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On the skill of sharing and the sharing of skills

On the skill of sharing and the sharing of skills | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the most important skills we have lost, that facilitates the learning and practicing of all the other skills, is the skill of sharing.
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China just realized it needs to clean up the football field-sized cesspools destroying its deserts

China just realized it needs to clean up the football field-sized cesspools destroying its deserts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Efforts to protect China's western desert regions from industrial sewage have backfired. 
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Fast-Warming Gulf of Maine Offers Hint of Future for Oceans

Fast-Warming Gulf of Maine Offers Hint of Future for Oceans | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The waters off the coast of New England are warming more rapidly than almost any other ocean region on earth. Scientists are now studying the resulting ecosystem changes, and their findings could provide a glimpse of the future for many of the world’s coastal communities.
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The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership - CleanTechies

The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen and what can it accomplish? The following 8-minute video from one of the “lead rabbleRead More
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Last Month Was the Hottest October on Record

Last Month Was the Hottest October on Record | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Which means 2014 is still on track to become the warmest year ever.
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Lichens thrive in conifer plantation

Lichens thrive in conifer plantation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary Hamsterley Forest, Weardale: Fragile pendant beards festooned the trees
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Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S.

Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while enhancing the power of others.
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Africa: Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Facts and Figures

Africa: Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Facts and Figures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kate Hawley examines how urban areas are evolving to be sustainable - their challenges, trends and solutions.
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Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Should be a Carbon Reduction Tool for Coal Plants

Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Should be a Carbon Reduction Tool for Coal Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is seeking a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut pollution that degrades our health and contributes to climate change. On Nov. 4, GEO submitted comments to EPA urging that renewable thermal energy and geothermal heat pumps
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UNEP Emissions Gap Report Calculates Necessary Emission Reductions Out to 2030 | World Resources Institute

UNEP Emissions Gap Report Calculates Necessary Emission Reductions Out to 2030 | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As governments prepare to resume climate negotiations at COP 20, a key issue is the commitments countries are making to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

A new report from the UNEP quantifies the magnitude for those commitments that will be needed in order to have a likely chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), thus preventing some of the most disastrous impacts of climate change.
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Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape?

Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits room for wild nature.
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SunEdison/TerraForm Power Buy First Wind For $2.4 Billion To Achieve Renewable Energy Dominance

SunEdison/TerraForm Power Buy First Wind For $2.4 Billion To Achieve Renewable Energy Dominance | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a surprising diversification move, SunEdison has launched into the wind sector and positioned itself to be the world’s largest renewable energy development company. Yesterday morning, SunEdison announced that it is joining with its indirect subsidiary TerraForm Power to purchase First Wind
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British underwater photography competition winners – in pictures

British underwater photography competition winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A rare fireworks anemone, a jellyfish and a blue shark feature in the winning images from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) competition
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The Sharing Economy Comes To Hospitals To Help Cut Costs

The Sharing Economy Comes To Hospitals To Help Cut Costs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hey, is that a spare x-ray machine you're not using?
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Engaging Team Members: Managing by Building Relationships | Rethinking Complexity

Engaging Team Members: Managing by Building Relationships | Rethinking Complexity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As discussed in Keeping Team Members Engaged in a Distributed Workplace:

Initial Thoughts for Discussion, it is hard to stay current with everything, let alone be fully active in all of the networks in which we are members. It is a challenge to accomplish work demands while fulfilling personal responsibilities, not to mention trying to have some type of leisure moments that foster rejuvenation and enable “re-creation.”

There is too much happening in our networked lifestyles, where boundaries are hard to maintain or have vanished altogether between the workplace and home life. This dynamic is impacting an organization’s ability to promote sustainable collaborative work styles, maintain effective collaborative work environments, and keep workplace stress low.

What are some ways to start addressing this common occurrence in order to strengthen an organization’s “collaborative capital” and expand its “collaborative intelligence”?

To begin…

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How the Danish Cooperated to Build a Bicycle Superhighway

How the Danish Cooperated to Build a Bicycle Superhighway | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Getting the 22 municipalities involved to agree was not easy, but the outcome is revolutionary.
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The Swedish Approach to Road Safety: 'The Accident Is Not the Major Problem'

The Swedish Approach to Road Safety: 'The Accident Is Not the Major Problem' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sweden's top traffic safety strategist visits New York to share lessons from the original "Vision Zero."
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UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road

UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Britain’s first ‘Bio-Bus’ powered entirely by human and food waste takes to the streets between Bath and Bristol
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Organovo now selling tiny 3D-printed human livers

Organovo now selling tiny 3D-printed human livers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When a medication enters the bloodstream, it ends up being concentrated in the liver. It would follow, therefore, that if a pharmaceutical company wanted to...
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WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.
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Local Food Systems: A Green Way of Life, or a Luxury Only for Elites?

Local Food Systems: A Green Way of Life, or a Luxury Only for Elites? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While many celebrate salad greens, the local food movement is cultivating exclusivity and becoming less and less budget friendly.
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Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think that there are more pitfalls than many realize.
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Policy and Action Standard | World Resources Institute

Policy and Action Standard | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are driving climate change and its impacts around the world. According to climate scientists, global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by as much as 72 percent below 2010 levels by 2050 to have a likely chance of limiting the increase in global mean temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels (IPCC 2014). Every degree increase in temperature will produce increasingly unpredictable and dangerous impacts for people and ecosystems. As a result, there is an urgent need to accelerate efforts to reduce GHG emissions.
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Diversity Explosion

Diversity Explosion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Major racial and ethnic changes are sweeping the United States, monumental shifts that will leave deep footprints for years. In Diversity Explosion eminent demographer William Frey paints a detailed and illuminating picture of where America’s racial demography is headed and what it means for the nation’s future.
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MIT’s New Concrete Formula Could Cut Carbon Emissions by Half

MIT’s New Concrete Formula Could Cut Carbon Emissions by Half | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Being one of the most common construction materials, concrete makes up a large percentage of the world’s carbon emissions. In a time when all must be done to cut these emissions, it is imperative that this percentage is brought down. Simple solutions might be best, and once such solution could be the new formula for making cement, which a team of scientists at MIT have recently come up with and which could cut these emissions ...

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