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Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too

Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New research from Los Angeles finds that crime rates are lower in communities with both commercial and residential uses.
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Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses and investments, improved energy efficiency, and increased security of supply. Implementing a large central power plant

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The Future of Economic Progress

The Future of Economic Progress | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kemal Derviş discusses the ongoing debate surrounding future economic growth and the impact of technology, income distribution, and climate change on its progress.
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I'm wondering if the best measurement of economic progress should defined as the share everyone has in collective prosperity.  Aggregate GDP has never been about the "many."

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Florida Lawmakers Proposing a Salve for Ailing Springs

Florida Lawmakers Proposing a Salve for Ailing Springs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An effort to clean up waterways plagued by agricultural runoff and other pollutants is meeting some legislative opposition.
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Deforestation of Central America rises as Mexico's war on drugs moves south

Deforestation of Central America rises as Mexico's war on drugs moves south | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Swaths of rainforest affected by 'narco-deforestation' caused by landing strips and roads built by and for drug traffickers, reports Frédéric Saliba
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While You Were Watching 'Game of Thrones,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Shared His Solution to Global Warming

This week's Cosmos explained how plants produce clean energy, and how our inferior energy technologies produce climate change.
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When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.
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Bellagio Fountains Blast as Vegas Glitz Obscures Drought

Bellagio Fountains Blast as Vegas Glitz Obscures Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Bellagio Fountains gush 460 feet (140.2 meters) high every 15 minutes nightly. Golf courses carpet the desert, as they have since Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack played Las Vegas. And the casino restaurants still serve water without asking.
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Urbanism Hall of Fame: Lee Kwan Yew shaped Singapore as the “Garden City” | TheCityFix

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Lee Kwan Yew shaped Singapore as the “Garden City” | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When looking at some of the great examples of sustainable transport and urban development, we must include the city-state of Singapore and the leadership of Lee Kwan Yew, its founder and Prime Minister for 31 years. Singapore is a young nation, founded only 48 years ago after being expelled by Malaysia. Yet, in such a short time, Lee Kwan Yew led the multicultural city from a chaotic and crime-ridden port in the Malacca Straits to a prosperous nation, providing a high standard of living through human-centered design and planning for its 5.3 million inhabitants.

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I visited Singapore for the first time last year and found a remarkable garden city!  Evidence of sustainable development abounds.

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Why Cities Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

Why Cities Are Key to Fighting Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Urban areas will be disproportionately impacted by rising sea levels and severe weather. Luckily, they're leading the resilience effort.
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Gas Carousel Making Spain Europe’s Biggest LNG Exporter

Gas Carousel Making Spain Europe’s Biggest LNG Exporter | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Spain overtook Norway last month to become the region’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas. The southern European nation has never produced any of the fuel.
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Capital for Clean Energy Easier to Find as Investors Seek Simplicity

Capital for Clean Energy Easier to Find as Investors Seek Simplicity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Simplifying finance vehicles for renewable energy will lure more investors and lower the costs of capital.
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How much of the world's carbon reserves can we burn? - interactive

How much of the world's carbon reserves can we burn? - interactive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Burning remaining fossil fuel reserves will release carbon dioxide that will trigger different warming scenarios
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The coolest urban trail you are likely to see | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The coolest urban trail you are likely to see | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Something special is happening in Indianapolis, and it's transforming neighborhoods.  As I wrote in People Habitat, revitalization when done well is almost unparalleled in its ability to boost the “triple bottom line” of sustainability: a healthy environment, a healthy...
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DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling | Streetsblog.net

DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Here’s a good sign that protected bike lanes are here to stay in American cities: Cities are increasingly trading plastic bollards for concrete curbs, making the lanes a more permanent feature of the landscape.

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If Washington, DC can do this, with all the congestion and crazy angles flowing into the center of the District, why can't Houston, Chicago, any city, for that matter, follow suit?  These cities are based on grids!

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Biomimicry: How Nature Can Streamline Your Business For Innovation

Biomimicry: How Nature Can Streamline Your Business For Innovation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry – innovation inspired by forms, processes and systems found in nature – is a tool that allows companies to develop a new class of products and services.
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Canada’s Climate Warms to Corn as Grain Belt Shifts North

Canada’s Climate Warms to Corn as Grain Belt Shifts North | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The snow is piled waist-deep outside the Southern Manitoba Convention Centre as more than 400 farmers gather to consider the once-unthinkable: growing corn on the Canadian prairie.
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A Welcome Boost to the US Development Agenda: Recommendations of the Global Development Council

George Ingram discusses the Global Development Council's latest report on the development agenda and highlights four actionable recommendations that could potentially advance the U.S. contribution to development.
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This Is Us: Portrait of a Changing America

A nation in time, in seven charts.
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IPCC Discovers Infographics – Communicates Climate Change

IPCC Discovers Infographics – Communicates Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Working Group II put out their state of the climate for AR5 this March and finally worked out how to communicate climate change.
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Permaculture Around Latin America – Urban Agriculture in Haiti

Permaculture Around Latin America – Urban Agriculture in Haiti | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the fourth installment of ‘Permaculture in Latin America’, I invite you to take a look at a video on urban gardening in Haiti,
Flora Moon's insight:

Permaculture makes a lot of sense to me - especially in terms of disaster relief.  However, response to disasters is usually consumed by short term/immediate solutions rather than the establishment of long term sustainable solutions.  Both time types of response are needed.

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What would nature do?

What would nature do? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an age when sustainable solutions to human problems have never been so important, wouldn’t it be nice to have
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 13, 3:57 PM

Well, according to Janine Benyus, founder and president of the Biomimicry Institute in Missoula, Mont., that mentor exists: life itself. Life has truly had a lifetime to develop solutions to countless design challenges since it appeared on Earth 3.8 billion years ago. We need look no further than our backyards to see that nature is a brilliant inventor: leaves that manufacture food using just sunlight, carbon dioxide and water; winged seeds fluttering away from their parent plants to start the next generation; and gravity-defying pathways through the trunks of trees to carry water from the roots upward.

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Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the ground

Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the ground | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When it comes to climate change and food security, we're accustomed to bad news. But there are a few good stories, too
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Consciousness Might Emerge from a Data Broadcast

Consciousness Might Emerge from a Data Broadcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What is consciousness? A neuroscientist's new book argues that it arises when information is broadcast throughout the brain

Quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli expressed disdain for sloppy, nonsensical theories by denigrating them as “not even wrong,” meaning they were just empty conjectures that could be quickly dismissed. Unfortunately, many remarkably popular theories of consciousness are of this ilk—the idea, for instance, that our experiences can somehow be explained by the quantum theory that Pauli himself helped to formulate in the early 20th century. An even more far-fetched idea holds that consciousness emerged only a few thousand years ago, when humans realized that the voices in their head came not from the gods but from their own internal spoken narratives.

Not every theory of consciousness, however, can be dismissed as just so much intellectual flapdoodle. During the past several decades, two distinct frameworks for explaining what consciousness is and how the brain produces it have emerged, each compelling in its own way. Each framework seeks to explain a vast storehouse of observations from both neurological patients and sophisticated laboratory experiments.

 

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Jose M Quiroz's curator insight, April 14, 2:14 AM

just as this article emphasizes,  the consciousness is incredibly difficult to analyze. To be said is that we as humans are most likely to want an answer for what can't be answered yet; even if that requires implanting sensory devices in peoples skulls, and brains to discover what is yet to be answered. In this case it is a confusing material just as psychology is in great part gray area, indeed the conscious could be explained as the process of storing data to later be processed and used in the required way it is needed.

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Digging Up Old Drilling Logs to Strike Not Oil, but Water

Digging Up Old Drilling Logs to Strike Not Oil, but Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As drought grips most of Texas, researchers are combing the records to map brackish groundwater in the state’s 30 aquifers — hidden resources that could help quench the state’s long-term thirst.
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Yale Environment 360: Mapping Program Helps Cities See Money Saved by Planting Trees

Yale Environment 360: Mapping Program Helps Cities See Money Saved by Planting Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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