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First Converted Hybrid Train with Regenerative Braking Could be a Game Changer

First Converted Hybrid Train with Regenerative Braking Could be a Game Changer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A "Desiro" diesel locomotive retrofitted with batteries recharged by braking takes the tracks. This could be a game changer.
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Largest World Cities: 2014 | Newgeography.com

Largest World Cities: 2014 | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The recently released 10th edition of Demographia World Urban Areas provides estimated population, land area and population density for the 922 identified urban areas with more than 500,000 population.

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Resilience, impact, and learning

Resilience, impact, and learning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Resilience is about the capacity of a system to be able to respond to change.
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If you haven't already engaged systems thinking, there's no time like the present!

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Unlocking Solar Energy's Value as an Asset Class

Unlocking Solar Energy's Value as an Asset Class | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Not all options are ready to step into the spotlight, though. Master limited partnerships (MLP) and real estate investment trusts (REIT) promise more attractive tax treatment than securitizations or yieldcos, but they require some heavy lifting and difficult decisions at the highest levels: MLPs nee
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Britain’s renewable energy investment boom is a story rarely told

Britain’s renewable energy investment boom is a story rarely told | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ed Davey: The backing for eight renewable energy projects is the start of a longer investment journey to create green growth
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How Feasible Is a Migration Away From Fossil Fuels? - CleanTechies

How Feasible Is a Migration Away From Fossil Fuels? - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mark Z. Jacobson is a researcher at Stanford who has made a splash recently with his findings that, both technologically and economically, it’s possible for us to migrate away from fossil fuels in the direction of renewable energy.  He’s even been on the (late-night television show) David Letterman to present his case to casual viewersRead More
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China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Number of groundwater sites of poor or extremely poor quality increases to 59.6%, Chinese government says
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For the Greater Green: Algae-Based Advanced Biofuels Bring a Clean, Affordable Solution

For the Greater Green: Algae-Based Advanced Biofuels Bring a Clean, Affordable Solution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the implications of the global energy crisis continue to intensify, cost-effective and truly sustainable solutions are crucial. The energy industry experienced a giant leap with the production of first-generation biofuels, but rising costs and questionable energy yields have led to an innovative
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Kids Learning Permaculture

Kids Learning Permaculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Check out this charming short video for a look at kids of various ages learning about different plants and topics relating to permaculture
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Uncovering a Wild Garden’s Past

Uncovering a Wild Garden’s Past | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unlike the 16 acres of formal gardens at Washington, D.C.'s Dumbarton Oaks, there are no remaining plans for Dumbarton Oaks Park, the wild garden that is its complement. Perhaps Beatrix Farrand, on...
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Profitable Development Solutions: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda

Profitable Development Solutions: How the Private Sector Can Contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Following the August 2013 Brookings Blum Roundtable on the Global Economy, this report highlights the most prominent themes discussed and debated among participants, including the development impact of the private sector; investments in individual enterprises serving low-income customers; and the U.S. government's development goals.
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How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality | TheCityFix

How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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U.S. petroleum product exports increase in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

U.S. petroleum product exports increase in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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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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Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog?

Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green roofs sprouting across Mexican capital not only purify the air but aid recovery of hospital patients, says environment chief
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Evaluating your community currency: free handbook

Evaluating your community currency: free handbook | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This guide highlights the value of pausing to ask what your currency project is aiming to achieve, and how this can be measured – and offers practical advice on going about it.
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Networks and Narrative « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

“Narratives can create a very different world, one where pressure evolves from a source of stress to a source of excitement, calling us to achieve even more of our potential, both as individuals and collectively.”

 - John Hagel

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This is a good explanation of using storytelling for networks, groups, project teams, etc.  The holy grail is to have members co-create the narrative....

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The many benefits of street trees and urban greenery (excerpted from People Habitat) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The many benefits of street trees and urban greenery (excerpted from People Habitat) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature.  The eminent biologist E. O. Wilson first called this need “biophilia,” and the term has stuck.  Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism –...
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Why Ridesharing Is a Way Bigger Deal for Suburban Seniors Than Urban Millennials

Why Ridesharing Is a Way Bigger Deal for Suburban Seniors Than Urban Millennials | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Peer-to-peer ride companies like Lyft and UberX can expand limited transportation options for the elderly.

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Yale Environment 360: Five Questions for IPCC Chairman On Future of Climate Change Action

Yale Environment 360: Five Questions for IPCC Chairman On Future of Climate Change Action | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This month, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report on steps the world can take to avoid the worst impacts of future climate change. The report by the panel’s Working Group III was the final interim report before the IPCC’s major Fifth Assessment Report due to be released in October. Yale Environment 360 asked Rajendra Pachauri, who has served as IPCC chairman since 2002, five questions about the latest report and about the prospects that the international community will finally take decisive action to address climate change.

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The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream

The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When it comes to driving the development of renewable energy technology, no greater facilitating force exists than the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Acting on a mandate to achieve 25 percent reliability on renewable energy by the year 2025, the DOD has been busy in its aggressive pursuit of that

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DOE Solar Market Pathways Funding To Spur Shared, Community Solar

DOE Solar Market Pathways Funding To Spur Shared, Community Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Department of Energy announces its "Solar Market Pathways" project. A $15 million dollar program to promote community solar project development

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My place on the earth | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

My place on the earth | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
    Move your cursor over the images for credit information. Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media.  Kaid’s latest book is People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener,...
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Why Wall Street Needs Remedial Biology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Why Wall Street Needs Remedial Biology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of chatter this month about high frequency trading, due in large part to the release of Michael Lewis’s latest book, Flash Boys: ...
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The Key to Saving the U.S. Transportation Program

The Key to Saving the U.S. Transportation Program | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Cities and towns need more power over federal funds.

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Wichita Falls Braces for Water From Sewers With Texas in Drought

Wichita Falls Braces for Water From Sewers With Texas in Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Pastor Bob McCartney of First Baptist Church tries to love his neighbor as himself. He’s just not thrilled that Wichita Falls will soon have him drinking water that once swirled down his neighbor’s toilet.
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