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Why Orlando Is Investing in Public Arts

Why Orlando Is Investing in Public Arts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A bold parking garage installation reflects a city that’s growing up beyond its popular theme parks.
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Researchers produce new fuel from coal dust and algae

Researchers produce new fuel from coal dust and algae | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa have developed a new fuel, known as Coalgae. Made from a combination of algae and coal dust, the latter of which is a waste product, the fuel could have a significant positive impact on the environment.
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Fish Stocks Are Declining Worldwide, And Climate Change Is On The Hook

Fish Stocks Are Declining Worldwide, And Climate Change Is On The Hook | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Fish populations aren't replenishing themselves like they used to. Researchers say there's not enough food for young fish, and it's directly linked to changing temperatures.

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Network Impact: Hidden in Plain Sight?

Network Impact: Hidden in Plain Sight? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Networks are present everywhere. All we need is an eye for them." Albert-László Barabási You may have heard a version of this story before: There was a man who had worked at a factory for twenty y...
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ESO's XXL galaxy cluster survey could improve our understanding of dark matter

ESO's XXL galaxy cluster survey could improve our understanding of dark matter | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An international team of astronomers has used multiple telescopes to study two large patches of sky, searching for the X-ray emissions from distant galaxy clusters. It's hoped that the work will provide insights into the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
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Australian Firm to Build Floating Solar Farm in California

Australian Firm to Build Floating Solar Farm in California | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A large-scale floating solar panel array road tested in the South Australian Outback is set to soak up the Californian sunshine.

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The Smartest Cities in America for Every Subject

The Smartest Cities in America for Every Subject | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Engineers are concentrated in San Jose, while D.C. has the most social scientists with advanced degrees.
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The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle

The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

What happens after you toss it into the bin?


Most of us do not think much about recycling. We might clean bottles and jars, crush cartons and break down boxes. We might sort these items into their designated bins or bags, but once we lose sight of the recyclables, the rest of the process is an abstraction. Recycling makes us feel good, but few of us know what actually happens to a plastic bottle after we drop it into a bin.


What happens is the bottle enters an elaborate global system within which its plastic is sold, shipped, melted, resold, and shipped again—sometimes zigzagging the globe before becoming a carpet, clothing, or repeating life as a bottle. This process is possible because plastic is a stubborn substance, which resists decomposition. With a presumed life span of over 500 years, it’s safe to say that every plastic bottle you have used exists somewhere on this planet, in some form or another.

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DEVCON1: How Blockchain Technology Can Help us Achieve Prosperity - Don Tapscott

DEVCON1 - Day 2 - 10:35am GMT Don Tapscott (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Tapscott) takes the stage at DEVCON1 to discuss how blockchain technology can h...
Flora Moon's insight:
Time to get your block chain nerd hat on!
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Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution, raising major concerns about degraded soil amid surging global demand for food

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Scientists capture a black hole swallowing a star for the first time ever

Scientists capture a black hole swallowing a star for the first time ever | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

An international team of researchers has observed a black hole swallowing up a star for the first time. The rare event took place over several months, and the results of the study confirm an existing black hole theory.

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Pollination Isn't Just for the Bees

Pollination Isn't Just for the Bees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Flies, beetles, butterflies and moths may account for some 40 percent of the world’s pollination. Christopher Intagliata reports
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Yale Environment 360: Paris COP21: Global Financiers Hop Aboard the Zero-Carbon Bandwagon

Yale Environment 360: Paris COP21: Global Financiers Hop Aboard the Zero-Carbon Bandwagon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Outside the conference hall where the Paris climate negotiations are taking place, a large crowd gathered in the bright sun on Friday morning, chanting for an end to government subsidies for fossil fuels. Yards away, a meeting of financiers and bankers got under way in which a central demand was for, well, much the same thing.

Something strange has happened here. The masters of the financial universe are out in force insisting that, though they may not be waving placards or chanting slogans, they are part of the solution. Free markets — and an end to those pesky subsidies — could deliver a zero-carbon world, they say. 

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Insurance firm turns to planting trees in South Africa to combat drought risk

Insurance firm turns to planting trees in South Africa to combat drought risk | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The country’s biggest agricultural insurer is working to actively reduce drought risk with a vanguard project to restore living landscapes
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How Catfish and Algae Are Cleaning Up the Chicago River

How Catfish and Algae Are Cleaning Up the Chicago River | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The two are something like an odd couple in the fight to restore the river to health.
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Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global developments in finance and geopolitics are prompting a rethinking of the structure of banking and of the nature of money itself. Among other interesting news items:

In Russia, vulnerability to Western sanctions has led to proposals fo
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A New Historical Atlas of America, Built for the 21st Century

A New Historical Atlas of America, Built for the 21st Century | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The country’s most formative stories are coming alive in a new digital “Panorama.”
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The inside story of the Paris Agreement

The inside story of the Paris Agreement | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On the night of December 12, in the French city of Paris, almost exactly a month after the horrific terrorist attacks there, the leaders of nearly two hundred countries of the world adopted the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change under the...
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The 20 photographs of the week

The 20 photographs of the week | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Paris climate summit, Europe’s refugee crisis, Beatles’ fans in Mexico – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week
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The Fifth Estate | Improving building efficiency central to a zero-carbon planet

The Fifth Estate | Improving building efficiency central to a zero-carbon planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The much anticipated global negotiation on climate change has kicked off and the impact on the building and construction sector appears promising. 

The successful transition to a sustainable energy future depends vitally on the building sector, as more than a third of total energy is consumed in buildings. But, as yet, the large wins to be made in increasing energy efficiency in our homes, businesses and industries have not taken hold.

This is changing. The recently announced Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP21) show that there is appetite and opportunity for change. The buildings sector can deliver results on both global climate and sustainable development goals.

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Paris climate talks: The poorest countries are putting the richest to shame | Kumi Naidoo

Paris climate talks: The poorest countries are putting the richest to shame | Kumi Naidoo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Kumi Naidoo: Countries like the Philippines, Kiribati and Morocco are showing true leadership and leaving major polluters behind

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Deindustrialization, Depopulation, and the Refugee Crisis | Newgeography.com

Deindustrialization, Depopulation, and the Refugee Crisis | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it


The refugee crisis facing Western nations has begun to peak both demographically and politically.  The United Nations has reported that more than 6.5 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries and Europe, and even nations that until recently welcomed refugees are frantically trying to change immigration policy or protect borders. In contrast, as migration has swelled the population in some places, in others, like the Rust Belt of the United States, depopulation undermines future economic development.  Some have begun to ask whether population trends can or should determine policy. The answer is yes.

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Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse | Stephen Emmott

Though climate change is a crisis, the population threat is even worse | Stephen Emmott | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While the Paris climate summit focuses on global warming, the key issue is the prospect of 10 billion people on Earth
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