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Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum - in pictures

Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum - in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guardian photographer Felix Clay takes a stroll at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, where the transformation from summer to autumn is well under way
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Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money

Breaching the monetary Matrix: Five exercises to help you understand money | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch, a prison for your mind.
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Make More, Waste Less: Five Energy-Saving Projects for a More Efficient Home

Make More, Waste Less: Five Energy-Saving Projects for a More Efficient Home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
GOOD and Nest teamed up to bring you five energy-saving projects for a more efficient home.
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Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy

Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles – a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments
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The week in wildlife - in pictures

The week in wildlife - in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ghost bats, beaver babies and desert elephants are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world
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The Forest Man of India

[video] Since 1979, Jadav Payeng has planted every single tree in a forest that covers some 1360 acres of an island in the Jorhat district.  Watch a short documentary film....

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New Carbon Capture Plant Will Use Coal Exhaust to Get Oil From the Ground

New Carbon Capture Plant Will Use Coal Exhaust to Get Oil From the Ground | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This week, NRG announced the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture power generation plant.
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This is a Humanitarian Crisis - Bread Blog

This is a Humanitarian Crisis - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Poverty and violence are push factors that have caused a surge in child migration to the U.S. from countries like Guatemala, which has the highest child malnutrition rate in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. food aid assistance help Catarina Pascual Jiménez find a path out of hunger. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World). By Eric Mitchell Emilio is a 16-year-old boy from Honduras. A fifth grade dropout, Emilio has no job and often goes hungry. "When we were hungry, we endured it...
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Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises (SSIR)

Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises (SSIR) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To build a thriving social enterprise sector, we need to rethink the purpose of capital and employ a new strategic funding approach.
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Germany is most energy efficient major economy, study finds

Germany is most energy efficient major economy, study finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ranking places Mexico last and voices concern about the pace of efforts by the United States and Australia
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US Senate Passes Geothermal Production Expansion Act

US Senate Passes Geothermal Production Expansion Act | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On July 9, the Senate took up S.363, The Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013, and passed it without amendment by unanimous consent. The bill was sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and allows for non-competitive leasing on lands adjoining existing geothermal lands in some qualif
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Q&A: Why Are Community Forests So Important? | World Resources Institute

Q&A: Why Are Community Forests So Important? | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A new report by WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative, to be released on July 24th, shows governments can meet their climate change mitigation targets by protecting community forest rights. We caught up with the report’s lead author, Caleb Stevens, to find out why community forests are so important—both for human rights and for curbing climate change.

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Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon Emissions

Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While many have howled about complying with a proposed rule slashing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, Minnesota has been reining in its utilities’ carbon pollution for decades.
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Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change

Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.
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Germany Tops Energy Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom - CleanTechies

Germany Tops Energy Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Germany tops a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, China, France, and Japan, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The United States ranked 13th out of 16 nations, behind countries such as India, China, and Canada, although new carbon pollution standards proposed this June forRead More
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Bycatch Costs Our Fisheries, and our Fishermen

Bycatch Costs Our Fisheries, and our Fishermen | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bycatch not only depletes the health of ocean fisheries, but also costs U.S. commercial fishermen nearly $1 billion per year.
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Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal

Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin a
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Top 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms

Top 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over the years we’ve seen and experienced many challenges and barriers in the constantly evolving renewable energy industry. There are regulatory hurdles, technical challenges, and consumer acceptance, to name a few. But one of the biggest impediments to widespread change has always been finan
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The Empathy Mirror

Recent discoveries in neurofeedback can teach you to be less of a dick.
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Nestle Hides Behind a 'Sovereign Nation' in Desert Bottled Water Controversy

Nestle Hides Behind a 'Sovereign Nation' in Desert Bottled Water Controversy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nestle, which sells the most bottled water in the U.S., is attracting controversy for its bottling of water in a region suffering from depleted groundwater.
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Climate change will provide the next great disruption.  Increasing water scarcity will force society to enforce "best use" decisions. 

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Ever Wondered What Your Cheeseburger Really Costs?

Ever Wondered What Your Cheeseburger Really Costs? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report reveals the true cost of a cheeseburger.
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Satellite Eye on Earth: June 2014 - in pictures

Satellite Eye on Earth: June 2014 - in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sand dunes of Algeria, atolls of Maldives and smoking volcanoes of Indonesia are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

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Oil and natural gas resource categories reflect varying degrees of certainty - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Oil and natural gas resource categories reflect varying degrees of certainty - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank

Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.
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Better use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion more people: study

Better use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion more people: study | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Research reveals large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger
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Green bonds market grows by 60% in a year

Green bonds market grows by 60% in a year | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate bonds initiative could attract up £23bn in 2014, giving a major boost to low-carbon economy
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 17, 8:17 PM

The market for green bonds has grown 60% this year compared to 2013, surpassing expectations and leading experts to say a niche has now become mainstream.