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Why True Sustainability Requires Gender Equality

Why True Sustainability Requires Gender Equality | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By Adam James, via the Center for American Progress America in the 21st century will look radically different than it did in the 20th century. There are two interesting trends worth noting that will account for at least part of this difference.
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Friday Fun: You, too, can build a sustainable city through crowdfunding | TheCityFix

Friday Fun: You, too, can build a sustainable city through crowdfunding | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding is a rapidly growing funding model that has recently expanded as a way to support urban improvement projects. A number of platforms promote citizen-designed civic projects to help them raise small amounts of money from many donors. Parks, gardens, and other urban beautification initiatives are some of the most common projects funded on these platforms, though several projects show the potential for crowdfunding as a means to fund much larger initiatives. In Rotterdam, Netherlands, citizens have used crowdfunding to fund a wooden footbridge that aims to be a catalyst for economic development in the region. In Glyncoch, Wales, citizens donated a total of £792,021 (US$ 1.31 million) for a multi-purpose community center.

 

How can city governments utilize the potential for civic crowdfunding? More than 170 cities have already signed up to use Citizinvestor.com, a crowdfunding platform that raises money for public projects. Recently launched Citizinvestor Connect will allow cities to go further by creating their own platforms. This will allow cities to source project ideas from citizens, who can use the platform to raise money for an initiative that the government agrees to help implement.

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Cartilage grown from patients' noses used to repair their knees

Cartilage grown from patients' noses used to repair their knees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Depending on the part of the body and the nature of the injury, cartilage either doesn’t grow back at all, or does so very slowly. Now, however, researchers...
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U.K. Sludge Treatment Site Turns Waste Into ‘Black Gold’

U.K. Sludge Treatment Site Turns Waste Into ‘Black Gold’ | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When the world’s largest working advanced digestion plant opened last month, it showed the power- hungry process of treating waste in the $360 billion water industry can be self-sufficient in terms of energy use.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sea turtles, kingfishers and butterflies are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world
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This Approach to Climate Change Doesn't Involve Obama, the Senate or the UN

This Approach to Climate Change Doesn't Involve Obama, the Senate or the UN | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Forget the Senate, as President Obama is trying to do. Pull the plug on the annual United Nations climate negotiations. Maybe it’s time for investors to save the planet.
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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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Swirls of Dust and Drama, Punctuating Life in the Southwest

Swirls of Dust and Drama, Punctuating Life in the Southwest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Children, drivers and other residents have learned how to prepare for huge dust storms, sometimes called haboobs, that can turn day into night in seconds.
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Controlling extreme events on complex networks

Controlling extreme events on complex networks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Extreme events, a type of collective behavior in complex networked dynamical systems, often can have catastrophic consequences. To develop effective strategies to control extreme events is of fundamental importance and practical interest. Utilizing transportation dynamics on complex networks as a prototypical setting, we find that making the network [ldquo]mobile[rdquo] can effectively suppress extreme events. A striking, resonance-like phenomenon is uncovered, where an optimal degree of mobility exists for which the probability of extreme events is minimized. We derive an analytic theory to understand the mechanism of control at a detailed and quantitative level, and validate the theory numerically. Implications of our finding to current areas such as cybersecurity are discussed.

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Nudging Can Save Europe Billions of Euros on Energy Bills

Nudging Can Save Europe Billions of Euros on Energy Bills | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
European nations can cut billions of euros from citizens’ power bills using psychology to nudge them into consuming less, says energy-management business Opower Inc.
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In pictures: Singapore's surreal Supertree Grove and Cloud Forest

In pictures: Singapore's surreal Supertree Grove and Cloud Forest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There are places on this Earth where you simply stand, slack-jawed, and pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming – and Singapore's Gardens by the Bay...

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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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