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A Mr. Rogers Mashup on the Importance of Make-Believe - Education - GOOD

A Mr. Rogers Mashup on the Importance of Make-Believe - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new video remix from PBS reminds us why we need to imagine and why we loved Mr. Rogers.
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On Our Radar: Global Food Prices Retreat

On Our Radar: Global Food Prices Retreat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Prospects are better than had been feared for food supplies this summer, the Food and Agriculture Organization projects, although extreme weather could change the picture.
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Sierra Club Launches Wind Works Campaign To Protect Green Jobs

Sierra Club Launches Wind Works Campaign To Protect Green Jobs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Electricity from renewables has more than doubled in the last five years. Wind energy in particular has been a success story—creating more than 75,000 jobs.
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Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender

Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender...
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The Absurd Politics of Green Jobs Counting

The Absurd Politics of Green Jobs Counting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jonathan Rothwell and Mark Muro examine the debate over the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ new green jobs analysis.
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Echoing Green Grants Light on Urban Topics – Next American City

Echoing Green Grants Light on Urban Topics – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the Echoing Green Foundation selected 40 organizations to share a $2 million grant for a wide range of projects.
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The Heart of Borneo Initiative: Natural Capital vs. GDP

The Heart of Borneo Initiative: Natural Capital vs. GDP | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WWF and proponents are promoting natural capital as a more comprehensive, robust and reliable measure economic, social and environmental progress.
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10 Beautiful Photos Celebrating World Oceans Day 2012

10 Beautiful Photos Celebrating World Oceans Day 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brian Skerry has been documenting marine wildlife for years, and these images help us appreciate the wonders of our watery world.
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Pressure Drop: Getting Power From The Water In Our Pipes

Pressure Drop: Getting Power From The Water In Our Pipes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Producing water that’s fit to drink, or clean enough to recycle back into streams or rivers, is tremendously energy-intensive. Up to 7% of the world’s electricity is consumed in water production of one form of other, including desalination.
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Talking with Fellow Transitioners - Plants and Places

Talking with Fellow Transitioners - Plants and Places | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sarah Nicholl and Alexis Rowell were part of the original steering group of Transition Belsize in north London and have been instrumental in setting up both the food growing site at the Premier Inn on Haverstock Hill and the more recent Royal Free Permaculture Garden above the local hospital car park. Sarah is a trustee of the Transition Network and Alexis was a local councillor (Camden 2006-10) bringing climate change and peak oil to the local agenda. He also wrote Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future: what we can do if governments won't (Green Books, 2010).

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How Valuable Is Your Roof? Put It Up For Solar Auction

How Valuable Is Your Roof? Put It Up For Solar Auction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Your most overlooked piece asset, your roof, is now a hot market. A new firm launching this month, Gridbid, allows homeowners to auction the solar installation rights to their roofs online.
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Putting a Price on Congestion – Next American City

Putting a Price on Congestion – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Engineer and native Brooklynite Sam Schwartz has a plan to introduce congestion pricing to New York City. Similar initiatives have failed in the past, but is the time now ripe for getting drivers in the outer-boroughs and suburbs on board?
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Nature Photo of the Week: Lovely Lily | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Nature Photo of the Week: Lovely Lily | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A cheerful flower photo -- like this lovely lily -- always makes me smile.
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World Oceans Day: Now Is the Time to Return the Favor

World Oceans Day: Now Is the Time to Return the Favor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The theme of this year's World Oceans Day seems unfortunate: "Youth: the Next Wave for Change." Doesn't that seem like a dangerous passing of the buck?
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5 Kids Who Are Using Science To Change The World

5 Kids Who Are Using Science To Change The World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For most people, high school science fairs yield amusing but not altogether practical results: your baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, your potato clocks.
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Can Our Smart Phones Convince Us to Walk More?

Can Our Smart Phones Convince Us to Walk More? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How Americans might be able to leverage technology to get back in our pedestrian groove.
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Rio+ 20: Coalitions Driving Bottom-Up Change

Rio+ 20: Coalitions Driving Bottom-Up Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Representatives from world governments, civil society and the private sector will gather in Rio de Janeiro on June 20-22 to address the many environmental challenges facing the global community. The Rio+20 Summit will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and although many gains have been achieved over the past two decades, the climate change agenda continues to move at a glacial pace while at the same time climate risks are increasing. As the Rio+20 approaches, the challenge will be to reenergize international will for meaningful progress in addressing climate change, achieving sustainable growth and development, and protecting the environment.

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The Mutual: Giving Gets Perky - Environment - GOOD

The Mutual: Giving Gets Perky - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Mutual is a environmentally minded “membership for good” that merges charitable giving with online rewards.
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A Stunning Field of Origami Paper Flowers Blooms in Nagasaki, Japan

A Stunning Field of Origami Paper Flowers Blooms in Nagasaki, Japan | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Folding For Peace is a project realized by Swiss designer Anouk Vogel in Nagasaki, Japan is a paper garden made of folded paper flowers for World Peace.
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New evidence that smart growth may reduce local congestion as well as overall driving | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

New evidence that smart growth may reduce local congestion as well as overall driving | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  We have long known that residents of smart-growth neighborhoods – those with central locations, walkable streets, nonsprawling densities, and a good mix of shops and amenities – drive significantly less than do residents of spread-out suburban...
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Infographic: Making Sense of the Farm Bill - News - GOOD

Infographic: Making Sense of the Farm Bill - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Farm Bill is the most important piece of legislation you've (probably) never heard of. And surprise: It's pretty flawed.
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Thoughts on Water From Young New Yorkers

Thoughts on Water From Young New Yorkers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The city announces the winners of a poetry and art competition related to water conservation.
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Denver redevelopment sets new standards for community engagement & analysis | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Denver redevelopment sets new standards for community engagement & analysis | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Denver’s rejuvenated South Lincoln neighborhood, being redeveloped in phases, will be walkable, transit-oriented, equitable, green, and perfectly located in close proximity to downtown jobs and services.  It’s a terrific new model-in-the-making...
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Cycling for Sustainability: U.N. Bike Ride for Rio+20 | TheCityFix

Cycling for Sustainability: U.N. Bike Ride for Rio+20 | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a U.N. Bike Ride this Friday in New York City. The ride was co-organized by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). The ride aims to promote bicycling as a means of sustainable low-carbon urban transport, in connection to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as the Rio+20 Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro on June 20-22.

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