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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Air Force Funds New Biofuel Research

Air Force Funds New Biofuel Research | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New Purdue University research, partly funded by U.S. Air Force, leads to new H2Bioil process that could make biofuels competitive with petroleum fuels.
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Gridbid: A rooftop auction site for solar-seeking homeowners

Gridbid: A rooftop auction site for solar-seeking homeowners | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Described as the world's first rooftop solar auction, Gridbid.com connects deal-savvy homeowners with rooftop real estate to spare with reputable solar installers on the hunt for available space.
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Let There Be Light: An Affordable, Solar-Powered Lantern Beams in Off-Grid Communities - Environment - GOOD

Let There Be Light: An Affordable, Solar-Powered Lantern Beams in Off-Grid Communities - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Little Sun, a small, beautiful solar-powered lantern, provides a sustainable, affordable, rechargeable form of light.
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Rooftop Gardening Part 1: So You Wanna’ Be an Urban Gardener? | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Rooftop Gardening Part 1: So You Wanna’ Be an Urban Gardener? | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What do you get when you take a scrappy bunch of conservationists and stick them on the 19th floor of a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan? You get a real-life experiment in urban conservation!
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We Have No Time to Lose - The Global Transition Must Start Now

We Have No Time to Lose - The Global Transition Must Start Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our planet is in a precarious state. The trajectory towards sustainability is even further off track than 20 years ago, when the first UN Conference on Sustainable Development took place in Rio de Janeiro.
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African Nations Team Up To Create A Nature Preserve The Size Of Sweden

African Nations Team Up To Create A Nature Preserve The Size Of Sweden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s the size of a European country. The inhabitants include 2.5 million people, a quarter of a million elephants, 3,000 species and some of the last hopes that Africa’s wildlife will endure the 21st century in substantial numbers.
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11 of the Best Documentaries About Cities Streaming on Netflix

11 of the Best Documentaries About Cities Streaming on Netflix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Profiles of cities, their people and their dramas.
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World Leadership for an International Problem

World Leadership for an International Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Setting a price on carbon is the best way to spur action on climate change, writes Katherine Sierra.
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Cooperation for Composting’s Sake – Next American City

Cooperation for Composting’s Sake – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new small-scale, centralized composting facility in West Philadelphia may become a model for other communities to find innovative approaches to waste management.
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The Plumbers' Law, or how sustainable development helps watersheds (by Lee Epstein) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The Plumbers' Law, or how sustainable development helps watersheds (by Lee Epstein) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Later this week I will be participating in the fourth annual Sustainable Raritan River conference, and speaking about the importance of smart, green communities to watershed protection.  It seems a great time to revisit that topic here, with...
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The Importance of Impossible Ambitions

The Importance of Impossible Ambitions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Thinking back to a few of the most memorable environmental campaign victories from my own experience, it's fair to say that had they not been won, the world would be even closer to -- perhaps already beyond -- a catastrophic tipping point.
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A Tale of 2 Transit Systems: Battery-Powered Buses Enter the Mainstream: Scientific American

A Tale of 2 Transit Systems: Battery-Powered Buses Enter the Mainstream: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Using stimulus funds, two transit systems in California and Washington State pioneer a cleaner, greener and less expensive method of transportation...
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The Cultural Shift in America, Business Opportunity by Market

The Cultural Shift in America, Business Opportunity by Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Visualization of the opportunity gap between budget allocation and investment in comparison to market size and cultural shifts.
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Can Employee Volunteering Lead to “Coopetition” Between Companies?

Can Employee Volunteering Lead to “Coopetition” Between Companies? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Companies with “high employee engagement” had 3.9 times more earnings-per-share growth than their counterparts with “low employee engagement.” These same employees worked 57% harder and were 87% more likely to stay.
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The Top 10 Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma in 2012

The Top 10 Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma in 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Having trouble breathing? It may be because of where you live. The 2012 Asthma Capitals list is out. Is your city on the list?
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The Secret to a Sound Ocean

The Secret to a Sound Ocean | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whales are auditory creatures, meaning hearing is essential to their communication, navigation, feeding, and breeding.
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Carbon Offsets from Wind and Clean Cookstoves Increased in 2011

Carbon Offsets from Wind and Clean Cookstoves Increased in 2011 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new global report shows that the voluntary carbon market is booming. It also appears to be driving new innovation in the sustainable development initiatives.
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Giving The Ocean A Checkup By Measuring Its Health

Giving The Ocean A Checkup By Measuring Its Health | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Later this year, Conservation International will release the Ocean Health Index, a metric devised by a consortium of more than 60 international scientists to evaluate what’s going on under the sea--and how humans are affecting it.
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Global warming and the economic effect - Scotland - Scotsman.com

Global warming and the economic effect - Scotland - Scotsman.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
THE doomsday scenario for global warming is as chilling as ever, but in the shadow of economic meltdown there are fears that Rio+20 will just be a talking shop.
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Canaries in the Global Coalmine: Birdsong in a Changing Climate

Canaries in the Global Coalmine: Birdsong in a Changing Climate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How increasing CO2 in the atmosphere will affect the songs of birds.
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INTERVIEW: Catherine Nagel on Viewing the City from the Grass Up – Next American City

INTERVIEW: Catherine Nagel on Viewing the City from the Grass Up – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Since 2004, Catherine Nagel has served as executive director of City Parks Alliance and launched a number of programs to help fund and maintain urban parks across the country.
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Wildlife Refuges Are Economic Engines

Wildlife Refuges Are Economic Engines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Who knew that wildlife refuges are actually “economic engines” in disguise? A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found th...
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Chicken soup for the soil: Cleaning up toxic earth in Philadelphia [VIDEO]

Chicken soup for the soil: Cleaning up toxic earth in Philadelphia [VIDEO] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This video follows an experimental soil-focused art project in Philadelphia with a focus on one day making contaminated "brownfields" safe to farm on.
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Hunger 101: Play Jeopordy and Test Your Hunger Knowledge - Bread Blog

Want to play a game that tests your knowledge of some of the basics about hunger? Play Hunger 101 Jeopordy. Created by Bread organizers for our Hunger Justice Leaders event, this interactive and fun game teaches you some of the...
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Biofuels Viability | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Biofuels Viability | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What is green? What is a viable economic alternative? What is reasonable and will do more bad than good? Welcome to Biofuels.
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