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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

When Beliefs and Facts Collide | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
People who deny widely accepted findings on subjects like climate change are not necessarily ignorant of the science.
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An Expanding Menu for Locavores: Tilapia on Hudson

An Expanding Menu for Locavores: Tilapia on Hudson | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An innovative business brings new meaning to the idea of local food by raising tilapia, salmon and year-round greens in the Hudson Valley.
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Brave tortoises, baby hares and synchronised swans: your September wildlife pictures

Brave tortoises, baby hares and synchronised swans: your September wildlife pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We asked you to share your September pictures of the wildlife around the world with which we share our outdoor spaces. Here’s our pick of the best of them
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With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit | TheCityFix

With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last week, cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, convenes cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change. Analysis shows that 228 cities, home to 436 million people, have voluntarily committed to saving 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S. Greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power.
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Feed 250 African Families: Sow, Grow, Eat, Repeat

Feed 250 African Families: Sow, Grow, Eat, Repeat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Summary Our demonstration gardens reduce reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilizers while increasing agricultural productivity and providing bette
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How global warming affected extreme weather events in 2013 – interactive

How global warming affected extreme weather events in 2013 – interactive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A report by 92 scientists from 14 countries look at how climate change affected 16 of the biggest weather events of 2013
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Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured b
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Climate Action: Reduce Risk, Maximize Opportunities | World Resources Institute

Climate Action: Reduce Risk, Maximize Opportunities | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a blog post originally published for Forbes, Manish Bapna discusses what business leaders can learn from the UN Climate Summit. He also highlights a recent report, which explains how we can improve the economy and tackle climate change at the same time.
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Cellulosic Ethanol Finally Beginning to Reach Scale - CleanTechies

Cellulosic Ethanol Finally Beginning to Reach Scale - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There was big news in Emmetsburg, Iowa this month—the opening of a major cellulosic ethanol plant. The plant, which is the first commercial-scale cellulosic facility in the US, is a joint venture between Poet and Royal DSM. Code-named Project Liberty, the plant was christened in a ceremony featuring His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands,Read More
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Can bioengineers produce plants that absorb more carbon dioxide?

Can bioengineers produce plants that absorb more carbon dioxide? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new bioengineering experiment creates plants that can capture and sequester more carbon dioxide. This opens a new door in the realm of climate science.
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Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived

Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Evidence from around the world supports scientists' assertion that global warming is already happening
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10 Big Ideas From CityLab 2014 Attendees

10 Big Ideas From CityLab 2014 Attendees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ahead of our event next week in Los Angeles, we asked the global mayors and urban experts who will be joining us to share one great idea that's worked in their city.
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The Fifth Estate | Incorporating biomimicry into building design

The Fifth Estate | Incorporating biomimicry into building design | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In  the past 20 years there have been number of initiatives across a range of technologies that have demonstrated the potential of biomimicry to significantly improve human designs and challenge conventional thinking. Commercially available products include the StoCoat Lotusan self-cleaning surface coatings and Viridian Renew self-cleaning glass, which mimic the cleaning effect intrinsic to lotus leaves and insect wings.

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Severn Trent ‘Poo Power’ Helps Fuel Homes, Save on Costs

Severn Trent ‘Poo Power’ Helps Fuel Homes, Save on Costs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Extracting energy from “processed poo” to help power homes in the Birmingham area is what Severn Trent Plc, Britain’s second-largest publicly traded water company, is now doing to generate a cost-saving renewable gas.
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Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship

Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids a
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Learning English and Leadership in Houston

Learning English and Leadership in Houston | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Houston is America on demographic fast-forward. In the first decade of this century, the metro area’s foreign-born population grew 48 percent, compared to 28 percent for the nation as a whole. More than 42 percent of Houston’s children have at least one foreign-born parent, compared with a national rate of 23 percent.
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Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As negotiators look to next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on sweeping international agreements. Some analysts are pointing to Plan B — recasting the climate issue as one of national self-interest rather than global treaties.
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Solar power could be world's top electricity source by 2050, says IEA

Solar power could be world's top electricity source by 2050, says IEA | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Falling cost of solar photovoltaic panels could help technology generate up to 16% of world’s electricity by mid-century
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Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy - CleanTechies

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I spent three days recently with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy. The big takeaway? Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up. This new solar-sparkedRead More
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The 4 Transportation Systems You'll Meet in the Future

The 4 Transportation Systems You'll Meet in the Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report offers a look at urban mobility circa 2030 that's both intriguing and frightening.
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Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats
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One of America's Most Famous Slow-Food Chefs Says Farm-to-Table 'Doesn't Really Work'

One of America's Most Famous Slow-Food Chefs Says Farm-to-Table 'Doesn't Really Work' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dan Barber of New York's Blue Hill restaurant hammers on the blind spots of locally sourced eating.
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In Alaska, a Battle to Keep Trees, or an Industry, Standing

In Alaska, a Battle to Keep Trees, or an Industry, Standing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A fight continues between preservationists focused on saving ancient forests and wildlife and an agency bound by politics and tradition to loggers, mills and economic development.
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Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage

Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking, writes Robin McKie
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Coke machines to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa

Coke machines to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola South Africa has partnered with bottler Coca-Cola Fortune and communications company BT Global Services to provide underserved South African commu...
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