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Transportation For America – A massive show of support in Gulf Coast communities for passenger rail

Transportation For America – A massive show of support in Gulf Coast communities for passenger rail | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Although everyone involved with this trip had heard there were festivities planned in each stop along the way, no one seemed to be ready for what awaited us in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. People in conversation on the train stopped cold as they heard a band playing and a crowd cheering before the doors even opened on the train. Elected officials were clearly overwhelmed by the show of support as they stepped off the train to take a champagne toast to the first passenger train to stop in the city since Katrina.

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Sustainability is Complex: There is no Single Diet Solution

Sustainability is Complex: There is no Single Diet Solution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We face huge challenges in feeding the world sustainably. But one thing is certain: grazing ruminant livestock – and the high-quality food they produce – can and should play a key role.
With ongoing reports and media headlines about the
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This Old Map: Johannes Hevelius, Bright Side of the Moon, 1647

This Old Map: Johannes Hevelius, Bright Side of the Moon, 1647 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The third installment of this occasional series helped address the problem of longitude.

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Florida Bay Relapse Threatens Ecosystem

Florida Bay Relapse Threatens Ecosystem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From 1989 to 1994, the estuary between mainland South Florida and the Keys was in collapse. Sea grass died and algae bloomed. Now it's happening again.
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Slow Money and the State of Soil

Slow Money and the State of Soil | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Beetniks Against Global Warming.”There’s a placard you never saw in Paris.
Because to a Beetnik—someone who has participated in a Slow Money Beetcoin campaign or anyone whose occasionally countercultural tendencies are temp
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America's Senior Moment: The Most Rapidly Aging Cities | Newgeography.com

America's Senior Moment: The Most Rapidly Aging Cities | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In the coming decades, the United States is going to look a lot greyer. By 2050, the number of Americans over 65 will almost double to 81.7 million, with their share of the overall population rising to 21 percent from roughly 15 percent now, according to Census projections. More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day.


Virtually every part of America will become more senior-dominated, but some more than others.

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2 Books Explore Our Powers of Prediction

2 Books Explore Our Powers of Prediction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientific American MIND reviews Phishing for Phools and Superforecasting
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Controversy and Excitement Swirl around New Human Species

Controversy and Excitement Swirl around New Human Species | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An astonishing trove of fossils has scientists, and the media, in a tizzy over our origins
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How Far Can We Get Without Flying?

How Far Can We Get Without Flying? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Airport waiting room image vai shutterstock. Reproduced on Resilience.org with permission
I’m a climate scientist who doesn’t fly. I try to avoid burning fossil fuels, because it’s clear that doing so causes real harm to humans an
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2016 Environmental Performance Rankings Show Progress and Failure

2016 Environmental Performance Rankings Show Progress and Failure | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yale University and Columbia University, together with the World Economic Forum, have released the 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which tracks how well countries protect human health and ecosystems. According to their analysis, "nearly every country" has improved their "environmental performance" on 20 different indicators over the past decade, while land and marine ecosystems only…
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Yale Environment 360: Global Water Shortages Affect At Least Four Billion People, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Global Water Shortages Affect At Least Four Billion People, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Global water shortages are far worse than previously thought, with at least two-thirds of the world’s population — four billion people — living with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to new research published in the journal Science Advances. “If you look at environmental problems, [water scarcity] is certainly the top problem,” said Prof Arjen Hoekstra of the University of Twente in the Netherlands, who led the study. The new research also revealed that 500 million people live in places where water consumption was twice the amount replenished by rain. Hoekstra said that many areas are living on borrowed time, such as Yemen, Pakistan, Iran, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. Other areas of particular concern include large swaths of Australia and the American Great Plains, which are dependent on the diminishing Ogallala aquifer. These water problems are exacerbated by population growth and raising meat for consumption, which is highly water-intensive, according to the study.

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Europe’s Struggle to Switch on Low-carbon Heating

Europe’s Struggle to Switch on Low-carbon Heating | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Heating and cooling is the unglamorous consumer of half of the EU’s energy, with 75% of this generated from fossil fuels. Only 25% is generated from low-carbon sources.
This sector sits alongside transport and electricity, which consume 31% a
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Interesting. Energy security and resilience mandates development of low carbon fuel!

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Transportation For America – T4America launches a new online guide to creative placemaking in transportation

Transportation For America – T4America launches a new online guide to creative placemaking in transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

"...Creative placemaking harnesses the power of arts and culture to allow for more genuine public engagement — particularly in low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and among immigrant populations — in the development of transportation projects. Forget the traditional, staid public meeting format and instead imagine artists engaging community members using multiple languages to generate meaningful dialogues, capturing their creativity and local knowledge to better inform the ultimate design of the project."

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While we're at it, let's take pains to create regenerative solutions that are not only welcoming, but taking the environment into consideration along with well being...

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: A walking (or sustainable mobility prioritized) city should take responsibility for constructing sidewalks

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: A walking (or sustainable mobility prioritized) city should take responsibility for constructing sidewalks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For communities with Vision Zero agendas, like Denver ("Denver working toward zero traffic-related deaths," DP), as much attention needs to be paid to extending the infrastructure for sustainable mobility--walking, biking, transit--and strengthening the urban design around "Walking City"/"Transit City" spatial conditions, as will be spent on dealing with motor vehicles. (To its credit, Denver's Vision Zero agenda will focus on improving physical infrastructure.)

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These 2 Panoramas Made 400 Years Apart Show How London Has Changed

These 2 Panoramas Made 400 Years Apart Show How London Has Changed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new exhibit puts Visscher’s 1616 view against one from 2016 to show how the city has changed.
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Record number of NASA astronaut applications | EarthSky.org

Record number of NASA astronaut applications | EarthSky.org | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class - almost three times the number received in 2012.

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The 'firefall': sunlight on Yosemite waterfall creates rare illusion

The 'firefall': sunlight on Yosemite waterfall creates rare illusion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For just a few days each year, the water of Horsetail fall in Yosemite national park appears like lava, drawing crowds of onlookers and photographers
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Yale Environment 360: Scientists Map Which Ecosystems are the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Yale Environment 360: Scientists Map Which Ecosystems are the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Forests, tundras, and alpine areas are some of the world’s most at-risk ecosystems to climate change, according to a new map published in the journal Nature. The study, led by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway, used satellite data collected from 2000 to 2013 to examine how sensitive plants were to changes in air temperature, water availability, and cloud cover, down to a two-square-mile scale. The scientists used the results to create the Vegetation Sensitivity Index—a visual guide to plants’ climate responses. The Arctic tundra, parts of Europe and Canada’s boreal forest, tropical rainforests in South America, and eastern Australia all registered as some of the most ecologically sensitive regions in the world to climatic changes. The new index could be a critical tool for scientists and policymakers grasping to understand how global warming will affect biodiversity, food security and general welfare in the coming decades.

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Watching for a bird of kings

Watching for a bird of kings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Country Diary: South Uist Everything white catches my eye – distant gulls, the flash of a wader’s belly – but there’s no sign of the gyrfalcon
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Time for a carbon tax

Time for a carbon tax | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over the last few decades, oil prices have fluctuated widely. Kemal Derviş and Karim Foda explain why this may now be a golden opportunity to implement a variable carbon tax.
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Legal Tussle Delays Launch of Huge Toxicity Database

Legal Tussle Delays Launch of Huge Toxicity Database | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Health risks of nearly 10,000 chemicals charted to help predict toxicity of untested substances.
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Design For Sustainability | Textile World

Design For Sustainability | Textile World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The sustainability maturity path typically starts with companies being reactive and trying to comply with regulation. This may lead to risk management, where a company may use sustainability assessment to manage and reduce reputational risk and prevent the public relation crises that can result from a lack of knowledge about environmental and social impacts of product and supply chains.

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The Data, My Friend, is Blowing in the Wind

The Data, My Friend, is Blowing in the Wind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Interactive data visualization maps predicted wind speeds around the world
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The world's most polluted cities

The world's most polluted cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This month’s data set graphic by Pete Guest looks at the deaths attributable to air pollution as well as WHO guidelines
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Underwater photographer of the year 2016 winners – in pictures

Underwater photographer of the year 2016 winners – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Italian photographer Davide Lopresti has been named Underwater photographer of the year 2016 for his stunning seahorse image titled Gold
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