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Mayors of the world unite: C40 summit luminaries

Mayors of the world unite: C40 summit luminaries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A beginner's guide to the mayors at this year's conference on climate change in Johannesburg
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As a Houstonian, I'm glad to see Mayor Parker receive international recognition for what she has been doing for the city.

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Worker Cooperatives – An Alternative for Youth

Worker Cooperatives – An Alternative for Youth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Worker cooperatives are rising, and youth are increasingly becoming a part of their success.
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We need honesty from business to tackle climate change

We need honesty from business to tackle climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Business leaders may be genuinely concerned about emission cuts and carbon pricing, but there is barely any conception that business itself might still be part of the problem

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Audi claims first synthetic gasoline made from plants

Audi claims first synthetic gasoline made from plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Just weeks after producing its first batch of synthetic diesel fuel made from carbon dioxide and water, Audi has laid claim to another synthetic, clean-burning and petroleum-free fuel called "e-benzin." The fuel was created by Audi's project partner Global Bioenergies, in France.
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Innovation Excellence | Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy

Innovation Excellence | Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nature’s innovation strategies have been optimized over billions of years. She has developed a number of distinct approaches to innovation, and these strategies are strongly influenced by the speed and cost of prototyping, and how fast the surrounding environment changes. Can we learn from this, and make our own innovation strategies more targeted and responsive?
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Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels - CleanTechies

Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At least that’s the headline circulating around frenzied eco news outlets and in social media. But watch the video from the Financial Times to understand the more complete picture behind the headline.
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Seoul Plans a Public Park That Will Rival the High Line

Seoul Plans a Public Park That Will Rival the High Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The converted overpass will be packed with flowers, tea shops, and even a library.
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Worldwatch State of the World 2015

Worldwatch State of the World 2015 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In its annual Worldwatch State of the World 2015 report, eight key hidden threats to sustainability are explored, along with possible solutions.
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Scaling up Regreening: Six Steps to Success | World Resources Institute

Scaling up Regreening: Six Steps to Success | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a world grappling with the challenges of food insecurity, climate change, landscape degradation, and rural poverty, regreening offers a path forward, especially in dryland areas. The transformation of degraded landscapes—restoring productivity and increasing resilience through the widespread adoption of agroforestry and sustainable land management practices—can deliver food, climate, and livelihood benefits.
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Are Residential Demand Charges The Next Big Thing in Electricity Rate Design?

Are Residential Demand Charges The Next Big Thing in Electricity Rate Design? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

More than a dozen utility companies across the country have implemented or are currently considering residential demand charges.

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Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers studied plankton from around the globe and uncovered vast genetic diversity and clues to how warming temperatures may affect ocean life.
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Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.
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We'll be planting a couple of community fruit trees this winter....

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Far fewer black men than black women

Far fewer black men than black women | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Justin Wolfers, David Leonhardt, and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot explore the gender gap between the black male and female populations in the United States. It's wide. They are missing, largely beca...
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The T’ai Chi Sacred Marriage of Being & Doing: Living The Way of Nature

The T’ai Chi Sacred Marriage of Being & Doing: Living The Way of Nature | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
T’ai Chi is an ancient art form, where the artist perfects the art of being and doing while attuning with the Tao. ‘An artist is an instrument through which the Universe reveals itself’ – Goldschne...
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Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Can the data revolution transform how we finance development?

Can the data revolution transform how we finance development? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the start of 2016, the U.N. will launch a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, to drive development efforts around the globe. Gail Hurley and Jos Verbeek explain how the data revolution could guide how these goals are financed.
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New process prints electroluminescent layers directly onto three-dimensional objects

New process prints electroluminescent layers directly onto three-dimensional objects | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Franz Binder GmbH & Co have developed a new manufacturing process to print EL panels directly onto the surface of almost any convex and concave shape. Even, apparently, onto spheres.
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Black Residents of San Francisco Are Far Less Likely to Live in Walkable Neighborhoods

Black Residents of San Francisco Are Far Less Likely to Live in Walkable Neighborhoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at the link between walkability and race.
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Who Benefits From Other People's Transit Use? | Newgeography.com

Who Benefits From Other People's Transit Use? | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.”


This is a fascinating quote. First is the use of “us.” So the Chamber of Commerce (probably correctly) identifies riding transit as something someone else does (since “we” are still in the car) and goes on to imply that it benefits us because there will be fewer cars. (Actually he says fewer people per car, but I think he meant fewer cars, not that it would reduce carpooling.) And I suppose he could mean he rides the bus, and the car in front has fewer people (or there were fewer cars in front), but I don’t think that’s what he meant, since the arguments in the legislature are mostly about building and operating new facilities — such as LRT lines or freeway BRT, rather than supporting existing buses driving in traffic.


This evokes the famous Onion article: Report: 98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A fox facing up to a pride of lions, Tibetan antelope and sleeping koalas feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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River Cities Offer Lessons on How to Adapt

River Cities Offer Lessons on How to Adapt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"We can consider rivers as city-making landscapes," said Thaisa Way, ASLA, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington and organizer of a two-day conference on river cities ...

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Regreening Africa Could Help Stem the Tide of Migration | World Resources Institute

Regreening Africa Could Help Stem the Tide of Migration | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
European Union leaders are wrestling in with a surge in “boat people,” tens of thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East crossing the Mediterranean in dangerous boats in the hopes of finding a better life. While media reports have focused on the political crises spurring this migration, there's another driver—land degradation and food insecurity.
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Nobot wants to put people to work ... in robot form

Nobot wants to put people to work ... in robot form | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We hear plenty of discussion about robots taking over our jobs, so it's a refreshing change to hear about a robot designed to create them instead. Its name is Nobot, and what makes this machine unique is that it's largely controlled remotely by a human being.
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With Compost Program, Keeping Waste From Going to Waste

With Compost Program, Keeping Waste From Going to Waste | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York City is joining a garbage revolution, with 100,000 households now required to put their organic waste into designated bins.
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Three Keys to Sustainable Urban Governance | TheCityFix

Three Keys to Sustainable Urban Governance | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. Developed by the Access Initiative and World Resources Institute, EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries based on three factors: transparency, access to justice, and citizen engagement. These elements are important aspects of governance as a whole.


While significant in its depth of analysis and geographic scope, EDI currently focuses at a level that may seem distant from citizens living in cities and towns throughout these countries. The platform highlights essential actions for environmental democracy and governance at a nation level, but also suggests ways for improving governance processes in cities. Linking these national-level procedural rights to realities at the local level is essential for sustainable development. What does governance mean to these citizens? How does governance work at a local level and how can it improve quality of life and make cities more sustainable?


Urban governance is about building cities that are inclusive and accountable to their citizens. Recognizing and strengthening the relationships between various stakeholders—including citizens, civil society organizations, elected officials, and the public and private sectors—is critical to changing how cities are governed. These actors comprise the urban governance community and how they interact plays a vital role in making cities more sustainable. Moving forward, it will take engagement, continuity, and capacity to strengthen this community and ensure that cities are governed equitably and inclusively.

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Dispersion and Concentration in Metropolitan Employment | Newgeography.com

Dispersion and Concentration in Metropolitan Employment | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The just released County Business Patterns indicates a general trend of continued employment dispersion to the newer suburbs (principally the outer suburbs) and exurbs but also greater concentration in the central business districts of the 52 major metropolitan areas in the United States (over 1 million population in 2013). County Business Patterns is a Census Bureau program that provides largely private-sector employment data by geography throughout the nation.


This article examines the most recent data, for 2013, with comparisons to 2007, which was the peak employment year and preceded the Great Recession, the most substantial economic decline in the United States since the Great Depression. There are also comparisons to 2010, the year in which national employment reached its lowest level (trough) before beginning what is, so far, a long and fairly arduous recovery. The analysis uses the City Sector Model (Note)

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