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Growstuff Uses Open Data to Help Local Gardeners

Growstuff Uses Open Data to Help Local Gardeners | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Growstuff provides information gathered from local gardeners on crop-planting times, best-suited varietals, and more for the regions growers calls home.
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Do We Think about Energy Efficiency the Wrong Way? - CleanTechies

Do We Think about Energy Efficiency the Wrong Way? - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency is a good thing because it cuts back on energy use and reduces our utility bills, right? True, but we limit its possibilities when we think about energy efficiency only that way. That’s the over-riding message from “Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency,” a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The reportRead More
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: What does gentrification mean?: distinguishing between economic improvement and displacement

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: What does gentrification mean?: distinguishing between economic improvement and displacement | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Shipping Containers Outfitted to Become Temporary Housing for Canada’s Workers

Shipping Containers Outfitted to Become Temporary Housing for Canada’s Workers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A British Columbia-based modular home company, BigSteelBox, has unveiled a series of temporary living quarters for workers made out of shipping containers. The housing was built to house Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) workers in a work camp and is designed to offer them all the comforts of home, while LNG carries out the new liquid natural gas projects in Northern B.C. Each BigSteelBox shipping container home is built from a single, standard-sized 40-foot unit. ...
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How A City Changes The Evolution Of All The Nature Around It

How A City Changes The Evolution Of All The Nature Around It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Plop down millions of people and a ton of infrastructure and it alters the surrounding ecosystem. What's crazy is that it alters it in the same way...
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U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is moving to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
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US shale oil growth covers up production drop in rest-of-world

US shale oil growth covers up production drop in rest-of-world | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world is transfixed on growing world crude production driven by US shale oil but forgets to look what is happening under this remarkable growth curve.
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How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health | World Resources Institute

How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report, Better Growth, Better Climate, finds that there are several actions city leaders can take that can reduce emissions while driving economic growth. The report finds that connected, compact cities could save $3 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next 15 years. Not only that, but they can also curb global climate change and yield immediate local benefits for air quality, health, and quality of life.
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New Urban Ag Study Touts Potential of Small Cities

New Urban Ag Study Touts Potential of Small Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To see beyond the hype to urban agriculture's true potential to meet the growing need for healthy food in cities, a recent study published by IOPScience looked at how much food (specifically vegetables) the world's “urban clusters” could actually produce.
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Yale Environment 360: Tackling Climate Change Could Pay Off in as Little as 15 Years, Report Finds

Yale Environment 360: Tackling Climate Change Could Pay Off in as Little as 15 Years, Report Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Limiting greenhouse gas emissions globally over the next 15 years is both economically feasible and likely to save money, according to a new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Between 2015 and 2030, nations are expected to invest roughly $90 trillion in urban, land-use and energy infrastructure, the analysis estimated. Steering those investments toward renewable energy, efficiency improvements, and other low-emission technologies would make that global infrastructure investment more costly, the panel of government and business leaders conceded — but only marginally, adding about $4 trillion overall. But these costs could eventually be offset by the lowered operating costs associated with renewable power, the report suggested. Although they are difficult to quantify, health care savings associated with improved air quality would also offset costs. The biggest challenges for governments will be enacting stronger rules and economic policies that favor low-carbon development, such as cutting the $600 billion that countries currently spend on fossil fuel subsidies. The report highlights the plunging costs of renewable energy — solar technology costs have been cut in half since 2010, for example — and argues that limiting urban sprawl and deforestation are essential steps in combating climate change.

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A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's a question that's perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.

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Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments

Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Private equity and venture capital firms are pouring record investments into rooftop solar, following a model popularized by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity Corp. -- sell power, not panels.
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Austin City Council Approves Edible Landscaping on Public Parkland (Texas)

Austin City Council Approves Edible Landscaping on Public Parkland (Texas) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Austin City Council unanimously passed an amended version of the Holly Shores Master Plan on the evening of August 28th, which includes
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When Highways Are Barriers to Opportunity | Streetsblog.net

When Highways Are Barriers to Opportunity | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Looking at a map of commute times, Patrick Kennedy at Walkable Dallas-Fort Worth finds that people who live in census tracts with some of that region’s lowest household incomes spend the most time traveling to and from work. Many commutes are more than an hour each way.


Kennedy says this is what happens when road-building guides private investment — and it’s a vicious circle. As Dallas sprawls northward away from the urban core, he writes, places of employment become less and less accessible for those who can least afford “to get cars and get on the road.”


With swaths of the city losing jobs and population, Kennedy says all those highways built to connect are, in reality, serving as barriers.

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Yale Environment 360: Shift to Mass Transit Could Have Major Economic and Climate Benefits

Yale Environment 360: Shift to Mass Transit Could Have Major Economic and Climate Benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Expanding public transportation and infrastructure that promotes walking and biking throughout the world's cities could save $100 trillion and cut transportation-related carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2050, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Urban transportation accounted for roughly one-quarter of all transportation-related emissions in 2010, the report said, and these emissions could double by 2050 as growth continues in major cities in China, India, and other developing countries. If China alone were to develop extensive bus rapid transit and commuter transit networks, its predicted transportation-related emissions in 2050 could be cut by 40 percent, the analysis found. The U.S. — currently the world's largest contributor to urban transportation-related emissions — is seeing declines in that sector as population growth slows, vehicle fuel efficiency improves, and people drive less. But those emissions cuts could accelerate sharply, to half the levels currently predicted for 2050, if urban mass transit were improved. Redirecting funds from road construction, parking garages, and other infrastructure elements that encourage car ownership to public transportation would save trillions in public and private dollars, the analysis found.

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How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills - SocialEarth

How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills - SocialEarth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The clothing industry has a big impact on the environment. Synthetic materials take a long time to decompose once they end up in landfills. For example, nylon takes 30 to [...]
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How Environmentalism Can Foster Nation-Building

How Environmentalism Can Foster Nation-Building | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A reforestation program unites the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
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Natural disasters displaced more people than war in 2013, study finds

Natural disasters displaced more people than war in 2013, study finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Norwegian Refugee Council finds ‘mega disasters’ such as typhoons, tornadoes and hurricanes drove 22 million people from homes
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How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement

How to Make Farm-to-Table  A Truly Sustainable Movement | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chef Dan Barber says the farm-to-table movement that he helped build has failed to support sustainable agriculture on a large scale.
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Rising sea levels a 'sleeping giant' that could cost $226bn, report says

Rising sea levels a 'sleeping giant' that could cost $226bn, report says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Analysis by the Climate Council finds Australia is likely to experience rises of 0.4m to 1m, putting infrastructure at risk
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STATEMENT: WRI Responds to New Climate Economy Report | World Resources Institute

STATEMENT: WRI Responds to New Climate Economy Report | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NEW YORK//WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014)—The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate launched a new report, Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy, that brings together research by leading global economists showing that the world can achieve economic growth and tackle climate change at the same time.
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We've defined poverty so that a lot of anti-poverty programs can't cut it

We've defined poverty so that a lot of anti-poverty programs can't cut it | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The poverty rate fell from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013. Here's what that misses.
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Countries at all income levels have the opportunity to build lasting economic growth and at the same time reduce the immense risk of climate change. But action is needed now.


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You can find the summary and  report on this web site....

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Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report

Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A major new report says the world can tackle climate change without harming economic growth. Here’s the digested read
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