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The considerable benefits of decarbonizing urban transport

The considerable benefits of decarbonizing urban transport | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cities worldwide are increasingly becoming agents in the fight to mitigate climate change, while simultaneously aiming for other goals, such as improved accessibility and clean air.
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A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven

A manifesto for a more sustainable world | John Sauven | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
John Sauven: We can do more than just endure or adapt to climate change, we can tackle it and create a better, more just society in the process
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Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory

Yale Environment 360: One in Six Species Facing Extinction in Current Climate Trajectory | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Future increases in global temperatures will threaten up to one in six species if current climate policies are not modified, according to new research published in the journal Science. Global extinction rates are currently at 2.8 percent, the study notes. If global average temperature rises by only 2 degrees C — a benchmark that many scientists think is no longer attainable — the extinction rate will rise to 5.2 percent, the study found. If the planet warms by 3 degrees C, the extinction risk rises to 8.5 percent. And if the current, business-as-usual trajectory continues, climate change will threaten one in six species, or 16 percent, the study says. The risk of species loss is most acute for areas that have unique climate ranges — particularly South America, Australia, and New Zealand — yet those regions are the least studied, the author notes.

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How fracking for shale gas is becoming a foreign policy issue – video

How fracking for shale gas is becoming a foreign policy issue – video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The shale gas industry is facing a new challenge, from the tumbling price of oil. Some of fracking's supporters are trying to reframe the debate in geo-political terms

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Are We Doing Our Best To Restore Watersheds? Lessons from a 10-Year Watershed Restoration Strategy

Are We Doing Our Best To Restore Watersheds? Lessons from a 10-Year Watershed Restoration Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For the past decade, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) has explored ways to make community-based watershed restoration more effective.
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Stewart Brand: We Need Planetary Restoration

Stewart Brand: We Need Planetary Restoration | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stewart Brand, who is perhaps best known for his book, Whole Earth Catalog, now runs the Long Now Foundation, which is focused on the next 10,000 years of human civilization. At the American Planni...
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A Carbon Price Would Benefit More than Just the Climate | World Resources Institute

A Carbon Price Would Benefit More than Just the Climate | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When the price of carbon-intensive fuels and goods increases, the government takes in new revenues. These funds can lower taxes, reduce the federal deficit and more while curbing climate change.
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How to Make a Productive Patio

How to Make a Productive Patio | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It would be great if we all had an acre or two, the time, and inclination to grow our own food, but the realities of the day are that the majority of peop
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Have we really reached 'peak car'?

Have we really reached 'peak car'? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vehicle traffic grew at a fearsome rate worldwide for decades … until 2007. Then came the perfect storm of an economic collapse, a digital revolution and major changes to urban lifestyles. But is this just a blip?
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ReFlow reuses grey water, saves fresh water

ReFlow reuses grey water, saves fresh water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As water shortages haunt many parts of the world, saving water at home is a must. One way to do that is to recycle and reuse grey water. In Vancouver, Canada, a team of designers has created the p...
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How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal

How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A crowdsourcing satellite-imagery site that made headlines when Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared last year is now being used to plot parts of Kathmandu in need of aid.
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How the Microtransit Movement Will Change Your Commute (and Your City)

How the Microtransit Movement Will Change Your Commute (and Your City) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The good and the bad of all these new flexible ride services.
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Antarctica's Blood Falls are a sign of life below ground - environment - 28 April 2015 - New Scientist

Antarctica's Blood Falls are a sign of life below ground - environment - 28 April 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A vast underground network of aquifers storing water – and potentially teeming with microbes - may be linked to Antarctica's bleeding glacier
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Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements

Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I met architect Andrea Paoletti four years ago at Impact Hub SoMa in San Francisco, the coworking space where I’m a long-time member. He was visiting from Milan to lead a collaborative interior design project with Hub members. His job was to help Hub members design their space so that it encouraged collaboration. His work interested me and was relevant to Shareable. I asked him to write an article about his work co-designing collaborative spaces.
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Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy?

Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Elon Musk says ‘this is within the power of humanity to do so’ as he unveils new batteries in effort to change the way the world consumes energy
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Enzyme could make any type of donated blood safe for anyone to receive

Enzyme could make any type of donated blood safe for anyone to receive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When it comes to donated blood, type O is special. It can be given to anyone, regardless of their blood type. Thanks to new research, however, it may soon be possible to give anyone whatever type of blood happens to be available, with no ill effects.

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The Systems View of Life – A Unifying Vision

The Systems View of Life – A Unifying Vision | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Interview with Fritjof Capra author of The Tao of Physics (1975) and co-author of the Systems View of Life – A Unifying Vision (2014).
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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Boston Food Forest builds community and resilience through ecological design, collaborative work, and good times.
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Massive stars lit up the early universe

Massive stars lit up the early universe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After the Big Bang, it took several hundred million years for all the hydrogen and helium and some other gases floating around to start to coalesce into the first stars. New research shows these ancient suns would have clustered together to form extraordinarily bright groupings of stars.
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These Lovely Maps Trace the Most Picturesque Routes of Every City in the World

These Lovely Maps Trace the Most Picturesque Routes of Every City in the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The "Geotaggers' World Atlas" follows the path of Flickr images.
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Steps Toward a New World: Four Co-ops that Are Building a New Economy

Steps Toward a New World: Four Co-ops that Are Building a New Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seeing high unemployment, activists from various social movements have decided that since the contemporary system cannot provide them with jobs, they’ll create them outside of it.
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How Much Water Do You Really Use? A New Calculator Will Add It Up

How Much Water Do You Really Use? A New Calculator Will Add It Up | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This tool reminds us that every bite of food, every mile we drive, and every light switch we flip relies on the wet stuff.
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My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school

My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Teacher Stephen Ritz explains how a project to grow fresh food in his school turned into a wider movement encouraging healthy eating among US students

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We're making progress on a community vertical garden for an after school enrichment program in Houston.  Hooray!!

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Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF

Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades
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One Way To Force The Government To Act On Climate Change: Take It To Court

One Way To Force The Government To Act On Climate Change: Take It To Court | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A landmark case in the Netherlands will decide whether or not the government is violating human rights by not stopping emissions.
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