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Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  My neighborhood has a “commons.”  So does yours.  The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in which the community as a whole has an interest.  At a minimum, these include the community’s streets,...
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We've defined poverty so that a lot of anti-poverty programs can't cut it

We've defined poverty so that a lot of anti-poverty programs can't cut it | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The poverty rate fell from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013. Here's what that misses.
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Home Page

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Countries at all income levels have the opportunity to build lasting economic growth and at the same time reduce the immense risk of climate change. But action is needed now.


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Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report

Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A major new report says the world can tackle climate change without harming economic growth. Here’s the digested read
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Fight Against Climate Change Seen Driving Economic Growth

Fight Against Climate Change Seen Driving Economic Growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Government and industry leaders need not choose between fighting climate change or growing the world’s economy. They can do both, according to a new study.
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‘Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’

This animated documentary celebrates the scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discovery of microbes would change our view of the biological world.
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Reconciling the Supply & Demand of Good Intentions

Reconciling the Supply & Demand of Good Intentions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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LinkedIn recently eclipsed a staggering 300 million members.
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Big corporates leading the way on climate change with carbon pricing

Big corporates leading the way on climate change with carbon pricing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New CDP report shows 150 major companies already use an internal price on carbon and many more are calling for clear pricing to help regulate emissions The progressive corporate sector plans to make a major push at next weeks climate change summit...
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Duke Energy Invests Heavily in Solar

Duke Energy Invests Heavily in Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An RFP issued in February 2014 is paying off in spades for the solar industry with Duke Energy today announcing that it is making a $500 million commitment to solar power in North Carolina. Duke said that the announcement furthers its commitment to renewable energy, helps diversify its energy portfo
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Social Impact Investing: Making Money Make a Difference: Video

Ronald Cohen, chairman at Social Impact Investment Taskforce, explains the process of social impact investing, offering funding to people and businesses who aim to improve society and offers his thoughts on this week’s Scottish independence vote. He speaks with Guy Johnson on “The Pulse.”

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Are we on the path of 'Limits to Growth'?

Are we on the path of 'Limits to Growth'? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers are finding that the business-as-usual scenario in the 1972 "Limits to Growth" study is unfolding before our eyes. Will reality follow that scenario further into the beginning of industrial decline this decade?
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Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up

Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate News Network: Deforestation and climate change responsible for forests not producing vapour clouds that bring rain to Brazil, scientists say
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Making markets mainstream

Making markets mainstream | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For most small-scale farmers and producers, the local farmers’ market is the engine of their business.
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We need to make the market adjustments so that small-scale farmers and producers can make a living!

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How Are Millennial Employees Changing Companies

How Are Millennial Employees Changing Companies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With an influx of young people raise in a different era, are corporate landscapes responding--or just reshaping young idealists?
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A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's a question that's perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.

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Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments

Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Private equity and venture capital firms are pouring record investments into rooftop solar, following a model popularized by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity Corp. -- sell power, not panels.
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Austin City Council Approves Edible Landscaping on Public Parkland (Texas)

Austin City Council Approves Edible Landscaping on Public Parkland (Texas) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Austin City Council unanimously passed an amended version of the Holly Shores Master Plan on the evening of August 28th, which includes
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Transportation For America – A dozen states have moved to raise transportation dollars, with more to come: Track them here

Transportation For America – A dozen states have moved to raise transportation dollars, with more to come: Track them here | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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New High Resolution Maps Show Greenhouse Gas Emissions at City-Level

New High Resolution Maps Show Greenhouse Gas Emissions at City-Level | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a new method for mapping global carbon emissions for individual cities on an hourly basis — a major improvement over previous techniques, which quantified greenhouse emissions less accurately and at coarser scales,...
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Duke Energy Commits To Largest Solar Farm East Of Mississippi

Duke Energy Commits To Largest Solar Farm East Of Mississippi | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Crews complete construction of the solar panel structure at the O2 Energies solar panel farm in Newland, N.C., in 2011.
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Rethinking prosperity: exploring alternatives to the economic system

Rethinking prosperity: exploring alternatives to the economic system | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guardian Sustainable Business launches a new section delving into what it takes to create a more socially and financially equitable society that operates within ecological limits If you want to understand why we are not making faster progress...
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The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities? | TheCityFix

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities? | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.


The window of opportunity to make meaningful progress in the battle against climate change is shrinking. This is especially true in cities, which are set to gain 1.4 billion people by 2030 and develop trillions of dollars in new infrastructure. Since 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions originate in cities – and these same cities are expected to bear the brunt of climate change impact – any international climate agreement must address urbanization to address the full scope of the challenge.


The Climate Summit places cities high on an agenda packed with different ideas for reducing the world’s emissions. Specifically, municipal leaders will narrow in on three lines of action for low-carbon, sustainable cities: adaptation and resilience; greenhouse gas accounting; and closing the finance gap for sustainable urban development.

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The Next Generation Greenhouse

The Next Generation Greenhouse | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Four Dutch engineers have started a revolution. They have developed plan production units the size of a city block and just a few stories high capable of producing the same volume of crops as a large farm.

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The New Alchemy: How Self-Healing Materials Could Change the World

The New Alchemy: How Self-Healing Materials Could Change the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists are cooking up asphalt, concrete, and metals that heal themselves. That means smarter and stronger infrastructure—and just a dash of magic.
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How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement by Diane Toomey: Yale Environment 360

How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement by Diane Toomey: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chef Dan Barber says the farm-to-table movement that he helped build has failed to support sustainable agriculture on a large scale. To do that, he says in a Yale Environment 360 interview, we need a new way of looking at diverse crops and the foods we eat.
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Symbolic regression of generative network models

Symbolic regression of generative network models | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Networks are a powerful abstraction with applicability to a variety of scientific fields. Models explaining their morphology and growth processes permit a wide range of phenomena to be more systematically analysed and understood. At the same time, creating such models is often challenging and requires insights that may be counter-intuitive. Yet there currently exists no general method to arrive at better models. We have developed an approach to automatically detect realistic decentralised network growth models from empirical data, employing a machine learning technique inspired by natural selection and defining a unified formalism to describe such models as computer programs. As the proposed method is completely general and does not assume any pre-existing models, it can be applied “out of the box” to any given network. To validate our approach empirically, we systematically rediscover pre-defined growth laws underlying several canonical network generation models and credible laws for diverse real-world networks. We were able to find programs that are simple enough to lead to an actual understanding of the mechanisms proposed, namely for a simple brain and a social network.


Symbolic regression of generative network models
• Telmo Menezes & Camille Roth

Scientific Reports 4, Article number: 6284 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep06284

See Also: https://github.com/telmomenezes/synthetic


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