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Making Ecosystem Services Count - Water, Land and Ecosystems

Making Ecosystem Services Count - Water, Land and Ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and partners will be attending the 6th Annual ESP Conference: Making Ecosystem Services Count in Bali, Indonesia 26-30 August 2013. Th...
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Getting Off the Grid in Hawaii Becoming a Family Affair

Getting Off the Grid in Hawaii Becoming a Family Affair | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
David Greene woke up one day and fired his power company. It wasn’t that hard to do.
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Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia's land

Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia's land | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030
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Poor Nations Go for Solar, Wind at Twice the Pace of Rich Ones

Poor Nations Go for Solar, Wind at Twice the Pace of Rich Ones | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded.
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Biogas, a Low-Tech Fuel With a Big Payoff

Biogas, a Low-Tech Fuel With a Big Payoff | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whether at household operations or at industrial facilities, a centuries-old technology is increasingly being used to extract energy from crop waste, kitchen scraps and sewage.
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Building Sustainable Energy Access, from the Outside In

Building Sustainable Energy Access, from the Outside In | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How much energy access in poor places can come from off and on the grid — and with or without big greenhouse-gas contributions?
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If we want to make climate action happen we need to hear about the solutions | Mal Chadwick

If we want to make climate action happen we need to hear about the solutions | Mal Chadwick | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mal Chadwick: Reports show the biggest threat to progress on climate change is cynicism. That’s why 10:10’s #itshappening project showcases positive action happening around the world now
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Annie Leonard: Reconnecting to Your Role as a Changemaker

Annie Leonard: Reconnecting to Your Role as a Changemaker | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace, shares tips for how colleges and universities can be leaders of transformation.
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New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  As many readers know, I am a huge fan of the American Society of Landscape Architects and their leadership on thoughtful ways to integrate nature into our cities.  It’s easy to take nature for granted when we are in...
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Why a Street Designed for Transit Is Also Great for People | Streetsblog.net

Why a Street Designed for Transit Is Also Great for People | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When cities devote street space exclusively to buses or trains, they usually encounter some stiff resistance to change. Dan Reed at Greater Greater Washington has been giving the topic some thought, because many of the DC region’s upcoming transit projects will require reallocating some lanes from cars to transit.

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Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils?

Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The area of land no longer suitable for farming because of salt degradation is rising quickly. Scientists argue the private sector should help fund efforts to reverse it since it relies on the crops.
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Farm salt poisoning costs $27 billion annually - environment - 28 October 2014 - New Scientist

Farm salt poisoning costs $27 billion annually - environment - 28 October 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Salt is poisoning 2000 hectares of farmland daily, cutting crop yields in some areas by as much as 70 per cent
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Naomi Oreskes Imagines the Future History of Climate Change

Naomi Oreskes Imagines the Future History of Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A historian of science imagines what future generations will make of our current handling of climate change.
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It's Time to Get Radical and Deal with the Mother of all our Problems

It's Time to Get Radical and Deal with the Mother of all our Problems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

By: Giles Hutchins

Contrary to popular belief, our capitalist economic system is not the root cause of our problems. Yes, it is unfit for purpose and life-damaging, along with our addiction to consumerism, yet it is not the root. There is a deepe...

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Weathering the Storms, Planting the Seeds

Weathering the Storms, Planting the Seeds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fundamentally, we have to “hospice what’s left of the system we’re leaving behind, while planting the seeds for the future we’re building.”
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Why Oil Prices Went Down So Far So Fast

Why Oil Prices Went Down So Far So Fast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The reasons oil prices started sliding in June were hiding in plain sight: growth in U.S. production, sputtering demand from Europe and China, Mideast violence that threatened to disrupt supplies and never did.
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Break-Even Points for U.S. Shale Oil

Break-Even Points for U.S. Shale Oil | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Oil profits are being tested. Crude prices have face-planted to their cheapest level since 2010, threatening the balance sheets of companies and the budgets of nations.
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Transportation For America – Competitive grant programs in PA and OR provide a blueprint for a different approach

Transportation For America – Competitive grant programs in PA and OR provide a blueprint for a different approach | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There’s strong support for a plan in Congress to give locals more access to their transportation dollars, but two states are already leading the way on the idea of competitive grants for smart projects — and Pennsylvania took a big step today.

The Pennsylvania DOT today announced the initial winners of a new statewide competitive grant program specifically for multimodal projects and the impressive list shows just how much demand there is at the local level for these types of innovative projects.
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While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar

While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when solar panels were an exotic plaything of Earth-loving rich people. Solar may be cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states -- in 2016.
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New Evidence on Fertilizer, Agricultural Yields, and Structural Change

New Evidence on Fertilizer, Agricultural Yields, and Structural Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What role does agriculture play in structural change? John McArthur and Gordon McCord help answer this question by examining agricultural inputs and their effects in economic development.
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Can OPEC Survive the Oil Industry’s New Economics?: Video

Can OPEC Survive the Oil Industry’s New Economics?: Video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bloomberg’s Eric Roston talks about the influence of OPEC as U.S. shale oil production and lower prices change the economics of the oil industry. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”
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Nature is Speaking

Nature is Speaking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I say may those who have a loud voice speak! This is precisely what Nature Is Speaking has ventured to do -- to give nature a voice (and a very familiar voice
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Yale Environment 360: Scientists Find Seafloor Fallout Plume of Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill

Yale Environment 360: Scientists Find Seafloor Fallout Plume of Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers say they have found a large fallout plume of oil on the seafloor from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a portion of the 2 million barrels of oil thought to be trapped in the deep sea after the spill appears to have settled across a 1,250-square-mile patch of the seafloor centered around the Macondo Well, which discharged an estimated 5 million barrels of oil in the nearly three months between its blowout in April and eventual capping in July. The oil is concentrated in the top half-inch of the seafloor, and mostly distributed in patchy deposits to the southwest of the well, the study found. These deposits account for between 4 and 31 percent of the Macondo oil sequestered in the deep ocean, researchers estimate. The rest has likely been deposited outside this area, they say, but has evaded detection so far because of its patchiness.

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Bird-inspired system could result in smoother flights

Bird-inspired system could result in smoother flights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Turbulence can be unpleasant enough for passengers in full-sized aircraft, but it's even more of a challenge for micro air vehicles. That's why a team from ...
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GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 – in pictures

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hunting owl, galloping blesbok and millions of flying fruit bats are among the winning images picked by the Society of German Nature Photographers
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40 Percent of New Capacity from Renewables in 2014

40 Percent of New Capacity from Renewables in 2014 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Renewable energy sources account for more than 40 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the first three quarters of 2014
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