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The Worst Kind of Poverty: Energy Poverty

The Worst Kind of Poverty: Energy Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Energy poverty is only a piece of larger economic poverty, but it's one of the best ways out of it.
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How to Make an Attractive City - YouTube

We've grown good at making many things in the modern world - but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles fo...
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Keeping banks open for the world’s poor

Keeping banks open for the world’s poor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Peer Stein and John Villasenor discuss the role of the global financial system in supporting the world's poorest and most vulnerable, both economically and ethically.
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Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow

Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Big metal shipping containers are often used to import food from around the globe. Now, two Boston entrepreneurs are modifying those containers to grow local produce hydroponically, 365 days a year.
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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.
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Innovation Excellence | Unpacking the Geography of Crowd Capital

Innovation Excellence | Unpacking the Geography of Crowd Capital | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From a presentation that Yannig Roth did at the Open & User Innovation Conference, at Harvard Business School, with two fellow crowdsourcing researchers from Canada (Prashant Shukla & John Prpic). The talk, titled “Is the World Flat? Unpacking the Geography of Crowd Capital,” presented early results of a research about crowdsourcing participation across the globe. And, editors’ note, we welcome more SlideShares on current innovation content from our contributors.
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3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks | World Resources Institute

3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
India is one of the most water-challenged countries in the world, from its deepest aquifers to its largest rivers.

The India Water Tool 2.0 is the most comprehensive, publicly available online tool evaluating India’s water risks.
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Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles

Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Speaking at Royal Society event on health and climate change, prince says that failure to act on global warming would be ‘death sentence’ for the planet
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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Winner hopes his photograph of a short snouted seahorse – that beat thousands of entries from 40 countries – will raise awareness of the species’ dramatic decline
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Tesla gearing up for release of batteries for the home

Tesla gearing up for release of batteries for the home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The same lithium-ion battery technology that powers Tesla’s electric vehicles will be used to develop a battery for the home, according to a statement by CEO Elon Musk. The batteries would be used...
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Innovation Excellence | Innovation Through Preparation

Innovation Excellence | Innovation Through Preparation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Innovation is about new; innovation is about different; innovation is about “never been done before”; and innovation is about preparation.
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Care about global climate change? Then fight local air pollution

Care about global climate change? Then fight local air pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The dirty fuels that cause particulate pollution are the same dirty fuels that cause global warming -- another great reason to crack down on them.
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Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says

Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday shows that about 60 million metric tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, a problem that contributes to climate change and to the loss of natural resources like water and land.
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Researchers create world's first two 3D-printed jet engines

Researchers create world's first two 3D-printed jet engines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's fir...
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The Enormous Promise of a Carbon Tax-and-Dividend | Streetsblog.net

The Enormous Promise of a Carbon Tax-and-Dividend | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Absent any foreseeable action from Washington, some states and localities are stepping up with policies that put a price on carbon. And that has a number of exciting implications for cities and sustainable transportation. California is using revenue from its cap-and-trade program, for instance, to subsidize housing near transit.

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3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute

3 Counterintuitive Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Boston received 98 inches of snow this season, California faces an epic drought and the American West experienced warmer-than-average temperatures. What’s going on with this extreme weather, and what does it have to do with global climate change?
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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Haste makes waste: commingling trash and recycling vs. sustainability and core values

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Haste makes waste: commingling trash and recycling vs. sustainability and core values | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Many DC residents have been complaining about delays in the pick up of trash and recycling, as DPW crews have found it hard to collect in areas where snow and ice conditions make maneuvering large and heavy garbage trucks difficult and dangerous.

Someone on the ANC6A neighborhood e-list made a good suggestion, that when it is difficult to maneuver in alleys, collection should shift to the street.

In response to what mostly is whining (it's not like the problems with snow and ice aren't evident), Mayor Bowser announced a "All Hands on Deck" initiative, where DPW personnel will be out collecting trash all weekend in those areas where collections were missed.

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Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change

A great deal of research to inform environmental conservation and management takes a predict-and-prescribe strategy in which improving forecasts about future states of ecosystems is the primary goal. But sufficiently thorough understanding of ecosystems needed to reduce deep uncertainties is probably not achievable, seriously limiting the potential effectiveness of the predict-and-prescribe approach. Instead, research should integrate more closely with policy development to identify the range of alternative plausible futures and develop strategies that are robust across these scenarios and responsive to unpredictable ecosystem dynamics.


Prediction, precaution, and policy under global change
Daniel E. Schindler, Ray Hilborn

Science 27 February 2015:
Vol. 347 no. 6225 pp. 953-954
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1261824


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Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What's the difference between "public space" and "place"?
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If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do

If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If pollinator health is made a priority, to be successful much current policy and practice must change.
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Archiblox prefab home uses

Archiblox prefab home uses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prefab houses can be quick and affordable to build. Now, a prefab house from Australian architects Archiblox promises the additional benefit of generating more energy than it uses. The Archi+ Carb...
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Listen Up: Combining Solar and Storage for Commercial Buildings

Listen Up: Combining Solar and Storage for Commercial Buildings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Homes are billed for electricity based on the amount of energy they consume (measured in kwh). But commercial facilities often get an additional charge for the peak amount of power they consume during each month (measured in kw). These demand charges are designed to compensate the utility for the pe
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Yale Environment 360: Heat-Trapping Effects of CO2 Measured in Nature for First Time

Yale Environment 360: Heat-Trapping Effects of CO2 Measured in Nature for First Time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Scientists have long understood how carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming, but the phenomenon had not been directly documented at the earth's surface outside of a laboratory — until now. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers present 11 years of field data on carbon dioxide's capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the surface of the earth. The results agree with theoretical predictions of the greenhouse effect associated with fossil fuel combustion, researchers say, and provide further confirmation that calculations used in climate models are on track when it comes to representing the impact of CO2 emissions. "We see, for the first time in the field, the amplification of the greenhouse effect because there's more CO2 in the atmosphere to absorb what the earth emits in response to incoming solar radiation," says Daniel Feldman, a scientist at Berkeley Lab and lead author of the study.

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New Mobile App for Eco-conscious Consumers Funded by Google, Facebook, and Amazon

New Mobile App for Eco-conscious Consumers Funded by Google, Facebook, and Amazon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
OpenLabel provides reliable information about the sustainability of 20 million products. The days of nontransparent labeling may soon be gone.
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ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Arizona State University, one of the world's largest universities by student population, has announced the addition of the Biomimicry Center, which will offer the first-ever master's degree in biomimicry.
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