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The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America

The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Central America can power its economies in large part with renewable energy sources, helping the region to address some of its most pressing development challenges.
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Building the Blue Economy

Building the Blue Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This report from PUSH Buffalo and The Partnership for the Public Good identifies sources of funding and advocacy strategies to advance green infrastructure social enterprises. Intended for community-based organizations, policy makers, and funders inte
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Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many scientists say capturing the carbon that spews from power plants and locking it away is necessary to stave off the worst effects of climate change.
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Where Does Discarded Clothing Go?

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Can for-profit recycling companies turn those rags into riches?
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Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators

Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The wind energy industry has doggedly pursued higher energy yields and lower costs of energy with each successive generation of wind turbines.  As a result, the wind energy industry has lowered its costs by over 40 percent in just the past four years.  Innovations in wind turbine
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Biofuels are included in latest U.S. Navy fuel procurement - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Biofuels are included in latest U.S. Navy fuel procurement - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Recently the Department of Defense (DoD) released its annual procurement for bulk fuels to be delivered to its facilities in the eastern and inland United States and Gulf Coast. For the first time, this procurement requests military-specification diesel fuel and jet fuel that are blended with biofuels. The biofuels components, however, are optional and will only be accepted if certain cost and performance requirements are met. A similar procurement for the Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions is expected to be released later this year.

 

The U.S. Navy's interest in biofuels is part of its goal to generate 50% of its energy from alternative sources by 2020: nuclear energy, electricity from renewable sources, and biofuels. The Navy currently sources about 17% of its energy supplies from renewable and nuclear sources of electricity. No biofuels are currently included in that percentage.

 

 

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What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program

What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods.
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To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Community Radio of Northern California asks: "What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?" Turns out the National Center for Atmos...
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Blackouts, More Than Efficiency, Drive Smart Grid growth - CleanTechies

Blackouts, More Than Efficiency, Drive Smart Grid growth - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We’ve been hearing about the potential wonders of the Smart Grid for several years now. It will save energy, make utility operations more streamlined, support renewables and save money for consumers. All these things are true, and they will be even more important in the years ahead as the impacts of climate change are feltRead More
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Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began'

Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guardian Australia: Senate committee hears reef will be ‘pretty ugly’ within 40 years with large swaths of seaweed where complex coral structures once thrived
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International Energy Efficiency Ranking Shows How the US Shortchanges its Economy - CleanTechies

International Energy Efficiency Ranking Shows How the US Shortchanges its Economy - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new international energy efficiency ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy places the United States at a lowly 13 out of 16 leading world economies. There are many reasons to bemoan the finding. The US is throwing away a lot of economic opportunity. Energy is a basic economic input. Using more, whereRead More
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Germany Tops Energy Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom - CleanTechies

Germany Tops Energy Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Germany tops a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, China, France, and Japan, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The United States ranked 13th out of 16 nations, behind countries such as India, China, and Canada, although new carbon pollution standards proposed this June forRead More
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Bycatch Costs Our Fisheries, and our Fishermen

Bycatch Costs Our Fisheries, and our Fishermen | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bycatch not only depletes the health of ocean fisheries, but also costs U.S. commercial fishermen nearly $1 billion per year.
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Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal

Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin a
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Vertical Farming: Singapore’s Solution to Feed the Local Urban Population

Vertical Farming: Singapore’s Solution to Feed the Local Urban Population | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sky Greens' vertical farm
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The wealthy island city of Singapore with an area of 710 square km and a population of 5 million,

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California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies

California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A community without dollars is not a community without wealth – this basic insight lies at the heart of the community resilience movement.
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Sign in to read: California's Katrina? The great delta dilemma - environment - 24 July 2014 - New Scientist

Sign in to read: California's Katrina? The great delta dilemma - environment - 24 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Drought is not the only threat to California's water supply – the state's single biggest source of water is a catastrophe waiting to happen

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To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs | Newgeography.com

To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There’s no question that minorities’ economic wellbeing has deteriorated since the economy cratered in 2007. African-America youth unemployment is now twice that of whites, while the black middle class, once rapidly expanding, has essentially lost the gains made over the past 30 years,  says the Urban League.

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Strengthen Community Forest Rights to Fight Climate Change

Strengthen Community Forest Rights to Fight Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation, according to a new report.
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Half of All New Energy Capacity in the US This Year Is Renewable

Half of All New Energy Capacity in the US This Year Is Renewable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar and wind lead the way.
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The Pricing of Everything

The Pricing of Everything | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion.
Below is the transcript of George Monbi
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The Renewable Energy Industry is All About Jobs - CleanTechies

The Renewable Energy Industry is All About Jobs - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This political campaign ad from the woman running against Mitch McConnell for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky reminds me of an important issue—perhaps the only important issue—driving the ultimate success of the renewable energy industry in this country: the promise of jobs. The ad depicts an out-of-work coal miner from Eastern Kentucky, providing Ms.Read More
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Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles

Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: A new study shows that when synchronized with El Niño/La Niña cycles, climate models accurately predict global surface warming
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Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money

Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch, a prison for your mind.
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Make More, Waste Less: Five Energy-Saving Projects for a More Efficient Home

Make More, Waste Less: Five Energy-Saving Projects for a More Efficient Home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
GOOD and Nest teamed up to bring you five energy-saving projects for a more efficient home.
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Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy

Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles – a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments
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