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Urban Influencers: Six Women Making Things Happen in Cities – Next City

Urban Influencers: Six Women Making Things Happen in Cities – Next City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In honor of International Women’s Day, we offer a roundup of six powerful women reshaping urban policy and practice today.
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Will Our National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?

Will Our National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The U.S. Forest Service wants to sell our forests for fuel in the name of wildfire reduction.
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Climate Equity: A Tale of 4 Countries | World Resources Institute

Climate Equity: A Tale of 4 Countries | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How should countries decide what to put into their national emissions reduction plans, and how should they be evaluated? What should governments, civil society, and the private sector take into account in thinking about the equitability of a country’s actions?

WRI’s new online tool, the CAIT Equity Explorer, aims to help answer these questions.
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Ethiopia Commits to Restore One-Sixth of its Land | World Resources Institute

Ethiopia Commits to Restore One-Sixth of its Land | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The New York Declaration on Forests issued at the UN Climate Summit last month includes a global pledge to restore 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2030.

Several countries confirmed their commitment to restore millions of hectares of degraded land, with Ethiopia making one of the most significant pledges—setting a target to restore 15 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into productivity by 2025.
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Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100-Percent Renewable

Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100-Percent Renewable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vermont may be best known for maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but now its largest city can boast another accomplishment. The city of Burlington (pop. 42,000) now gets 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
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EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs

EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants emphasizes the ample flexibility it provides to states. However, careful analysis of the rule shows that it provides significant flexibility for how states can achieve the required CO2 reductions, but little flexibil
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Black Magic: The Secrets of Amazonian Fertility

Black Magic: The Secrets of Amazonian Fertility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The great Amazon rainforest. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Bones. Charcoal. Ash. Blood. Feces. Food waste. Pottery shards. Before I began my journ
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Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable - CleanTechies

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid – enough to offset upwards of 35 coal plants. What’s more impressive is during the first half of 2014, closeRead More
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After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For more than 15 years, there were many efforts to lure a new grocery store into the space. However, while the store would be profitable, it wouldn’t be profitable enough to satisfy the demands of the shareholder-based economy of a large corporation.
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Global Boom in Natural Gas Unlikely to Help the Climate, Study Suggests - CleanTechies

Global Boom in Natural Gas Unlikely to Help the Climate, Study Suggests - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Increasing global supplies of unconventional natural gas will not help to reduce the overall upward trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions and the planetary warming that comes with it, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The findings further undercut the notion, long touted by proponents of natural gas, that the fuel —Read More
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The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

The Kissimmee: A River Recurved | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river's waters still face an uncertain future.
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Acoustic Analysis Using Energy Modeling – Building Design For Occupant Comfort

Acoustic Analysis Using Energy Modeling – Building Design For Occupant Comfort | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Energy modeling allows designers to simulate a building’s energy performance during the early design and concept phase itself. It provides engineers with a display that is highly visual and interactive. As a result, engineers can analyze the results and device appropriate solutions; they can also communicate extensive databases and complex concepts...
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A New Climate Economy: Shifting Corporate America onto a Low-Carbon Path | World Resources Institute

A New Climate Economy: Shifting Corporate America onto a Low-Carbon Path | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As more businesses take action on climate change, new research could help accelerate the trend by showing why it’s in U.S. companies’ economic best interests.

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Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The U.S. agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, or about as much primary energy as the entire state of Utah. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs.

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Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seeking constructive dialogue on the merits and limits of clean, efficient lighting.
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Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study | TheCityFix

Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns

As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Smoking, junk food, and and alcohol use are wreaking havoc among poor migrants in Asian capitals.
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A Vision for Public Food Production

A Vision for Public Food Production | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing tracti...
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The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.&nb
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DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standards - CleanTechies

DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standards - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Federal government has long been a leader in constructing green buildings, and LEED has been the Federal standard of choice. The Department of Energy issued a final rule updating its recommended certification standards and levels for all Federal buildings on October 14, 2014. The Final Rule does not tell Agencies which rating system to use.Read More
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EarthTalk: Threats to Air Quality

EarthTalk: Threats to Air Quality | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Smog and particulate pollution remain the leading threats to air quality in the United States.
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Melissa Fleming: Let’s Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive (TED video)

Melissa Fleming: Let’s Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive (TED video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their homes — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian
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Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too. In particular, the research,...
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Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate - environment - 19 October 2014 - New Scientist

Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate - environment - 19 October 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions
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Reducing Food Loss and Waste: An Overlooked Strategy for Creating a Sustainable Food System | World Resources Institute

Reducing Food Loss and Waste: An Overlooked Strategy for Creating a Sustainable Food System | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Today is World Food Day, a day to take a close look at our global food system and see what's working, what's not, and what needs to change. Much of the emphasis around feeding the world tends to focus around increasing food production. But just as important – and often left out of the conversation – is how we treat what’s already been produced.

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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, October 17, 9:50 PM

Not only can we reduce our enormous food waste, but we can produce better food in much better ways, both for the environment and for us.

Alan Marson's curator insight, October 18, 4:41 PM

Globally, according to WRI analysis, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t actually end up reaching human mouths. As the chart below shows, this happens throughout the value chain, from farm to fork, and in all parts of the world.

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A Majority of Americans Are (Technically) Multi-Modal

A Majority of Americans Are (Technically) Multi-Modal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New data show a clear mobility "continuum" from car-only to car-less.
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