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ADVISORY: New Emissions Accounting Tool to be released at SME Summit in Mumbai | World Resources Institute

ADVISORY: New Emissions Accounting Tool to be released at SME Summit in Mumbai | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Promoting Profitable, Competitive and Sustainable Businesses in India by mainstreaming measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions

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The Fifth Estate | GBCA gets on board with Climate Bonds Initiative

The Fifth Estate | GBCA gets on board with Climate Bonds Initiative | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

“Green bond issuance tripled globally last year to $36.6 billion – and that figure is expected to double by the end of this year,” GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said. “It’s clear that the market is looking for guidance to determine energy-efficient and low-carbon assets that will be sustainable investments over the long term.”


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Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom

Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week the Western Slope Colorado witnessed a huge victory for energy freedom and rural renewable power.
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Brick-laying robot can build a full-sized house in two days

As robots get smarter, cheaper and more versatile, they're taking on more challenges – including bricklaying. Engineers in Australia have created a fully working house-builder that can create the brick framework of a property in just two days, working about 20 times faster than a human bricklayer.
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The inside story: MRI imaging shows how plants can inspire new engineering materials

The inside story: MRI imaging shows how plants can inspire new engineering materials | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three-dimensional imaging of plant branching structures is allowing researchers to see how exactly their internal tissues respond under stress, giving new insights into the design of potential new engineering materials, such as those used in aircraft and sports equipment.
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Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered'

Rich countries' $100bn promise to fight climate change 'not delivered' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brazil, China, India and South Africa say they are disappointed in failure to make good on promise six years ago to mobilise $100bn a year by 2020
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Yale Environment 360: Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefit in India, Study Finds

Yale Environment 360: Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefit in India, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Collecting precipitation in rain barrels could result in significant savings for many people in India, according to an analysis of precipitation data collected by a NASA satellite. Estimates showed that harvested rain could provide at least 20 percent of average indoor water demand, or entirely irrigate a household vegetable garden. The savings associated with a vegetable garden could be between 2,500 and 4,500 rupees per year (39 to 71 U.S. dollars) — an amount equivalent to half a year’s rent in an average 1-bedroom apartment in an Indian city. In a country where the distribution of potable water is often a challenge, rainwater is an untapped resource that could provide significant benefits, the researchers write in the Urban Water Journal.

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Other areas, too - why not Africa, South America, anywhere where water is a significant cost especially for the poor?

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A conversation with Grant McCracken on how to build "a living, breathing culture"

A conversation with Grant McCracken on how to build "a living, breathing culture" | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trained as an anthropologist (Ph.D. University of Chicago), Grant McCracken has studied American culture and commerce for 25 years. He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and worked for Tim...
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Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle

Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican
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This Super Ambitious Bus Plan Would Turn Boston Into a Model BRT City

This Super Ambitious Bus Plan Would Turn Boston Into a Model BRT City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It outlines five corridors that have the makings of “gold standard” bus-rapid transit.
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What Cities Need to Do to Make Recycling Jobs Safer

What Cities Need to Do to Make Recycling Jobs Safer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report outlines the dangers posed to these workers, and the ways cities can make the job less hazardous.
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Time to stand up for what we believe to be right

Time to stand up for what we believe to be right | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What our world needs right now is an awakening of our humanity . If we are honest with ourselves we spend a large part of our waking lives half asleep, largely unconscious or unaware of reality as ...
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Planting coral could save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, say scientists

Planting coral could save Great Barrier Reef from climate change, say scientists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Humans could save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming by transplanting corals that survive heat stress, say scientists
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Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2015 winners – in pictures

Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2015 winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The winning photograph of two watermelon farmers in West Bengal, India will feature alongside over 100 photographic artworks in a display at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June - 10 July 2015. The exhibition will then tour UK forest venues, supported by the Forestry Commission England, including Grizedale Forest visitor centre, Cumbria, 18 July-7 September
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A Light Bulb Goes Off: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano - CleanTechies

A Light Bulb Goes Off: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. For nearly a hundred years, the incandescent bulb—which worked mainly by electricity passing through a filament and heating it to incandescent temperatures in a glass globe—lit up the world. It was effective in terms of turning night into daylight, but most inefficientRead More
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Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Later this summer, United Airlines will begin using fuel generated from farm waste and oil from animal fats to help power its commercial flights.
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Education, employment and income for young adults in the Washington Region

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are in a pivotal transition period as they move toward adulthood and financial independence. New analysis of Census data sheds light on how young people in the Washington region fare on the critical measures of educational attainment and employment.
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New conductive ink makes your clothing smarter

A new conductive ink can be applied to clothing and other textiles in a single-step printing process, thereby turning everyday fabrics such as underwear and gym clothes into sensors and wearable electronics.
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All you need to know about the future of smart cities - Raconteur.net

All you need to know about the future of smart cities - Raconteur.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Future smart cities are unlikely to look that much different, but they are destined to interact differently with their human inhabitants

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Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Symphony of the Soil: Documentary

Symphony of the Soil: Documentary | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s mostesteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portr
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Washington should help capitalize green banks

Washington should help capitalize green banks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green banks are sprouting across America. Rhode Island just authorized its own public-private green and other infrastructure bank, joining Connecticut, New York, Hawaii, and California. In addition, a half-dozen other states are exploring how to leverage public money with private to finance low-carbon technology.
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Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy?

Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Four cities across the world are preparing to launch the "GovCombinator."
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Why the US recycling industry is feeling down in the dumps

Why the US recycling industry is feeling down in the dumps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Falling oil prices, a strong US dollar and a weakened Chinese economy are combining to make the global business of recycling less profitable than ever
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I understand why recycling started as a profit enterprise.  Can we not view it as now as an "earth commons" necessity and go from there?  Not an option, not profit driven, but common need?

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Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon | World Resources Institute

Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Oxbow conservation area in Central Oregon has recently seen an influx of fish in the John Day River, some having traveled nearly 500 miles from the ocean’s edge. The long-awaited appearance of these fish represents a restoration success story—not only for environmental restoration, but a cultural one.
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