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So Much Magic

So Much Magic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Maintaining the complexity of our civilization requires a consistent input of net energy and a stable climate.
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Everything connects: How to transform and lead in the age of creativity, innovation and sustainability: Foresight: Vol 17, No 1

Everything connects: How to transform and lead in the age of creativity, innovation and sustainability: Foresight: Vol 17, No 1 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought | Dana Nuccitelli

Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: A new study is the first to incorporate empirical estimates of climate change impacts on economic growth in models
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Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government

Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We can fly, drive and prosper while avoiding dangerous global warming – but only if billions remain in poverty and huge changes are made in areas such as energy and agriculture, new analysis from Decc’s Global Calculator shows
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Yale Environment 360: Pollinator Loss Could Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition

Yale Environment 360: Pollinator Loss Could Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Declining pollinator populations could leave as many as half of the people in developing countries facing nutritional deficiencies, according to researchers from the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health. In the study — the first to link pollinator declines directly to human nutrition — researchers collected detailed data about people's daily diets in parts of Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Bangladesh. They found that in Mozambique, for example, many children and mothers are barely able to meet their needs for micronutrients, especially vitamin A, which is important for preventing blindness and infectious diseases. Fruits and vegetables were an important source of that nutrient for many people in the study, and those crops are highly dependent on pollinators, researchers say — for example, yields of mangoes, which are high in vitamin A, would likely be cut by 65 percent without them. Pollinator losses might also lead to folate deficiency, they say, which is associated with neural tube defects.

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Infographic: Building Green

This infographic from GreenBuildingCanada shows both the economic and environmental advantages of building green.
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A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists

A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Imagine if each tap that delivered water from the Colorado River – whether to a farm, a factory, or a home – suddenly went dry for a year. What would happen to the West’s economy?

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World Megacities: Densities Fall as they Become Larger | Newgeography.com

World Megacities: Densities Fall as they Become Larger | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There is an impression, both in the press and among some urban analysts that as cities become larger they become more densely populated. In fact, the opposite is overwhelmingly true, as Professor Shlomo Angel has shown in his groundbreaking work, A Planet of Cities. This conclusion arises from the fact that, virtually everywhere, cities grow organically so that they add nearly all of their population on the urban fringe, which has considerably less expensive land. As their physical form of cities (the urban area) expands, the residents per unit of developed area generally falls.

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The Precariat and the Basic Income

The Precariat and the Basic Income | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The concept of the precariat, from Wiktionary: “People suffering from precarity, especially as a social class; people living a precarious existence, without security or predictability, especially job security.”
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Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.
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Climate Change Mitigation's Best-Kept Secret

Climate Change Mitigation's Best-Kept Secret | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas — but there’s a lot we can do about it.
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U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds | Newgeography.com

U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior states, notably Texas and North Dakota, that have benefited from the fossil fuel energy boom. And if the Obama administration gets its way, they are about to get tougher.


This can be seen in a series of actions, including new regulations from the EPAand the likely veto by the president of the Keystone pipeline, that will further slow the one sector of the economy that has been generating high-paid, blue collar employment. At the same time, housing continues to suffer, as incomes for the vast majority of the middle class have failed to recover from the 2008 crash.

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Drowning in plastic

Drowning in plastic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard stories of islands of floating rubbish in the middle of the oceans, but it’s the trillions of barely visible microscopic fragments that are set to be the world’s next ecological emergency. Lucy Siegle reports
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Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air

Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is d...
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This is a lovely idea that supports the need for water and the need for community...please support if you can.  This is appropriate technology at its best.

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How to Leave a Mark

How to Leave a Mark | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Impact investing is perhaps the most promising new development tool. Young people just getting started and older business gurus alike should consider it.
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Are More Families With Kids Choosing to Live in Walkable Areas? | Streetsblog.net

Are More Families With Kids Choosing to Live in Walkable Areas? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Bradley Calvert at Family Friendly Cities has done some impressive number-crunching to identify trends in where families with children are living. Using Walk Score and Census data, he analyzed the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. to determine whether the population of children is growing or shrinking in walkable and unwalkable areas. (Some regions had to be excluded because they didn’t have any places with a Walk Score over 70.)

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How We Lost Track of Real Happiness -- and Where to Find It Now

How We Lost Track of Real Happiness -- and Where to Find It Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Consumerism isn't a recipe for sustainable happiness. There are alternatives.
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Monarch butterflies rebound but levels in Mexico still at near-record low

Monarch butterflies rebound but levels in Mexico still at near-record low | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Migrating butterflies covered 2.79 acres in wintering grounds but World Wildlife Fund says they suffer from habitat loss in US, illegal logging and climate change

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Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As if the drought weren't bad enough, four of the area's aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.
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Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land

Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It seems pretty obvious that recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials we no longer need makes a lot more sense than burning or burying them, not just from an environmental, but an economic perspective.
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The Precariat and the Basic Income: Part 2

The Precariat and the Basic Income: Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“The 20th century system of economic distribution lasted for 60 years and it’s gone. The 21st century is the century of economic rights.”
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Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 2

Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Usury is little discussed today but it is crucial in policy terms.
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Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming

Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California is one of the many community garden projects in the area, yet is unique in its mission and its everyday actions.
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Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action

Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN climate conference in Lima set the stage for Paris in 2015. Next year’s accord is to provide a working, albeit not a final, answer to the question: Is it possible to keep global warming at or below the 2 degree Celsius limit? This limit is considered the boundary beyond which the negati
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The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems

The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rebecca Bell: The sea off our coasts teems with microscopic life that breaks down the carbon dioxide we pump into the air. Now a series of expeditions aims to find out more
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Innovation Excellence | Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy

Innovation Excellence | Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Disruptive innovation has become business' biggest paradigm. Harvard's Clayton Christensen coined the term and the New Yorker's Jill Lapore recently tore it down. While many companies scramble to create disruptive innovation strategies, the problem is that it isn't a linear process or methodology. No single strategy or theory (even the theory of disruptive innovation itself) has captured how it really works or how to do it.
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