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Feeding Cities: Hunger in the U.S. Not Just About Food Distribution – Next City

Feeding Cities: Hunger in the U.S. Not Just About Food Distribution – Next City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the U.S., 50 million people are food insecure and many depend on food banks and food stamps. One food bank in Chester, Pa. is experimenting with a new model of non-profit grocery store to address access and affordability in the urban context.
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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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The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This report presents an overview, literature review, and critical analysis of the Transition Movement.
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Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability

Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it



Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, It is an environmental, cultural, and political phenomenon which is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. — Mike Hulme

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Cement and CO2 Emissions

Cement and CO2 Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cement production is a major source of CO2 emissions. A method modeled on ancient Roman cement production could reduce emissions 97 percent.
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When the world sleeps

When the world sleeps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.
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Green Whiskey: Scottish Distillery To Be Powered by Combined Heat and Power Plant

Green Whiskey: Scottish Distillery To Be Powered by Combined Heat and Power Plant | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scotland’s Macallan whisky distillery is set to get most of its heat requirement from a combined heat and power plant part-funded by the government.
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even more reason to love Macallan's!

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The maker of Scotland’s national tipple will get about 90 percent of the steam it needs in the distillation process from the 74-million pound ($124 million) Estover Energy Ltd. biomass project in Speyside, the U.K. Green Investment Bank said today in an e-mailed statement. The bank, alongside John Laing Plc, plans to invest 26 million pounds in the project.

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Why the World Smells Different After It Rains

Why the World Smells Different After It Rains | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Behold, the wonders of petrichor.
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Community supported enterprise – how might that work?

Community supported enterprise – how might that work? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the REconomy Project’s aims is to find new ways that communities can provide support and investment to local enterprises, who in turn offer benefits back to the community – not just in terms of jobs – but also strengthened local resilience, minimal environmental impacts and fairer ways of trading and profit-sharing.
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The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing

The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"We can't do it as an individual, but four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power — that's really powerful." Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and s
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What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism

What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New measures to protect deep-sea ecosystems show a new "blue" approach to urban planning.
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Unlikely Suspects – Deep Outreach: Resilience for Whom, and to What End? - “Transitioning for All”

Unlikely Suspects – Deep Outreach: Resilience for Whom, and to What End? - “Transitioning for All” | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s time to ask some thorny questions of the Transition movement. We need look no further than Kingston, the first capital of New York, to begin.
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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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Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts the Nation’s Youngest Learners

Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts the Nation’s Youngest Learners | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rising childhood poverty is hitting pre-schoolers hardest.
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MIT scientists use polymer scaffold to stimulate bone growth

MIT scientists use polymer scaffold to stimulate bone growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A team of chemical engineers from MIT has developed a new method of stimulating bone growth, by utilizing the same chemical processes that occur naturally i...
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Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system

Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, "mother trees" serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2"


Via Lorien Pratt
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I was just thinking about anti-fragile systems,  great example, thanks!

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This blows me away; I had no idea about these interconnected, synapse-like links from one tree to the next. 

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Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The last nutrient I'll focus on in this series is magnesium, which, like iron and calcium, is a mineral rather than a vitamin, and it serves a range of purposes in our bodies.
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Natural Architecture, According to Humans

Natural Architecture, According to Humans | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Woven branches. Green bamboo, curved while young to harden in place. Hives, nests, rookeries, and domes. These are just some of the natural materials -- and forms -- featured in the book Natural Ar...
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Yale Environment 360: Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report

Yale Environment 360: Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The cost of wind power in the U.S. is at an all-time low of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, and utility companies are in some cases electing to use wind as an energy source over fossil fuels because of its low cost. Although wind power grew modestly in 2013 — installations were only 8 percent of those seen in the record year of 2012 — it now meets 4.5 percent of U.S. energy needs, producing enough electricity to power 16 million homes. The country ranks second only to China in installed wind capacity, the report says, and wind power accounts for 33 percent of all new U.S. electric capacity additions since 2007. That progress has been heavily dependent on federal, state, and local incentives, however, and wind power's growth could slow if those incentives expire. Its viability could also fall if natural gas becomes more affordable than wind, the report cautions.

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Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The first of its kind in the U.S., the Tilikum Crossing will reflect the city's enduring transit culture.
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The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 2

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This raises the question: To what extent can the Transition movement avoid the pain, hardship, and conflict historically associated with significant social movements...?
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Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.
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Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist

Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The amorphous nature of climate change creates the ideal conditions for human denial and cognitive bias to come to the fore, says George Marshall
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Discussions about economics, meanwhile, invariably turn into self defeating cost-benefit analyses. Stern offers a choice between spending 1 per cent of annual income now, or risking losing 20 per cent of it in 50 years' time. This language is almost identical to that Kahneman used two decades earlier in his experiments on loss aversion. Is it surprising that when a choice is framed like this, policy-makers are intuitively drawn towards postponing action and taking a gamble on the future?


If cost and uncertainty really are universal psychological barriers, it is hard to explain why 15 per cent of people fully accept the threat and are willing to make personal sacrifices to avert it. Most of the people in this group are left wing or environmentalists and have managed to turn climate change into a narrative that fits with their existing criticisms of industry and growth.


Conservatives may justify climate inaction on the grounds of cost and uncertainty but they, too, are able to accept both as long as they speak to their core values. As former US vice-president and climate sceptic Dick Cheney said: "If there is only a 1 per cent chance of terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction, we must act as if it is a certainty."