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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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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
World’s largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies
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Once again rapid decentralization rears its lovely head. 

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Downtown Houston Will Get Its First Protected Bike Lane | Streetsblog.net

Downtown Houston Will Get Its First Protected Bike Lane | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A piece of top-notch bike infrastructure is coming to the largest city in Texas.

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Cheaper, Cleaner, and Safer: How Hydrogen Could Replace Oil

Cheaper, Cleaner, and Safer: How Hydrogen Could Replace Oil | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists in Australia have come one step closer to replicating photosynthesis and creating bountiful and cheap hydrogen energy for everyone.
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Infrastructure Upgrades Mean Texas No Longer Wastes Wind Power

Infrastructure Upgrades Mean Texas No Longer Wastes Wind Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a report by the Energy Information Administration, wind curtailments in Texas have dropped steadily and substantially since 2011 thanks mostly to the state’s completion of 3,500 miles of transmission lines as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones program. 
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Mother Nature’s Daughters

Mother Nature’s Daughters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why are women doing most of the work on so many urban farms?
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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To sidestep Senate approval, President Obama’s negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.
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As the bees go, so goes the world?

As the bees go, so goes the world? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is as simple as this - when the bees lose, we lose, and that is the road we are going down.
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Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in which I looked at US oil. In this post, I would like to look at other sources of US energy.
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Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq,  A Battle for Control of Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war.
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Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements | TheCityFix

Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – introduced the Medellín Metrocable system to connect low-income residents to public transport. As the world’s first modern urban aerial cable car transport system, this innovative addition to Medellín’s existing metro system was built in response to significant spatial inequalities in metro access. Metrocable was designed to improve transport and quality of life in informal settlements located on the mountainside, home to some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities. The system currently consists of three lines, the first of which carries approximately 30,000 passengers per day. A recent study further speaks to the system’s success, finding that the Metrocable dramatically improves accessibility to metro stops and employment opportunities for some low-income residents. This attention to the city’s underserved communities reflects Medellín’s increased commitment to improving equity and quality of life while reducing emissions through sustainable mobility.

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Yale Environment 360: Meat Production, Especially Beef, Strains Land and Water, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Meat Production, Especially Beef, Strains Land and Water, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Global meat production has expanded more than four-fold over the last 50 years — and 25-fold since 1800 — due to growing purchasing power, urbanization, and changing diets, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. Consumers in industrial countries continue to eat much larger quantities of meat (75.9 kilograms per person) than those in developing nations (33.7 kilograms), though that gap is beginning to close, the report says. Nearly 70 percent of the planet's agricultural land and freshwater is used for livestock, with additional land and water used to grow grains for livestock feed. Beef production alone uses about three-fifths of global farmland and yields less than 5 percent of the world's protein, according to the report, and a kilogram of beef requires 15,000 liters of water, versus 3,300 liters for a kilogram of eggs. Sustainable agricultural practices such as feeding livestock with grasses instead of grains and using natural fertilizers could reduce these impacts, the report notes, but alternative dietary choices hold the most immediate promise for reducing the environmental footprint of meat production.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Growing, and Growing More Dangerous, Draft of U.N. Report Says

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Growing, and Growing More Dangerous, Draft of U.N. Report Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The report says that warming has already led to food and climate crises, and that the failure to reduce emissions will lead to worse catastrophes.
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A Typology of Gentrification | Newgeography.com

A Typology of Gentrification | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon Cutting Policies - CleanTechies

Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon Cutting Policies - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Implementing policies to curb carbon emissions dramatically cuts health care costs associated with poor air quality — in some cases, by more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change. Policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions are as effective as laws targeting polluting compounds like ground-levelRead More
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Let’s Stop Just Consuming and Become Part of the Internet of Energy - CleanTechies

Let’s Stop Just Consuming and Become Part of the Internet of Energy - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The real obstacle to getting more energy storage online is the automation related to the energy services. It’s all about the “Internet of Energy,”
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Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital | TheCityFix

Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ljubljana, Slovenia has won the 2016 European Green Capital Award, given annually by the European Commission to cities that set an example of sustainable urban development best practices.

With an ambitious sustainability plan and that has led to significant improvements in the past decade, the capital of Slovenia joins cities such as Bristol, elected as the 2015 winner and Copenhagen, elected as the 2014 winner. The award considers the city’s urban and environmental management strategies and commitment to sustainability. Specifically, the European Commission takes into account indicators such as climate resilience, urban mobility, air quality, waste management, and water quality among other factors.

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.
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The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?

The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Houston can't quit the Eighth Wonder of the World—but it can't quite decide what to do with it, either.
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Air HES system to collect water and generate electricity from the clouds

Air HES system to collect water and generate electricity from the clouds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Air HES concept claims to yield both clean water and electricity by using a high-flying airship to harvest and condense water vapor which it then uses t...
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Welcome to the circular economy—where objects never die

Welcome to the circular economy—where objects never die | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared at Ensia. “Don’t let fashion go to waste,” says H&M, the global clothing retailer that booked $20 billion in revenue last year. So I brought a bag of old T-shirts, sweaters and khaki pants to an H&M store in Washington, DC, where it took them, no questions asked, and gave me...
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U.S. liquid fuels production growth more than offsets unplanned supply disruptions - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

U.S. liquid fuels production growth more than offsets unplanned supply disruptions - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Community Food Activists Tell Their Stories

Community Food Activists Tell Their Stories | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s easy to dismiss issues facing people we don’t know and don’t see. Out of sight, out of mind. And if we don’t know any people grappling with hunger, that crisis can seem very abstract.
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A Closer Look at Turbulent Oceans and Greenhouse Heating

A Closer Look at Turbulent Oceans and Greenhouse Heating | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Climate science homes in on the oceans’ role in driving wiggles in global warming.
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Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’s faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.
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New diabetes treatment would turn liver cells into insulin-producers

New diabetes treatment would turn liver cells into insulin-producers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tel Aviv-based regenerative medicine firm Orgenesis is currently developing a diabetes treatment that it claims addresses many of the shortcomings of islet ...
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