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...You gonna eat that? | Sustainable Industries

...You gonna eat that? | Sustainable Industries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Large players in the food and grocery business this summer issued their first-ever analysis of food waste data collected directly from food manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. The study was conducted by consulting firm BSR and commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute and National Restaurant Association.

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You Are What You Eat - And What It Eats Too

You Are What You Eat - And What It Eats Too | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We may be getting closer to integrating the science of agroecology and the science of nutrition, toward a holistic approach that would follow nutrients from the soil, to plants and animals, to human bodies.
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Shell urges shareholders to accept climate resolution

Shell urges shareholders to accept climate resolution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Resolution brought by activist shareholders requires oil firm to test its business model is compatible with global targets to limit global warming
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Here's How We Know Global Warming Made This Week's Blizzard Worse

Here's How We Know Global Warming Made This Week's Blizzard Worse | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The oceans are getting warmer and that means bigger, badder storms in the future.
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Distributed Bulk Storage: Is This the New Shape of the Grid?

Distributed Bulk Storage: Is This the New Shape of the Grid? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Central versus distributed storage has been an ongoing debate. Each has its pros and cons. There are instances where the advantage of one over the other is obvious — such as central bulk storage at geological sites where caverns or water reservoirs with different elevations are almost readily
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Can Utility Regulators Provide Leadership on Distributed Renewable Energy?

Can Utility Regulators Provide Leadership on Distributed Renewable Energy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few,
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Low oil prices won't hurt renewable energy, says US EIA

Low oil prices won't hurt renewable energy, says US EIA | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tax incentives more important than oil price and oil is not in head-on competition with renewables for electricity production, says government’s chief energy analyst
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Everything connects: How to transform and lead in the age of creativity, innovation and sustainability: Foresight: Vol 17, No 1

Everything connects: How to transform and lead in the age of creativity, innovation and sustainability: Foresight: Vol 17, No 1 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought | Dana Nuccitelli

Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: A new study is the first to incorporate empirical estimates of climate change impacts on economic growth in models
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Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government

Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We can fly, drive and prosper while avoiding dangerous global warming – but only if billions remain in poverty and huge changes are made in areas such as energy and agriculture, new analysis from Decc’s Global Calculator shows
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Yale Environment 360: Pollinator Loss Could Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition

Yale Environment 360: Pollinator Loss Could Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Declining pollinator populations could leave as many as half of the people in developing countries facing nutritional deficiencies, according to researchers from the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health. In the study — the first to link pollinator declines directly to human nutrition — researchers collected detailed data about people's daily diets in parts of Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Bangladesh. They found that in Mozambique, for example, many children and mothers are barely able to meet their needs for micronutrients, especially vitamin A, which is important for preventing blindness and infectious diseases. Fruits and vegetables were an important source of that nutrient for many people in the study, and those crops are highly dependent on pollinators, researchers say — for example, yields of mangoes, which are high in vitamin A, would likely be cut by 65 percent without them. Pollinator losses might also lead to folate deficiency, they say, which is associated with neural tube defects.

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Infographic: Building Green

This infographic from GreenBuildingCanada shows both the economic and environmental advantages of building green.
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A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists

A Year Without the Colorado River, as Seen by Economists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Imagine if each tap that delivered water from the Colorado River – whether to a farm, a factory, or a home – suddenly went dry for a year. What would happen to the West’s economy?

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Biofuels are not a green alternative to fossil fuels

Biofuels are not a green alternative to fossil fuels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Andrew Steer and Craig Hanson: Biofuels and bioenergy take up finite land resources desperately needed for food production and carbon storage and doesn’t guarantee carbon emissions cuts
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Facilitative Leadership for Net Impact

Facilitative Leadership for Net Impact | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Our world is, to a very real extent, based on dialogue. Every action taken that involves more than one person arises from conversation that generates, coordinates and reflects those actions. Those...
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Moving Beyond GDP in Measuring Social Progress

Moving Beyond GDP in Measuring Social Progress | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What ultimately matters to people’s well-being? In this blog, Terra Lawson-Remer looks beyond gross domestic product and analyzes a number of core economic and social measurements to determine human progress.
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Moving from gridlock to dialogue

Moving from gridlock to dialogue | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
All our great ideas about climate change, peak oil, re-localization, etc. are worthless if we can't communicate with other people. It's easy to get into gridlock and name-calling even with people who should be our allies.
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Green Dreams - Future or Fantasy?

Green Dreams - Future or Fantasy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We will switch away from fossil fuels sooner or later, because they will run out. If it's later, our kids get a wrecked civilization trying to cope with a wrecked climate. This week on Radio Ecoshock we finish out a three-part series on alternative energy, what it can do, and what it can't.

David Fridley on alternative energy, what it can do, and what it can't.

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This Map Shows Why Midwest Agriculture is Screwed

This Map Shows Why Midwest Agriculture is Screwed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at which states' farmers could benefit from climate change—and which ones will lose big time.
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Brazil hit hard by worst drought since 1930 - environment - 28 January 2015 - New Scientist

Brazil hit hard by worst drought since 1930 - environment - 28 January 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Four million people in Brazil's south-east powerhouse have been hit by water rationing and blackouts in the country's worst drought on record
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How to Leave a Mark

How to Leave a Mark | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Impact investing is perhaps the most promising new development tool. Young people just getting started and older business gurus alike should consider it.
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Are More Families With Kids Choosing to Live in Walkable Areas? | Streetsblog.net

Are More Families With Kids Choosing to Live in Walkable Areas? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Bradley Calvert at Family Friendly Cities has done some impressive number-crunching to identify trends in where families with children are living. Using Walk Score and Census data, he analyzed the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. to determine whether the population of children is growing or shrinking in walkable and unwalkable areas. (Some regions had to be excluded because they didn’t have any places with a Walk Score over 70.)

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How We Lost Track of Real Happiness -- and Where to Find It Now

How We Lost Track of Real Happiness -- and Where to Find It Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Consumerism isn't a recipe for sustainable happiness. There are alternatives.
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Monarch butterflies rebound but levels in Mexico still at near-record low

Monarch butterflies rebound but levels in Mexico still at near-record low | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Migrating butterflies covered 2.79 acres in wintering grounds but World Wildlife Fund says they suffer from habitat loss in US, illegal logging and climate change

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Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As if the drought weren't bad enough, four of the area's aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.
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