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The 10 most important work skills in 2020: do you have them?

The 10 most important work skills in 2020: do you have them? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This infographic from Top Ten Online Colleges will tell you what skills you'll need to develop in six years time.
Work is changing - people are living longer and technology is advancing at a rapid speed. Meanwhile, visual media is becoming the mode of communication and companies have to learn to operate and adapt in a globally connected world.
Because of this, the skills employees need are changing too.
If you want to survive in the office of the not so distant future, learn what skills will be most valued by the end of the decade.

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Market For Green Bonds is Booming - CleanTechies

Market For Green Bonds is Booming - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, Unilever issued a $416 million green bond. Forty percent of the offering was quickly bought by asset managers, insurers, and pension funds outside of the U.K., an unusual response to a sterling bond. That story is part of a larger one, the rapid rise of green bonds in the global investment market,Read More

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Scaling up sustainability: ‘Raahgiri Day’ comes to New Delhi | TheCityFix

Scaling up sustainability: ‘Raahgiri Day’ comes to New Delhi | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Raahgiri Day, the weekly event that closes city streets to cars to celebrate walking, biking, music-making, and socializing, has expanded beyond Gurgaon, India. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) together with the New Delhi Police Department has decided to stage the first Raahgiri Day in New Delhi this weekend. Beginning July 13, 2014, the inner circle of New Delhi’s Connaught Place and its various radial roads will be converted into pedestrian and cycling zones each Sunday.


This is a pivotal moment for sustainable, active transport in India’s cities. Moving from the city of Gurgaon, population 800,000 people, to New Delhi, population 22 million, is a huge leap, one that reminds us that reorienting cities around people – not cars – is achievable. This starts New Delhi on an important path towards combatting air pollution and improving public health, and all of India one step closer towards being an exemplar of sustainable urban development for other emerging economies.

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‘Slender Man’ Story and the New Urban Legends

‘Slender Man’ Story and the New Urban Legends | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An attempted murder in Wisconsin is tied to Slender Man, a crowdsourced fictional character said to be a modern twist on the folklore once passed down orally.
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Principles for Network Leadership Development « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Principles for Network Leadership Development « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

...These principles guided our design and facilitation of the program as it emerged, and we offered them to and co-evolved them with the cohort as they considered how to bring them to their own leadership in their organizations, communities, and beyond. Here is a condensed version of the latest iteration of the principles:.

Look for what is beyond the immediate sight lines and intersections – Part of the power of networks is emergence; expect and delight in the unexpected that comes from the meeting of different minds and perspectives.Design for serendipity - Don’t try to control and account for all outcomes.  First of all, it’s impossible.  Secondly, as Andrew Goldsworthy once said, “Too much control can kill a work.”Periphery, not (just) center – Network action is not simply about what is happening “in the room” but what transpires “after the meeting,” not what goes on at a “steering group” level, but what happens in two-sies and three-sies that form/partner/innovate “out there.”Process sometimes counts as action – Creating stronger connections and building alignment among network members/participants can be significant progress.We move at the speed of trust – Make time and space for trust to be built.Contribution before credential – Contributions are what count, and can come from anyone.Feed the network through questions so that it has a life of its own – Using inquiry can help to unlock network potential in the pursuit of unique and context-specific answers.
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Poisoned Poor Killed in Millions by Pollution

Poisoned Poor Killed in Millions by Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution calls for a war against pollution to save the lives of more than eight million people annually. David Biello reports
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Blue Urbanism: A Mutually Sustainable Relationship between Cities and Oceans

Blue Urbanism: A Mutually Sustainable Relationship between Cities and Oceans | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Timothy Beatley, professor of sustainable communities at the University of Virginia, has done it again. His excellent book from a few years ago, Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Desi...
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New Global Trade Negotiations Aim for Tariff-free Solar Panels

New Global Trade Negotiations Aim for Tariff-free Solar Panels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The U.S., European Union and 12 other governments in the World Trade Organization have opened negotiations on a trade deal aimed at ending tariffs on environmental goods such as wind turbines and solar panels.
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What Cost Shift? New Study Shows Solar’s Value to Grid

What Cost Shift? New Study Shows Solar’s Value to Grid | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  If you listen to many utility executives, distributed solar energy has the potential to destabilize electrical grids and result in huge cost shifts for many American consumers.  Well, as the Irish are fond of saying: blarney! A new, independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilit
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Sustainable Development Solutions Network | Deep Decarbonization Pathways

Sustainable Development Solutions Network | Deep Decarbonization Pathways | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C). Achieving the 2°C limit will require that global net emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) approach zero by the second half of the century. In turn, this will require a profound transformation of energy systems by mid-century through steep declines in carbon intensity in all sectors of the economy, a transition we call “deep decarbonization.”

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Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis

Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A report explores the technological paths available for the 15 main economies to maintain growth and cut carbon emissions enough to prevent climatic havoc.

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European Commission and Industry Investing $5 Billion in Biomass

European Commission and Industry Investing $5 Billion in Biomass | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The European Commission and companies including Coca-Cola Co. are investing as much as 3.7 billion euros ($5 billion) to foster the growth of a regional bio-energy industry.
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EDF Closes Financing on Texas Wind Farm, Sells Stake to UBS Fund

EDF Closes Financing on Texas Wind Farm, Sells Stake to UBS Fund | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
EDF Renewable Energy, a U.S. unit of the French utility Electricite de France SA, closed financing on a Texas wind farm and sold half of its stake in the project to UBS AG’s International Infrastructure Fund.
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The End of Sustainability

The End of Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The time has come for us to collectively reexamine — and ultimately move past — the concept of sustainability.
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Fuel economy improvements show diminishing returns in fuel savings - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Fuel economy improvements show diminishing returns in fuel savings - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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These Islands Are Sucking Up Pollution From The Water They're Floating In

These Islands Are Sucking Up Pollution From The Water They're Floating In | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Floating islands that double as water treatment plants keep water clean without sullying nice views.
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Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says

Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guardian Australia: The top 15 emitter countries could make deep cuts to emissions while also tripling economic output, according to the study
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IMF head says world must come to grips with climate change costs

IMF head says world must come to grips with climate change costs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While Stephen Harper was congratulating Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday for ending a carbon tax, the head of the IMF was in Montreal urging energy powerhouses like Canada to come to grips with the economics of climate change.
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$5.1 Trillion to be Invested in Renewable Energy by 2030 - CleanTechies

$5.1 Trillion to be Invested in Renewable Energy by 2030 - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
$5.1 trillion dollars is one very big number. It’s a figure equal to just a little less than one-third of the U.S. economy’s annual GDP. $5.1 trillion is the amount that will be invested by 2030 to build new power plants that use renewable energy, according to a Bloomberg News Energy Finance report. Out ofRead More
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Since 2011, annual investment in renewable energy technologies has totaled more than the dollars invested in fossil fuel power generation. This upward trend for clean energy shows every sign of continuing to rise.

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Joule Assets: Unearthing Hidden Revenue for Smaller Energy Efficiency Companies - CleanTechies

Joule Assets: Unearthing Hidden Revenue for Smaller Energy Efficiency Companies - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Take heart smaller energy efficiency companies. Good times are coming. That was the positive message from Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, as his company recently rolled out news of $90 million in financing being offered to 10 US companies with a $270 million pipeline of projects. “The contractors, the technology integrators, technology providers, vendorsRead More
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Fix the Climate Problem? Easy. Cut U.S. Emissions to 1901 Levels

Fix the Climate Problem? Easy. Cut U.S. Emissions to 1901 Levels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A draft report prepared for the United Nations suggests, out loud, what the U.S. needs to do about climate change: Cut emissions to one-tenth of current levels, per person, in less than 40 years.

It’s perilous to say these things in the U.S., where a mere description of the scale of the climate challenge too often invites ridicule and dismissiveness. Americans are each responsible for about 18 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Taking that down 90 percent would mean a drop in emissions to what they were in about 1901 or 1902. Cue ridicule and dismissiveness.

Making fun, even when it’s so easy, is a shortsighted response.

The report, Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, describes how nations might be able mitigate against dangerous climate change. Two organizations wrote it to provide national leaders and UN agencies with a specific vision of how 15 leading economies can slash climate pollution.

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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
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How to decarbonise the global economy — Jeffrey Sachs

How to decarbonise the global economy — Jeffrey Sachs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today’s report on deep decarbonisation delivered to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, offers a new perspective on how countries can avoid dangerous climate change and achieve sustainable development. The report, produced by the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project which is overseen
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Towards an Energy Standard of 'Local'

Towards an Energy Standard of 'Local' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In other essays I presented data showing that small-scale, local farms aren't always more energy efficient than larger-scale producers, but as far as energy used to distribute food  local farms seem to have an advantage.
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The Network Organization and Its Hybrid Workplace Systems | Rethinking Complexity

The Network Organization and Its Hybrid Workplace Systems | Rethinking Complexity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Geographically distributed, functioning in a global context and ongoing engagement with internal and external professionals are apt key descriptors of the 21st century organization.

The complex pulsating networks in which an organization comes to life and thrives, in reality, is the organizations itself; while the planned and spontaneous connectivity that fills members’ daily work routines is the modern office. The workplace is wherever one is when connect via technology.

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