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Fighting the 'Resource Curse,' Part 2

Fighting the 'Resource Curse,' Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a new approach, the World Bank hopes to support more equitable African development by helping countries negotiate better resource extraction contracts.
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How Intrapreneurs Are Building Better Businesses From The Inside

How Intrapreneurs Are Building Better Businesses From The Inside | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What’s the secret to creating lasting social change? The answer is simple, really, as urban design specialist Chelina Odbert told me at a social entrepreneurship bootcamp this summer in New York City: All you have to do is show up twice.
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The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change

The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the climate warms, a growing number of farmers are integrating tree crops and grazing animals to create more resilient soil and a diverse range of foods.
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Looking ahead | Sustainable Industries

Looking ahead | Sustainable Industries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

What  trends can we expect in 2013?

 

Sustainability reporting is growing – especially integrated reporting of financial and sustainability reports.

The CFO’s role in sustainability is on the rise.

Employees are a key stakeholder group for sustainability programs and reporting.

Employees rank just under customers as a primary driver and audience of sustainability efforts.

Greenhouse gas and water reporting are increasingly strong considerations despite regulatory uncertainty.

Awareness of the scarcity of business resources is on the rise – specifically access to water, water management, water in the supply chain.

Company executives rely on rankings and surveys.

Green Supply Chain has elevated sustainable supply chain management as a strategic business sustainability function and including suppliers in the process.

Big and small firms continue to join forces, continuing B2B collaboration.

Continuation of private/ public NGO forces uniting for greater good.

Emerging markets and their impact.

Wider adaptation of social media for stakeholder engagement.

The role of boards: oversight and inclusion of business sustainability mandates.

Continued developments with sustainable packaging.

Social media marketing gains as key in CSR communications.

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Crafting Corridors: Reinventing the Urban Street – Next American City

Crafting Corridors: Reinventing the Urban Street – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Next American City will host an afternoon salon and workshops about commercial corrdiors on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Storefront for Urban Innovation in Philadelphia.
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Earth May Be Warming Even Faster Than Expected [Slide Show]: Scientific American

Earth May Be Warming Even Faster Than Expected [Slide Show]: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three feedback loops are amplifying how rapidly the planet is heating up...
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Interview on putting carbon back in the soil: with Open World Foundation | A Very Beautiful Place

Interview on putting carbon back in the soil: with Open World Foundation | A Very Beautiful Place | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Collaboration and co-operation: Sleeping giants of economic shift change

Collaboration and co-operation: Sleeping giants of economic shift change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We are caught between an old system that no longer works and a new one that is trying to emerge. In recent times more and more people have grappled with articulating, what they see as the new economic model, with increasing confidence and detail.
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Good news from Germany: A 'global transformation of values has already begun'

Good news from Germany: A 'global transformation of values has already begun' | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Good news from Germany: A ‘global transformation of values has already begun’. It’s proving tough to leverage changing attitudes into sustainable behaviour — but a transition to a more sustainable society ‘would be welcomed by a significant part of world society’.

In a 400-page report called World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability, the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WGBU), the heavyweight scientific body that advises the German Federal Government on ‘Earth System Megatrends’, reviewed a wide-range of values surveys. A significant majority of the German population, it found, views growth and capitalism with scepticism and ‘does not believe in the resilience of market-driven economic systems’.

This post-materialist thinking is not limited to the well­-off and educated. In South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, India, and China, the report also found, a significant majority supports ambitious climate protection measures, and ‘would welcome a new economic system’ to achieve that.


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On Our Radar: A Plant Stress Index

On Our Radar: A Plant Stress Index | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Satellite monitoring of plant temperatures and evaporation offered an early indication that this year's severe drought was in the making.
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The Green Bronx Machine Transforms Kids’ Lives With Vegetables

The Green Bronx Machine Transforms Kids’ Lives With Vegetables | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nine years ago someone sent Bronx high school teacher Stephen Ritz a box of spring bulbs. "I didn’t know what to do with them, so I stuck them behind a radiator, and they got forced"--meaning they sprouted into bloom from the heat.
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Unleash the world’s entrepreneurial geniuses

Unleash the world’s entrepreneurial geniuses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in CNNOpinion on December 6, 2012.

There are up to 7 billion geniuses in this world — are you one of them?

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Changing the Face of Farming

Changing the Face of Farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Permaculture is a radical approach to farming - it's time to see what's happening on the ground.
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World's Oldest Trees Dying At Alarming Rate

World's Oldest Trees Dying At Alarming Rate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to a disturbing new report, the world's oldest and largest trees may be dying off -- and fast.
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Project Seeks to Map and Reduce Ocean Noise Pollution

Project Seeks to Map and Reduce Ocean Noise Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The depths have become a noisy place because of human activity, and experts say the rising clamor is particularly dangerous to marine mammals.
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The First Rule of Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not What You Think (SSIR)

The First Rule of Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not What You Think (SSIR) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What corporations do to society is far more important than what corporations can do for society.
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Why Denser Cities Are Smarter and More Productive

Why Denser Cities Are Smarter and More Productive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Another wrinkle in the density discussion.
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Ridding the Ocean of Plastics, One Expedition at a Time

Ridding the Ocean of Plastics, One Expedition at a Time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ridding the Ocean of Plastics, One Expedition at a Time...
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Vietnam To Launch National Emissions Trading Scheme In 2020

Vietnam To Launch National Emissions Trading Scheme In 2020 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Best known to Americans as the country where males of the baby boomer generation were sent to war, Vietnam will launch a national emissions trading scheme in 2020.
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Abundance gifting

Abundance gifting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Somewhere in the holiday season between shoppers breaking down Walmart doors on Black Friday and the wise men showing up with gifts for the baby Jesus, my town has been holding an event known as the "Abundance Swap." The name could be som...
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Will our solar system cross the galactic plane on December 21, 2012? | Human World | EarthSky

Will our solar system cross the galactic plane on December 21, 2012? | Human World | EarthSky | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Will our solar system cross the plane of our Milky Way galaxy in 2012? Nah. That event is another 30 million years away.
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Hey, Corporations: Here's One Way to Think About Board Diversity

Hey, Corporations: Here's One Way to Think About Board Diversity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hey, Corporations: Here's One Way to Think About Board Diversity...
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Mighty Old Trees Are Perishing Fast, Study Warns

Mighty Old Trees Are Perishing Fast, Study Warns | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The death rate is rising rapidly at all latitudes around the world because of climate change, infestation, disease and changes in fire management, a study warns.
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Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions

Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Delegates agreed to extend the increasingly ineffective Kyoto Protocol and other unspecified actions to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases.
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Shareable: Creative Commons Celebrates 10 Years of Opening Culture

Shareable: Creative Commons Celebrates 10 Years of Opening Culture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

 

The future of the cultural commons looked dim in December 2002: Napster had been shuttered a year earlier, while record labels treaded warily into selling DRM-locked music online. The FCC dismantled regulations forestalling the consolidation of media ownership. And as the housing bubble inflated, privatization — of media, public space, scientific and technological research, even the military — became the watchword of the day.

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