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Five green community stories to watch in 2013 | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Five green community stories to watch in 2013 | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  In my final article of 2012, I looked back at the year in review, to honor important recent work worth celebrating.  For my first one of 2013, let’s look ahead.  Here are some stories I’ll be paying attention to...
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How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented | TheCityFix

How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

n the late 19thcentury, the car emerged as a promise of freedom and independence. Could anyone have imagined at the time that after more than a century of development, that we would now be moving the opposite direction, returning streets to their main function—as public spaces for people?


Many public areas have been gradually forgotten—no longer safe living spaces that move people. In order for cities to be vibrant and safe places, we need to think of them as systems of interdependent parts and complex connections, as interactive and social spaces. Reclaiming urban spaces for people is part of how we can humanize our cities and make our streets more communal. Public spaces are often more than anonymous places that can be replaced with one another: the meetings and exchanges that occur here affect our relationships with each other, giving meaning to our communities and urban landscapes.

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Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells

Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age.
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Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0

Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many of the practices they employ at Singing Frogs go beyond the standard ones used by traditional organic farmers, leading some to refer to their approach as organic farming 2.0.
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Innovatively using the Asian Development Bank’s balance sheet to eradicate poverty

Innovatively using the Asian Development Bank’s balance sheet to eradicate poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Indu Bhushan and Alain Borghijs describe how the Asian Development Bank is changing its lending policies to increase its capacity to support both lower-income countries as well as middle-income countries.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: National Endowment for the Arts Creative Placemaking initiatives

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: National Endowment for the Arts Creative Placemaking initiatives | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work—placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. The NEA's programs support local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

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Key Sustainable Development Goals Ocean Health, Biodiversity

Key Sustainable Development Goals Ocean Health, Biodiversity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wealth, gender inequality also key sustainable development goals facing societies worldwide, according to the UN Scientific Advisory Board.
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In Texas, the Race to Build in Harm's Way Outpaces Flood-Risk Studies and Warming Impacts

In Texas, the Race to Build in Harm's Way Outpaces Flood-Risk Studies and Warming Impacts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Texas’s exurban counties, a population and building boom has outpaced efforts to cut flash-flood risks and dominates any impact so far from climate change.
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Why India is captured by carbon | David Rose

Why India is captured by carbon | David Rose | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The long read: India’s leaders are determined to restore economic growth and lift the country’s 1.3 billion citizens out of poverty. But rapid development will require India to double or triple its production of coal – and make it the world’s second largest carbon emitter. Is there any alternative?
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Worker Cooperatives – An Alternative for Youth

Worker Cooperatives – An Alternative for Youth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Worker cooperatives are rising, and youth are increasingly becoming a part of their success.
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We need honesty from business to tackle climate change

We need honesty from business to tackle climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Business leaders may be genuinely concerned about emission cuts and carbon pricing, but there is barely any conception that business itself might still be part of the problem

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Audi claims first synthetic gasoline made from plants

Audi claims first synthetic gasoline made from plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Just weeks after producing its first batch of synthetic diesel fuel made from carbon dioxide and water, Audi has laid claim to another synthetic, clean-burning and petroleum-free fuel called "e-benzin." The fuel was created by Audi's project partner Global Bioenergies, in France.
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Innovation Excellence | Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy

Innovation Excellence | Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nature’s innovation strategies have been optimized over billions of years. She has developed a number of distinct approaches to innovation, and these strategies are strongly influenced by the speed and cost of prototyping, and how fast the surrounding environment changes. Can we learn from this, and make our own innovation strategies more targeted and responsive?
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Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels - CleanTechies

Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At least that’s the headline circulating around frenzied eco news outlets and in social media. But watch the video from the Financial Times to understand the more complete picture behind the headline.
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Does America’s Transportation Future Really Need More and Bigger Roads?

Does America’s Transportation Future Really Need More and Bigger Roads? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Finding more money for the Highway Trust Fund overlooks the more fundamental question: will we need more HTF revenue and will we need to build more road capacity in the years and decades ahead?
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Recognizing the global opportunity in the middle market

Recognizing the global opportunity in the middle market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When one thinks of foreign-owned companies operating in the United States, large manufacturing firms such as Honda and BMW come to mind. Yet in the 100 largest metropolitan areas, only 1.3 percent of foreign-owned establishments have more than 500 employees, and three-quarters of large metro areas have fewer than 10 such establishments. Thus, while efforts to attract large foreign firms might capture headlines, strategies to secure and expand foreign investment in the middle market—general
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Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living

Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
'Better' explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement
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Guide for Designing Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs | World Resources Institute

Guide for Designing Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The report, Guide for Designing Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs, a collaboration between the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the World Resources Institute, offers guidance for policymakers and practitioners in developing mandatory GHG reporting programs.
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Fossil industry faces a perfect political and technological storm

Fossil industry faces a perfect political and technological storm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The IMF says we can no longer afford the economic wastage of fossil fuels, turning the green energy debate upside down as world leaders plan a binding climate deal in Paris
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Full Planet, Empty Plates

Full Planet, Empty Plates | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In this podcast from Carnegie Council, Lester R. Brown, president and founder of the Earth Policy Institute and founder and former president of Worldwatch Institute, reflects on the transition from an age of surpluses to an age of scarcity regarding the world's resources.

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Energy industry calls for new emissions targets to aid low-carbon growth

Energy industry calls for new emissions targets to aid low-carbon growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

World governments need to set clear long-term goals at Paris climate talks and invest about $50tn to bring about changes needed to avoid dangerous global warming, say World Energy Council

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Security Researchers Start Effort to Protect 'Smart' Cities

Security Researchers Start Effort to Protect 'Smart' Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cities around the world are spending billions to automate and computerize everything from traffic control to the power grid. But fears are growing that these networks are easy targets for attacks.
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Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Can the data revolution transform how we finance development?

Can the data revolution transform how we finance development? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the start of 2016, the U.N. will launch a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, to drive development efforts around the globe. Gail Hurley and Jos Verbeek explain how the data revolution could guide how these goals are financed.
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New process prints electroluminescent layers directly onto three-dimensional objects

New process prints electroluminescent layers directly onto three-dimensional objects | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Franz Binder GmbH & Co have developed a new manufacturing process to print EL panels directly onto the surface of almost any convex and concave shape. Even, apparently, onto spheres.
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Black Residents of San Francisco Are Far Less Likely to Live in Walkable Neighborhoods

Black Residents of San Francisco Are Far Less Likely to Live in Walkable Neighborhoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at the link between walkability and race.
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