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Feeding Cities: The Murky Future of Food Geopolitics – Next City

Feeding Cities: The Murky Future of Food Geopolitics – Next City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The effect of food prices on political power are as profound as they are hard to predict.
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Showing new way forward? Implications of Mexico’s pledge for global climate action

Showing new way forward? Implications of Mexico’s pledge for global climate action | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, the United States and Mexico announced new plans to increase bilateral cooperation on climate change and low carbon development. Timmons Roberts and Guy Edwards discuss the implications on global climate action.
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How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat? by Cheryl Katz: Yale Environment 360

How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat? by Cheryl Katz: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The main reason soaring greenhouse gas emissions have not caused air temperatures to rise more rapidly is that oceans have soaked up much of the heat. But new evidence suggests the oceans’ heat-buffering ability may be weakening.
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How landscapes mould language and lives - life - 27 March 2015 - New Scientist

How landscapes mould language and lives - life - 27 March 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our surroundings can influence the words we use and feed into life's twists and turns, as two new books explore
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Just 3% of American Land is Urban. These Maps Show What The Rest Looks Like

Just 3% of American Land is Urban. These Maps Show What The Rest Looks Like | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Most maps of the U.S. prioritize cities. But "Minimal Maps" single out the nation's forests, crops, and waterbodies.
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Northwest Energy Star Program Provides Insights Into Efficiency - CleanTechies

Northwest Energy Star Program Provides Insights Into Efficiency - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Northwest Energy Star program is tracking the energy use of green homes for 13 months after they are occupied in an attempt to learn more about what features and technology enhance energy efficiency. The homes in this pilot program, begun in late 2012, are at least 30% more efficient that similar homes built toRead More
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How to Grow a Medicine Cabinet

How to Grow a Medicine Cabinet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chamomile Bunches It has crept up on us slowly, perhaps without the initial intentions of what we are now left with: prescription medicine. Medicine, fo
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LivingHomes sustainable prefab houses are judged by their own standard

LivingHomes sustainable prefab houses are judged by their own standard | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gizmag covered the launch of the C6 sustainable prefab homes from LivingHomes in 2013. The residences were designed to be low-cost and to be LEED Platinum certified. Since then, it has installed o...
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This isn’t an opportunity for Georgia; this is a last chance | Jay Bookman

This isn’t an opportunity for Georgia; this is a last chance | Jay Bookman | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Watching Georgia legislators debate the state’s transportation future, as they did last week on the Senate floor, is enough to make a man despair.


You look at the scale of the challenge that we face as a result of decades of willful neglect and underinvestment, and then you see the cramped vision,...
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A Utility Business Model That Embraces Efficiency and Solar Without Sacrificing Revenue?

A Utility Business Model That Embraces Efficiency and Solar Without Sacrificing Revenue? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our analysis shows that both municipally-owned utilities like Fort Collins Utilities and other member- or independently-owned utilities alike can achieve very real success while embracing efficiency and solar.
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Getting millions to learn: How did Japan’s Lesson Study program help improve education in Zambia?

Getting millions to learn: How did Japan’s Lesson Study program help improve education in Zambia? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jenny Perlman Robinson examines Japan's practice of Lesson Study, an innovative approach to support in-service training that has proven to be effective in various countries around the world.
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Gecko feet inspire adhesion tech that can be turned on and off

Gecko feet inspire adhesion tech that can be turned on and off | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In various types of manufacturing, parts are picked and placed using graspers or suction cups. The former can damage fragile items, however, while the latter won't work in vacuums. That's why scie...
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RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining

RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Starlings and house sparrow numbers dwindling as survey reveals long-term downward trend despite overall boost to populations due to a warm winter and bumper harvests
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Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution

Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.
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Earth Repair – Homegrown Healing of Toxic Lands, part 2

Earth Repair – Homegrown Healing of Toxic Lands, part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In her book Earth Repair, Leila Darwish provides a grassroots guide to healing toxic and damaged landscapes emphasizing local solutions.
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An eco-town described as the UK's most sustainable development is moving closer to being occupied. The first residents are expected to move into North West Bicester later this year. Planning per...
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Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Negative Energy

Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Negative Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions because it is carbon-neutral: it produces as much carbon as the plants suck out of the atmosphere.
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Collective Impact: Equity, Community and Network Thinking

Collective Impact: Equity, Community and Network Thinking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Just returning from the Champions for Change gathering in Washington, DC hosted by the Tamarack Institute and the Collective Impact Forum. I was in attendance with a couple of others from the Food ...
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Keeping warming to 2 °C is not enough to save species - environment - 27 March 2015 - New Scientist

Keeping warming to 2 °C is not enough to save species - environment - 27 March 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The temperature limit we've chosen to protect our planet from harmful warming is 0. 5 °C too high, say a growing number of climate scientists
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Green Climate Fund Moves Forward; Will Soon Disburse Climate Finance through 7 Institutions | World Resources Institute

Green Climate Fund Moves Forward; Will Soon Disburse Climate Finance through 7 Institutions | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Green Climate Fund (GCF), expected to become the main vehicle for securing and distributing finance, moved one step closer to disbursing funds this week. Its resources will support a range of activities that reduce emissions or foster resilience—such as installing renewable energy, helping farmers grow drought-resistant crops and reducing deforestation.
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How much of the world's fossil fuels can we burn?

How much of the world's fossil fuels can we burn? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Duncan Clark: The much-quoted three numbers of climate change have raised awareness of the simple fact there’s far more fossil fuel than we can burn and the more we extract, the greater the risk of climate catastrophe – but they don’t tell us the whole story
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Yale Environment 360: Dutch Energy Company Heats Homes With Custom-Built Computer Servers

Yale Environment 360: Dutch Energy Company Heats Homes With Custom-Built Computer Servers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A Dutch energy company is installing radiator-sized computer servers — which infamously generate large amounts of waste heat as they churn out data — in residential homes to offset energy costs, company representatives said this week. In the trial program, Rotterdam-based Eneco has equipped a handful of houses with custom-built computer servers designed to heat rooms as the servers process data for a variety of corporate computing clients. Eneco and the company behind the radiator-servers, Nerdalize, expect each one to reduce a home's heating expenses by roughly $440 over the course of a year. Eneco will cover all computing-related energy costs, the company said, but they expect the program to reduce server maintenance costs by up to 55 percent through preventing complications that arise when servers overheat. In summer months, the server-radiators will redirect excess heat outside the home, its designers say. Eneco expects to expand the venture if the trial program, which will continue through the end of the year, is successful.

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Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem

Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The public loves ethereal immersive installations, even if art critics don't.
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Deep Concerns as Climate Impacts on Gulf Stream Flow

Deep Concerns as Climate Impacts on Gulf Stream Flow | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Climate scientists have once again confirmed an alarming slowdown in the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean − the process that drives the current that warms Europe, and powers the planetary climate.

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Yale Environment 360: Extreme Forest Fragmentation Documented in Comprehensive New Study

Fragmentation of the world’s forests has become so severe that 70 percent of remaining woodlands are now within 1 kilometer of a road or other form of development, according to a new study. Using the world’s first high-resolution satellite map of tree cover, as well as an analysis of seven long-term fragmentation studies, researchers showed that the ongoing destruction of global forests is decreasing biodiversity by as much as 75 percent in some areas and adversely affecting the ability of forests to store carbon and produce clean water. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, found that 20 percent of the world’s forests are just 100 meters from a human-created “edge.” Even many parks and protected areas have undergone fragmentation. The few remaining large, virgin tracts of forest can be found in parts of the Amazon, Siberia, Congo, and Papua New Guinea, the study said. “The key results are shocking and sad,” said lead researcher Nick Haddad. “This study is a wake-up call to how much we’re affecting ecosystems — including areas we think we’re conserving.”

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