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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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The inside story: MRI imaging shows how plants can inspire new engineering materials

The inside story: MRI imaging shows how plants can inspire new engineering materials | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three-dimensional imaging of plant branching structures is allowing researchers to see how exactly their internal tissues respond under stress, giving new insights into the design of potential new engineering materials, such as those used in aircraft and sports equipment.
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Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered'

Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brazil, China, India and South Africa say they are disappointed in failure to make good on promise six years ago to mobilise $100bn a year by 2020
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Yale Environment 360: Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefit in India, Study Finds

Yale Environment 360: Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefit in India, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Collecting precipitation in rain barrels could result in significant savings for many people in India, according to an analysis of precipitation data collected by a NASA satellite. Estimates showed that harvested rain could provide at least 20 percent of average indoor water demand, or entirely irrigate a household vegetable garden. The savings associated with a vegetable garden could be between 2,500 and 4,500 rupees per year (39 to 71 U.S. dollars) — an amount equivalent to half a year’s rent in an average 1-bedroom apartment in an Indian city. In a country where the distribution of potable water is often a challenge, rainwater is an untapped resource that could provide significant benefits, the researchers write in the Urban Water Journal.

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Other areas, too - why not Africa, South America, anywhere where water is a significant cost especially for the poor?

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A conversation with Grant McCracken on how to build "a living, breathing culture"

A conversation with Grant McCracken on how to build "a living, breathing culture" | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trained as an anthropologist (Ph.D. University of Chicago), Grant McCracken has studied American culture and commerce for 25 years. He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and worked for Tim...
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Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle

Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican
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This Super Ambitious Bus Plan Would Turn Boston Into a Model BRT City

This Super Ambitious Bus Plan Would Turn Boston Into a Model BRT City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It outlines five corridors that have the makings of “gold standard” bus-rapid transit.
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What Cities Need to Do to Make Recycling Jobs Safer

What Cities Need to Do to Make Recycling Jobs Safer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report outlines the dangers posed to these workers, and the ways cities can make the job less hazardous.
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Time to stand up for what we believe to be right

Time to stand up for what we believe to be right | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What our world needs right now is an awakening of our humanity . If we are honest with ourselves we spend a large part of our waking lives half asleep, largely unconscious or unaware of reality as ...
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Planting coral could save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, say scientists

Planting coral could save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, say scientists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Humans could save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming by transplanting corals that survive heat stress, say scientists
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Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2015 winners – in pictures

Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2015 winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The winning photograph of two watermelon farmers in West Bengal, India will feature alongside over 100 photographic artworks in a display at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June - 10 July 2015. The exhibition will then tour UK forest venues, supported by the Forestry Commission England, including Grizedale Forest visitor centre, Cumbria, 18 July-7 September
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Mistbox cools your air conditioner to cut energy consumption

Mistbox cools your air conditioner to cut energy consumption | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Air conditioners are most needed in the hottest weather when they're the least efficient. Mistbox is an add-on technology for domestic air conditioners that uses a water mist to pre-cool the air conditioner, increasing its efficiency and lowering energy costs.
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Video: Lighting Mountain Communities in Nepal Through a Simple Solution - Hydro Power - CleanTechies

Video: Lighting Mountain Communities in Nepal Through a Simple Solution - Hydro Power - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Access to clean and affordable modern energy is critical for social and economic development. Worldwide, about 1.5 billion have no access to electricity, and 1 billion more have access only to unreliable electricity networks. In the Himalayan country, Nepal, the towering mountains are a formidable obstacle to the people who need modern energy. Only 20Read More
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Half of Europe’s electricity set to be from renewables by 2030

Half of Europe’s electricity set to be from renewables by 2030 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Leaked EU paper predicts fast renewables growth to around double current levels if countries meet climate objectives

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Education, employment and income for young adults in the Washington Region

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are in a pivotal transition period as they move toward adulthood and financial independence. New analysis of Census data sheds light on how young people in the Washington region fare on the critical measures of educational attainment and employment.
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New conductive ink makes your clothing smarter

A new conductive ink can be applied to clothing and other textiles in a single-step printing process, thereby turning everyday fabrics such as underwear and gym clothes into sensors and wearable electronics.
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All you need to know about the future of smart cities - Raconteur.net

All you need to know about the future of smart cities - Raconteur.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Future smart cities are unlikely to look that much different, but they are destined to interact differently with their human inhabitants

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Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Symphony of the Soil: Documentary

Symphony of the Soil: Documentary | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s mostesteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portr
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Washington should help capitalize green banks

Washington should help capitalize green banks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green banks are sprouting across America. Rhode Island just authorized its own public-private green and other infrastructure bank, joining Connecticut, New York, Hawaii, and California. In addition, a half-dozen other states are exploring how to leverage public money with private to finance low-carbon technology.
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Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy?

Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Four cities across the world are preparing to launch the "GovCombinator."
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Why the US recycling industry is feeling down in the dumps

Why the US recycling industry is feeling down in the dumps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Falling oil prices, a strong US dollar and a weakened Chinese economy are combining to make the global business of recycling less profitable than ever
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I understand why recycling started as a profit enterprise.  Can we not view it as now as an "earth commons" necessity and go from there?  Not an option, not profit driven, but common need?

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Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon | World Resources Institute

Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Oxbow conservation area in Central Oregon has recently seen an influx of fish in the John Day River, some having traveled nearly 500 miles from the ocean’s edge. The long-awaited appearance of these fish represents a restoration success story—not only for environmental restoration, but a cultural one.
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Floating wetlands change the tide on water cleanup

Floating wetlands change the tide on water cleanup | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
there’s a story about how bruce kania came to his concerns about water quality.
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New process could usher in "graphene-driven industrial revolution"

New process could usher in "graphene-driven industrial revolution" | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process used to produce graphene industrially is expensive and time consuming. UK researchers claim to have discovered a new low-cost technique to produce high quality graphene that could usher in a "graphene-driven industrial revolution."

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British woman receives first bebionic hand designed for women and teens

British woman receives first bebionic hand designed for women and teens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A British woman has been fitted with what's billed as the "world’s most lifelike bionic hand." The bebionic small hand is the first in Steeper's bebionic line of advanced myoelectric hands to be specially designed to fit women and teenagers.
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