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Africa looks to learn from east Asia's development experiences

Africa looks to learn from east Asia's development experiences | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Elsje Fourie: From Kenya to Ethiopia, policymakers are looking east in the search for an adaptable development blueprint...
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German Power Poised to Fall for Fourth Year on Economy

German Power Poised to Fall for Fourth Year on Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Power prices in Germany will probably fall for an unprecedented fourth year on signs Europe’s biggest economy is slowing and fuel costs are dropping.
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How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer

How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The largest metros would have seen a 24 percent bump in economic growth in 2012 if racial employment disparities didn't exist.
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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.
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First highway with glow-in-the-dark markings opens in the Netherlands

First highway with glow-in-the-dark markings opens in the Netherlands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Drivers on a road in the Netherlands are now being guided by glow-in-the-dark road markings. The N329 in Oss is being used to pilot the concept, which is pa...
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Shale Boom’s Allure to Wall Street Tested by Bear Market

Shale Boom’s Allure to Wall Street Tested by Bear Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Falling oil prices are testing investors’ commitment to the Wall Street-funded shale boom.
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Five graphs that explain the EU 2030 energy and climate deal

Five graphs that explain the EU 2030 energy and climate deal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As David Cameron prepares to join EU leaders to set new targets for emissions, energy savings and renewables, we look at the data and what it means for the UK
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Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems

Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Extreme weather from climate change and growing urbanization are making cities more vulnerable to loss of electric power and damage to energy infrastructure.
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Sustainability Takes Center Stage

Sustainability Takes Center Stage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Environmentally friendly,” “green,” “sustainable” — these words have become ubiquitous, plastered on products from handbags to home décor and everything in between. As a society, we’re more aware than ever of the difference we can make purchasi
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What France Can Teach U.S. Cities About Transit Design

What France Can Teach U.S. Cities About Transit Design | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What the French gamely call the "art of insertion" is really a multimodal understanding of streets.
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Will Our National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry?

Will Our National Forests Be Sacrificed to the Biomass Industry? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The U.S. Forest Service wants to sell our forests for fuel in the name of wildfire reduction.
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Climate Equity: A Tale of 4 Countries | World Resources Institute

Climate Equity: A Tale of 4 Countries | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How should countries decide what to put into their national emissions reduction plans, and how should they be evaluated? What should governments, civil society, and the private sector take into account in thinking about the equitability of a country’s actions?

WRI’s new online tool, the CAIT Equity Explorer, aims to help answer these questions.
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Ethiopia Commits to Restore One-Sixth of its Land | World Resources Institute

Ethiopia Commits to Restore One-Sixth of its Land | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The New York Declaration on Forests issued at the UN Climate Summit last month includes a global pledge to restore 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2030.

Several countries confirmed their commitment to restore millions of hectares of degraded land, with Ethiopia making one of the most significant pledges—setting a target to restore 15 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into productivity by 2025.
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Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100-Percent Renewable

Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100-Percent Renewable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vermont may be best known for maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but now its largest city can boast another accomplishment. The city of Burlington (pop. 42,000) now gets 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
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High-end P.A.T.H. prefab house range promises energy to spare

High-end P.A.T.H. prefab house range promises energy to spare | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
High-profile French designer and architect Philippe Starck has joined forces with Slovenian prefabricated specialists Riko to produce the P.A.T.H. range of ...
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Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute

Intelligent Imagining: Scenarios to Manage Water as the Climate Changes | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Using Aqueduct data, participants in a recent workshop in Trifinio, Guatemala developed scenarios for decision-makers to manage water and adapt to climate change.
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Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Real Economic Payoff from Infrastructure | Newgeography.com

Real Economic Payoff from Infrastructure | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With the Obama proposal to get some money for infrastructure, it is time to revisit the payoff from investments in transportation. Investments that improve the performance of transportation in the US will pay for themselves in 17 years through increased economic activity and the resulting gains in federal tax revenue. The rate of return for national investments in transportation is 7%, significantly more than the cost of borrowing. Recently released research verbalizes a theory of why the performance of infrastructure matters for the economy.

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Seeding change

Seeding change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
73% of seed crops are now ‘owned’ by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.
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What is Network Strategy? « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

What is Network Strategy? « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Are goats the answer to the reed choking US east coast marshes?

Are goats the answer to the reed choking US east coast marshes? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yale Environment 360: Test site finds goats dramatically reduce phragmites, which have been previously tackled with fires and bulldozers
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Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.
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Weather-driven energy intensity increase led to higher energy-related emissions in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Weather-driven energy intensity increase led to higher energy-related emissions in 2013 - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seeking constructive dialogue on the merits and limits of clean, efficient lighting.
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Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study | TheCityFix

Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns

As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Smoking, junk food, and and alcohol use are wreaking havoc among poor migrants in Asian capitals.
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Veena Rodrigues's curator insight, Today, 5:17 AM

Benefits of urbanization: Increased access to education, health services, electricity, water (even if often of dubious quality), income-earning opportunities, and the sense of being at the social center of things...

But in addition to focusing on providing basic services, decent and safe housing, and transportation infrastructure, planners and policymakers need to add PUBLIC HEALTH to the list!