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Great River Turbine is a Gigantic Hydroelectric Energy Generator

Great River Turbine is a Gigantic Hydroelectric Energy Generator | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The great river turbine is a conceptual design for a large (one hundred foot diameter) stainless steel water turbine developed to function as a tourist attraction and as a powerful electricity generator.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Multiple function benefit – Cost comparison of conservation buffer placement strategies

Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Multiple function benefit – Cost comparison of conservation buffer placement strategies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Conservation buffers are considered to be effective practices for repairing impaired streams and restoring multiple ecosystem functions in degraded agricultural watersheds. Six different planning strategies for targeting their placement within watersheds were compared in terms of cost-effectiveness for environmental improvement in the 144 km2 Neshanic River Watershed in New Jersey, USA. The strategies included two riparian-focused strategies, two soil survey-based strategies and two topography-based strategies that focus traditionally on water quality benefits.

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Network Weaving: Why Happiness Matters in Networks

Networks of people are all around us. They are the most ubiquitous dimensions of communities and organizations, economies and affiliations.

 

Networks are boundaryless patterns of connections between and among people. They cross geographical, digital, demographic, ideological, economic, social, and ideological boundaries. Networks intersect and overlap. Everyone on the planet is a member of at least one network and all networks are ultimately connected.

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The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.
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Appareil’s Agriculture 2.0 Vertical Farm Tower Re-imagines the Future of Urban Food Production

Appareil’s Agriculture 2.0 Vertical Farm Tower Re-imagines the Future of Urban Food Production | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Appareil's Agriculture 2.0 Tower re-imagines the future of food production for heavily populated urban areas.
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Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Technology company Sharp have set a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% eclipsing their previous record of 36.9% in November.
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@ Brookings Podcast: Food Insecurity in Africa

@ Brookings Podcast: Food Insecurity in Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Drought, low agriculture productivity and a cascade of bad policy choices have put millions in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel at risk for starvation. Mwangi Kimenyi says the consequences will haunt the continent for decades to come.
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INTERVIEW: Diane Ravitch on Education as a Community Effort – Next American City

INTERVIEW: Diane Ravitch on Education as a Community Effort – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Diane Ravitch is one of the most prominent voices in the national debate over education.
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A History of Open Educational Resources

A History of Open Educational Resources | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It used to be that an Ivy League education was reserved only for those with vast fortunes, family connections, or stellar grades. However, much of academia's top curricula are now available online, free for anyone with an inquiring mind to see.
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The Charts That Should Accompany All Discussions of Media Bias

The Charts That Should Accompany All Discussions of Media Bias | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Which side is the press favoring? Perhaps not the one you expect.
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Not Cool, Man: Cities Crack Down on Stores Blasting Air Conditioning Outside - Environment - GOOD

Not Cool, Man: Cities Crack Down on Stores Blasting Air Conditioning Outside - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York City banned stores from keeping their doors open while the air is blasting. But it's a problem worldwide.
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"The Economic Costs of Fear" by J. Bradford DeLong | Project Syndicate

"The Economic Costs of Fear" by J. Bradford DeLong | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
That is now an extraordinary gap in the returns that one can reasonably expect from US Treasury bonds and from stocks. So why aren’t people moving their money from bonds and other safe assets to stocks and other relatively risky assets?
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Paul Hawken: Be Bold and Fail

Paul Hawken: Be Bold and Fail | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are a ton of sustainable business ideas out there. Some of these ideas build gradually build upon prior technology. Other ideas catapult us beyond our imaginations. So what should an entrepreneur do?
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If we remember more, can we read deeper–and create better? Part I. | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network

If we remember more, can we read deeper–and create better? Part I. | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I’m clawing away at the wall of the Rubin Museum of Art (fourth floor). And so are all the people around me. You’d think we were, ...
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: U.S. Bicyclists Save $4.6 Billion Per Year by Riding, Instead of Driving

Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: U.S. Bicyclists Save $4.6 Billion Per Year by Riding, Instead of Driving | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

New data released today by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Club, and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the ... economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice....

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Latin America’s Demographic Divergence | Newgeography.com

Latin America’s Demographic Divergence | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Increasingly, the debate over plummeting world birth rates is shifting to the developing world. This includes Latin America where on the whole rates are dropping quickly from 5.98 children per woman in 1960 to 2.20 children per woman in 2010.

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National Mall Design Competition Winners Speak Out

National Mall Design Competition Winners Speak Out | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The winners of the National Mall design competition took center stage at the National Building Museum last night. Beating out an amazing set of competitors, these landscape architects and archit...
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The Five Numbers You Need to Know From May's Jobs Report - Business - GOOD

The Five Numbers You Need to Know From May's Jobs Report - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Woof. May was a dog of a month for hiring.
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Map Of Life: Putting Every Living Thing In Its Place

Map Of Life: Putting Every Living Thing In Its Place | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We have mapped out the world in extraordinary detail. We know the Earth’s geography down to the millimeter in some places, yet we have only the roughest sketch of our planet’s biology.
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Pierre Johnson's comment, June 3, 2012 8:17 AM
Nice. But too bad there is no map of plants. Only animals.
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Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion

Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Traffic is not an economic problem.It’s an indicator of a healthy urban economy. ...
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Bank of America supports affordable green neighborhoods with grant program | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Bank of America supports affordable green neighborhoods with grant program | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Last week, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the US Green Building Council announced the opening of the 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program.
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How Much Does Obesity Cost Employers?

How Much Does Obesity Cost Employers? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Currently one-third of U.S. adults are obese. That's more than double what it was 30 years ago. And as bellies swell, so do serious risks of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments.
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How San Francisco is Working to Become a Zero Waste City - Cities - GOOD

How San Francisco is Working to Become a Zero Waste City - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brought to you by IBM.Join GOOD for a live tweet chat today about how trash collection can go from "waste management" to "resource recovery."...
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The Crowd Comes Of Age

The Crowd Comes Of Age | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Where before they could only donate, now the crowd can invest. What does it mean for startups? We talk with Sang Lee of the National Crowdfunding Association to find out.
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Tidal Power: Pros and Cons

Tidal Power: Pros and Cons | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Day and night, the vast waters of the ocean press and recede along the shorelines of Earth’s every continent in accordance to the celestial movements of our planet, in relation to the sun, and the moon.
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