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Graham Hill describes "Living with less, a lot less" in the New York Times

Graham Hill describes  "Living with less, a lot less" in the New York Times | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The TreeHugger founder explains how his space is small, but his life is big.
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Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment

Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
CIDSE, international alliance of Catholic social justice groups, follows Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical by calling for action against global warming
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Why a Leading Indian Politician Is Now an Environmental Hawk by Christian Schwagerl: Yale Environment 360

Why a Leading Indian Politician Is Now an Environmental Hawk by Christian Schwagerl: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh believes the “cult” of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his vision of “green growth,” which he says is essential for his nation’s future.
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U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Speeches by high-level representatives were an attempt to keep momentum going as the world moves toward a key summit in Paris this year, which may produce an agreement to control greenhouse gases.
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The Fifth Estate | GBCA gets on board with Climate Bonds Initiative

The Fifth Estate | GBCA gets on board with Climate Bonds Initiative | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

“Green bond issuance tripled globally last year to $36.6 billion – and that figure is expected to double by the end of this year,” GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said. “It’s clear that the market is looking for guidance to determine energy-efficient and low-carbon assets that will be sustainable investments over the long term.”


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Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom

Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week the Western Slope Colorado witnessed a huge victory for energy freedom and rural renewable power.
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Brick-laying robot can build a full-sized house in two days

As robots get smarter, cheaper and more versatile, they're taking on more challenges – including bricklaying. Engineers in Australia have created a fully working house-builder that can create the brick framework of a property in just two days, working about 20 times faster than a human bricklayer.
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The inside story: MRI imaging shows how plants can inspire new engineering materials

The inside story: MRI imaging shows how plants can inspire new engineering materials | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three-dimensional imaging of plant branching structures is allowing researchers to see how exactly their internal tissues respond under stress, giving new insights into the design of potential new engineering materials, such as those used in aircraft and sports equipment.
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Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered'

Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brazil, China, India and South Africa say they are disappointed in failure to make good on promise six years ago to mobilise $100bn a year by 2020
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Yale Environment 360: Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefit in India, Study Finds

Yale Environment 360: Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefit in India, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Collecting precipitation in rain barrels could result in significant savings for many people in India, according to an analysis of precipitation data collected by a NASA satellite. Estimates showed that harvested rain could provide at least 20 percent of average indoor water demand, or entirely irrigate a household vegetable garden. The savings associated with a vegetable garden could be between 2,500 and 4,500 rupees per year (39 to 71 U.S. dollars) — an amount equivalent to half a year’s rent in an average 1-bedroom apartment in an Indian city. In a country where the distribution of potable water is often a challenge, rainwater is an untapped resource that could provide significant benefits, the researchers write in the Urban Water Journal.

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Other areas, too - why not Africa, South America, anywhere where water is a significant cost especially for the poor?

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A conversation with Grant McCracken on how to build "a living, breathing culture"

A conversation with Grant McCracken on how to build "a living, breathing culture" | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trained as an anthropologist (Ph.D. University of Chicago), Grant McCracken has studied American culture and commerce for 25 years. He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and worked for Tim...
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Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle

Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican
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This Super Ambitious Bus Plan Would Turn Boston Into a Model BRT City

This Super Ambitious Bus Plan Would Turn Boston Into a Model BRT City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It outlines five corridors that have the makings of “gold standard” bus-rapid transit.
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What Cities Need to Do to Make Recycling Jobs Safer

What Cities Need to Do to Make Recycling Jobs Safer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report outlines the dangers posed to these workers, and the ways cities can make the job less hazardous.
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BLDGBLOG: Slingshots of the Oceanic

BLDGBLOG: Slingshots of the Oceanic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Gravity-assisted space travel is when you use the gravitational pull of one planet or other celestial body as a fuel-efficient way to "slingshot" yourself toward another, more distant goal, someplace you could not have reached without assistance, either in terms of your velocity or even your basic direction.

You head toward one place to get to another—or "by indirections find directions out," we might say.

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Your City Has a Complete Streets Policy. But Does It Have Complete Streets? | Streetsblog.net

Your City Has a Complete Streets Policy. But Does It Have Complete Streets? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Indianapolis passed a Complete Streets ordinance in 2012 to much fanfare. Three years later, how well is the city designing streets for walking and biking?

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Great Barrier Reef table coral provides vital shade for passing fish – video

Scientists are calling for greater protection of Great Barrier Reef table corals, which offer protection from the sun's rays to groups of fish
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A Light Bulb Goes Off: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano - CleanTechies

A Light Bulb Goes Off: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. For nearly a hundred years, the incandescent bulb—which worked mainly by electricity passing through a filament and heating it to incandescent temperatures in a glass globe—lit up the world. It was effective in terms of turning night into daylight, but most inefficientRead More
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Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Later this summer, United Airlines will begin using fuel generated from farm waste and oil from animal fats to help power its commercial flights.
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Education, employment and income for young adults in the Washington Region

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are in a pivotal transition period as they move toward adulthood and financial independence. New analysis of Census data sheds light on how young people in the Washington region fare on the critical measures of educational attainment and employment.
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New conductive ink makes your clothing smarter

A new conductive ink can be applied to clothing and other textiles in a single-step printing process, thereby turning everyday fabrics such as underwear and gym clothes into sensors and wearable electronics.
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All you need to know about the future of smart cities - Raconteur.net

All you need to know about the future of smart cities - Raconteur.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Future smart cities are unlikely to look that much different, but they are destined to interact differently with their human inhabitants

Via Fernando Gil
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Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Symphony of the Soil: Documentary

Symphony of the Soil: Documentary | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s mostesteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portr
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Washington should help capitalize green banks

Washington should help capitalize green banks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green banks are sprouting across America. Rhode Island just authorized its own public-private green and other infrastructure bank, joining Connecticut, New York, Hawaii, and California. In addition, a half-dozen other states are exploring how to leverage public money with private to finance low-carbon technology.
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