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Why AT&T and Environmental Defense Fund Are Working To Reduce Water Use

Why AT&T and Environmental Defense Fund Are Working To Reduce Water Use | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
AT&T's Director of Sustainability Operations talks about why he's watching his water footprint.
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A Hidden Carbon Sink Underneath the World’s Deserts?

A Hidden Carbon Sink Underneath the World’s Deserts? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
About 40 percent of the carbon dioxide released from deforestation and burning fossil fuel stays in the atmosphere. Another 30 percent is taken up in the oceans. It was thought that the remaining 30 percent of anthropogenic carbon was absorbed by plants on land, but subsequent measurements didn't bear that out, leading to the question of…
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Why Bird Calls and Human Voices Make Us Feel Safer in Creepy Places

Why Bird Calls and Human Voices Make Us Feel Safer in Creepy Places | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that auditory signs of life can ease discomfort in hair-raising public spaces.
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New Currencies and their Relationship with Fiat Currency

New Currencies and their Relationship with Fiat Currency | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Creating and maintaining a currency without any interaction with fiat is clearly a challenge. It’s like asking fish to reinvent water while they are swimming around in it.
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The Aquaponics Solution

The Aquaponics Solution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This article reports on a novel, sustainable, and economically viable model for aquaponic food production year-round, even in locations with harsh winter climates.

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Narrower Traffic Lanes Are Safer and Still Move Plenty of Cars

Narrower Traffic Lanes Are Safer and Still Move Plenty of Cars | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The case for 10-foot over 12-foot lanes in cities, in 3 charts.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hippos ganging up on an impala, wolverines of Finland and a Bengal tiger out on a walk feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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Water for All: How to Ensure We Leave No One Behind | World Resources Institute

Water for All: How to Ensure We Leave No One Behind | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When it comes to water, most people don’t know what they’ve got ‘til it’s gone – yet we are already facing a water scarcity crisis.

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L.A.'s Groundbreaking Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor

L.A.'s Groundbreaking Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new electric vehicle pilot would provide access and savings to those who need it most.
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"World's first" E paper traffic signs installed in Australia

"World's  first" E paper traffic signs installed in Australia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sydney has become the world's first city to feature E Ink-based traffic signs. The signs display information to motorists during special events like football matches or concerts, and promise improved reliability over standard electronic roadsigns.

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SALt lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt

SALt lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While cheap, kerosene lamps are bad for the environment and human health. Intended as an alternative in areas with access to electricity, the SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) lamp burns for eight hours at a time running on only a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt.
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How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change | TheCityFix

How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Though our planet is home to one hundred and ninety independent nations, the UN Climate Conferencein Paris this December reminds us that all countries share a single, collective future. Indeed, in order to keep the global temperature rise from rising more than 2 ° C., all nations will have to agree on climate action. Therefore, the participation and commitment of all 190 countries meeting in Paris is vital for the new climate plan—which replaces the Kyoto Protocol expiring in 2020—to achieve a low carbon future.


Although all 190 countries have a hand in the fight against climate change and need to work together at the conference, the challenges that each country faces and their individual emissions are far from the same. In this post, we home in on the top ten most emitting countries, detailing their corresponding emissions profiles and their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for post-2020. An INDC is a public statement in which countries outline their intended emission goals to be set at the UN Climate Conference. A tool produced by World Resources Institute (WRI) has mapped the submissions of each country.

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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.
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Minimum Wage or Living Income?

Minimum Wage or Living Income? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As robots increasingly replace human labor, humans will need incomes to replace wages from work. That is why the idea of an unconditional basic income, long advocated by free-market and socialist thinkers alike, is a measure whose time has come.
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When CEOs Become Activists

When CEOs Become Activists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Corporate leaders' influence reaches beyond the walls of their businesses. Discover how BP's John Browne and Shell's Mark Moody-Stuart influenced politics in oil-producing countries and how Browne and Apple's Tim Cook weighed in on LGBT issues.

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For Every One, A Basic Income? Yes! Radical Ideas About Fixing Inequality

For Every One, A Basic Income? Yes! Radical Ideas About Fixing Inequality | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Tony Atkinson's new book points the way forward. British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality — the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom — for nearly half a century. Now that the dogma of trickle-down has been exposed as myth, he sees economists, policy-makers and the public finally waking up to the seriousness of the problem.

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Slaughterhouse waste could be made into yarn

Slaughterhouse waste could be made into yarn | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new process can convert animal waste byproducts into a wool-like yarn. It's said to offer insulation similar to that of Merino wool.

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Yale Environment 360: Severe Droughts Affect Forests And CO2 Storage for Years, Study Shows

Yale Environment 360: Severe Droughts Affect Forests And CO2 Storage for Years, Study Shows | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Severe drought can affect a forest's growth for up to four years, a period during which it is less effective at removing carbon from the atmosphere, a new studyreports in the journal Science. Standard climate models have assumed that forests and other vegetation bounce back quickly from extreme drought, but that assumption is far off the mark, the researchers say. Looking at data from more than 1,300 forest sites dating back to 1948, they found that living trees took an average of two to four years to recover and resume normal growth rates after droughts ended. Frequent droughts in places like the western U.S. could significantly impact the ability of forests to sequester carbon, the study found. Researchers aren't sure how drought causes these long-lasting changes, but they say there are likely three causes: Loss of foliage and carbohydrate reserves may impair growth; pests and diseases may accumulate in drought-stressed trees; and lasting damage to vascular tissues could impair water transport.

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Climate models are even more accurate than you thought | Dana Nuccitelli

Climate models are even more accurate than you thought | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Dana Nuccitelli: The difference between modeled and observed global surface temperature changes is 38% smaller than previously thought

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Google to measure air quality through Street View

Google to measure air quality through Street View | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Google has teamed up with Aclima to incorporate the company's environmental sensors into the search giant's Street View cars. Initially tested on three vehicles in the Denver metro area, the partnership should lead to a better understanding of overall air quality in urban environments.

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Hard lessons from creating jobs and opportunity in the next economy

Hard lessons from creating jobs and opportunity in the next economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In January 2011, the United States was still in the grips of the Great Recession. The unemployment rate sat at a stubborn 9 percent, slightly lower than the high of 10 percent in October 2009. Job losses were staggering. The Chicago and Phoenix metro areas shed 330,000 and 240,000 jobs, respectively, from their pre-recession peak to their post-recession troughs in 2010. Even midsized Portland, Ore. had lost 80,000 jobs by late 20099.

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Just growing more food won't help to feed the world | Richard Ewbank

Just growing more food won't help to feed the world | Richard Ewbank | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The rush to increase production has caused catastrophic environmental degradation – we need to make agriculture climate-resilient and more efficient
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Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform | TheCityFix

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common that often goes unappreciated. Let’s take the example of how a city dweller in China spends an average day:

  • 8 hours of work activities
  • 30 minutes of study or training, at home or school
  • 1.5 hours eating meals, at home, work, or a restaurant
  • 4 hours watching TV or pursuing other leisure activities, mostly at home
  • 10 hours of sleep or other personal activities, at home

What is common to all these daily activities? The answer: buildings.

Buildings are not only the largest physical element in cities, occupying 50 percent or more of urban land area, but are also where people spend most of their time, as the average person in a developed country spends up to 90 percent of his or her life in buildings. However, buildings are often ignored as public service providers, despite their prevalence in urban life. As a result, investments in buildings often lag, leaving significant potential untapped for improving productivity, health, and comfort. It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform.

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Data-Driven Parking Policy Pays Off in Seattle | Streetsblog.net

Data-Driven Parking Policy Pays Off in Seattle | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Seattle is set to improve upon its successful street parking program by setting meter rates based on demand.


The Seattle Department of Transportation keeps a close watch on curbside parking, reports Stephen Fesler at The Urbanist, with regular audits and adjustments to rates and hours for close to 12,000 spaces. SDOT’s goal is to reduce congestion, noise, and pollution by helping motorists find parking more easily. Increasing turnover also helps businesses by improving access.

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Getting People to Walk in NYC Is Easy. What About Smaller Cities?

Getting People to Walk in NYC Is Easy. What About Smaller Cities? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new study identifies the two best design features for attracting pedestrians.

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