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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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On forests’ role in climate, New York Times op-ed gets it wrong

On forests’ role in climate, New York Times op-ed gets it wrong | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, Nadine Unger, an assistant professor at Yale University, published an opinion piece in The New York Times stating that the way to save the planet was to not plant trees. This opinion was wrong at so many levels that it is hard to cover them all here. There are many reasons why we need to protect forests and to plant trees—protecting water supplies, reversing the loss of biodiversity, ensuring that we have pollinators for crops, and sequestering carbon to reduce human-induced climate c
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It’s Not Genghis Khan’s Mongolia

It’s Not Genghis Khan’s Mongolia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Winters and summers that have grown more extreme imperil a country’s herding tradition.
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Can Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Make "MPGs" for Homes Mainstream? - CleanTechies

Can Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Make "MPGs" for Homes Mainstream? - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I was at a presentation by the Department of Energy last week (hosted by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships) where they reviewed the status of their Home Energy Score program.  Like the fuel economy stickers on cars, these systems aim to create easy to understand energy ratings for buildings. The idea is grounded in basic humanRead More
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New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China's Central Role in Shaping World's Climate Path

New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China's Central Role in Shaping World's Climate Path | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fresh data reveal the central role of China in driving the global buildup of greenhouse gases — and its daunting challenge if it chooses to cut emissions.
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Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing

Oil Companies Quietly Prepare  For a Future of Carbon Pricing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The major oil companies in the U.S. have not had to pay a price for the contribution their products make to climate change. But internal accounting by the companies, along with a host of other signs, suggest that may soon change
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BIG DATA SOCIETY: Age of Reputation or Age of Discrimination?

If we want Big Data to create societal progress, more transparency and participatory opportunities are needed to avoid discrimination and ensure that they are used in a scientifically sound, trustable, and socially beneficial way.

Have you ever "enjoyed" an extra screening at the airport because you happened to sit next to someone from a foreign country? Have you been surprised by a phone call offering a special service or product, because you visited a certain webpage? Or do you feel your browser reads your mind? Then, welcome to the world of Big Data, which mines the tons of digital traces of our daily activities such as web searches, credit card transactions, GPS mobility data, phone calls, text messages, facebook profiles, cloud storage, and more. But are you sure you are getting the best possible product, service, insurance or credit contract? I am not.


BIG DATA SOCIETY: Age of Reputation or Age of Discrimination?

By Dirk Helbing

http://futurict.blogspot.ch/2014/09/big-data-society-age-of-reputation-or.html


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European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Rafael CAYUELA's curator insight, September 22, 11:35 PM

Is Europe ahead of us? ahead of itself? Europe leads its energy future, but what about the present? European nations are increasing electricity generation using non carbon sources. As the world looks into our world carbon emissions, some European countries have done the job, but not yet enjoyed the benefits. How long it will take to reconcile both? climate demands vs optimal non carbon energy supplies? are European citizens and industries paying the price of being too ahead of the game? or just setting the bases for a energy competitive and sustainable advantage. More to be seen, but certainly non carbon sources has not resulted into cheap energy yet. Hopefully that change soon and this is the just the short term expensive price of  leadership.

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Trees Growing Significantly Faster in Warming Climate, Study Finds - CleanTechies

Trees Growing Significantly Faster in Warming Climate, Study Finds - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An analysis of data spanning 140 years from one of the world’s oldest forest study sites indicates that trees have been growing significantly faster and stands have become larger since the 1960s. The study, published in Nature Communications, was based on 600,000 individual tree surveys conducted since 1870 at a central European forest study site.Read More
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Yale Environment 360: Planet Set to Reach CO2 Threshold in 30 Years, Researchers Say

Yale Environment 360: Planet Set to Reach CO2 Threshold in 30 Years, Researchers Say | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Only 1.2 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide can be emitted in the future if nations are to avoid causing the global mean surface temperature to rise more than 2 degrees C beyond the pre-industrial average, according to researchers with the Global Carbon Project. Combined historical and future carbon dioxide emissions must remain below 3.2 trillion metric tons to have a 66-percent chance of keeping that temperature increase below 2 degrees C — the internationally accepted benchmark for restraining global warming. But two-thirds of this allotment has already been emitted, and at the current pace of emissions, the global population will burn through the rest within the next 30 years, the researchers conclude. CO2 emissions rose 2.3 percent in 2013 and are on track to increase by another 2.5 percent in 2014, according to the report, which was released ahead of tomorrow's UN climate summit in New York. China and the U.S. were the leading emitters in 2013 and were responsible for 28 percent and 14 percent, respectively, of global CO2 emissions.

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Climate Activists Look For Solutions From Business, Diplomats

Climate Activists Look For Solutions From Business, Diplomats | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Business and corporate leaders are starting to take climate risk seriously enough to put money on the table to do something about it.
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Climate Summit: Creating Better and More Sustainable Cities | World Resources Institute

In a blog post originally published for Huffington Post, Andrew Steer and Stephen M. Ross discuss the importance low carbon cities.

The authors have recently partnered to create the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, an initiative that will galvanize action on sustainable urban development and improve the lives of people around the world.
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Southwestern, Pemex Among Producers in Pledge to Cut Methane

Southwestern, Pemex Among Producers in Pledge to Cut Methane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Southwestern Energy Co. is among six global oil and gas producers set to create a partnership next week to cut harmful methane emissions, a company executive said today.
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Rockefellers and investors pledge $50bn divestment from fossil fuels

Rockefellers and investors pledge $50bn divestment from fossil fuels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, set up by heirs of Rockefeller family that became rich on oil, will divest from fossil fuels over five years
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All that glisters

All that glisters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Lough Hyne, West Cork: Like steel sparking on flint, bioluminescence flares off the blades of my paddle as they strike the water
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Global Learning XPrize offers $15 million to tackle illiteracy in the developing world

Global Learning XPrize offers $15 million to tackle illiteracy in the developing world | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Millions of children don't have basic literacy skills, presenting a problem that cannot be solved without some big picture thinking. Launching today, the Gl...
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How do we make our water supply sustainable?

How do we make our water supply sustainable? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Like many things in modern life, the vast majority of our current water and wastewater infrastructure is completely dependant upon fossil energy to keep the toilets flushed and the taps running.
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Building the city of the future through smart, connected urban transport | TheCityFix

Building the city of the future through smart, connected urban transport | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

he concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topicamong city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once.


Three key elements of smart urban transport – communications, efficient operations, and integration – serve as important starting points and can yield significant social, environmental, and economic benefits.

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How Will Automated Cars Change Landscape Architecture?

How Will Automated Cars Change Landscape Architecture? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A look at how the inevitable technology of automated cars will change the face of landscape architecture.


Our cities were built to be the backbone support of the industrial revolution. Our roads were built to accommodate the car and truck. Our soil is radically altered due to fertilizers and farm practices of the past. Time and time again we can look at the trend of technology being introduced and a few decades later it fundamentally changes the way we look at the landscape...


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HORIZONS - Sustainable Development Goals for a New Era - Jeffrey Sachs

HORIZONS - Sustainable Development Goals for a New Era - Jeffrey Sachs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. In many ways, humanity has squandered the time it once had to adjust to environmental realities. Now our backs are up against the wall. We are living in history, and our generation’s history is the
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$4,000 home promises affordable housing in Vietnam

$4,000 home promises affordable housing in Vietnam | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vietnam-based architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently revealed a new prefabricated low-cost house prototype that costs just US$4,000 to build. ...
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Solar Lease or Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator "App" Helps You Choose

Solar Lease or Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator "App" Helps You Choose | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential comeback of solar ownership relative to leasing, as the cost of rooftop solar PV continues to fall and new financing options make ownership easier than ever. It's been an ownership pile on since then, with others saying Why Lease Solar Panels When You
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Explore Changing Global Emissions through Interactive Maps | World Resources Institute

While heads of states get ready to meet at the United Nations Climate Summit tomorrow, global emissions are higher than any point in history and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are increasing faster than the previous 30 years.

A new interactive map below reveals how carbon dioxide emissions are distributed globally and how they’ve changed in the last 160 years.
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Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax

Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon lead a group to encourage heads of state to propel climate change. He discusses the obstacles that block aggressive efforts to curb climate change.
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Carbon Dioxide, Building Block of Life, Best in Moderation

Carbon Dioxide, Building Block of Life, Best in Moderation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Carbon dioxide keeps the earth unfrozen by retaining the sun’s energy, but our use of fossil fuels is extracting it too rapidly.
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Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences.  It’s all about hyper-short attention spans,...
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