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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 3:07 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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Science And Things From The NPR Science Desk
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Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wisconsin researchers release the first batch of seeds designed to propagate the old-fashioned notion of sharing.
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Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation

Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After last week’s introduction, we’re proud to present the first in-depth chapter of Shareable’s invaluable Policies for Sharing Cities Report.
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It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine

It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. So now what?
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Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities

Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist — A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  According to Bloomberg News last week, crowdfunding solar could become a $5 billion investment vehicle in the next 5 years. This exciting development will connect people who want to invest their money responsibly with solar projects that need financing. SolarCity, the biggest U.S. solar power
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Urban Ecology Reconnects Humans with Nature | In Asia

Urban Ecology Reconnects Humans with Nature | In Asia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last month, China unveiled its grand urbanization plan to increase the number of people living in cities to 60 percent, or around 100 million additional people,
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Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More

Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the next month, millions of Californians will receive their first "climate credit."
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Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo

Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tocardo International BV, a Dutch maker of turbines that generate power from water, said the market for installing its devices in rivers may be worth as much as 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 10 years’ time.
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How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation

How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the
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Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress

Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For 100 years, the nation’s state and local infrastructure finance agencies have issued trillions of dollars’ worth of public finance bonds to fund the construction of the nation’s roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure—and literally built America. Now, as clean energy subsidies from Washington dwindle, these agencies are increasingly willing to finance those projects, if only the clean energy community embraces them.
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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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2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.
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Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals

11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cities stand at the very center of each and every one of the biggest challenges the world now faces.
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Biomimicry in the real world - O'Reilly Radar

Biomimicry in the real world - O'Reilly Radar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I visited the World Science Festival in New York and saw Festo's robotic bird. It was amazing. I've seen things that looked more or less like...
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The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season

The Polar Vortex Is to Blame for This Year's Brutal Allergy Season | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Those cold snaps helped spawn an intense outbreak of pollen.
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People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution

People of Color Are Disproportionately Hurt by Air Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York and Philadelphia top the list of urban areas with great gaps in pollution exposure between whites and non-whites.
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Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”
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How to Reset the Climate Change Debate

How to Reset the Climate Change Debate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Policies to mitigate climate change are best viewed as insurance against
great but imperfectly understood risks.
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Solar Harvesting Windows Possible With Advances in Semiconductors - CleanTechies

Solar Harvesting Windows Possible With Advances in Semiconductors - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New semiconductor technology is advancing the development of house windows that could double as solar panels, according to scientists from Los Alamos National Lab and Italy. Their research into so-called “quantum dots” — ultra-small bits of semiconductors that transmit energy extremely efficiently and can be tuned toward specific colors — shows that quantum dots canRead More
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Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand

Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.
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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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