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Why the Most Important Fish We Need to Save Is One You've Never Heard Of | Water | AlterNet

Why the Most Important Fish We Need to Save Is One You've Never Heard Of | Water | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You don't hear about menhaden because they don't show up in fish markets or on dinner menus, but they're in everything.
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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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AIA announces Top Ten sustainable buildings in the US

AIA announces Top Ten sustainable buildings in the US | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Timed to coincide with Earth Day, and hot on the heels of the recent Best Housing awards, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has today unveiled ...
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New Balance of Power

New Balance of Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Shale drilling has not only transformed the United States from dependent consumer into a robust producer of oil, it is also transforming the price dynamics of the global market.
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Coral Triangle key part of $24tn global ocean wealth

Coral Triangle key part of $24tn global ocean wealth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New WWF report highlights the Coral Triangle as a crucial asset but warns it may disappear if global warming continues at current rate
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Conservation and the rights of tribal people must go hand in hand | Jo Woodman

Conservation and the rights of tribal people must go hand in hand | Jo Woodman | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jo Woodman: Tribal peoples’ survival depends on the land they have lived in harmony with for generations, yet they are being evicted from protected areas in the name of conservation
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The Future of Energy Storage and the Rise of Big Batteries

The Future of Energy Storage and the Rise of Big Batteries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When examining the machine that is our electric grid, a compelling fact is that we are relatively unable to store electric energy. We must create as much as we consume, and can only consume as fast as we create. One issue that comes up in the renewable space when meditating on this relentless and ne
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Network Building as Change: Caring Through Connection

Network Building as Change: Caring Through Connection | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following is a slightly modified post from a little over a year ago. In recent months, the notion of putting care at the center of "net work" - to ground it, make it real and people accountable...
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3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year’s winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.Courtesy of Holcim Foundation Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been

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Protein converts pancreatic cancer cells back into healthy cells

Protein converts pancreatic cancer cells back into healthy cells | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists working in pancreatic cancer research have uncovered a technique that sees cancerous cells transform back into normal healthy cells. The method relies in the introduction of a protein c...
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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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Using Geothermal Solutions to Desalinate Oil Field Water

Using Geothermal Solutions to Desalinate Oil Field Water | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Clean water — it’s a precious resource in hot demand right now, for more than taking a shower or watering our crops. The United Nations projects the world’s population will grow by another billion people, to 8.4 Billion, by 2030. More people means more need for food, water, electri
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Balancing Costs and Competition

Balancing Costs and Competition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Alternatives to fossil fuels are becoming even more enticing because of advances in technology that are lowering prices and improving efficiency.
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Spark: Energy Saved Is the Tip of the Iceberg of Deep Retrofit Benefits

Spark: Energy Saved Is the Tip of the Iceberg of Deep Retrofit Benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

“Light” retrofits may save money on energy, but the benefits of deep retrofits far exceed lower energy bills. Learn how to calculate, present, and capture the opportunity with Rocky Mountain Institute’s new report. Read More.

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Bounding the Planetary Future: Why We Need a Great Transition

Bounding the Planetary Future: Why We Need a Great Transition | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We need an integrated approach, one that reconnects human development with the biosphere.
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Innovation Excellence | Food for the Future Mind

Innovation Excellence | Food for the Future Mind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What if we could move the needle on diseases like Alzheimer’s by making slight changes in the foods we eat and the actions we take daily? Max Lugavere explores the impact diets and lifestyles have on our brain health.
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More About the 96 Minute Rule – Insight from Chris Crouch, and others - (with update)

More About the 96 Minute Rule – Insight from Chris Crouch, and others - (with update) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Let’s revisit. We are all distracted, more and more, all the time. Walk into any gathering anywhere, and before, after, and in-between sessions, people are glued to their SmartPhones. They look dow...
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Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability | TheCityFix

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level. Walking is one of the most democratic and equitable ways of getting around, but it’s also one of the ways most linked to factors outside an individual’s control, like social or physical abilities and the presence of infrastructure to walk comfortably and safely.


These are the factors that define walkability, which refers to how safe, convenient, and efficient it is to walk in an urban environment. Walkability has a direct impact on urban residents’ mobility, as the term is often used to communicate how likely the average person is to choose walking over other modes of transport in a given area.

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