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If You Were the Leader of the World, How Would You Ensure a Sustainable Century?

If You Were the Leader of the World, How Would You Ensure a Sustainable Century? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three TriplePundit writers have advanced to the final 10 writers in the UNEP/Treehugger blogging competition. Read excerpts from their second posts and vote.
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Americans Have Beef With Food System Transparency

Americans Have Beef With Food System Transparency | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If the beef industry wants to undo the damage it has inflicted upon itself, and restore trust and confidence in its products and practices, it must alter its business model that seems to flourish on an imbalance of information...
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Commanding Bureaucracies & 'The New Normal' | Newgeography.com

Commanding Bureaucracies & 'The New Normal' | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Prior to the fifteenth century, China led the world in technological sophistication. Then, it went into a period of long decline. Here’s what Gregory Clark had to say about it in Farewell to Alms:

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Greenversations » How Can You Help Environmental Justice Communities Create an Oasis in a Food Desert?

Greenversations » How Can You Help Environmental Justice Communities Create an Oasis in a Food Desert? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

t’s a simple question. How far do you have to go to get healthy food?

 

I’m lucky. I can walk eight blocks to get to a full service grocery store. If I bike in the other direction, I have even more options: a Latino food market and a grocery store full of organic vegetables, fruits, and other healthy options. In a pinch, Swiss chard from my garden becomes a meal of fresh greens.

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“The first question should always be “how are we going to work together?” rather than “what are we going to do?”

“The first question should always be “how are we going to work together?” rather than “what are we going to do?” | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Transition Prince Rupert, in British Columbia, Canada, launches its website today. Nothing extraordinary about that you might say. But the process that led to it, and its contents, are a story worth telling. The interview I did recently with Lee Brain, a young man who is one of the group’s founders, was one of the most inspiring I have yet published here at Transition Culture. So inspiring in fact that it is, in effect, this month’s Transition podcast. In today’s installment, he gives a fascinating taste of what it looks like when an emerging Transition group gives over some time to getting the foundations of its work as solid as possible before proceeding any further. Here is the interview:

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The San Francisco Archipelago: A Vision Of A City Underwater

The San Francisco Archipelago: A Vision Of A City Underwater | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The effects of global warming are a bit theoretical, until you start to imagine actual cities, and actual neighborhoods.
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Scientists Unlock Mystery of Where CO2 Was Hidden During Ice Ages

Scientists Unlock Mystery of Where CO2 Was Hidden During Ice Ages | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The research holds important lessons for climate science today.
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How Train Travel Could Make a Comeback | Environment | AlterNet

How Train Travel Could Make a Comeback | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Riding the rails has more advantages than just avoiding rising gas prices.
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A Vertical Garden Feeds 10,000+ Visitors to Chicago O'Hare Airport

A Vertical Garden Feeds 10,000+ Visitors to Chicago O'Hare Airport | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Between the fast food outlets and news stands, Chicago O'Hare Airport features an indoor urban garden growing food for its restaurants.
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BRT by the Numbers: New Database Launched | TheCityFix

BRT by the Numbers: New Database Launched | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Here are some need-to-know numbers of BRT trends:

13 – Cities with BRT systems in the United States

24 – Cities with BRT systems in Asia

36 – Countries with BRT systems worldwide

95 – Different indicators used in the brtdata.org database

129 – New corridors implemented globally since 2000

134 – Cities with BRT systems

560 – Kilometers (348 miles) of BRT in Brazil—more than any other country

3,358 – Kilometers (2,087 miles) of BRT worldwide

110,000 – Passengers on New York City’s BX Select Bus Service, the highest volume of passengers of all U.S. systems

600,000 – passenger trips daily on U.S. BRT systems

22 million – passenger trips daily worldwide

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.
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Sustainable is not enough: a call for regenerative cities

Sustainable is not enough: a call for regenerative cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Urban resource consumption and waste disposal is widely seen as the root cause of many of the world’s environmental problems.
Since the industrial revolution the process of urbanisation has become ever more resource-intensive, significantly contributing to climate change and to the loss of soil carbon, the natural fertility of farmland, and the world’s biodiversity. Our ravenous appetite for resources from the world’s ecosystems has severe consequences for all life on Earth, including human life. Cities have developed resource consumption and waste disposal habits that show little concern for the environmental consequences.


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Top Eleven Takeaways from WSJ’s Conference on Business and Sustainability

Top Eleven Takeaways from WSJ’s Conference on Business and Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The top eleven remarkable moments at the Wall Street Journal's Eco:nomics Conference...
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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest

Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jadav Molai Payeng is a local hero after single handedly planting and maintaining a 1,360 acre forest and nature reserve...
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LISTEN | Engagement in Public Art

LISTEN | Engagement in Public Art | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’ve attended two seminars in the past week addressing different public art initiatives. The first was an introduction to data art in the built environment and the second was a curator and ar...
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How to get an Impact Investing Job (Part 3) – Return Expectations & Knowing Yourself

How to get an Impact Investing Job (Part 3) – Return Expectations & Knowing Yourself | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This series is an abridged and revised version of a 5-part series originally published on GoodGeneration.org between Jan 15-23 , 2012.
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The nitrogen cycle and health

The nitrogen cycle and health | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Nitrogen is necessary for life on earth to continue and the nitrogen cycle is one of the most important nutrient cycles in terrestrial ecosystems [1]. Everything that lives needs nitrogen; it is required for the manufacture of complex molecules such as chlorophyll, proteins and DNA, and also for the production of enzymes necessary for growth, reproduction and other vital functions. However, when present in excess, nitrogen poses risks both to the environment and human health.

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INVEST IN YOURSELF: Building Personal Economic Resilience & Community Strength

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Building Personal Economic Resilience & Community Strength | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

PCI Local Economies Fellow Michael Shuman joins PCI Economy & Preparedness Fellow Chris Martenson to discuss how you can prepare yourself, your family and your community to weather turbulent economic times.

Join the discussion Tuesday April 3 10AM PST /1 EST/ 17.00 GMT. This will be a live video chat.

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Next big thing: Impact investing  - Business |theeastafrican.co.ke

Next big thing: Impact investing  - Business |theeastafrican.co.ke | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the winds of the fledgling impact investing industry blow through East Africa, more funds are lining up to be rated, as they seek an edge over their peers in the hope of attracting investor attention.
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From Meat Packing Plant to 93,500 s.f. Off-Grid Vertical Farm and Brewery

From Meat Packing Plant to 93,500 s.f. Off-Grid Vertical Farm and Brewery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A piece of Chicago's industrial heritage is going to be converted into a futuristic farm and food production facility, running on 100% renewable energy.
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Will Electric Vehicle Growth Mirror the Mobile Phone Market? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Will Electric Vehicle Growth Mirror the Mobile Phone Market? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is not surprising how the electric vehicle growth story mirrors mobile phone growth but about 30 years later.
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Next American City » Buzz » Washington Can’t Commit, So Chicago Tackles Transit Alone

Next American City » Buzz » Washington Can’t Commit, So Chicago Tackles Transit Alone | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to put $7.2 billion toward transit improvements in Chicago stands in stark contrast to the dithering over transportation legislation in Congress.
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RELEASE: New Global Database on Bus Rapid Transit Launched | World Resources Institute

Three global organizations have teamed up to launch the most comprehensive, public database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world. The new site, http://BRTdata.org, was created by EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute’s center for sustainable transport, and the Across Latitudes and Cultures - Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (ALC-BRT CoE), in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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