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Europe's Emerging Consensus on Low-Emissions Zones

Europe's Emerging Consensus on Low-Emissions Zones | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Critics of London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambitious air pollution plan may be missing the bigger picture.
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Recognizing the role of gender in the informal urban economy | TheCityFix

Recognizing the role of gender in the informal urban economy | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Governments can improve the livelihoods of female street vendors by creating safe public spaces and supporting member-based groups of informal workers. Photo by Jeff DeMaria/Flickr.

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20 Types of Coral Listed as Threatened

20 Types of Coral Listed as Threatened | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.
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London to get hybrid buses that could charge wirelessly

London to get hybrid buses that could charge wirelessly | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen: Transport for London trial to equip bus stops to boost batteries wirelessly when the buses arrive
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Brazil Vows Water Supply Is Under Control as Basins Dry

Brazil Vows Water Supply Is Under Control as Basins Dry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The state of Sao Paulo is facing its worst drought in eight decades, threatening the water supplies for 20 million people -- but you wouldn’t know that by asking Brazil’s elected officials.
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Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon Cutting Policies - CleanTechies

Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon Cutting Policies - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Implementing policies to curb carbon emissions dramatically cuts health care costs associated with poor air quality — in some cases, by more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change. Policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions are as effective as laws targeting polluting compounds like ground-levelRead More
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Let’s Stop Just Consuming and Become Part of the Internet of Energy - CleanTechies

Let’s Stop Just Consuming and Become Part of the Internet of Energy - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The real obstacle to getting more energy storage online is the automation related to the energy services. It’s all about the “Internet of Energy,”
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Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital | TheCityFix

Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ljubljana, Slovenia has won the 2016 European Green Capital Award, given annually by the European Commission to cities that set an example of sustainable urban development best practices.

With an ambitious sustainability plan and that has led to significant improvements in the past decade, the capital of Slovenia joins cities such as Bristol, elected as the 2015 winner and Copenhagen, elected as the 2014 winner. The award considers the city’s urban and environmental management strategies and commitment to sustainability. Specifically, the European Commission takes into account indicators such as climate resilience, urban mobility, air quality, waste management, and water quality among other factors.

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.
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The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?

The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Houston can't quit the Eighth Wonder of the World—but it can't quite decide what to do with it, either.
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Air HES system to collect water and generate electricity from the clouds

Air HES system to collect water and generate electricity from the clouds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Air HES concept claims to yield both clean water and electricity by using a high-flying airship to harvest and condense water vapor which it then uses t...
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Welcome to the circular economy—where objects never die

Welcome to the circular economy—where objects never die | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared at Ensia. “Don’t let fashion go to waste,” says H&M, the global clothing retailer that booked $20 billion in revenue last year. So I brought a bag of old T-shirts, sweaters and khaki pants to an H&M store in Washington, DC, where it took them, no questions asked, and gave me...
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U.S. liquid fuels production growth more than offsets unplanned supply disruptions - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

U.S. liquid fuels production growth more than offsets unplanned supply disruptions - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Community Food Activists Tell Their Stories

Community Food Activists Tell Their Stories | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s easy to dismiss issues facing people we don’t know and don’t see. Out of sight, out of mind. And if we don’t know any people grappling with hunger, that crisis can seem very abstract.
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Leveraging the Climate Crisis for Human, Planetary Health

Leveraging the Climate Crisis for Human, Planetary Health | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate change could be the catalyst for collective action on environmental restoration and planetary health.
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The car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar

The car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The sailfish can swim faster than a cheetah can run – and the secrets behind its speed inspired McLaren’s Frank Stephenson to create a new car.
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Colossal Dam Removal Project Frees Washington's Elwa River

Colossal Dam Removal Project Frees Washington's Elwa River | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years. The lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam were blown up this week. Now, the river is returning to life.
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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
World’s largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies
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Once again rapid decentralization rears its lovely head. 

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Downtown Houston Will Get Its First Protected Bike Lane | Streetsblog.net

Downtown Houston Will Get Its First Protected Bike Lane | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A piece of top-notch bike infrastructure is coming to the largest city in Texas.

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Cheaper, Cleaner, and Safer: How Hydrogen Could Replace Oil

Cheaper, Cleaner, and Safer: How Hydrogen Could Replace Oil | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists in Australia have come one step closer to replicating photosynthesis and creating bountiful and cheap hydrogen energy for everyone.
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Infrastructure Upgrades Mean Texas No Longer Wastes Wind Power

Infrastructure Upgrades Mean Texas No Longer Wastes Wind Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a report by the Energy Information Administration, wind curtailments in Texas have dropped steadily and substantially since 2011 thanks mostly to the state’s completion of 3,500 miles of transmission lines as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones program. 
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Mother Nature’s Daughters

Mother Nature’s Daughters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why are women doing most of the work on so many urban farms?
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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To sidestep Senate approval, President Obama’s negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.
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As the bees go, so goes the world?

As the bees go, so goes the world? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is as simple as this - when the bees lose, we lose, and that is the road we are going down.
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Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in which I looked at US oil. In this post, I would like to look at other sources of US energy.
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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq,  A Battle for Control of Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war.
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