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Hybrid Solar Power Collector Offers Two Solutions in One Device | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Hybrid Solar Power Collector Offers Two Solutions in One Device | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new product launched by a Turkish solar company called Solimpeks offers an ingenious solution to homeowners who would like to benefit from own solar power.
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How much of the world's fossil fuels can we burn?

How much of the world's fossil fuels can we burn? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Duncan Clark: The much-quoted three numbers of climate change have raised awareness of the simple fact there’s far more fossil fuel than we can burn and the more we extract, the greater the risk of climate catastrophe – but they don’t tell us the whole story
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Yale Environment 360: Dutch Energy Company Heats Homes With Custom-Built Computer Servers

Yale Environment 360: Dutch Energy Company Heats Homes With Custom-Built Computer Servers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A Dutch energy company is installing radiator-sized computer servers — which infamously generate large amounts of waste heat as they churn out data — in residential homes to offset energy costs, company representatives said this week. In the trial program, Rotterdam-based Eneco has equipped a handful of houses with custom-built computer servers designed to heat rooms as the servers process data for a variety of corporate computing clients. Eneco and the company behind the radiator-servers, Nerdalize, expect each one to reduce a home's heating expenses by roughly $440 over the course of a year. Eneco will cover all computing-related energy costs, the company said, but they expect the program to reduce server maintenance costs by up to 55 percent through preventing complications that arise when servers overheat. In summer months, the server-radiators will redirect excess heat outside the home, its designers say. Eneco expects to expand the venture if the trial program, which will continue through the end of the year, is successful.

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Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem

Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The public loves ethereal immersive installations, even if art critics don't.
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Deep Concerns as Climate Impacts on Gulf Stream Flow

Deep Concerns as Climate Impacts on Gulf Stream Flow | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Climate scientists have once again confirmed an alarming slowdown in the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean − the process that drives the current that warms Europe, and powers the planetary climate.

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Yale Environment 360: Extreme Forest Fragmentation Documented in Comprehensive New Study

Fragmentation of the world’s forests has become so severe that 70 percent of remaining woodlands are now within 1 kilometer of a road or other form of development, according to a new study. Using the world’s first high-resolution satellite map of tree cover, as well as an analysis of seven long-term fragmentation studies, researchers showed that the ongoing destruction of global forests is decreasing biodiversity by as much as 75 percent in some areas and adversely affecting the ability of forests to store carbon and produce clean water. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, found that 20 percent of the world’s forests are just 100 meters from a human-created “edge.” Even many parks and protected areas have undergone fragmentation. The few remaining large, virgin tracts of forest can be found in parts of the Amazon, Siberia, Congo, and Papua New Guinea, the study said. “The key results are shocking and sad,” said lead researcher Nick Haddad. “This study is a wake-up call to how much we’re affecting ecosystems — including areas we think we’re conserving.”

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Finding the Right Price for Water

Finding the Right Price for Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Economists say that the resource is currently too cheap. Will dry conditions finally help give the issue the political clout necessary to charge more?
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Angry Bear » Diabetes Diagnoses Surge in States Which Expanded Medicaid

The big news is that expanded access to Medicaid causes increased diagnosis of diabetes which presumably causes better health in the not so distant future. Google is impressed.

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How Mayors Became America's Infrastructure Mavens

How Mayors Became America's Infrastructure Mavens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Governors used to lead the push for big projects, but the growing rural-urban divide has brought civic leaders to the fore.
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Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present

Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
All we can do to prepare rightly for tomorrow is to do the right thing today.
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Your Money or Your Life: Can We Afford to Work for Peanuts?

Your Money or Your Life: Can We Afford to Work for Peanuts? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The old cliché of a mugger's threat sums up well the choice before us in these times: "Your money or your life".
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Four inspirations for sustainable transport from Rio | TheCityFix

Four inspirations for sustainable transport from Rio | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Citizens’ ability to access these and local opportunities, though, has been limited in the past due to increased reliance on individual cars generating congestion.


Low-income communities lack access to reliable, affordable public transit. Commuters face atrociously long travel times due to intense traffic congestion exacerbated by the geography of the city. One study showed that congestion cost Rio and São Paulo $43 billion in 2013 alone.


But Rio’s transport system may be starting to switch gears. Over the past few years, city leaders have started pursuing low-carbon public solutions for urban mobility. And now, in celebration of its 450th anniversary this year and as the host city of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the city is following up with concrete actions to begin transforming the city’s image into one of a global leader in sustainable mobility.

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Squads, Tribes, Guilds and Agile Organisations

Squads, Tribes, Guilds and Agile Organisations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I was really great to be able to catch up with our great friend Fritjof Capra these last couple of weeks while he was here in São Paulo. This year Fritjof has been developing a new and extremely ex...
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A Utility Business Model That Embraces Efficiency and Solar Without Sacrificing Revenue?

A Utility Business Model That Embraces Efficiency and Solar Without Sacrificing Revenue? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our analysis shows that both municipally-owned utilities like Fort Collins Utilities and other member- or independently-owned utilities alike can achieve very real success while embracing efficiency and solar.
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Getting millions to learn: How did Japan’s Lesson Study program help improve education in Zambia?

Getting millions to learn: How did Japan’s Lesson Study program help improve education in Zambia? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jenny Perlman Robinson examines Japan's practice of Lesson Study, an innovative approach to support in-service training that has proven to be effective in various countries around the world.
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Gecko feet inspire adhesion tech that can be turned on and off

Gecko feet inspire adhesion tech that can be turned on and off | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In various types of manufacturing, parts are picked and placed using graspers or suction cups. The former can damage fragile items, however, while the latter won't work in vacuums. That's why scie...
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RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining

RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Starlings and house sparrow numbers dwindling as survey reveals long-term downward trend despite overall boost to populations due to a warm winter and bumper harvests
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Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution

Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.
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This Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining

This Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The invisible sidewalk ink puts a positive spin on the gloomy weather.
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Agroecology: An Idea and Practice Coming of Age

Agroecology: An Idea and Practice Coming of Age | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In February, at the International Forum for Agroecology in Nyeleni, Mali, a turning point came in the dissemination of ideas and practices of what is called ‘agroecology’.
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When is a shipping container not a shipping container? When it's a farm

When is a shipping container not a shipping container? When it's a farm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ensuring that the food we eat is locally and sustainably grown is not always easy, especially in cities where crop-growing space is at a premium. Firms like Freight Farms and Cropbox, however, hav...
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Lauren David's curator insight, Today, 2:58 AM

I work as a freight forwarder at a company called Southern Cross Cargo.  I came across this website where it shows two companies transforming shipping containers into farms. I found this very interesting.

As a freight forwarder, I know a lot about these containers and how many different varieties there were, however I was not expecting to see a hydroponic container!  From what I've read, it seems to be a fantastic idea.  They can grow a lot of produce at a time, in a compact space, with water saving technology, preferred lighting system, ensuring customs eat locally grown produce and it can all be controlled by a smart phone!  Now that's pretty amazing...

My only concern would the guidelines and regulations that the farmers need to follow.  Are the containers cleaned regularly?  Is these a chance of bad bacteria from moisture? Will the 'back-yard' growers how sell produce locally follow the same regulations as larger distributors?  These are just a few points to ponder upon.  

I would say that there would be regulations set to ensure the quality is of the highest standard, however I believe with individuals being able to buy these containers and have an entire farm in their backyard, some things may slip through the cracks.  It only takes one incident to cause many. 

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Amazon Forest Becoming Less of a Climate Change Safety Net

Amazon Forest Becoming Less of a Climate Change Safety Net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The ability of the Amazon basin to soak up excess carbon dioxide is weakening over time, researchers reported last week.
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Africa's Rising GDP Numbers

Africa's Rising GDP Numbers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
African countries are recalculating their gross domestic products to include previously unaccounted economic activities. Is it a strategy of these countries to market themselves or does rebasing reflect the economic reality of the situation?
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