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Framing natural capital: economy and ecology are not in competition

Framing natural capital: economy and ecology are not in competition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In response to George Monbiot on natural capital, Tony Juniper argues nature is not an impediment to economic success, but an essential prerequisite for it
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I believe that putting an economic value on natural systems is needed.  What is most important is that our natural wealth must be preserved, not squandered.

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Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go. A McKinsey & Company article.
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The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live?

The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The "poor door" controversy on Manhattan's Upper West Side is only the most outlandish example of New York's uphill battle on affordable housing.

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Southwestern U.S. Aquifers Are Extremely Low, NASA Data Show - CleanTechies

Southwestern U.S. Aquifers Are Extremely Low, NASA Data Show - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Groundwater reserves in the U.S. Southwest are severely low and prospects for their long-term viability are bleak as persistent drought continues to parch the land and prevent recharging, according to an assessment from NASA. As shown in this map, many underground aquifers in the Southwest are extremely dry compared to average conditions over the pastRead More
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Surface Of Beetle's Back Inspires Engineers To Quench World's Water And Energy Crises, One Tiny Droplet At A Time - Science News - redOrbit

Surface Of Beetle's Back Inspires Engineers To Quench World's Water And Energy Crises, One Tiny Droplet At A Time - Science News - redOrbit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the Namib Desert of Africa, the fog-filled morning wind carries the drinking water for a beetle called the Stenocara.
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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.

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It's Time for a Global Landscape Restoration Revolution | World Resources Institute

It's Time for a Global Landscape Restoration Revolution | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Andrew Steer, CEO of WRI, and Monique Barbut of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification discuss the urgent need for a global commitment to restoring degraded land and how it may remedy deforestation, desertification and food scarcity.

The expected rise in world population to 9 billion by 2050, and the need for a 70 percent increase in food production from 2006 levels, makes the need for a solution particularly urgent. This challenge will be even more difficult in the face of a changing climate.

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Innovative Roof Design Cools a House in the Desert

Innovative Roof Design Cools a House in the Desert | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The so-called “Desert House” is located in the desert region of Australia, more precisely in Alice Springs. It was designed by the Dunn & Hillam Architects firm and the designers wanted to create something that works in total congruence with the desert wasteland, and doesn’t leave a huge environmental footprint. Cooling is a large consideration when it comes to designing a home in the desert, especially if you want to make the home ...
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The Changing Face of World Oil Markets

The Changing Face of World Oil Markets | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My conclusion is that hundred-dollar oil is here to stay.
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The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises: A pep talk for those paying attention by Nate Hagens

The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises: A pep talk for those paying attention by Nate Hagens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Suggestions on how society might better adapt, physically and psychologically, to what's ahead.
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Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever by Bruce Stutz: Yale Environment 360

Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever by Bruce Stutz: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Along the Delaware River estuary, efforts are underway to restore wetlands lost due to centuries of human activity. With sea levels rising, coastal communities there and and elsewhere in the U.S. and Europe are realizing the value of wetlands as important buffers against flooding and tidal surges.
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Has GDP outgrown its use? - FT.com

Has GDP outgrown its use? - FT.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What do the price of hair-salon services in Beijing and sexual services in London have in common? The answer is that, depending on how you measure them – or indeed whether you measure them at all – the size of the Chinese and British economies will
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Human Longevity wants to make 100 the new 60 and have healthier people living longer | Impact Lab

Human Longevity wants to make 100 the new 60 and have healthier people living longer | Impact Lab | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Human Longevity doesn’t aim to extend human life so much as to help keep people healthy as they get older. Dr. Robert Hariri, who once worked directing c


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These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities

These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Frankfurt, Germany, a team of students has found a new way to make buildings "climate neutral" without raising rents: Build a new rooftop...
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There is often a conflict between renovation and established neighborhoods, even when the renovation has green aims. But according to this article, "Germany is aiming to make all buildings "climate neutral" by 2050, which will require a huge amount of renovation. Many projects could cause rents to rise, but the designers believe their system can help avoid gentrification by paying for itself. It also gives new people moving to a city the chance to live in older, established neighborhoods--instead of new developments in the suburbs-- without the guilt of displacing long-time residents."

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Bahamian paradise built by bacteria using Saharan dust - life - 28 July 2014 - New Scientist

Bahamian paradise built by bacteria using Saharan dust - life - 28 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The islands of the Bahamas sit on a mysterious limestone column that may have its origins in a desert 8000 kilometres away
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Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s a class of fuels that don’t use an intervening biomass to make a fuel — so, though they use biology or waste carbon, they’ve bristled at being called “biofuels." Instead, the technologies that depend on unique pathways to converting CO2 and water to fuels a
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Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds

Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Trees are saving more than 850 human lives each year and preventing 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in the U.S., according to the first broad-scale estimate of trees' air pollution removal by U.S. Forest Service researchers. Looking at four common air pollutants — nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 microns — researchers valued the human health benefits of the reduced air pollution at nearly $7 billion annually in a study published in the journal Environmental Pollution. The benefits of trees vary with tree cover across the nation, the researchers note. Tree cover in the United States is estimated at 34.2 percent overall, but varies from 2.6 percent in North Dakota to 88.9 percent in New Hampshire. While the pollution-removal capabilities of trees equaled an average air quality improvement of less than 1 percent, the impacts of that improvement are substantial, the study found.

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Bonds of the Diaspora

Bonds of the Diaspora | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Remittances from international migrants account for a large percentage of GDP in developing countries. What are ways to make savings easier for these workers and their families?

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Introducing the Blue Economy - Element magazine - NZ Herald News

Introducing the Blue Economy - Element magazine - NZ Herald News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2014. Well-dressed men and a handful of women clutch drinks under soft lights. Armed guards patrol the roof. - New Zealand Herald
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The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It substitutes for short trips in the core, and expands service on the outskirts.
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The Citizen Perspective on Smart Cities

The Citizen Perspective on Smart Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the more highly touted concepts in the urbanism world is the idea of "smart cities." Wikipedia says of the smart city: "A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social ...
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Researchers tackle link between climate change and public health

Researchers tackle link between climate change and public health | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Australian Academy of Science brings experts together to map out effects global warming on extreme weather events, infectious disease and food security
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Going Soil-Friendly

Going Soil-Friendly | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is one of the most exciting developments I’ve heard about in a long time. Farmers who want to stop using chemicals can get support in the switch—and stay profitable during the transition.
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BLDGBLOG: NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry

BLDGBLOG: NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There is an underground Roman-era quarry in The Netherlands that, when you exit, you will find that you have crossed an invisible international border somewhere down there in the darkness, and that you are now stepping out into Belgium; or perhaps it's the other way around, that there is an underground Roman-era quarry in Belgium that, when you exit, you will find that you have crossed an invisible international border somewhere down there in the darkness, and that you are now stepping out into The Netherlands.

However, this is not just a disused quarry—not just an archaeological site on the fringes of the Roman empire that was once mined for blocks of limestone. Its afterlife is by far the most interesting part of the story.

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What Is News?

What Is News? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Madagascar, one of the world’s greatest ecosystems, is on the edge.
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Tree of Life Web Project

Tree of Life Web Project | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny).

Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers,tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.


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