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California Attorney General Files Plastic Water Bottle Lawsuit

California Attorney General Files Plastic Water Bottle Lawsuit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California Attorney General Kamala D.Harris filed a lawsuit against three companies over claims that they misled consumers by marketing plastic water bottles...
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Go with the flow: See all 250,000 rivers in the US - environment - 23 December 2014 - New Scientist

Go with the flow: See all 250,000 rivers in the US - environment - 23 December 2014 - New Scientist | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Explore all the rivers in the US in this interactive map, in which each waterway is coloured according to its direction of flow
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With Water, Life Returns to the Colorado River Delta

With Water, Life Returns to the Colorado River Delta | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last spring, on the eighth day of the release of Colorado River water into its channel at the US-Mexico border – an event known as the “pulse flow” – I witnessed something extraordinary.
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What’s Next for World Oil as Lower Prices Extend Into ‘15

What’s Next for World Oil as Lower Prices Extend Into ‘15 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The oil price decline of 2014 upended the geopolitical chessboard. Worth watching in 2015 will be who can recover and dominate play -- OPEC, Vladimir Putin or U.S. shale drillers.
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Will States Take Over Demand Response Markets in the US?

Will States Take Over Demand Response Markets in the US? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How will demand response (DR) be compensated in wholesale energy markets under NY’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative in the wake of the DC Circuit Court’s decision vacating Order 745, and how will the bulk system respond to cuts in peak demand with the growth of distributed e
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People Are the Key to Energy Efficiency - CleanTechies

People Are the Key to Energy Efficiency - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Click Green reports that research conducted by Washington State University shows people are key to energy efficiency and that educating them about the features of the buildings they work in is needed to maximize those savings. The research is the result of a meeting WSU graduate Julia Day went to one day in an officeRead More
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The Oil Price Opportunity

The Oil Price Opportunity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kemal Derviş, vice president of the Brookings Institution, proposes that governments take advantage of falling oil prices to introduce an explicit carbon tax.
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Lima climate change talks end in agreement - but who won?

Lima climate change talks end in agreement - but who won? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This weekend’s deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions gave everyone at the talks in Peru what they came for - sort ofThere was one thing above all others that wealthy countries wanted out of the Lima negotiations, and that was a method of...
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Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich

Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Talks stumble amid rising frustration over ‘ridiculously low’ cash commitments offered by rich nations to help pay for emissions cuts
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Replacing Subsidies with Investment: Lessons from Jakarta

Replacing Subsidies with Investment: Lessons from Jakarta | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last month Indonesia’s newly elected President Joko Widodo made the controversial decision to cut public fuel subsidies, which led to a 30 percent increase in the nation’s gas prices, prompting protests. Yet, investors have cheered Widodo’s decision. The country’s stock market has risen, its currency has rallied, and its bond yields have fallen in the weeks since the announcement.
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Panarchy: Implications For Economic & Social Policy

Panarchy: Implications For Economic & Social Policy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Panarchy is a concept that recognizes the cycle of growth, collapse and renewal inherent in complex systems. What can this concept tell us about human society's cycles?
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Patrick Verdonk's curator insight, December 15, 5:06 AM

Change is coming, change is needed, and it will be more chaotic for a longer period...

 

"With the extension of the conservation period through the energy provided by fossil fuels, together with the lack of a correctional cycle in the global financial system in the past few decades, the scale of the inevitable release cycle will be much larger than it otherwise would have been. Therefore, any actions that seek to mediate that cycle and facilitate the reorganization cycle are much needed."

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IEA Cuts Global Oil Demand Forecast for 4th Time in 5 Months

IEA Cuts Global Oil Demand Forecast for 4th Time in 5 Months | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global oil demand next year will be weaker than previously estimated and supply from non-OPEC producers will be bigger, the International Energy Agency said.
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Walkability Is Good for You

Walkability Is Good for You | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.

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The Lessons We’ve Learned on Cultivating Community Leaders for Girls’ Education

The Lessons We’ve Learned on Cultivating Community Leaders for Girls’ Education | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Judith Anne Walker discusses how empowering community leaders can help break barriers to advance girls' education.
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Duluth City Council Unanimously Passes Seed Sharing Resolution

Duluth City Council Unanimously Passes Seed Sharing Resolution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Seed activists can put a mark in the win column. Recently, the city council in Duluth, Minnesota passed a resolution supporting seed saving and sharing in the city (see video below of the council meeting).
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Are small-scale renewable energy grids already starting to replace mega-utility corporations?

Are small-scale renewable energy grids already starting to replace mega-utility corporations? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Increasing efficiencies in energy storage and transmission combined with falling prices for renewable energy technologies are creating a profound transformation of energy systems around the world.
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Identified Global Wind Potential almost 100 Million Megawatts - CleanTechies

Identified Global Wind Potential almost 100 Million Megawatts - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Technical Committee of the World Wind Energy Association has published the first World Wind Resource Assessment Report. The report gives a comprehensive overview of currently available wind resources assessment from most world regions. The total wind potential of the world, as identified by these existing studies, is 95…
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Spreading the Solar Cheer: Reaching Low-Income Customers

Spreading the Solar Cheer: Reaching Low-Income Customers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Heating and cooling are not “nice-to-haves” in most areas of the U.S. – they are a necessity. However, this basic need creates a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Statistics vary on how much low-income families typically spend on their energy bills, but it’s in
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Why the public voice matters in urban mobility planning: Lessons from Brazil | TheCityFix

Why the public voice matters in urban mobility planning: Lessons from Brazil | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Eighty-five percent of Brazilians live, work, and play in cities. As such, urban mobility is a fundamental driver of quality of life for the vast majority of the country, enabling access to jobs, healthcare, schools, and other everyday needs. In 2012, Brazil’s national government recognized this importance by enacting the National Policy on Urban Mobility, which requires cities with 20,000 residents or more to develop urban mobility plans in order to receive federal funding. At the same time, the federal Growth Acceleration Program (Programa de Açeleração de Crescimento [PAC]) has made US$ 57 billion available for 88 mid-size cities to develop and implement sustainable urban mobility plans.


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2014 Wildlife photography awards round-up – in pictures

2014 Wildlife photography awards round-up – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The best images from national and international wildlife photography competitions of the year
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Lack of Water in Developing World Hospitals Kills: Report

Lack of Water in Developing World Hospitals Kills: Report | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A dearth of clean water, sanitation and safe hygiene in birth settings in the developing world is proving to be alarmingly deadly for mothers and newborns, according to a report published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
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NOAA brings Outer Cape man's erosion-fighting method to the masses

NOAA brings Outer Cape man's erosion-fighting method to the masses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dune whisperer Gordon Peabody and his crew at the Wellfleet-based non-profit Safe Harbor have been given a chance to bring their erosion-fighting
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The Guardian and Monbiot versus Forbes and Worstall

The Guardian and Monbiot versus Forbes and Worstall | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Is it not also time for a government commission on post-growth economics?
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Study finds that retina

Study finds that retina | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Contrary to prior assumptions about the vision system, scientists have shown that the pattern of neural activity for a given scene changes fundamentally when the brightness of the environment incr...
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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the talks in their final day, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to a agree on the central issue of emissions targets.
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How to Make Transit Succeed in a Sprawling City | Streetsblog.net

How to Make Transit Succeed in a Sprawling City | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

n many ways, Calgary, Canada’s third-largest city, is very much like a sprawling American city. But in one way, it’s very different: It’s a huge transit city. Despite being composed mostly of sprawling single-family homes, in this Canadian energy boomtown, 50 percent of downtown workers arrive by transit and another 11 percent by bike — way higher than what you see in its American counterparts.

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