Archaebacteria: The Third Domain of Life Missed by Biologists for Decades: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These unusual bacteria are genealogically neither prokaryotes nor eukaryotes.
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People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The “People-oriented Cities” series—exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights—is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars.

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Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Supporters say the wind farm experiment is essential if states want to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet new federal rules on carbon emissions.
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Community Forests: An Undervalued Approach to Climate Change Mitigation | World Resources Institute

Community Forests: An Undervalued Approach to Climate Change Mitigation | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Governments around the world legally recognize at least 513 million hectares of community forests, land held collectively by either rural populations or Indigenous Peoples. This area stores about 37 billion tonnes of carbon—29 times the annual carbon footprint of all the passenger vehicles in the world.

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change, a new report from WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative, shows that by protecting and expanding the amount of officially recognized community forests, national governments can meet their climate goals while also improving citizens’ livelihoods.
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Bombs for Butterflies

Bombs for Butterflies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’m here to tell you about a weapon that could change the world. Discharging it in public wouldn’t harm any living creature; it wouldn’t even land you in jail.
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Building the Blue Economy

Building the Blue Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This report from PUSH Buffalo and The Partnership for the Public Good identifies sources of funding and advocacy strategies to advance green infrastructure social enterprises. Intended for community-based organizations, policy makers, and funders inte
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Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many scientists say capturing the carbon that spews from power plants and locking it away is necessary to stave off the worst effects of climate change.
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Where Does Discarded Clothing Go?

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Can for-profit recycling companies turn those rags into riches?
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Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators

Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The wind energy industry has doggedly pursued higher energy yields and lower costs of energy with each successive generation of wind turbines.  As a result, the wind energy industry has lowered its costs by over 40 percent in just the past four years.  Innovations in wind turbine
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Biofuels are included in latest U.S. Navy fuel procurement - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Biofuels are included in latest U.S. Navy fuel procurement - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Recently the Department of Defense (DoD) released its annual procurement for bulk fuels to be delivered to its facilities in the eastern and inland United States and Gulf Coast. For the first time, this procurement requests military-specification diesel fuel and jet fuel that are blended with biofuels. The biofuels components, however, are optional and will only be accepted if certain cost and performance requirements are met. A similar procurement for the Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions is expected to be released later this year.

 

The U.S. Navy's interest in biofuels is part of its goal to generate 50% of its energy from alternative sources by 2020: nuclear energy, electricity from renewable sources, and biofuels. The Navy currently sources about 17% of its energy supplies from renewable and nuclear sources of electricity. No biofuels are currently included in that percentage.

 

 

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What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program

What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods.
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To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Community Radio of Northern California asks: "What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?" Turns out the National Center for Atmos...
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Blackouts, More Than Efficiency, Drive Smart Grid growth - CleanTechies

Blackouts, More Than Efficiency, Drive Smart Grid growth - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We’ve been hearing about the potential wonders of the Smart Grid for several years now. It will save energy, make utility operations more streamlined, support renewables and save money for consumers. All these things are true, and they will be even more important in the years ahead as the impacts of climate change are feltRead More
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Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began'

Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guardian Australia: Senate committee hears reef will be ‘pretty ugly’ within 40 years with large swaths of seaweed where complex coral structures once thrived
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Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help From Oil and Gas Drilling

Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help From Oil and Gas Drilling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Growth in hydraulic fracturing, the technique of extracting oil or gas from hard rock, has shortened the learning curve for the geothermal industry.
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States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds

States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study found that Texas and Oklahoma would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change.
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The Art of Fermentation

The Art of Fermentation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One way to reduce household energy use associated with food is to adopt fermentation as a primary means of food preservation.
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Sign in to read: We've locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone - opinion - 22 July 2014 - New Scientist

Sign in to read: We've locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone - opinion - 22 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

How did you start working on a project to lock away carbon dioxide in rocks?
When I was working in Oman, I saw these really blue, alkaline rock pools with white deposits at the bottom. The rocks were mantle peridotite, which reacts with CO2 to form white carbonates.

Later I moved to Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, where I met Taro Takahashi and Dave Goldberg. They told me they wanted to look at a way of locking up CO2 using mineral carbonation. I said, "I've seen that in Oman."

How does your carbon storage method differ from conventional techniques?
The standard method of carbon storage is injecting pure CO2 deep into the Earth's crust. But the risk with that approach is that the gas could leak back out. So in our pilot project in Iceland, called CarbFix, we take CO2 and wastewater from the same geothermal power plant and ...

 

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Vertical Farming: Singapore’s Solution to Feed the Local Urban Population

Vertical Farming: Singapore’s Solution to Feed the Local Urban Population | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sky Greens' vertical farm
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The wealthy island city of Singapore with an area of 710 square km and a population of 5 million,

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California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies

California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A community without dollars is not a community without wealth – this basic insight lies at the heart of the community resilience movement.
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Sign in to read: California's Katrina? The great delta dilemma - environment - 24 July 2014 - New Scientist

Sign in to read: California's Katrina? The great delta dilemma - environment - 24 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Drought is not the only threat to California's water supply – the state's single biggest source of water is a catastrophe waiting to happen

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To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs | Newgeography.com

To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There’s no question that minorities’ economic wellbeing has deteriorated since the economy cratered in 2007. African-America youth unemployment is now twice that of whites, while the black middle class, once rapidly expanding, has essentially lost the gains made over the past 30 years,  says the Urban League.

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Strengthen Community Forest Rights to Fight Climate Change

Strengthen Community Forest Rights to Fight Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation, according to a new report.
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Half of All New Energy Capacity in the US This Year Is Renewable

Half of All New Energy Capacity in the US This Year Is Renewable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar and wind lead the way.
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The Pricing of Everything

The Pricing of Everything | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion.
Below is the transcript of George Monbi
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The Renewable Energy Industry is All About Jobs - CleanTechies

The Renewable Energy Industry is All About Jobs - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This political campaign ad from the woman running against Mitch McConnell for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky reminds me of an important issue—perhaps the only important issue—driving the ultimate success of the renewable energy industry in this country: the promise of jobs. The ad depicts an out-of-work coal miner from Eastern Kentucky, providing Ms.Read More
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