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Smart Grid Concepts from the U.S. Department of Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Smart Grid Concepts from the U.S. Department of Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Here’s a video just posted on the ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) YouTube video channel, presenting a bit of information on the U.S.
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Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability.
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How the Brain Dumps Its Trash [Video]

How the Brain Dumps Its Trash [Video] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A recently discovered waste-removal system is a linchpin in preserving neural health
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Designing Suburbs: Beyond New Urbanism | Newgeography.com

Designing Suburbs: Beyond New Urbanism | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It is not primarily the fault of land developers that the American suburbs are thought to be dysfunctional and mundane. The blame belongs largely to the influence of boiler-plate zoning regulations combined with design consultants who seek the most minimum criteria allowed by city regulations.

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Report: More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply

Report: More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
About 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species such as bees and butterflies are facing extinction, according to the global assessment.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Water as a utility

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Water as a utility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Aaron Renn of Urbanophile and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute has produced a report, Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers, on the crushing financial impact on local jurisdictions of regulations promulgated by the EPA concerning discharge of untreated water into rivers and the security of water supplies.

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Decline of bees poses potential risks to major crops, says UN

Decline of bees poses potential risks to major crops, says UN | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Animal pollination responsible for 5-8% of global agricultural production by volume, says UN biodiversity panel, as it issues warning over their decline
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Green with Facebook Envy, Red with Twitter Rage

Green with Facebook Envy, Red with Twitter Rage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How you act on social media may alleviate or exacerbate negative emotional states
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Think You Know Rainbows? Look Again [Slide Show]

Think You Know Rainbows? Look Again [Slide Show] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Physicists are starting to explain how rainbows can be completely red, white, nearly flat or full-circle
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Rare superbloom in California’s Death valley | EarthSky.org

Rare superbloom in California’s Death valley | EarthSky.org | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Heavy autumn rains have transformed the barren landscape into riot of flowers not seen since 2007. Have a look!
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 Program Comes Stateside, Lands in Arizona | Sustainable Brands

Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 Program Comes Stateside, Lands in Arizona | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a U.S. chapter of its Circular Economy 100 (CE100) program, which brings together leading organizations with the objective of innovating, developing and implementing circular economy opportunities. The CE100 USA provides a national pre-competitive innovation platform addressing the specifics of the U.S. market. Among the first members of the CE100 USA are Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix.
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Fossil fuel use must fall twice as fast as thought to contain global warming - study

Fossil fuel use must fall twice as fast as thought to contain global warming - study | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate News Network: Available carbon budget is half as big as thought if global warming is to be kept within 2C limit agreed internationally as being the point of no return, researchers say
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In Istanbul’s Ancient Gardens, A Battle for Future Harvests by Jennifer Hattam: Yale Environment 360

In Istanbul’s Ancient Gardens, A Battle for Future Harvests by Jennifer Hattam: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Development pressures are threatening Istanbul's centuries-old gardens, which have produced food for the city's markets since Byzantine times. A coalition of gardeners and environmentalists is fighting to preserve them.
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Cutting Carbon Pollution Could Save Health Care $

Cutting Carbon Pollution Could Save Health Care $ | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some 300,000 premature deaths could be avoided by 2030 if the U.S. abides by the ambitious Paris Climate Agreement, according to a new analysis. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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Wilderness Society: C02 report demonstrates land clearing is out of control - video

Wilderness Society: C02 report demonstrates land clearing is out of control - video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The national campaign director for The Wilderness Society believes the C02 report reveals many damning findings regarding the current level of tree clearing in Australia
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The Long, Complicated History of Affordable Housing in New York

The Long, Complicated History of Affordable Housing in New York | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new book and exhibit take a look at the programs, buildings, and people that have brought the system to where it is today—and what still needs to be done.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A damselfly, black rhinos and an encounter between a crocodile and a whip snake are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project

Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The newly-announced Fosen Vind project will comprise six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW, more than the current total installed capacity in Norway and on track to become the largest of its type in Europe.
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Three friends, Milky Way, planets | EarthSky.org

Three friends, Milky Way, planets | EarthSky.org | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On a beach in South Carolina, three friends watched as the morning twilight met the Milky Way.
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Harvard taps biomimicry to harvest water from thin air

Harvard taps biomimicry to harvest water from thin air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Harvard University researchers have found inspiration in desert beetles and cacti in developing life-saving water collection techniques.
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Despite the Recovery, the Most Distressed Communities in the U.S. Are Not Improving

Despite the Recovery, the Most Distressed Communities in the U.S. Are Not Improving | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Despite the economic recovery, the nation’s pattern of concentrated inequality has actually gotten worse, according to a new report.
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Cities Can Save Money by Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Water | TheCityFix

Cities Can Save Money by Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Water | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"By 2030, the world is projected to spend an estimated $10 trillion on repairing and expanding water infrastructure. Dams and treatment plants are aging, water demand is surging, and more frequent extreme weather events threaten our water security—each driving up water management cost."
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Use natural ecosystems for resilience...good reminder to look at nature's solutions!
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Listen Up: Understanding Proposals for Rooftop Solar

Listen Up: Understanding Proposals for Rooftop Solar | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Favorable tax policies, local incentives and net metering combine to make solar a great long term investment. So if you’re considering rooftop solar, Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World.
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First animal was likely sea sponge | EarthSky.org

First animal was likely sea sponge | EarthSky.org | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new genetic analysis suggests that the first animal to appear on Earth was very likely the simple sea sponge.
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Lowering Ocean Acidity Promotes Coral Growth on Great Barrier Reef

Lowering Ocean Acidity Promotes Coral Growth on Great Barrier Reef | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
First of its kind study provides direct evidence of damage inflicted by rising carbon dioxide emissions
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