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Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal

Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin a
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Saving Lives with Smart Urban Design

Saving Lives with Smart Urban Design | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. Traffic-related incidents are the e...

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Thirteen US companies sign on to White House climate change pledge

Thirteen US companies sign on to White House climate change pledge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Walmart, Coca-Cola and Google, among others, commit to reducing their carbon footprints following the Obama administration initiative to slash US emissions

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Satellites Spot Deforestation in Almost-approved Peruvian National Park

Satellites Spot Deforestation in Almost-approved Peruvian National Park | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A proposed national park in Peru sits on the apparent cusp of approval, even as it suffers deforestation at the hands of illegal loggers, miners, and coca growers.

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Can the world end extreme poverty?

Can the world end extreme poverty? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Beginning a four-part blog series highlighting themes from “The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty,” Homi Kharas discusses the formidable challenges to ending extreme poverty.
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Why the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement May Ultimately Win by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360

Why the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement May Ultimately Win by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The fossil fuel divestment campaign has so far persuaded only a handful of universities and investment funds to change their policies. But if the movement can help shift public opinion about climate change, its organizers say, it will have achieved its primary goal.

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Silk-based functional inks put biosensor data on your fingertips

Silk-based functional inks put biosensor data on your fingertips | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers at Tufts University have now developed silk-based inks containing bacteria-sensing agents that can withstand the rigors of inkjet printing, opening the door much wider for printing biomolecules.

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Freaks3D takes 3D printing on the road

Freaks3D takes 3D printing on the road | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

3D printers are fantastic, but you're unlikely to see someone carrying one with them to a maker faire, or anywhere else for that matter. Elecfreaks is aiming to provide a portable option for the growing 3D printer market with Freaks3D – a unit that's around the size of an average laptop.

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In Comparing Metro Areas, the Devil is in the Details | Newgeography.com

In Comparing Metro Areas, the Devil is in the Details | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Frequently I see examples of metro areas comparing themselves to other, more successful metro areas.  Metro area movers and shakers take a deep dive into the intricacies of what makes a "good" place tick, and try to implement the takeaways in their metro.  This is a reasonable action, but I believe it misses the point.  There is more to examine by taking a deep dive within your own metro than looking at another.

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Nonlinear: New York, London, Shanghai underwater in 50 years?

Nonlinear: New York, London, Shanghai underwater in 50 years? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Those under the impression that climate change is advancing at a constant and predictable rate don't understand the true dynamics of the issue. The fear is that the ability of the oceans and plants to continue to absorb half the carbon dioxide human civilization expels into the atmosphere each year may have become impaired. That means more carbon dioxide is remaining in the atmosphere where concentrations are building at the fastest rate ever recorded in the modern era.
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Synthetic material mimics coral's ocean-cleaning attributes

Synthetic material mimics coral's ocean-cleaning attributes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers from China's Anhui Jianzhu University have developed a synthetic substance that mimics coral's ability to collect harmful heavy metals from water. Tests on the effectiveness of the aluminum oxide structure have so far shown promising results.
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The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households

The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, President Obama held up the city as model for bringing solar power to low-income families. He might have spoken a bit too soon.

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Yale Environment 360: European Union Is Increasingly Turning to Wind Power, Analysis Finds

Yale Environment 360: European Union Is Increasingly Turning to Wind Power, Analysis Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The European Union met 8 percent of its electricity demand with wind power last year, up from roughly 7 percent in 2012, according to a report by the Joint Research Center, the European Commission's in-house science service. That's equal to the combined total electricity consumption of Belgium, Ireland, Greece, and the Netherlands, the report notes, and it is a heartening sign for the E.U. wind power sector, which had seen turbine installations decline in 2013. Denmark generated enough wind power to meet 40 percent of its electricity demand, and in Ireland, Portugal, and Spain, wind's share made up between 19 and 25 percent of final consumption. Fifteen other E.U. nations generated 4 percent or more of their electricity from wind. By 2020, wind energy will provide at least 12 percent of Europe's electricity, the analysis says. Globally, wind power has grown dramatically over the last two decades, soaring from 3.5 gigawatts in 1994 to roughly 370 gigawatts by the end of 2014. Global installed wind capacity increased 48 percent over 2013, the report says.

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Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns

Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Investments in fossil fuel companies face serious risk from global warming, research by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows
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Electric Cars Are Critical To Stopping Global Warming, But That’s Not Why They’ll Take Off

Electric Cars Are Critical To Stopping Global Warming, But That’s Not Why They’ll Take Off | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I wouldn’t blame you if you thought electric cars weren't green. There's a massive misinformation campaign against them, and part of that is trying to seed doubt about one of their top advantages -- that they are one of the best solutions to global warming. I'll tackle that point below, but first, let's get something…

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The clean tech writer Zach Shahan provides some great analysis that destroys the misperception that an electric car isn't green since it's just plugged into dirty grid power. He provides a really cool chart from Union of Concerned Scientists showing what (equivalent) mileage you get from plugging an electric into each power/utility region in the U.S. (e.g., drive a Volt in California and it's like getting 96 mpg in a regular car...drive one in coal-heavy Indiana, and you get 36 mpg, which still ain't bad). As the shift from coal continues and nat gas and renewables grow, these numbers will only get better. So, yes, it's worth it carbon-wise to drive electric.

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Climate change 'triple threat' increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities

Climate change 'triple threat' increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Trio of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall exposes coastal cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston to potentially catastrophic flooding in future

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5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan | World Resources Institute

5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The EPA will soon release emissions standards for existing power plants, the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
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Designing the World we Want

Designing the World we Want | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How can we connect our passion for food with a systems-based approach to changing the world? Permaculture claims to be one such way of doing it…
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Reclaiming a Public Space

Reclaiming a Public Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Active citizens in West São Paulo have revitalized a square to create a small oasis in the middle of the city.
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ETS would be more cost-effective than higher renewables target, analyst says

ETS would be more cost-effective than higher renewables target, analyst says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An emissions trading scheme would be cheaper and more effective than Labor’s 50% renewables goal or the government’s Direct Action policy, Paul Hyslop says
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New "smart window" material selectively blocks light and/or heat

New "smart window" material selectively blocks light and/or heat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a "smart window" technology that allows the passage of visible light while blocking heat, or vice versa.
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Ice flows, hazy hydrocarbons among latest Pluto reveals

Ice flows, hazy hydrocarbons among latest Pluto reveals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

NASA has released the latest batch of images and detailed fresh discoveries from New Horizons as the unmanned probe hurtles away from Pluto and out of the Solar System.

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Sebastião Salgado focuses on big picture with parable of reforestation in Brazil | John Vidal

Sebastião Salgado focuses on big picture with parable of reforestation in Brazil | John Vidal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At a Paris climate change meeting, the celebrated Brazilian photographer joined Bishop Fredrick Shoo of Tanzania in extolling the merits of reseeding forests
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Just saw the film Wim Wenders and Salgado's son made about this man and the work he does with his wife. Truly inspiring!

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'I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male'

'I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In a StoryCorps animation, Alex Landau recalls his harrowing experience being pulled over by Denver police.

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Toyota fuel cell bus tested in Tokyo

Toyota fuel cell bus tested in Tokyo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Toyota and Hino Motors have begun testing a jointly-developed fuel cell bus in Tokyo, Japan. The brief test, which is taking place on public roads in the central and waterfront areas of the city, is designed to will help Toyota improve the technology ahead of a possible market launch.

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