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Feeding Cities: Getting What We Want, Sustainably, Out of Future Food Systems – Next City

Feeding Cities: Getting What We Want, Sustainably, Out of Future Food Systems – Next City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How do we farm sustainably in an ever-urban world?
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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:07 AM

our communities are crying out for #localfood #sustainably grown food, but all we get are global companies pushing internationally grown, #GMO #outofseason #Tasteless fruits and vegies #farmersmarkets here we come!

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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A Mile Below Paris Drillers Hit Hot Pools to Warm Houses

A Mile Below Paris Drillers Hit Hot Pools to Warm Houses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat.

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Is Rational Water Management Finally Emerging in Dry California?

Is Rational Water Management Finally Emerging in Dry California? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California legislators, and farmers, begin to adjust well-drilling practices to suit a drier reality.
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New algorithm identifies weak spots in body tissue prior to injury

New algorithm identifies weak spots in body tissue prior to injury | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Muscle and tendon strains or tears may soon be detectable prior to injury, thanks to new algorithms developed by researchers at Washington University in St ...
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The British Thermopylae – and the Case for Reintroducing Big Cats, a Weird and Wonderful Tale

The British Thermopylae – and the Case for Reintroducing Big Cats, a Weird and Wonderful Tale | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Y Gododdin is one of the few surviving accounts by the Britons of what the Anglo-Saxons did to them. It tells the story of what may have b
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California Lawmakers Pass Groundwater Rules as Drought Worsens

California Lawmakers Pass Groundwater Rules as Drought Worsens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California lawmakers have approved legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater pumping and use as the most-populous U.S. state suffers from a record drought.
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Green Energy Jobs Surge Just in Time for Labor Day

Green Energy Jobs Surge Just in Time for Labor Day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some 12,500 jobs were added in the second quarter of 2014, double the number of the first quarter.
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The Small Indiana City That’s Embracing Livable Streets | Streetsblog.net

The Small Indiana City That’s Embracing Livable Streets | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With a population of about 60,000 and a formerly industrial economy, Kokomo, Indiana, is not the type of city that recent economic trends have favored.

But Aaron Renn at the Urbanophile says the city has embraced some tenets of urbanism as an economic and quality-of-life strategy, thanks in large part to the leadership of Mayor Greg Goodnight. When Renn visited recently, he was impressed with the new downtown bike trail and pedestrian infrastructure. And thanks to careful budgeting and prioritization, the city is making these improvements without taking on any debt.

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What is the environmental cost of war?

What is the environmental cost of war? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trashed landscapes contaminated by depleted uranium or toxic gases. To the eco pragmatist, if you can’t halt war, change to ‘green munitions’
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Random things make beautiful patterns when they are bumped around in systematic ways

Random things make beautiful patterns when they are bumped around in systematic ways | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This video shows salt scattered on a surface, which is made to vibrate at different frequencies.  The salt creates beautiful different patterns depending on the frequency.


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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, August 30, 5:37 PM

If a) we live inside systems that have structure (economic, cultural, political, etc.) and b) these systems are subjected to noise, then c) this video shows how systems create emergent patterns.  So d) if we can learn to model that emergence, we can e) do a much better job of achieving the goals that we want and avoiding unintended consequences.


h/t @Linda Larson Kemp

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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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Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risks | World Resources Institute

Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risks | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Limited availability of freshwater could become a stumbling block for rapid development of shale resources through hydraulic fracturing. Using information from the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, WRI provides the first global and country-specific resource to help stakeholders evaluate freshwater availability across shale plays worldwide.
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Biologist Climbs High to Prove Hypothesis About Plants

Biologist Climbs High to Prove Hypothesis About Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A 20-year quest to prove a longstanding hypothesis about how nutrients are transported may come to an end thanks to tiny needles that probe leaves 40 feet up an oak tree.
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Paul Krugman on the Woefully Underreported, Surprisingly Good News About Medicare

Paul Krugman on the Woefully Underreported, Surprisingly Good News About Medicare | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Not that the deficit hawks will listen.
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Gut bacteria discovery could lead to probiotic therapy for food allergies

Gut bacteria discovery could lead to probiotic therapy for food allergies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The latest cause for hope, which could one day let food allergy sufferers order in restaurants without worrying about potentially life-threatening ingredien...
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Would you reduce meat consumption to help fight climate change?

Would you reduce meat consumption to help fight climate change? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gases caused by meat production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise, according to a new report. Would you ration your consumption to help meet global emissions targets?
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Saving Our Birds

Saving Our Birds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Has the passing of the passenger pigeon taught us anything?
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Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses

Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What it does not specifically discuss is that these difficulties could lead to large financial losses for investors who s
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Yale Environment 360: New Database Tracks Ecological Health Impacts of Dams on World's Rivers

Yale Environment 360: New Database Tracks Ecological Health Impacts of Dams on World's Rivers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A newly launched online database illustrates the impacts of nearly 6,000 dams on the world's 50 major river basins, ranking their ecological health according to indicators of river fragmentation, water quality, and biodiversity. The "State of the World's Rivers" project was developed by the advocacy organization International Rivers and created using Google Earth. Users can compare the health of individual river basins, see the locations of existing and planned dams, and explore 10 of the most significant river basins in more depth. For example, as this map of China's Yangtze basin shows, at least 374 dams already exist in the basin, and at least another 167 are under construction or planned to be built. The ecological health of the region is showing signs of collapse, the database entry says: A 2014 study found that fish species in the Yangtze drastically decreased from 143 to 17 over the course of one year, due to overfishing and dam construction. The 6,000 dams represented in the database are a small percentage of the more than 50,000 large dams that impact the world's rivers, the organization notes.

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California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations

California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater use as the most-populous U.S. state suffers from a record drought.
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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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