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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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United States electricity map

United States electricity map | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Washington Post mapped power plants in the United States by type and capacity in megawatts. Color indicates the former, and bubble size indicates the latter. There are a lot more natural gas po...
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Global life expectancy rises, but not all is healthy

Global life expectancy rises, but not all is healthy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study has found that people born in 2013 can expect to live 6.2 years longer than those born in 1990. However, healthy life expectancy has not increased as much, which suggests people are also living longer with illness and disability.
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When the supermarket becomes a classroom: Building learning communities beyond the school walls

When the supermarket becomes a classroom: Building learning communities beyond the school walls | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek examines the supermarket study as a means to support learning opportunities outside the school walls and further build smart communities.
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Satellites Uncover 5 Surprising Hotspots for Tree Cover Loss | World Resources Institute

Satellites Uncover 5 Surprising Hotspots for Tree Cover Loss | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world lost 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of trees in 2014, more than half of it in the tropics.
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Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators, specifically the high costs of expanding electricity transmission infrastructure in the least densely populated state. Alaska's nascent wind industry has sited utility-scale turbines along the Railbelt, the only large-scale transmission system in the state, and at distributed scale to supply electricity in remote or rural areas without grid access.

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Richard Florida on New York's Great Reset

Richard Florida on New York's Great Reset | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In addition to my City Journal article on the new NYU report about New York City's "great reset," I also was able to grab a few minutes with Richard Florida to get his take on the report. Listen be...
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Transportation For America – Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods

Transportation For America – Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Affirming a trend seen in other cities, Indianapolis’s eight-mile Cultural Trail has been a boon to the neighborhoods adjacent to it — as well as the city as a whole — increasing property values of homes and businesses and giving residents and tourists a convenient, attractive, unbroken path to walk, bike and move around the city.

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3D-printed compostable bike frame is made from plants

3D-printed compostable bike frame is made from plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the exceptions of wood and bamboo, bicycle frames usually aren't made from sustainable resources. Italian design studio Eurocompositi is setting out to change that, however, with its 3D-printed Bhulk mountain bike frame.
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Our "iron and petroleum age" industries need to create fully compostable products.

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Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis

Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed an artificial leaf that can produce hydrogen fuel through a process similar to photosynthesis, according to findings published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.

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Should We Move to Bioregionalism?

Should We Move to Bioregionalism? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“It’s time to consider that bioregional self-sufficiency—the principle of meeting human needs within the constraints of resource areas—is really what leads to democracy and prosperity.”
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Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas

Connecting Placemaking and Resilience in New York’s Coastal Areas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A resilient place has traditionally been considered one that is capable of “bouncing back.”
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Houston, let's leverage what others are doing in this area.  The hardness of our built environment will be our Achille's heel in the ever more stormy days ahead.

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Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video

Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Josh Willis of Nasa explains the space agency’s announcement that a long-term satellite imaging study has shown a dramatic rise in sea levels due to climate change
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Yale Environment 360: NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect

Yale Environment 360: NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The presence or scarcity of vegetation is an essential factor in determining how much urban areas heat up, according to a NASA study. Using data from multiple satellites, the researchers found that areas covered in part by impervious surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, and steel had an average summer temperature 3.4 degrees F higher than nearby rural areas. The highest U.S. urban temperatures compared to surrounding areas were along the Interstate-95 corridor from Boston to Washington and around Atlanta and the I-85 corridor in the Southeast. In desert cities such as Phoenix, the urban area was actually cooler because irrigated lawns and trees provide cooling that dry, rocky areas do not, the researchers explain. The urban heat island effect, as the phenomenon is known, occurs primarily during the day, when impervious surfaces in cities absorb more sunlight than surrounding vegetated areas. Plants naturally lower surrounding surface temperatures by releasing water back into the atmosphere during photosynthesis. An increase of just 1.8 degrees F can raise energy demands for air conditioning from 5 to 20 percent in the United States, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Shareable Future of Cities

The Shareable Future of Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How can cities help save the future? Futurist Alex Steffen shows how.
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This TED talk is well worth watching or re-viewing...

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Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do

Why Not Start Today: Backyard Carbon Sequestration Is Something Nearly Everyone Can Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To make it simple as a crayon sketch, there are two ways to mitigate climate change that, in tandem, could work.
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New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots | World Resources Institute

New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world lost more than 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of tree cover in 2014, an area twice the size of Portugal, according to new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Google released by Global Forest Watch. The data find that tropical forests are in the most trouble, losing 9.9 million hectares (24.5 million acres) of tree cover in 2014 – over half of the global total.
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New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building

New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.
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Creating Livable Spaces

Creating Livable Spaces | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Architect, scientist and author Jana Revedin champions sustainability in architecture and urban development. Her work makes a case for unhurried design and lasting quality.
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The Fifth Estate | New Australian sustainability and fossil free indices launched

The Fifth Estate | New Australian sustainability and fossil free indices launched | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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The Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Under Water

The Alaskan Village That Will Soon Be Under Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.
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Where San Francisco Is Gentrifying

Where San Francisco Is Gentrifying | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Urban Displacement Project maps four stages of neighborhood transformation in the Bay Area.
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Resetting New York's Economy

Resetting New York's Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York University recently issued a study called "New York City: The Great Reset" that took a look at changes in New York's economy since the 9/11 attacks. As the name implies, Richard Florida, w...
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World Pollutionwatch: Fire can kill – far from the flames

World Pollutionwatch: Fire can kill – far from the flames | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gary Fuller reports that smoke from forest fires can travel a long way – and cause deaths from pollution in areas hundreds of kilometers from the blaze
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Black-capped kingfishers, yellow-vented bulbuls and toucans of Panama feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm

The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy
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