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Plan to Separate Food Waste Will Expand

Plan to Separate Food Waste Will Expand | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced an expansion of New York’s pilot program for food waste recycling, looking to cities like San Francisco for lessons.
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Lichens thrive in conifer plantation

Lichens thrive in conifer plantation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary Hamsterley Forest, Weardale: Fragile pendant beards festooned the trees
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Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S.

Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while enhancing the power of others.
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Africa: Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Facts and Figures

Africa: Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Facts and Figures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kate Hawley examines how urban areas are evolving to be sustainable - their challenges, trends and solutions.
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Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Should be a Carbon Reduction Tool for Coal Plants

Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Should be a Carbon Reduction Tool for Coal Plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is seeking a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut pollution that degrades our health and contributes to climate change. On Nov. 4, GEO submitted comments to EPA urging that renewable thermal energy and geothermal heat pumps
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UNEP Emissions Gap Report Calculates Necessary Emission Reductions Out to 2030 | World Resources Institute

UNEP Emissions Gap Report Calculates Necessary Emission Reductions Out to 2030 | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As governments prepare to resume climate negotiations at COP 20, a key issue is the commitments countries are making to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

A new report from the UNEP quantifies the magnitude for those commitments that will be needed in order to have a likely chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), thus preventing some of the most disastrous impacts of climate change.
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Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape?

Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits room for wild nature.
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SunEdison/TerraForm Power Buy First Wind For $2.4 Billion To Achieve Renewable Energy Dominance

SunEdison/TerraForm Power Buy First Wind For $2.4 Billion To Achieve Renewable Energy Dominance | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a surprising diversification move, SunEdison has launched into the wind sector and positioned itself to be the world’s largest renewable energy development company. Yesterday morning, SunEdison announced that it is joining with its indirect subsidiary TerraForm Power to purchase First Wind
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British underwater photography competition winners – in pictures

British underwater photography competition winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A rare fireworks anemone, a jellyfish and a blue shark feature in the winning images from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) competition
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The Sharing Economy Comes To Hospitals To Help Cut Costs

The Sharing Economy Comes To Hospitals To Help Cut Costs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hey, is that a spare x-ray machine you're not using?
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The Circular Economy of Recycled Paper

The Circular Economy of Recycled Paper | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By cutting down on waste, and using recycled and alternative fibers, a Dutch mill has put a new face on an industry often linked to deforestation.
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Watershed Conservation a ‘Positive’ for Cities: Report

Watershed Conservation a ‘Positive’ for Cities: Report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One-fourth of cities would see a “positive return on investment” if spending was directed at conserving and protecting vital watershed sources, according to The Nature Conservancy.
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Hydrogen Cars Join Electric Models in Showrooms

Hydrogen Cars Join Electric Models in Showrooms | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After many years and billions of dollars of research, hydrogen cars are joining electric cars in showrooms, and advocates will likely spar over which is more practical.
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UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road

UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Britain’s first ‘Bio-Bus’ powered entirely by human and food waste takes to the streets between Bath and Bristol
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Organovo now selling tiny 3D-printed human livers

Organovo now selling tiny 3D-printed human livers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When a medication enters the bloodstream, it ends up being concentrated in the liver. It would follow, therefore, that if a pharmaceutical company wanted to...
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WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.
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Local Food Systems: A Green Way of Life, or a Luxury Only for Elites?

Local Food Systems: A Green Way of Life, or a Luxury Only for Elites? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While many celebrate salad greens, the local food movement is cultivating exclusivity and becoming less and less budget friendly.
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Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think that there are more pitfalls than many realize.
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Policy and Action Standard | World Resources Institute

Policy and Action Standard | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are driving climate change and its impacts around the world. According to climate scientists, global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by as much as 72 percent below 2010 levels by 2050 to have a likely chance of limiting the increase in global mean temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels (IPCC 2014). Every degree increase in temperature will produce increasingly unpredictable and dangerous impacts for people and ecosystems. As a result, there is an urgent need to accelerate efforts to reduce GHG emissions.
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Diversity Explosion

Diversity Explosion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Major racial and ethnic changes are sweeping the United States, monumental shifts that will leave deep footprints for years. In Diversity Explosion eminent demographer William Frey paints a detailed and illuminating picture of where America’s racial demography is headed and what it means for the nation’s future.
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MIT’s New Concrete Formula Could Cut Carbon Emissions by Half

MIT’s New Concrete Formula Could Cut Carbon Emissions by Half | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Being one of the most common construction materials, concrete makes up a large percentage of the world’s carbon emissions. In a time when all must be done to cut these emissions, it is imperative that this percentage is brought down. Simple solutions might be best, and once such solution could be the new formula for making cement, which a team of scientists at MIT have recently come up with and which could cut these emissions ...

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Independent Evaluation Arrangement of CGIAR - Water, Land and Ecosystems

Independent Evaluation Arrangement of CGIAR - Water, Land and Ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Led by a fully independent evaluation team with quality assurance and management from IEA, the purpose of the evaluation is to inform decision-making by WLE management, funders and partners.
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Green Climate Fund is not a charity but investment in our future | Isabella Lövin

Green Climate Fund is not a charity but investment in our future | Isabella Lövin | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Isabella Lövin: Supporting developing countries, through the GCF, to help reduce their emissions is an essential step in international efforts to tackle climate change
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How to make old homes energy efficient

How to make old homes energy efficient | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green deal is inappropriate for Britain’s 5m historic homes, so what’s the best way stop them leaking energy? John Vidal gets expert advice for his Grade II listed home
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Bill Gates is putting his own money into a small impact-investing fund focused on India

Bill Gates is putting his own money into a small impact-investing fund focused on India | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The investment puts Gates on one side of a debate that has divided his fellow tech titans and billionaires, including Warren Buffett.
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