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Cities Dependent on Air Conditioning Might Be More Sustainable Than We Think

Cities Dependent on Air Conditioning Might Be More Sustainable Than We Think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New research suggests that Minneapolis actually uses way more energy staying warm in the winter than Miami does keeping cool.
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HORIZONS - Sustainable Development Goals for a New Era - Jeffrey Sachs

HORIZONS - Sustainable Development Goals for a New Era - Jeffrey Sachs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. In many ways, humanity has squandered the time it once had to adjust to environmental realities. Now our backs are up against the wall. We are living in history, and our generation’s history is the
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$4,000 home promises affordable housing in Vietnam

$4,000 home promises affordable housing in Vietnam | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vietnam-based architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently revealed a new prefabricated low-cost house prototype that costs just US$4,000 to build. ...
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Solar Lease or Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator "App" Helps You Choose

Solar Lease or Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator "App" Helps You Choose | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential comeback of solar ownership relative to leasing, as the cost of rooftop solar PV continues to fall and new financing options make ownership easier than ever. It's been an ownership pile on since then, with others saying Why Lease Solar Panels When You
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Explore Changing Global Emissions through Interactive Maps | World Resources Institute

While heads of states get ready to meet at the United Nations Climate Summit tomorrow, global emissions are higher than any point in history and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are increasing faster than the previous 30 years.

A new interactive map below reveals how carbon dioxide emissions are distributed globally and how they’ve changed in the last 160 years.
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Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax

Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon lead a group to encourage heads of state to propel climate change. He discusses the obstacles that block aggressive efforts to curb climate change.
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Carbon Dioxide, Building Block of Life, Best in Moderation

Carbon Dioxide, Building Block of Life, Best in Moderation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Carbon dioxide keeps the earth unfrozen by retaining the sun’s energy, but our use of fossil fuels is extracting it too rapidly.
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Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences.  It’s all about hyper-short attention spans,...
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Climate warning to world leaders: stick to 2C limit or face 'mayhem'

Climate warning to world leaders: stick to 2C limit or face 'mayhem' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Experts deliver stark message for Obama and Cameron ahead of UN summit in New York
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Angry Bear » In Praise of Net Social Benefits

Angry Bear » In Praise of Net Social Benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When someone says, “if we raise the minimum wage, there will be more unemployment.” That may be true, but their fear of unemployment is not wise. It is better to say, “if we raise the minimum wage, will net social benefits be increased?”

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Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At a United Nations gathering on Tuesday, leaders will face a divide between the rich countries responsible for extensive carbon emissions and the poor countries that stand to suffer most as a result.
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The Future of Vertical Farming - CleanTechies

The Future of Vertical Farming - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From big company agricultural farming, to communal farming or even personal agronomy, the business of growing crops for an expanding global population will be crucial in the near future. The two most important resources needed to run these farms are one, water, and two, land. But these resources often come at a premium, especially withRead More
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Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed

Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines and their respective websites have announced eleven finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.
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A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors

A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A committed Global Parliament of Mayors could mean magic for cities and nations alike.
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European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Rafael CAYUELA's curator insight, September 22, 11:35 PM

Is Europe ahead of us? ahead of itself? Europe leads its energy future, but what about the present? European nations are increasing electricity generation using non carbon sources. As the world looks into our world carbon emissions, some European countries have done the job, but not yet enjoyed the benefits. How long it will take to reconcile both? climate demands vs optimal non carbon energy supplies? are European citizens and industries paying the price of being too ahead of the game? or just setting the bases for a energy competitive and sustainable advantage. More to be seen, but certainly non carbon sources has not resulted into cheap energy yet. Hopefully that change soon and this is the just the short term expensive price of  leadership.

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Trees Growing Significantly Faster in Warming Climate, Study Finds - CleanTechies

Trees Growing Significantly Faster in Warming Climate, Study Finds - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An analysis of data spanning 140 years from one of the world’s oldest forest study sites indicates that trees have been growing significantly faster and stands have become larger since the 1960s. The study, published in Nature Communications, was based on 600,000 individual tree surveys conducted since 1870 at a central European forest study site.Read More
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Yale Environment 360: Planet Set to Reach CO2 Threshold in 30 Years, Researchers Say

Yale Environment 360: Planet Set to Reach CO2 Threshold in 30 Years, Researchers Say | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Only 1.2 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide can be emitted in the future if nations are to avoid causing the global mean surface temperature to rise more than 2 degrees C beyond the pre-industrial average, according to researchers with the Global Carbon Project. Combined historical and future carbon dioxide emissions must remain below 3.2 trillion metric tons to have a 66-percent chance of keeping that temperature increase below 2 degrees C — the internationally accepted benchmark for restraining global warming. But two-thirds of this allotment has already been emitted, and at the current pace of emissions, the global population will burn through the rest within the next 30 years, the researchers conclude. CO2 emissions rose 2.3 percent in 2013 and are on track to increase by another 2.5 percent in 2014, according to the report, which was released ahead of tomorrow's UN climate summit in New York. China and the U.S. were the leading emitters in 2013 and were responsible for 28 percent and 14 percent, respectively, of global CO2 emissions.

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Climate Activists Look For Solutions From Business, Diplomats

Climate Activists Look For Solutions From Business, Diplomats | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Business and corporate leaders are starting to take climate risk seriously enough to put money on the table to do something about it.
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Climate Summit: Creating Better and More Sustainable Cities | World Resources Institute

In a blog post originally published for Huffington Post, Andrew Steer and Stephen M. Ross discuss the importance low carbon cities.

The authors have recently partnered to create the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, an initiative that will galvanize action on sustainable urban development and improve the lives of people around the world.
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Southwestern, Pemex Among Producers in Pledge to Cut Methane

Southwestern, Pemex Among Producers in Pledge to Cut Methane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Southwestern Energy Co. is among six global oil and gas producers set to create a partnership next week to cut harmful methane emissions, a company executive said today.
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Rockefellers and investors pledge $50bn divestment from fossil fuels

Rockefellers and investors pledge $50bn divestment from fossil fuels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, set up by heirs of Rockefeller family that became rich on oil, will divest from fossil fuels over five years
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On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming

On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the United Nations convenes sessions on global warming and population growth, a new study foresees rising human numbers through 2100.
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Climate Realities

Climate Realities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century.
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His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.
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How a Houston Housing Project Earned a MacArthur Grant

How a Houston Housing Project Earned a MacArthur Grant | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Through Project Row Houses, artist Rick Lowe nurtures artists and residents alike with a project that pushes contemporary practice and engages the community.
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Thank you Rick Lowe and congratulations, Project Row Houses!

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To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees

To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Reforestation might seem like a simple solution to climate change, but the science shows it could make global warming worse.
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