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Honduras Grants Land to Indigenous Group, in Bid to Help It Protect Forests

Honduras Grants Land to Indigenous Group, in Bid to Help It Protect Forests | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A title agreement gives the indigenous people ownership of nearly 4,000 square miles of their traditional land.
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5 Cities Revolutionizing the Role of the Urban Train Station

A recent Washington Post feature entitled “Reimagining Union Station,” discusses the proposed expansion and redevelopment of Union Station in Washington, DC, a transit hub with the daily task of servicing nearly 100,000 train, bus, and subway passengers.

Despite its vital and iconic qualities, the Station suffers from a variety of structural and programmatic inefficiencies, and reminds us of the effects transportation-oriented design has on an urban environment, and the importance of maintaining a high degree of density within our cities. In the article, several other stations around the world are highlighted — particularly Grand Central Station in New York City, as good examples of how train stations ought to be designed. Stations such as the SSB Train Station in Basel, Switzerland, the Berlin Central Station in Germany, the Salzburg Central Station in Austria and the redevelopment plans for Los Angeles's Union Station match his description, both honoring the commuter experience while enhancing their larger role within the urban environment...


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When Engineers Grow Food Forests (TED video)

When Engineers Grow Food Forests (TED video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dr. Akira Miyawaki has a job many of us would enjoy -- planting forests on degraded land. He once was asked by Toyota (in India) to help them become carbon
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Yale Environment 360: E360 Video: Indonesian Villagers Use Drones to Protect Their Forest

Yale Environment 360: E360 Video: Indonesian Villagers Use Drones to Protect Their Forest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The villagers of Setulang in Indonesian Borneo have enlisted a new ally in their fight against the illegal clearing of their forests for oil palm plantations: aerial drones.

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How to Combat Gentrification

How to Combat Gentrification | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Equitable urban revitalization means new development doesn't displace existing communities. If we agree with this definition, what's occurring in Washington, D.C. and many other American cities can...
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Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong?

Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Adam Vaughan: The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature
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An Expanding Menu for Locavores: Tilapia on Hudson

An Expanding Menu for Locavores: Tilapia on Hudson | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An innovative business brings new meaning to the idea of local food by raising tilapia, salmon and year-round greens in the Hudson Valley.
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Brave tortoises, baby hares and synchronised swans: your September wildlife pictures

Brave tortoises, baby hares and synchronised swans: your September wildlife pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We asked you to share your September pictures of the wildlife around the world with which we share our outdoor spaces. Here’s our pick of the best of them
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With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit | TheCityFix

With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last week, cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, convenes cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change. Analysis shows that 228 cities, home to 436 million people, have voluntarily committed to saving 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S. Greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power.
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Feed 250 African Families: Sow, Grow, Eat, Repeat

Feed 250 African Families: Sow, Grow, Eat, Repeat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Summary Our demonstration gardens reduce reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilizers while increasing agricultural productivity and providing bette
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How global warming affected extreme weather events in 2013 – interactive

How global warming affected extreme weather events in 2013 – interactive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A report by 92 scientists from 14 countries look at how climate change affected 16 of the biggest weather events of 2013
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Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured b
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Climate Action: Reduce Risk, Maximize Opportunities | World Resources Institute

Climate Action: Reduce Risk, Maximize Opportunities | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a blog post originally published for Forbes, Manish Bapna discusses what business leaders can learn from the UN Climate Summit. He also highlights a recent report, which explains how we can improve the economy and tackle climate change at the same time.
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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rain forest. About 2,000 species are found only in the park.
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Not in Anybody’s Backyard

Not in Anybody’s Backyard | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
 The EPA’s new oil refinery rules are another half-step toward environmental justice.
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Rivers Need a Thorough Health Exam

Rivers Need a Thorough Health Exam | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It might be surprising that globally we don’t systematically monitor the health of our rivers. Imagine damming and diverting the arteries in our bodies without taking care to monitor the consequences. Our health would turn precarious, to say the least.
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Mycelium Running: How Fungi Can Help Save the World

Mycelium Running: How Fungi Can Help Save the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Paul Stamets. Review by Sher June. When research biologist Paul Stamets suggests fungi can help save the world, he is absolutely serious. In fact, he conten
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How to Get Solar and Energy Efficiency to Play Nice - CleanTechies

How to Get Solar and Energy Efficiency to Play Nice - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The solar and energy efficiency industries often are seen as brethren in the clean energy cause. But in truth, they are competitors. Energy efficiency undercuts solar profits. The more efficient a home or building, the fewer solar panels it needs. As a result, it’s difficult to get solar installers to abide by the oft-stated recommendationRead More
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Severn Trent ‘Poo Power’ Helps Fuel Homes, Save on Costs

Severn Trent ‘Poo Power’ Helps Fuel Homes, Save on Costs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Extracting energy from “processed poo” to help power homes in the Birmingham area is what Severn Trent Plc, Britain’s second-largest publicly traded water company, is now doing to generate a cost-saving renewable gas.
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Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship

Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids a
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Learning English and Leadership in Houston

Learning English and Leadership in Houston | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Houston is America on demographic fast-forward. In the first decade of this century, the metro area’s foreign-born population grew 48 percent, compared to 28 percent for the nation as a whole. More than 42 percent of Houston’s children have at least one foreign-born parent, compared with a national rate of 23 percent.
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Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As negotiators look to next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on sweeping international agreements. Some analysts are pointing to Plan B — recasting the climate issue as one of national self-interest rather than global treaties.
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Solar power could be world's top electricity source by 2050, says IEA

Solar power could be world's top electricity source by 2050, says IEA | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Falling cost of solar photovoltaic panels could help technology generate up to 16% of world’s electricity by mid-century
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Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy - CleanTechies

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I spent three days recently with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy. The big takeaway? Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up. This new solar-sparkedRead More
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The 4 Transportation Systems You'll Meet in the Future

The 4 Transportation Systems You'll Meet in the Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report offers a look at urban mobility circa 2030 that's both intriguing and frightening.
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