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Our Challenge: Developing an Eco-Mind

Our Challenge: Developing an Eco-Mind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bombarded almost daily with news of “food scarcity,” “energy scarcity” and “resource scarcity,” it’s sure easy to absorb the scary notion that there’s just not enough of anything: from food to fuel to parking spaces. In fact, modern economics, now the dom­inant world religion, defines itself as the science of allocating scarce goods.
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Groundwater Crisis Unfolds in Times Square

Groundwater Crisis Unfolds in Times Square | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two digital billboards spanning 19,000 square feet depict surprising declines in groundwater around the world.
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Inching Toward Energy Independence in America

Inching Toward Energy Independence in America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Declining oil consumption and new energy production have brought the United States closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon.
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The World’s Most Promising Water Startups

The World’s Most Promising Water Startups | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Every year, San Francisco-based nonprofit Imagine H2O honors the world’s most promising water startups, which are judged based on promise and commercial viability.
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Branding The Unthinkable Drinkable

Branding The Unthinkable Drinkable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our planet has as much water today as it did at the dawn of time. No more, no less. It’s just a lot dirtier. For a billion people worldwide a sip of clean water is often beyond reach.
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Global green cities

Global green cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These 10 cities are among the world's greenest, encompassing all of the positive qualities that make urban living much more healthy, pleasant and sensitive to nearby ecosystems.
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Nine low-tech steps for community resilience in a warming climate | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Nine low-tech steps for community resilience in a warming climate | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Over the past 50 years, our average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history.  That is fact, not opinion.  Scientists say that under current trends, average US temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher...
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The Glorious Return of the World's Smallest Street-Legal Car

The Glorious Return of the World's Smallest Street-Legal Car | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How would you like to own a car so compact that you could pick it up and carry it into your apartment at night?
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The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? - Forbes

The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whenever I try to conjure up what innovation looks like, the same slideshow of images clicks across my mind: that photo of Einstein with his tongue sticking out, Edison with his light bulb, Steve Jobs onstage in his black turtleneck, introducing...
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NREL and New Energy Technologies Improve See-Through Solar Panel

NREL and New Energy Technologies Improve See-Through Solar Panel | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New Energy Technologies works with NREL to develop invisible wire grid to boost the efficiency of its SolarWindow™ transparent solar panels.
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Biomimicry In Action: This Man Built His Own Bird Wings, Successfully Flies

Biomimicry In Action: This Man Built His Own Bird Wings, Successfully Flies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever thought about how much easier life would be if you had wings, check out this video.
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YouTube Platform Allows Users To Exchange Environmental Pledges For Earth Hour

YouTube Platform Allows Users To Exchange Environmental Pledges For Earth Hour | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s lights out for Earth once again, as people around the world prepare for the sixth annual Earth Hour.
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Proposed U.K. Plant Would Capture 90 Percent of CO2 Emissions

Proposed U.K. Plant Would Capture 90 Percent of CO2 Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Its the U.K.s most ambitious carbon-capture proposal ever.
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A Tally of Green Jobs

A Tally of Green Jobs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a report that could serve as ammunition for promoters or detractors of a greener economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics fleshes out a sector that has been poorly defined.
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Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon

Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To coincide with World Forest Day, Google has released their completed Amazon Street View, allowing anyone to experience the region's beauty and diversity.
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Watch As The World’s Water Dries Up

Watch As The World’s Water Dries Up | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In 2002, NASA launched a mission called Grace, which sent two satellites into orbit to measure Earth’s gravitational field. As NASA scientists looked at the data sent back from the mission, they were finding strange aberrations in the data.
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A World Water Day question: How do we do more with less?

A World Water Day question: How do we do more with less? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Andy Wales, SABMiller's head of sustainable development, spells out the increasing challenges — and opportunities — of doing business in a world where precious resources are becoming more scarce.
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Bike Lanes: The New Job Creators? | Streetsblog.net

Bike Lanes: The New Job Creators? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Govern + Invest is a theme that will be explored at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Pro Place. A question that will be examined is how bicycling and walking investments can add value to a community by creating economic activity, creating jobs, and improving quality of life.

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Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green

Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Decades since Bethlehem Steel shut down, the site sees small bits of new life.
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Sprint Final Project: Global Water Experiment

Sprint Final Project: Global Water Experiment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This visualization was created collaboratively during the first Visualization Sprint.
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Infographic: Where Should the Nation Spend and Save? - News - GOOD

Infographic: Where Should the Nation Spend and Save? - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The results of a Harris Interactive poll reveal what really matters to the American people—and their pocketbooks.
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Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
LA-based clean tech startup OriginOil is developing a pilot program that will use algae to clean wastewater and provide heat to high-rise apartment buildings.
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6 Companies That Are Growing Rapidly While Doing Good

6 Companies That Are Growing Rapidly While Doing Good | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For many companies, it’s the holy grail: grow revenue, increase jobs, and be socially responsible at the same time. Sometimes, social responsibility is sacrificed in the name of keeping companies afloat.
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