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Measuring the real cost of water - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Environment

Measuring the real cost of water - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Big savings are available to companies that look beyond their utility bills and understand the broader economic costs of their water consumption. A McKinsey Quarterly Energy, Resources, Materials article.
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An Overlooked Contributor to Climate Change: Leaky Pipes

An Overlooked Contributor to Climate Change: Leaky Pipes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These tricked-out, air sensor-equipped Google cars are helping to identify dangerous natural gas pipelines.
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Green Car Congress: EPA proposes to include Southern Maine in the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program

EPA is proposing, at the request of the State of Maine, to require the sale of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties in southern Maine starting in June 2015. RFG is required in cities with high smog levels and is optional elsewhere. RFG is currently used in 17 states and the District of Columbia. About 30% of gasoline sold in the US is reformulated.

The purpose of the federal RFG program is to improve air quality in certain areas through the use of gasoline that is reformulated to reduce motor vehicle emissions that lead to the formation of ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone can cause breathing problems, aggravate asthma and other pre-existing lung diseases, and make people more susceptible to respiratory infection.

States which are designated by EPA as part of the Ozone Transport Region, such as Maine, can “opt-in” to the program.

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Act Now: Let's Get Food Aid to 9 Million More People - Bread Blog

Act Now: Let's Get Food Aid to 9 Million More People - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014 (S. 2421) will reform U.S. food aid and feed more people at lower cost. Mothers and children, like these in South Sudan, will benefit from targeted nutrition. (USAID) By Eric Mitchell A future free of hunger will require good ideas. I want to share with you a really, really good idea. Picture this: Our federal government provides life-saving food assistance to 9 million more people around the world who experience hunger every...

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The beguiling patterns painted by a river flowing beneath a bridge

The beguiling patterns painted by a river flowing beneath a bridge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country diary: South Uist: Watching a river’s changing moods, from quietly running to playfully splashing, is infinitely soothing
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Beyond Polycentricity: 2000s Job Growth (Continues to) Follow Population | Newgeography.com

Beyond Polycentricity: 2000s Job Growth (Continues to) Follow Population | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The United States lost jobs between 2000 and 2010, the first loss between census years that has been recorded in the nation's history. The decline was attributable to two economic shocks, the contraction following the 9/11 attacks and the Great Recession, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Yet, even in this moribund job market, employment continued to disperse in the nation's major metropolitan areas.

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Giant Mats of Green Slime in Lake Erie Signal a Need for New Economic Approaches to Pollution

Giant Mats of Green Slime in Lake Erie Signal a Need for New Economic Approaches to Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
So, what is the link between this latest water pollution debacle, economic growth, and a true-cost economy?
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New Book Synthesizes 10 years of Challenge Program on Water and Food - Water, Land and Ecosystems

Water Scarcity, Livelihoods and Food Security draws on experiences from over 100 projects in 10 river basins in the developing world.
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Make Use of the USDA’s Unofficial Support of Permaculture

Make Use of the USDA’s Unofficial Support of Permaculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
VersaLand fields: Tree shelters protect an emerging 145 acre permaculture farm
Even though they do not know it, the Unites States Depa
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Human Health and Climate Change

Human Health and Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A variety of independent research is increasing our understanding of the link between human health and climate change.
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Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds

Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Excess heat being stored hundreds of metres down in Atlantic and Southern oceans – not Pacific as previously thought
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Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises

Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How we think about and talk about ecological crises and our role in them form the structures of our responses.
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Major factors contributing to wind power diffusion: foresight: Vol 16, No 3

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the linkages between the technological, market and political environment in the wind power industry, and their contribution to market diffusion.

Design/methodology/approach

The evaluation is based on a literature review of the wind power industry and policy issues in selected countries, patent and financial analyses of leading European firms, and semi-structured interviews of energy experts.

Findings

The results reveal that the industry is policy-driven, and appropriate energy politics are crucial in continuing the rapid wind power market diffusion during the next decades. Wind power technologies are in an accelerating stage of evolution, and competitive technologies contribute to market diffusion and firms’ financial performance. However, without adequate energy subsidies and emission trading schemes the industry will not be competitive in the energy markets, where other energy sources, including fossil fuels, are also subsidized.

Research limitations/implications

This case focuses mainly on the leading European industry actors and has a European perspective in policy issues. The analyses are limited to the main support mechanisms and countries where the diffusion of renewable energy has been rapid.

Practical implications

The wind power industry is still in the emerging phase in its life-cycle, and well-planned and efficiently implemented public support schemes are needed in order for the firms to compete successfully in the markets. The industry will propably be competitive without subsidies in 10-20 years.

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5 Rules Of Tomorrow's Bottom Line

5 Rules Of Tomorrow's Bottom Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at the practical steps business leaders must take to ensure capitalism migrates to more sustainable forms of wealth creation.
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Thanks To The Clean Air Act, We Breathe 3 Million Fewer Tons Of Toxins Each Year

Thanks To The Clean Air Act, We Breathe 3 Million Fewer Tons Of Toxins Each Year | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since 1990, an estimated 3 million tons of toxins from mobile and stationary sources has removed from the air ever year, according to the report.
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The Middle East’s Three Timelines

The Middle East’s Three Timelines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three distinct timelines are shaping developments in the Middle East: the short -term timeline of daily struggles and politics; the medium-term timeline of geopolitical shifts; and the long-term timeline of sociocultural transformation. Understanding each is essential to craft an effective strategy in the region.
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Clothing store’s take-back program shows how recycling can be a strategy for retailers

Clothing store’s take-back program shows how recycling can be a strategy for retailers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This year marks the 20th anniversary of a partnership between The Bon-Ton stores and Goodwill that has recycled millions of pounds of clothing.
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3D-printed implants infused with medicine to enable more effective drug delivery

3D-printed implants infused with medicine to enable more effective drug delivery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A great strength of 3D-printing in the field of medicine is the ability to provide low-cost implants molded to a patient's anatomy. Researchers have taken t...
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Too Much Corn With Nowhere to Go as U.S. Sees Record Crop

Too Much Corn With Nowhere to Go as U.S. Sees Record Crop | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The ripening corn and soybean fields stretch for miles in every direction from Dennis Wentworth’s farm in Downs, Illinois. As he marveled at his best-yielding crops ever, he wondered aloud where the heck he’ll put it all.
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Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around

Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inequality and poverty are suddenly hot topics, not only in the United States but also across the globe.
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Food Charities Can Now Be More Like Food Companies With Just-In-Time Food Waste Logistics

Food Charities Can Now Be More Like Food Companies With Just-In-Time Food Waste Logistics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a live crowdsourced map of food getting wasted, Food Cowboy is helping charities get there before it's too late.
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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.
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Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains

Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate Central -- Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice ...
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The Changing Face of the Global City

The Changing Face of the Global City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I want to highlight a couple of recent studies by Joel Kotkin for which I provided some research support. The first is a report on global cities from the Singapore Civil Service College called "Siz...
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Graphene-treated rubber bands used as inexpensive body motion sensors

Graphene-treated rubber bands used as inexpensive body motion sensors | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Graphene is a cutting-edge wonder material, whereas rubber bands ... well, they're not so high-tech. By combining the one with the other, however, scientist...
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Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing?

Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New federal data reveals the regional decline in coastal ecosystems.
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