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Reinventing Law for the Commons: Introduction

Reinventing Law for the Commons: Introduction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Although it is customary for mainstream economists and politicians to consider the commons a failed management regime – the “tragedy of the commons” – it is in fact a pervasive and highly generative system for meeting people’s needs.
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Putting the 10 common claims about Impact Bonds to the test

Putting the 10 common claims about Impact Bonds to the test | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sophie Gardiner and Emily Gustafson-Wright evaluate 10 common claims about impact bonds and identify five areas where the social impact bond (SIB) mechanism had a demonstrable positive effect on service provision.
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Yale Environment 360: In Booming Aquaculture Industry, A Move to Plant-Based Food for Fish

Yale Environment 360: In Booming Aquaculture Industry, A Move to Plant-Based Food for Fish | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Aquaculture production has more than doubled since 2000, putting pressure on the stocks of small fish used to feed farmed salmon and other species. But researchers are now developing plant-based feeds that could put the industry on a more sustainable path.

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Slowly, With Earth Pushing Hard, A Confederacy Of Concern Develops

Slowly, With Earth Pushing Hard, A Confederacy Of Concern Develops | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Underlying so much of the economic and ecological turmoil unfolding before us is a slow collision between the operating practices of the resource-wasting, vertically-managed 20th century and the much more crowded, polluted, and dangerous ecological and economic conditions of the 21st century.
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The Shareable Future of Cities

The Shareable Future of Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How can cities help save the future? Futurist Alex Steffen shows how.
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This TED talk is well worth watching or re-viewing...

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Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do

Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To make it simple as a crayon sketch, there are two ways to mitigate climate change that, in tandem, could work.
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New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots | World Resources Institute

New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world lost more than 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of tree cover in 2014, an area twice the size of Portugal, according to new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Google released by Global Forest Watch. The data find that tropical forests are in the most trouble, losing 9.9 million hectares (24.5 million acres) of tree cover in 2014 – over half of the global total.
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New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building

New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.
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Creating Livable Spaces

Creating Livable Spaces | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Architect, scientist and author Jana Revedin champions sustainability in architecture and urban development. Her work makes a case for unhurried design and lasting quality.
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The Fifth Estate | New Australian sustainability and fossil free indices launched

The Fifth Estate | New Australian sustainability and fossil free indices launched | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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The Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Under Water

The Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Under Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.
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Where San Francisco Is Gentrifying

Where San Francisco Is Gentrifying | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Urban Displacement Project maps four stages of neighborhood transformation in the Bay Area.
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Resetting New York's Economy

Resetting New York's Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York University recently issued a study called "New York City: The Great Reset" that took a look at changes in New York's economy since the 9/11 attacks. As the name implies, Richard Florida, w...
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Indonesia pledges to cut carbon emissions 29% by 2030

Indonesia pledges to cut carbon emissions 29% by 2030 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Details of pledge remain unclear for country that is likely to play a key role in Paris climate talks
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A stealthy birth, then to sprout and spore

A stealthy birth, then to sprout and spore | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary Hollingside Wood, Durham New life is erupting from the humus – the toadstool season has begun early this year
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Job Creation Isn't Enough

Job Creation Isn't Enough | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My latest column is available in the September issue of Governing magazine. It's about the challenges with a segment of our population that faces difficult prospects because of social problems in t...
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United States electricity map

United States electricity map | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Washington Post mapped power plants in the United States by type and capacity in megawatts. Color indicates the former, and bubble size indicates the latter. There are a lot more natural gas po...
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Global life expectancy rises, but not all is healthy

Global life expectancy rises, but not all is healthy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study has found that people born in 2013 can expect to live 6.2 years longer than those born in 1990. However, healthy life expectancy has not increased as much, which suggests people are also living longer with illness and disability.
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When the supermarket becomes a classroom: Building learning communities beyond the school walls

When the supermarket becomes a classroom: Building learning communities beyond the school walls | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek examines the supermarket study as a means to support learning opportunities outside the school walls and further build smart communities.
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Satellites Uncover 5 Surprising Hotspots for Tree Cover Loss | World Resources Institute

Satellites Uncover 5 Surprising Hotspots for Tree Cover Loss | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world lost 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of trees in 2014, more than half of it in the tropics.
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Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators, specifically the high costs of expanding electricity transmission infrastructure in the least densely populated state. Alaska's nascent wind industry has sited utility-scale turbines along the Railbelt, the only large-scale transmission system in the state, and at distributed scale to supply electricity in remote or rural areas without grid access.

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Richard Florida on New York's Great Reset

Richard Florida on New York's Great Reset | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In addition to my City Journal article on the new NYU report about New York City's "great reset," I also was able to grab a few minutes with Richard Florida to get his take on the report. Listen be...
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Transportation For America – Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods

Transportation For America – Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Affirming a trend seen in other cities, Indianapolis’s eight-mile Cultural Trail has been a boon to the neighborhoods adjacent to it — as well as the city as a whole — increasing property values of homes and businesses and giving residents and tourists a convenient, attractive, unbroken path to walk, bike and move around the city.

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3D-printed compostable bike frame is made from plants

3D-printed compostable bike frame is made from plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the exceptions of wood and bamboo, bicycle frames usually aren't made from sustainable resources. Italian design studio Eurocompositi is setting out to change that, however, with its 3D-printed Bhulk mountain bike frame.
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Our "iron and petroleum age" industries need to create fully compostable products.

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Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis

Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed an artificial leaf that can produce hydrogen fuel through a process similar to photosynthesis, according to findings published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.

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