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Americans Don't Care About Climate Change—And That's OK - Environment - GOOD

Americans Don't Care About Climate Change—And That's OK - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The deniers may be winning the battle for Americans’ hearts and minds, but they’ve lost the true war.
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U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds | Newgeography.com

U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior states, notably Texas and North Dakota, that have benefited from the fossil fuel energy boom. And if the Obama administration gets its way, they are about to get tougher.


This can be seen in a series of actions, including new regulations from the EPAand the likely veto by the president of the Keystone pipeline, that will further slow the one sector of the economy that has been generating high-paid, blue collar employment. At the same time, housing continues to suffer, as incomes for the vast majority of the middle class have failed to recover from the 2008 crash.

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Drowning in plastic

Drowning in plastic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard stories of islands of floating rubbish in the middle of the oceans, but it’s the trillions of barely visible microscopic fragments that are set to be the world’s next ecological emergency. Lucy Siegle reports
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Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air

Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is d...
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This is a lovely idea that supports the need for water and the need for community...please support if you can.  This is appropriate technology at its best.

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Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.
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Globalizing Sustainable Development | World Resources Institute

Globalizing Sustainable Development | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.

Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.
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7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations

7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The United States has a lot to learn about quality bus-rapid transit, and great station design is toward the top of that lesson plan. Take the Orange Line BRT in Los Angeles—one of America's highest-rated BRT systems, earning a bronze rating from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. It's not that Orange Line stations like the one below are unattractive for bus stops. It's just that they still inspire comparisons with bus stops.

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Not to be by shown up by Silicon Valley, Wall Street wades into bitcoin

Not to be by shown up by Silicon Valley, Wall Street wades into bitcoin | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The price of bitcoin might be taking a nosedive, but VCs and Wall Street investors are still piling in.
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Design for a Shared Future

Design for a Shared Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sharing with others is one of the positive stories to tell in the face of a harsh future, but how we tell that story is paramount.
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The Real Numbers: Half of America Is in Poverty -- and It's Creeping Upward

Last year, the Charles Koch Foundation released a commercial that ranked a near-poverty-level $34,000 family among the Top 1% of poor people in the world. Bud Konheim, CEO and co-founder of fashion company Nicole Miller, concurred: "The guy that's making, oh my God, he's making $35,000 a year, why don't we try that out in India or some countries we can't even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy."


Comments like these are condescending and self-righteous. They display an ignorance of the needs of lower-income and middle-income families in America. The costs of food and housing and education and health care and transportation and child care and taxes have been well-defined by organizations such as the Economic Policy Institute, which calculated that a U.S. family of three would require an average of about $48,000 a year to meet basic needs; and by the Working Poor Families Project, which estimates the income required for basic needs for a family of four at about $45,000. The median household income is $51,000.

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One Village in Tanzania Shows Locally Managed Development Makes Good Business Sense | World Resources Institute

One Village in Tanzania Shows Locally Managed Development Makes Good Business Sense | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many developing country governments have transferred large swathes of community land to agri-businesses, extractive industries, infrastructure developers and other investors as a way to grow their economies. These actions often come at the expense of local communities, who lose rights to the lands they’ve lived on for generations.

But development doesn’t need to come at the expense of local communities. As one community in Tanzania is showing, alternative business models can allow citizens to retain their lands and resources while also capitalizing on economic opportunities.
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A New Theory of Energy and The Economy - Part 1 - Generating Economic Growth

A New Theory of Energy and The Economy - Part 1 - Generating Economic Growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature.
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Can a Massive Museum Expansion Get Texans Walking?

Can a Massive Museum Expansion Get Texans Walking? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What sets the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, apart is one of its secondary goals: to make the Museum District a real, walkable neighborhood.
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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.
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The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems

The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rebecca Bell: The sea off our coasts teems with microscopic life that breaks down the carbon dioxide we pump into the air. Now a series of expeditions aims to find out more
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Innovation Excellence | Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy

Innovation Excellence | Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Disruptive innovation has become business' biggest paradigm. Harvard's Clayton Christensen coined the term and the New Yorker's Jill Lapore recently tore it down. While many companies scramble to create disruptive innovation strategies, the problem is that it isn't a linear process or methodology. No single strategy or theory (even the theory of disruptive innovation itself) has captured how it really works or how to do it.
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How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life

How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in "urban jungle."
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Why Infrastructure Matters: Rotten Roads, Bum Economy

Why Infrastructure Matters: Rotten Roads, Bum Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This essay argues America’s infrastructure choices must respond to economic, demographic, fiscal, and environmental changes if they are to help people, places and firms thrive and prosper.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A bathing Bengal tiger, wintry horses and San Francisco’s bird mystery feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world
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Water conservation that stresses money saving, too - CBS News

Water conservation that stresses money saving, too - CBS News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some utilities are using sophisticated systems to monitor water usage and persuade consumers to use less water
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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | SummitDaily.com

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | SummitDaily.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bruce Kania stood over an open trapdoor, peering down precipitous stairs into a repurposed septic tank sunk in the middle of Fish Fry Lake. “Stay behind me, and do
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Ptolemaic Environmentalism

Ptolemaic Environmentalism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Neo-green environmentalism is holding onto the core belief in the rightfulness or inevitability of a human-governed planet.
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Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 1

Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 1 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Access to land and the cost of that access are essential to the provision of affordable housing. Likewise, access to money, and the cost of that access, are issues fundamental to economic health.
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Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor

Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call “microgrid as metaphor,” and distinguish it from “microgrid as fact.” Let me elaborate.
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The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The latest numbers from the Brookings Institution are a reminder that inequality has a geographic dimension.
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