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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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Lima climate change talks end in agreement - but who won?

Lima climate change talks end in agreement - but who won? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This weekend’s deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions gave everyone at the talks in Peru what they came for - sort ofThere was one thing above all others that wealthy countries wanted out of the Lima negotiations, and that was a method of...
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Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich

Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Talks stumble amid rising frustration over ‘ridiculously low’ cash commitments offered by rich nations to help pay for emissions cuts
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Replacing Subsidies with Investment: Lessons from Jakarta

Replacing Subsidies with Investment: Lessons from Jakarta | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last month Indonesia’s newly elected President Joko Widodo made the controversial decision to cut public fuel subsidies, which led to a 30 percent increase in the nation’s gas prices, prompting protests. Yet, investors have cheered Widodo’s decision. The country’s stock market has risen, its currency has rallied, and its bond yields have fallen in the weeks since the announcement.
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Panarchy: Implications For Economic & Social Policy

Panarchy: Implications For Economic & Social Policy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Panarchy is a concept that recognizes the cycle of growth, collapse and renewal inherent in complex systems. What can this concept tell us about human society's cycles?
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Patrick Verdonk's curator insight, December 15, 5:06 AM

Change is coming, change is needed, and it will be more chaotic for a longer period...

 

"With the extension of the conservation period through the energy provided by fossil fuels, together with the lack of a correctional cycle in the global financial system in the past few decades, the scale of the inevitable release cycle will be much larger than it otherwise would have been. Therefore, any actions that seek to mediate that cycle and facilitate the reorganization cycle are much needed."

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IEA Cuts Global Oil Demand Forecast for 4th Time in 5 Months

IEA Cuts Global Oil Demand Forecast for 4th Time in 5 Months | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global oil demand next year will be weaker than previously estimated and supply from non-OPEC producers will be bigger, the International Energy Agency said.
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Walkability Is Good for You

Walkability Is Good for You | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.

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The Lessons We’ve Learned on Cultivating Community Leaders for Girls’ Education

The Lessons We’ve Learned on Cultivating Community Leaders for Girls’ Education | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Judith Anne Walker discusses how empowering community leaders can help break barriers to advance girls' education.
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Running Out of Future

Running Out of Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Super scientist Kevin Trenberth on why oceans now hottest in recorded history, why that can make Europe colder. Stephen Leahy: we bankrupt water supplies with consumer purchases. Rob Aldrich on a generation with Nature Deficit Disorder.
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The Fifth Estate | Public list of green bonds launched

The Fifth Estate | Public list of green bonds launched | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

To coincide with the COP 20 climate talks in Lima this week, the Climate Bonds Initiative has publicly released a full list of labelled green bonds.

“This is part of the initiative’s effort to promote greater transparency in the green bonds market, a market that has trebled in size over the past year,” CBI chief executive Sean Kidney said.

The list includes the name of the bond, the issuer, date of issue, currency, amount, tenor and whether a second opinion of the bond’s green status exists, and a link to that if available. Currently there are close to 300 separate bonds on the list and CBI plans to keep it periodically updated.

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Why Cities Can (and Should) Lead the Sustainable Consumption Movement

Why Cities Can (and Should) Lead the Sustainable Consumption Movement | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cities may be our best hope for making meaningful progress in the area of sustainability.
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Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time

Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world
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How Five Cities Improved Their Water Supply at the Source

How Five Cities Improved Their Water Supply at the Source | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a new report released by The Nature Conservancy, investing in the water upstream from your city just might help secure water for urbanites. The project, titled Urban Water Blueprint, maps several city’s watersheds by combining hydrological models and data from the City Water Map, to convey where 534 large cities get their water from. The ultimate implication is that there is a more sustainable approach to engineer the water flow to our amenities and even save millions of dollars, as New York City has since adopting the Safe Drink Water Act in the nineties.

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Planet ‘Has a Fever,’ Ban Ki-Moon Says, Demanding Action

Planet ‘Has a Fever,’ Ban Ki-Moon Says, Demanding Action | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped up his call for all nations rich and poor alike to fight global warming, seeking to break a dispute over which should move first to rein in fossil-fuel pollution.
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Lack of Water in Developing World Hospitals Kills: Report

Lack of Water in Developing World Hospitals Kills: Report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A dearth of clean water, sanitation and safe hygiene in birth settings in the developing world is proving to be alarmingly deadly for mothers and newborns, according to a report published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
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NOAA brings Outer Cape man's erosion-fighting method to the masses

NOAA brings Outer Cape man's erosion-fighting method to the masses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dune whisperer Gordon Peabody and his crew at the Wellfleet-based non-profit Safe Harbor have been given a chance to bring their erosion-fighting
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The Guardian and Monbiot versus Forbes and Worstall

The Guardian and Monbiot versus Forbes and Worstall | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Is it not also time for a government commission on post-growth economics?
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Study finds that retina

Study finds that retina | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Contrary to prior assumptions about the vision system, scientists have shown that the pattern of neural activity for a given scene changes fundamentally when the brightness of the environment incr...
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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the talks in their final day, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to a agree on the central issue of emissions targets.
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How to Make Transit Succeed in a Sprawling City | Streetsblog.net

How to Make Transit Succeed in a Sprawling City | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

n many ways, Calgary, Canada’s third-largest city, is very much like a sprawling American city. But in one way, it’s very different: It’s a huge transit city. Despite being composed mostly of sprawling single-family homes, in this Canadian energy boomtown, 50 percent of downtown workers arrive by transit and another 11 percent by bike — way higher than what you see in its American counterparts.

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The Myth of Net-Zero Emissions

The Myth of Net-Zero Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The carbon capture and storage solution fails to address the root causes of global warming, and risks the advance of the zero-emissions goal.
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Three promising pathways to finance sustainable cities | TheCityFix

Three promising pathways to finance sustainable cities | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Investing in business-as-usual infrastructure will only increase economic and social costs in our cities. Traffic congestion, for example, costs 4% of GDP in Cairo, 3.4% in Buenos Aires and 2.6% in Mexico City. In Beijing, the social costs of motorized transport are as high as 15% of GDP, while urban sprawl in America adds $400 billion annually in extra infrastructure, public service and transport costs.


But shifting toward compact urban development and low-carbon urban transport could reverse this trend. For example, in India, Ahmedabad’s population may grow from 5.4 million to 13.2 million by 2041, but sustainable development could make that future Ahmedabad 50% smaller in size with 84% less carbon dioxide emissions and 74% fewer fatalities from traffic accidents.

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1. Help cities access finance to sustainable growth through increased efficiency and coordination; 2. Shift investment from multilateral development banks and the private sector toward low-carbon urban development; 3. Set new partnership models across government, civil society, and the private sector to advance sustainable finance
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John Kerry: climate change is now a security issue

John Kerry: climate change is now a security issue | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
US secretary of state will call on leaders at Lima talks to reach for an ambitious deal to fight climate change
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Fossil-Fuel Exposure May Need to Be Disclosed in U.K.

Fossil-Fuel Exposure May Need to Be Disclosed in U.K. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey called for a debate on forcing companies to disclose their exposure to fossil fuels so that investors know the risks they face as cleaner forms of energy are required.
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Microgrids Create Energy-Resilient Communities

Microgrids Create Energy-Resilient Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Consumers who need resilient, reliable, “always-on” power that the utility can’t deliver are driving the growth of microgrids in the U.S. In addition, renewable energy and energy storage technologies are becoming essential components of microgrids. These were two of the many issues
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The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead | Newgeography.com

The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

rban America is often portrayed as a tale of two kinds of places, those that “have it” and those who do not. For the most part, the cities of the Midwest—with the exception of Chicago and Minneapolis—have been consigned to the second, and inferior, class. Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit or a host of smaller cities are rarely assessed, except as objects of pity whose only hope is to find a way, through new urbanist alchemy, to mimic the urban patterns of “superstar cities” like New York, San Francisco, Boston, or Portland.

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