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Funny animals of 2013 - in pictures

Funny animals of 2013 - in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A selection of amusing images from the animal kingdom captured by photographers over the past 12 months
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Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles

Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Speaking at Royal Society event on health and climate change, prince says that failure to act on global warming would be ‘death sentence’ for the planet
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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Winner hopes his photograph of a short snouted seahorse – that beat thousands of entries from 40 countries – will raise awareness of the species’ dramatic decline
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Tesla gearing up for release of batteries for the home

Tesla gearing up for release of batteries for the home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The same lithium-ion battery technology that powers Tesla’s electric vehicles will be used to develop a battery for the home, according to a statement by CEO Elon Musk. The batteries would be used...
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Innovation Excellence | Innovation Through Preparation

Innovation Excellence | Innovation Through Preparation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Innovation is about new; innovation is about different; innovation is about “never been done before”; and innovation is about preparation.
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Care about global climate change? Then fight local air pollution

Care about global climate change? Then fight local air pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The dirty fuels that cause particulate pollution are the same dirty fuels that cause global warming -- another great reason to crack down on them.
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Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says

Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday shows that about 60 million metric tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, a problem that contributes to climate change and to the loss of natural resources like water and land.
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Researchers create world's first two 3D-printed jet engines

Researchers create world's first two 3D-printed jet engines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's fir...
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Yale Environment 360: Global Pesticide Map Shows Large Areas of High Water Pollution Risk

Yale Environment 360: Global Pesticide Map Shows Large Areas of High Water Pollution Risk | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Streams across roughly 40 percent of the planet's land area are at risk of pollution from pesticides, according to an analysis published in the journal Environmental Pollution. Globally, roughly 4 million tons of agricultural pesticides are applied each year, and studies show they are associated with significant declines in freshwater biodiversity, the researchers note. Surface waters in the Mediterranean region, the United States, Central America, and Southeast Asia are particularly at risk, according to the study, which produced the first global map of pesticide pollution risk. Taking into account weather data, terrain, pesticide application rates, and land use patterns, the map shows that the risk of pesticide pollution is relatively low in Canada and northern Europe but increases closer to the Equator. More areas are likely to face high pesticide pollution risk as global population grows and the climate warms, the researchers say, because agricultural activity and crop pests will both intensify, likely requiring even higher rates of pesticide use.

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Open source Mini-Farm Grow Box allows gardeners to grow greens in the home

Open source Mini-Farm Grow Box allows gardeners to grow greens in the home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Texas-based consumer health advocate Mike Adams of non-profit organization Food Rising has developed a new soil-free, non-electric, home-based food grow system called the Mini-Farm Grow Box.
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EarthTalk: Health Impacts of Coal

EarthTalk: Health Impacts of Coal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The health impacts of coal are a serious threat to human well-being.
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pdeppisch's curator insight, February 25, 10:55 AM

They were serious in the '1940's and '50's in London, England, etc. 

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By the Numbers: Economic Impacts of Climate Change in the Lower Mekong Basin | World Resources Institute

By the Numbers: Economic Impacts of Climate Change in the Lower Mekong Basin | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) spans Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and supports 60 million people. The region is also widely recognized as highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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A new generation of economic development

A new generation of economic development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Metropolitan leaders across the country share a desire to create high quality jobs, get more young adults and other workers into those jobs, expand incomes, reduce inequality, and keep their core industries competitive in the face of rising global competition and opportunity. Yet traditional tools of economic development are ill suited to achieve these aspirations and create inclusive, prosperous communities.
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Why Celebrating Life’s B(earth)day Is Important to Biomimicry by Dayna Baumeister :: Biomimicry 3.8

Why Celebrating Life’s B(earth)day Is Important to Biomimicry by Dayna Baumeister :: Biomimicry 3.8 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do

If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If pollinator health is made a priority, to be successful much current policy and practice must change.
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Archiblox prefab home uses

Archiblox prefab home uses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prefab houses can be quick and affordable to build. Now, a prefab house from Australian architects Archiblox promises the additional benefit of generating more energy than it uses. The Archi+ Carb...
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Listen Up: Combining Solar and Storage for Commercial Buildings

Listen Up: Combining Solar and Storage for Commercial Buildings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Homes are billed for electricity based on the amount of energy they consume (measured in kwh). But commercial facilities often get an additional charge for the peak amount of power they consume during each month (measured in kw). These demand charges are designed to compensate the utility for the pe
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Yale Environment 360: Heat-Trapping Effects of CO2 Measured in Nature for First Time

Yale Environment 360: Heat-Trapping Effects of CO2 Measured in Nature for First Time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Scientists have long understood how carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming, but the phenomenon had not been directly documented at the earth's surface outside of a laboratory — until now. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers present 11 years of field data on carbon dioxide's capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the surface of the earth. The results agree with theoretical predictions of the greenhouse effect associated with fossil fuel combustion, researchers say, and provide further confirmation that calculations used in climate models are on track when it comes to representing the impact of CO2 emissions. "We see, for the first time in the field, the amplification of the greenhouse effect because there's more CO2 in the atmosphere to absorb what the earth emits in response to incoming solar radiation," says Daniel Feldman, a scientist at Berkeley Lab and lead author of the study.

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New Mobile App for Eco-conscious Consumers Funded by Google, Facebook, and Amazon

New Mobile App for Eco-conscious Consumers Funded by Google, Facebook, and Amazon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
OpenLabel provides reliable information about the sustainability of 20 million products. The days of nontransparent labeling may soon be gone.
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ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Arizona State University, one of the world's largest universities by student population, has announced the addition of the Biomimicry Center, which will offer the first-ever master's degree in biomimicry.
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adapting to perpetual beta

adapting to perpetual beta | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

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Time to leverage networks for business results.....

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Mariana Amatullo on 5 Things We Know About Social Innovation

Mariana Amatullo on 5 Things We Know About Social Innovation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As part of an ongoing interview series on the Autodesk Foundation's new blog, ImpactDesignHub.org, Allan Chochinov, Editor at Large of Core77 and Chair of the MFA Products of Design program at SVA discusses the Impact Design with Mariana Amatullo, a writer, educator, speaker, and student of design and social impact.
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Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger'

Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes
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Left All Alone: A Tale of Permaculture’s Prowess

Left All Alone: A Tale of Permaculture’s Prowess | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This became a favorite spot for our daily hike, after a morning’s work, lunch settling in our bellies as we scuttled across the rocks of the Rio Chico und
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Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK - environment - 24 February 2015 - New Scientist

Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK - environment - 24 February 2015 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Surge in wind power sees share of electricity from renewable sources double between 2010 and 2013, driving down carbon emissions
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In Major Shift, Central Cities Edging Out Sprawl in Competition for Jobs | Streetsblog.net

In Major Shift, Central Cities Edging Out Sprawl in Competition for Jobs | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Job sprawl — picture suburban office parks with lots of parking — might be past its peak. The last few years have been good ones for central cities, as far as job growth is concerned, and not so hot for mid-height, reflective glass office campuses.

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