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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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Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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STATEMENT: WRI Calls China INDC "A Serious and Credible Contribution" | World Resources Institute

STATEMENT: WRI Calls China INDC "A Serious and Credible Contribution" | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (JUNE 30, 2015)— China formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The pledge commits China to a peak in emissions by 2030, an increase in the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix by about 20 percent by 2030, and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65% by 2030, from 2005 levels.
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Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities | TheCityFix

Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Like many other developing countries, not only do India’s cities face severe infrastructure bottlenecks and service level deficits that undercut economic performance, but poorly managed urban growth directly impacts health and quality of life. Worsening air pollution in Indian cities is estimated to have caused 620,000 premature deaths per year (WHO). Cities also add significantly to overall carbon emissions (close to half of India’s net greenhouse gas emission originate in urban areas). These costs are exacerbated by the ongoing real-estate boom in peri-urban areas fueled by demand from the IT and residential sectors that is not only unplanned, but almost entirely devoid of adequate public services (water, sewer, power) provision or reasonable access to transit infrastructure. This reinforces the vicious cycle of deeper and deeper reliance by firms and households on groundwater, private vehicular ownership, and polluting diesel power generation to meet basic needs. The costs of business-as-usual urban development are clearly unsustainable.

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Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan with US

Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan with US | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
President Dilma Rousseff pledged to restore 12m hectares of deforested land and increase renewable energy use by 2030 as part of climate partnership with US
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Cheap Reductions, Not Binding Targets, are Best Bet

Cheap Reductions, Not Binding Targets, are Best Bet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The core problem in climate policy design is that the costs and benefits of taking action are highly uncertain and have very different time dimensions. Costs are incurred in the short term while benefits are likely to be many decades into the future, writes Warwick McKibbin.
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The Grid is at a Fork in the Road

The Grid is at a Fork in the Road | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today, the road towards an integrated grid is the one less traveled. But it is for this very reason that RMI is working with leaders in New York and elsewhere to collaboratively develop the solutions that will lead us down the road toward an integrated grid.
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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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Who Should Immigration be Helping? | Newgeography.com

Who Should Immigration be Helping? | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Recent revelations about the firing of American tech workers and their replacement by temporary visa holders reveal, in the starkest way, why many Americans are wary of the impact of untrammeled immigration. Workers in American companies have been removed from their jobs not because they could not perform them, but because their replacements, largely from India, are simply cheaper and, likely, more malleable.

The H-1B temporary visa program was purportedly designed to help tech firms hire specialized talent to fill needs not adequately addressed by the U.S. labor market. But what it has really become is a way to lay off workers for cheaper ones.

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Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket

Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new national report finds homelessness is also rising.
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The European circular economy package – what the experts think

The European circular economy package – what the experts think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The European commission put bold plans to scrap waste on hold last year, but is preparing to present a new and improved proposal
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White aging means post-millennial America is becoming more diverse everywhere

White aging means post-millennial America is becoming more diverse everywhere | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While media attention continues to focus on the racial issues in America’s biggest cities and its most racially diverse regions, William H. Frey explains why newly released census data make plain why we need to expect a more racially diverse America everywhere.
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Worth saving: landscapes threatened by climate change - gallery

Worth saving: landscapes threatened by climate change - gallery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We asked you to submit your photos of places you want to save from rising tides, elevated temperatures and natural disasters. Add your contributions in the comments below
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One in Three Investors Will Back Their First Solar Project within the Next Year - CleanTechies

One in Three Investors Will Back Their First Solar Project within the Next Year - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One interesting development of the commercial solar industry boom that is currently under way in the U.S. is the numbers of professional investors getting involved with the sector. Over 60 percent of investors will invest in commercial solar and a staggering 83 percent of investors will make investment in solar a priority in the next fiveRead More
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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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