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15 Terrific Tiny House Projects of 2011

15 Terrific Tiny House Projects of 2011 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I've seen the tiny house thrive in 2011 like none other.  People behind these structures -- whether a tiny home, shed, backyard office, ADU, or off-season retreat -- seem to have a little Thoreau inside.  Nonetheless, please keep this in mind: only...
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Rio+20 needs to address the downsides of growth

Rio+20 needs to address the downsides of growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Natural Resources Forum (vol. 35, no. 4) asked 29 experts, including Herman Daly, “What do you think should be the two or three highest priority political outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in June 2012?” His answer succinctly sums up the steady-state perspective.

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NASA: Climate Change May Flip 40% of Earth’s Major Ecosystems This Century

NASA: Climate Change May Flip 40% of Earth’s Major Ecosystems This Century | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Rolf Schuttenhelm, cross-posted from Bits of Science The results of studies that try to quantify the effects of climate change on biodiversity loss — which include damage to the micro scale level of subspecies and genetic variation — are perhaps...
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China’s Christmas Light Recycling Plants Process 20 Million Pounds of Lights each Year

China’s Christmas Light Recycling Plants Process 20 Million Pounds of Lights each Year | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One person’s broken strand of Christmas lights is another man’s treasure, namely the Yong Chang Processing company in Shijiao, China.
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Best Ideas of 2011: Green Economy and Green Growth | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Best Ideas of 2011: Green Economy and Green Growth | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Will 2011 be remembered as the year that, as the world's population hit 7 billion and problems in our economic model became increasingly apparent, we began figuring out how to transform the global economy to green growth? I certainly hope so.

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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Assessing the potential of hybrid energy technology to reduce exhaust emissions from global shipping

The combination of a prime mover and an energy storage device for reduction of fuel consumption has successfully been used in automotive industry. The shipping industry has utilised this for conventional submarines. The potential of a load levelling strategy through use of a hybrid battery–diesel–electric propulsion system is investigated.

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Lawmakers Question New U.S. Forest Service Permit Clause For Ski Resorts

Lawmakers Question New U.S. Forest Service Permit Clause For Ski Resorts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Colorado lawmakers are worried a new U.S. Forest Service rule could hurt the ski industry.
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The Wisdom of Children: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD

The Wisdom of Children: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's $30 for 30 Days of GOOD, our microphilanthropy challenge. These three people chose to invest their dollars in younger generations.
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Top 5 Fisheries Stories of 2011: It’s Not All Bad News

Top 5 Fisheries Stories of 2011: It’s Not All Bad News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Michael Conathan This year was a big one for fisheries.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: European Commission - Energy Roadmap 2050: a secure, competitive and low-carbon energy sector is possible

To achieve the goal of cutting emissions by over 80% by 2050, Europe's energy production will have to be almost carbon-free. How to achieve this without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness is the question answered by the Energy Roadmap 2050 the Commission is presenting today.

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Solar Grid Parity 101: How the Cross-Over Occurs

Solar Grid Parity 101: How the Cross-Over Occurs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by John Farrell, cross-posted from Energy Self Reliant States Solar grid parity is considered the tipping point for solar power, when installing solar power will cost less than buying electricity from the grid.  It’s also a tipping point in the electricity...
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Buy a Hat and Change a Life with Krochet Kids - Business - GOOD

Buy a Hat and Change a Life with Krochet Kids - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You’ll be buying from, not donating to, the developing world.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: U.S. Treasury Building Becomes Oldest in World to Receive LEED Certification

The Treasury Building – which dates back to the 19th century and is located right next door to the White House – received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at a ceremony on [December 21, 2011..

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Northern Lights: Chasing the aurora borealis - Go Green - SustainLane

Northern Lights: Chasing the aurora borealis - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In America "storm-chasers" are the intrepid types who pursue tornadoes, and sometimes hurricanes. But the Arctic Circle has its aurora chasers - people who speed around in search of the best views of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.
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Guerrilla Grafters Make Community Ornamental Trees Bear Fruit

Guerrilla Grafters Make Community Ornamental Trees Bear Fruit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Gotta love stuff like this. In a subversive form of food production, the Guerrilla Grafters have been craftily grafting fruit bearing branches onto otherwise unproductive ornamental fruit trees in the city.
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Poverty News Blog: Tracking our Progress toward the MDGs

The Millennium Development Goals were established by the UN in 2000 to set specific goals to deal with health, hunger, education, equality, and sustainability by the 2015 deadline. As we are approaching that deadline, it is good to look and see how we are doing...

 

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Pay it forward to those in need

Pay it forward to those in need | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Website redefines online giving, allowing donors to connect with real Americans in need of a helping hand.
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Green Car Congress: Toyota launches Aqua compact hybrid in Japan; targeting 12,000 units per month in sales

Green Car Congress: Toyota launches Aqua compact hybrid in Japan; targeting 12,000 units per month in sales | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched the Aqua gasoline-electric compact hybrid—to be marketed as the Prius c in the US—in Japan. The Aqua features a small 1.5-liter Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with reduction gear, which achieves fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/L (83.3 mpg US, 2.8 L/100km) under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT’s) JC08 test cycle and 40.0 km/L (94 mpg US, 2.5 L/100km) under the MLIT 10-15 test cycle
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Lecture - Cost-Benefit Analysis for Ecosystem Restoration Projects by Dr. Thomas Elmqvist on YouTube

A lecture entitled "Cost-Benefit Analysis for Ecosystem Restoration Projects" by Thomas Elmquist in November 2011 is available free of charge at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewEIErl8ntQ or http://environment.yale.edu/teeb/foundations/elmqvist/.

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Andre K. Fowlkes: Benefit Corporations could aid Memphis, its challenges

Andre K. Fowlkes: Benefit Corporations could aid Memphis, its challenges | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
B Corps exist to provide a public benefit, not just a financial return.
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Blocket Mini: 36 Reclaimed Windows Transformed Into a Rustic Guest House in Sweden

Blocket Mini: 36 Reclaimed Windows Transformed Into a Rustic Guest House in Sweden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Karin Matz’s Blocket Mini house is a quaint waterfront cottage in Sweden made from 36 reclaimed windows, cinderblocks, and other recycled materials.
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The Real Cost of Our Clothes (Video)

The Real Cost of Our Clothes (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As most environmentalists know, there are hidden costs behind most price labels. This video explores how to uncover those facts.
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Poverty News Blog: New US Poverty Figures Misinterpreted

It appears that the new poverty figures released by the US Census Bureau were not interpreted correctly by many journalists. The declaration of 50% of US in poverty may be a bit exaggerated.

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Vermont’s ‘energy secession’ goal: 90 percent renewables by 2050

Vermont’s ‘energy secession’ goal: 90 percent renewables by 2050 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The state has already embraced a modest transition to renewables, but with its latest energy plan, Vermont is getting a lot more ambitious.
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Goodbye 'Shop Til You Drop' Mentality: Renegade Band of Economists Call for 'Degrowth' Economy | Water | AlterNet

Goodbye 'Shop Til You Drop' Mentality: Renegade Band of Economists Call for 'Degrowth' Economy | Water | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The road to prosperity and happiness doesn't lead to the shopping mall, as most economists would have you believe.
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