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U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries

U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialized countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis.
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Fire and water – how global warming is making weather more extreme and costing us money

Fire and water – how global warming is making weather more extreme and costing us money | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: Droughts, wildfires, heat waves, floods – climate research is linking more extreme weather to global warming
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Yale Environment 360: Six Strategies Could End Global Water Stress by 2050, Scientists Say

Yale Environment 360: Six Strategies Could End Global Water Stress by 2050, Scientists Say | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Global water stress could be alleviated by the year 2050 if countries work to implement six key strategies ranging from building more reservoirs to controlling population growth, according to research from Canada and the Netherlands. Water stress is defined as occurring when more than 40 percent of the water from a region's rivers is unavailable because it is already being used — a situation that currently affects roughly one-third of the global population. Writing in Nature Geoscience, the scientists propose six steps they believe can help reduce water stress: planting crops that use water and nutrients more efficiently; using more efficient irrigation methods; improving the efficiency of water use in homes, industry, and municipalities; limiting the rate of population growth so global population stays below 8.5 billion by 2050; increasing reservoir water storage capacity; and intensifying water desalination operations by 50-fold.

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EPA May Force Drillers to Cut Methane Leaks, Chief Says

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering rules that would force oil and gas producers to cut methane emissions, its chief said, stepping up efforts to curb the most potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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A Mile Below Paris Drillers Hit Hot Pools to Warm Houses

A Mile Below Paris Drillers Hit Hot Pools to Warm Houses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat.

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Is Rational Water Management Finally Emerging in Dry California?

Is Rational Water Management Finally Emerging in Dry California? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California legislators, and farmers, begin to adjust well-drilling practices to suit a drier reality.
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New algorithm identifies weak spots in body tissue prior to injury

New algorithm identifies weak spots in body tissue prior to injury | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Muscle and tendon strains or tears may soon be detectable prior to injury, thanks to new algorithms developed by researchers at Washington University in St ...
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The British Thermopylae – and the Case for Reintroducing Big Cats, a Weird and Wonderful Tale

The British Thermopylae – and the Case for Reintroducing Big Cats, a Weird and Wonderful Tale | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Y Gododdin is one of the few surviving accounts by the Britons of what the Anglo-Saxons did to them. It tells the story of what may have b
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California Lawmakers Pass Groundwater Rules as Drought Worsens

California Lawmakers Pass Groundwater Rules as Drought Worsens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California lawmakers have approved legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater pumping and use as the most-populous U.S. state suffers from a record drought.
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Green Energy Jobs Surge Just in Time for Labor Day

Green Energy Jobs Surge Just in Time for Labor Day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some 12,500 jobs were added in the second quarter of 2014, double the number of the first quarter.
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The Small Indiana City That’s Embracing Livable Streets | Streetsblog.net

The Small Indiana City That’s Embracing Livable Streets | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With a population of about 60,000 and a formerly industrial economy, Kokomo, Indiana, is not the type of city that recent economic trends have favored.

But Aaron Renn at the Urbanophile says the city has embraced some tenets of urbanism as an economic and quality-of-life strategy, thanks in large part to the leadership of Mayor Greg Goodnight. When Renn visited recently, he was impressed with the new downtown bike trail and pedestrian infrastructure. And thanks to careful budgeting and prioritization, the city is making these improvements without taking on any debt.

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What is the environmental cost of war?

What is the environmental cost of war? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trashed landscapes contaminated by depleted uranium or toxic gases. To the eco pragmatist, if you can’t halt war, change to ‘green munitions’
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Random things make beautiful patterns when they are bumped around in systematic ways

Random things make beautiful patterns when they are bumped around in systematic ways | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This video shows salt scattered on a surface, which is made to vibrate at different frequencies.  The salt creates beautiful different patterns depending on the frequency.


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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, August 30, 8:37 PM

If a) we live inside systems that have structure (economic, cultural, political, etc.) and b) these systems are subjected to noise, then c) this video shows how systems create emergent patterns.  So d) if we can learn to model that emergence, we can e) do a much better job of achieving the goals that we want and avoiding unintended consequences.


h/t @Linda Larson Kemp

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Propane made with renewable process for the first time

Propane made with renewable process for the first time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists modify E coli genes to produce gas that can power cars and heat homes
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Upgrading informal settlements in an urbanizing world | TheCityFix

Upgrading informal settlements in an urbanizing world | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

How can we ensure that all urban inhabitants have the necessary rights and conditions for a dignified and secure existence in the city? As the world rapidly urbanizes, the livelihoods, health, and safety of residents living in informal settlements remain at risk. These residents lack formal property rights and access to vital infrastructure and services. Recognizing informal property rights and improving the quality of housing in informal settlements are important steps toward meeting the basic needs of these most vulnerable urban populations.

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Council aims for all-renewable Austin Energy by 2030 - Austin Business Journal

Council aims for all-renewable Austin Energy by 2030 - Austin Business Journal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Austin Energy could be a greenhouse-gas-free utility eventually, as the Austin City Council passed a measure requiring the utility to make larger investments in renewable energy.
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Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risks | World Resources Institute

Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risks | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Limited availability of freshwater could become a stumbling block for rapid development of shale resources through hydraulic fracturing. Using information from the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, WRI provides the first global and country-specific resource to help stakeholders evaluate freshwater availability across shale plays worldwide.
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Biologist Climbs High to Prove Hypothesis About Plants

Biologist Climbs High to Prove Hypothesis About Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A 20-year quest to prove a longstanding hypothesis about how nutrients are transported may come to an end thanks to tiny needles that probe leaves 40 feet up an oak tree.
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Paul Krugman on the Woefully Underreported, Surprisingly Good News About Medicare

Paul Krugman on the Woefully Underreported, Surprisingly Good News About Medicare | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Not that the deficit hawks will listen.
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Gut bacteria discovery could lead to probiotic therapy for food allergies

Gut bacteria discovery could lead to probiotic therapy for food allergies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The latest cause for hope, which could one day let food allergy sufferers order in restaurants without worrying about potentially life-threatening ingredien...
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Would you reduce meat consumption to help fight climate change?

Would you reduce meat consumption to help fight climate change? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gases caused by meat production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise, according to a new report. Would you ration your consumption to help meet global emissions targets?
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Saving Our Birds

Saving Our Birds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Has the passing of the passenger pigeon taught us anything?
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Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses

Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What it does not specifically discuss is that these difficulties could lead to large financial losses for investors who s
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Yale Environment 360: New Database Tracks Ecological Health Impacts of Dams on World's Rivers

Yale Environment 360: New Database Tracks Ecological Health Impacts of Dams on World's Rivers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A newly launched online database illustrates the impacts of nearly 6,000 dams on the world's 50 major river basins, ranking their ecological health according to indicators of river fragmentation, water quality, and biodiversity. The "State of the World's Rivers" project was developed by the advocacy organization International Rivers and created using Google Earth. Users can compare the health of individual river basins, see the locations of existing and planned dams, and explore 10 of the most significant river basins in more depth. For example, as this map of China's Yangtze basin shows, at least 374 dams already exist in the basin, and at least another 167 are under construction or planned to be built. The ecological health of the region is showing signs of collapse, the database entry says: A 2014 study found that fish species in the Yangtze drastically decreased from 143 to 17 over the course of one year, due to overfishing and dam construction. The 6,000 dams represented in the database are a small percentage of the more than 50,000 large dams that impact the world's rivers, the organization notes.

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California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations

California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater use as the most-populous U.S. state suffers from a record drought.
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