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Look out: Fossil fuels may be out-innovating green tech

Look out: Fossil fuels may be out-innovating green tech | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cheap natural gas from 'fracking' shale rock and other unconventional fossil fuels are making life tough for cleantech. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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One Way To Force The Government To Act On Climate Change: Take It To Court

One Way To Force The Government To Act On Climate Change: Take It To Court | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A landmark case in the Netherlands will decide whether or not the government is violating human rights by not stopping emissions.
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Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers - Water, Land and Ecosystems

Rapid, low-cost technologies generate high-value soils information for planners and farmers - Water, Land and Ecosystems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  A big, risky decision for smallholder farmers is what type and how much fertilizer to apply to their crops.…
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Implanted micropump could deliver epilepsy drugs right into the brain

Implanted micropump could deliver epilepsy drugs right into the brain | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A promising new treatment for epilepsy directly targets the nerve cells that cause seizures. Its creators hope to combine it with an implantable microchip that they previously developed to create ...
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Resilient Urban Systems: Where We Stand Now and Where We Need to Go

Resilient Urban Systems: Where We Stand Now and Where We Need to Go | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This paper draws on case studies from across the globe to assess the current innovative approaches that cities are undertaking to make their infrastructure systems more resilient in order to better cope with future uncertainties.
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In a New Video, Las Vegas' 'Water Empress' Delivers a Lesson in Conservation Ethics

In a New Video, Las Vegas' 'Water Empress' Delivers a Lesson in Conservation Ethics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Patricia Mulroy lays out your moral obligation to save water.
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Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power

Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
So-called flow batteries can provide energy steadily over time and last much longer than other types of storage.
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Revisiting Ethics in Sustainable Agriculture

Revisiting Ethics in Sustainable Agriculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sustainable agriculture is by nature, an ethical industry. By definition it is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystem
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Innovation Excellence | Seeking Innovation Alignment Conversations

Innovation Excellence | Seeking Innovation Alignment Conversations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Innovation stands in service to the strategic goals of our organization, or it certainly should!
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Fresh understanding of what causes asthma opens door for new treatment

Fresh understanding of what causes asthma opens door for new treatment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Cardiff University may have just lifted the veil on this what triggers asthma, claiming to have not only have uncovered its root cause, but drugs that can curtail its symptoms.

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Can this new blueprint for fossil fuel divestment stir industry to action?

Can this new blueprint for fossil fuel divestment stir industry to action? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Carbon Tracker Initiative provides a roadmap for oil and gas firms to diversify and move away from fossil fuels. But are they even interested in doing so?
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The Costs of Climate Adaptation, Explained in 4 Infographics | World Resources Institute

The Costs of Climate Adaptation, Explained in 4 Infographics | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How much money will the world need to protect itself from the impacts of climate change? By some estimates, about $300 billion a year by 2050.
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Oceans are world's seventh largest economy worth $24tn, says WWF report

Oceans are world's seventh largest economy worth $24tn, says WWF report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vast economic worth of world’s oceans includes fishing, tourism and shipping but is declining due to pollution, climate change and overfishing
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How New Orleans, Louisville, and San Francisco Are Using Open Data to Solve Problems

How New Orleans, Louisville, and San Francisco Are Using Open Data to Solve Problems | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On the heels of Bloomberg's $42 million open data initiative, these programs are already boosting civic reform.
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Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements

Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I met architect Andrea Paoletti four years ago at Impact Hub SoMa in San Francisco, the coworking space where I’m a long-time member. He was visiting from Milan to lead a collaborative interior design project with Hub members. His job was to help Hub members design their space so that it encouraged collaboration. His work interested me and was relevant to Shareable. I asked him to write an article about his work co-designing collaborative spaces.
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Asheville Just 'Happened' to Develop a Nice Downtown—Or Did It?

Asheville Just 'Happened' to Develop a Nice Downtown—Or Did It? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the immortal words from Liberty Valance, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Herewith the legend and reality of Asheville.
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Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Audi is making a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent when it comes to climate change – that's because the synthetic diesel is made from just water an...
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Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power

Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Oil fracking companies seeking to improve their image and pull in a little extra cash are turning their waste water into clean geothermal power.
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Did You Know That The Future Is Inside Of Your Organization? - Kedge

Did You Know That The Future Is Inside Of Your Organization? - Kedge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

...In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us...

In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us – in what we think, what we hope for, and what we do. The future is the higher order purpose of our present ideas, innovations and activities. When we miss the transformative nature of the future, we really fail to understand the purpose and meaning of the present altogether. - See more at: http://www.kedgefutures.com/did-you-know-that-the-future-is-inside-of-your-organization/#sthash.gMOrdKw6.dpuf
In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us – in what we think, what we hope for, and what we do. The future is the higher order purpose of our present ideas, innovations and activities. When we miss the transformative nature of the future, we really fail to understand the purpose and meaning of the present altogether. - See more at: http://www.kedgefutures.com/did-you-know-that-the-future-is-inside-of-your-organization/#sthash.gMOrdKw6.dpuf
In other words, we already have the DNA of the future inside of us – in what we think, what we hope for, and what we do. The future is the higher order purpose of our present ideas, innovations and activities. When we miss the transformative nature of the future, we really fail to understand the purpose and meaning of the present altogether. - See more at: http://www.kedgefutures.com/did-you-know-that-the-future-is-inside-of-your-organization/#sthash.gMOrdKw6.dpuf
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Existing skin medications may reverse effects of multiple sclerosis

Existing skin medications may reverse effects of multiple sclerosis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are already stem cells that are capable of repairing the damage done by multiple sclerosis, but getting them to do so has proven very difficult. Now, however, scientists may have found the a...
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Artificial photosynthesis breakthrough turns CO2 emissions into plastics and biofuel

Artificial photosynthesis breakthrough turns CO2 emissions into plastics and biofuel | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and semiconducting nanowires that take water, sunlight and carbon dioxide and turn them into the building blocks of biodegradable plastics, phar...
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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses

Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A program that helps low-income families and local farmers.
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How Tel Aviv Used Technology to Change the Way Citizens Interact With Local Government

How Tel Aviv Used Technology to Change the Way Citizens Interact With Local Government | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
DigiTel, a project launched in 2013, is an "e-government" app and a smart card, all in one.
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Yale Environment 360: Yale Plans to Charge University Departments for Their Carbon Emissions

Yale Environment 360: Yale Plans to Charge University Departments for Their Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Yale University has announced that it will enact a novel carbon-pricing mechanism in the next academic year in hopes of curbing its greenhouse gas emissions. Devised by a committee led by economist William Nordhaus — an expert on the intersection of climate change and economic policy — the program will operate in a pilot phase for three years before possibly going into full effect, the university said. According to the committee's report, departments within the university would be charged based on how much their carbon emissions deviated from average levels in the past. The report recommends a price of $40 per ton of carbon dioxide, which is based on current federal legislation and the government's estimates for the social cost of carbon. "We didn't see anything like this" when reviewing other institutions' carbon-pricing schemes, Nordhaus told E&E News, saying he believes Yale's program is the first and most comprehensive of its kind.

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