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When Outdated Environmental Laws Prevent Sustainable Development | Streetsblog.net

When Outdated Environmental Laws Prevent Sustainable Development | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I have thought for a while that each generation of environmentalists is shaped in response to the differing environmental challenges of their time. While older generations of environmentalists were shaped by the back-to-the-land movement, one that believed in an essentially rural solution to environmental problems, young environmentalists are exactly the opposite, believing that dense cities are the primary solution to the problems we face.

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A Fine Brine: New Desalination Technique Yields More Drinkable Water: Scientific American

A Fine Brine: New Desalination Technique Yields More Drinkable Water: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new, more energy-efficient seawater distillation membrane is designed to yield greater amounts of potable water, and less briny discharge...
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U.S. Cyclists Save $4.6 Billion Per Year by Biking

U.S. Cyclists Save $4.6 Billion Per Year by Biking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sure, the simple act of cycling instead of driving can reduce carbon footprints and trim waistlines, but it adds more than just a little girth where it counts -- the pocketbook.
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Shocking, Beautiful Images Highlight Humanity’s Impact On Nature

Shocking, Beautiful Images Highlight Humanity’s Impact On Nature | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteClick on the images above to launch the slide show.Despite the dire warnings about what will happen to the planet if we don’t care for it (i.e.
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The Yin and Yang of Conserving Land

The Yin and Yang of Conserving Land | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A 1,600-plot of land in California is being preserved with the help of small land trusts. And a national alliance of trusts is creating an insurance company to help such trusts guard lands in the courts.
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Social Enterprise Helping Women Get Jobs

Social Enterprise Helping Women Get Jobs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fitted for Work is a unique social enterprise launched by Jane Hunt in 2005 in Australia.
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On the Horizon, a Northern Lights Extravaganza

On the Horizon, a Northern Lights Extravaganza | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A photographer creates a stop-motion video to drum up interest in the so-called "solar maximum," a peak in solar activity expected next year.
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US firms put principles before profits

US firms put principles before profits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A growing number of US companies are becoming "benefit corporations", a new type of business that puts social values ahead of chasing the highest profits.
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Seth Maxwell: On a clean water mission

Seth Maxwell: On a clean water mission | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Founder of the Thirst Project hopes to raise $50 million within 10 years to provide the country of Swaziland with clean water.
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Energy Policy Should Be Based on Reason | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Energy Policy Should Be Based on Reason | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Perhaps the greatest single threat facing mankind today is our failure to apply reason to effect solutions.
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Promoting people-oriented development around transit | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Promoting people-oriented development around transit | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Two years ago, I wrote a short article titled Transit-oriented development requires more than transit and development.  My point was that, to maximize the powerful potential of public transportation to reduce automobile dependence and associated...
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A short walk reveals the simple delights of cities worth loving | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A short walk reveals the simple delights of cities worth loving | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
   Phil LaCombe and Lou Thomas, co-founders of the website and blog Small Streets, believe that the Danish capital of Copenhagen provides a special environment for delightful walking.  It is certainly not a shock to find such praise for the...
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Which Nations Consume the Most Water?: Scientific American

Which Nations Consume the Most Water?: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Much of the life-sustaining resource is traded across national borders...
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Toward a future that makes sense

Toward a future that makes sense | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What would a future that makes sense look like? What would it mean to do it right, to stay within carbon and other resource limits while enjoying a high quality of life?
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Ai Weiwei’s ‘Fragments’ Installation is Made of Wood Reclaimed From Qing Dynasty Temples

Ai Weiwei’s ‘Fragments’ Installation is Made of Wood Reclaimed From Qing Dynasty Temples | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The prolific Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's politically motivated installation 'Fragments' transforms salvaged wood taken from Qing Dynasty temples into installations.
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The way we farm now: Fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops [INFOGRAPHIC]

The way we farm now: Fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops [INFOGRAPHIC] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Did you know that if everyone in the country wanted to eat their daily recommendations of fruit and vegetables we wouldn't have nearly enough? See the big picture of American farming in this infogr...
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The U.S. Is Burning Less Coal, But Shipping It to China Defeats the Purpose - Environment - GOOD

The U.S. Is Burning Less Coal, But Shipping It to China Defeats the Purpose - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Environmental groups are trying to stop infrastructure projects that allow exports of coal to China.
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More Questions on Crowdfunding Industry Research, With Carl Esposti - Forbes

More Questions on Crowdfunding Industry Research, With Carl Esposti - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week I spoke with Carl Esposti, CEO, and Gerrit Ahlers, Sr. Analyst, of Massolution, who played key roles in authoring Crowd Funding Industry Research, the first market research report on the crowd funding industry.
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The Pedal Powered Business: Turning Human Power into Profit

The Pedal Powered Business: Turning Human Power into Profit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Pedal powered business - we've done that before.  From food delivery to recycling pick-up to musical tours, we've seen multiple examples of businesses that use bicycles as their sole means of transportation.
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Rooting Your Portfolio in Positive-Impact Farmland, Real Estate and Housing

Rooting Your Portfolio in Positive-Impact Farmland, Real Estate and Housing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the world now has 7 billion people, what innovative approaches to housing, land and forestry are available to investors?
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Look Who’s Going Solar in California | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Look Who’s Going Solar in California | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Introduction: Vote Solar’s Annie Carmichael recently sat down with Stan Greschner, Director of the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes Program (SASH) at GRID...
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Solar Power Case for Ipad | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Solar Power Case for Ipad | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An increasing number of people use tablet computers these days, adding to the high demand on energy caused by our digital tools.
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