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Pollution May Be the Cause of Earth’s Expanding Tropical Belt

Pollution May Be the Cause of Earth’s Expanding Tropical Belt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A wider tropics may also get drier, with unknown consequences.
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Annular Eclipse Hits U.S. Sunday: Scientific American Podcast

Annular Eclipse Hits U.S. Sunday: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Lucky sky-watchers in the western U.S. are in for a treat Sunday: an annular eclipse.

That’s when the Earth and moon's relative orbital positions leave the moon too small to completely cover the sun, from our point of view. The result is a black disk encircled by a brilliant ring of fire. It’s the first time since 1994 that an annular eclipse will hit the mainland U.S.

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The Secret to Tokyo's Rail Success

The Secret to Tokyo's Rail Success | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fares are nice, but real estate and retail holdings are the main reasons why its private rail companies profit.
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More Effective Aid: the G8’s Approach to Food Security

More Effective Aid: the G8’s Approach to Food Security | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In light of the G-8 summit's focus on food security, David Gartner aruges that key governance structures have not yet adopted the best practices from earlier G-8 initiatives in fields such as global health.
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"A Breakthrough Opportunity for Global Health" by Joseph E. Stiglitz | Project Syndicate

"A Breakthrough Opportunity for Global Health" by Joseph E. Stiglitz | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Every year, millions of people die from preventable and treatable diseases, especially in poor countries.
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In New Orleans, Net-Zero Energy Homes Go on the Market - Environment - GOOD

In New Orleans, Net-Zero Energy Homes Go on the Market - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More than five years ago, Global Green USA started working to help New Orleans build back greener.
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Conceptualizing post-capitalist economics

Conceptualizing post-capitalist economics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein is a well-researched discussion of the history of money, capitalist economics and the worldwide movement for economic relocalization. Part I explores the profound effect the institution of money has on human thinking and psychology, as well as direct links between our monetary system, the current economic crisis and the impending global ecological crisis. Parts II and III explore possible alternatives to a debt-based monetary system that has outlived its usefulness.

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The Opportunity Within the Dodd-Frank Act's Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

The Opportunity Within the Dodd-Frank Act's Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The conflict minerals requirement, Section 1502, of the Dodd-Frank Act gives companies the opportunity to improve their supply chains.
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Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Robin Falck set about building his very own lakeside cabin in the beautiful Finnish countryside, a micro-cabin dubbed Nido.
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Trucks Borrow Trolley Idea, Link Up With Overhead Power Lines

Trucks Borrow Trolley Idea, Link Up With Overhead Power Lines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trucks Borrow Trolley Idea, Link Up With Overhead Power Lines...
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When a Music Scene Leads to a Boom

When a Music Scene Leads to a Boom | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As Denton, Texas's music festival grows in popularity, so does interest in the town itself.
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Infographic: Understanding Social Enterprise - Business - GOOD

Infographic: Understanding Social Enterprise - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Learn more about how social enterprises are growing in the U.S., who's behind them, and what the future might look like for impact investing.
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Save a Reef, Save a Life | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Save a Reef, Save a Life | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
May is National Cancer Research Month, and much of the research that sustains our hope for a cure begins in our oceans.
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'Glorious Nation' Where Apples Originated

'Glorious Nation' Where Apples Originated | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nearly every child has bitten into a crabapple (left) at some point and spit it back out--yuck!
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The Other Half of the Battle: Obama, the G8 and Food Security in Africa

The Other Half of the Battle: Obama, the G8 and Food Security in Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mwangi Kimenyi and Witney Schneidman discuss the Obama administration's phase two rollout of the food security initiative, Feed the Future.
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The Urban Premium: Walk Score Linked to Housing Prices | Streetsblog.net

The Urban Premium: Walk Score Linked to Housing Prices | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I tested the impact of Walk Score on median house prices controlling for household income, unemployment, and cost of living. The sample includes 259 cities for which I had Walk Score data and Census data by Metropolitan Statistical Area for the other controls. The results suggest that for a one-point increase in Walk Score, we can expect a .5% increase in a cities’ median house price, and this result is statistically significant.

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Facebook Doesn't Need Your Money; Invest in Africa Instead - Business - GOOD

Facebook Doesn't Need Your Money; Invest in Africa Instead - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Facebook may be the rage, but a more productive investment awaits abroad, where demand for capital is far higher.
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How small groups can power big change

How small groups can power big change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As a general rule, as communities grow, they lose social cohesion. There is a tricky tension between growing a group and a maintaining sense of personal belonging for members.

 

Like other voluntary associations, social movements struggle with this. But we can learn important lessons from the places that have figured it out—even from unlikely places like Saddleback “megachurch” in Orange County, CA.

 

Over 20,000 people attend Sunday worship at Saddleback, and yet members experience a strong, deep sense of belonging. That’s because Pastor Rick Warren has created “a church out of a network of lots of little church cells—exclusive, tightly knit groups of six or seven who meet in one another’s homes during the week to worship and pray.”

 

In other words, the secret is small groups.

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Occupying the Future, Starting at the Roots

Occupying the Future, Starting at the Roots | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

On Earth Day—April 22, 2012—about 200 people, accompanied by children in strollers, dogs, rabbits, chickens, and carrying hundreds of pounds of compost and at least 10,000 seedlings entered a 14-acre piece of land containing the last Class I agricultural soil in the East Bay. Located on the Albany-Berkeley border in the Bay Area, the plot is owned by the University of California Berkeley. By the end of the day, they had weeded, tilled, and successfully cultivated about an acre of the land. By May 14, when 100 University of California riot police surrounded the tract and began arresting the farmers, Occupy the Farm had cultivated around five acres of the plot known as the Gill Tract.

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Water Enough for All?

Water Enough for All? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Green Revolution was accomplished largely by doubling the amount of irrigated land. Hundreds of millions of wells now reach into the earth like straws in a thick drink on a hot day.
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Does your life need a Digital Detox?

Does your life need a Digital Detox? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This 4-day retreat offers the opportunity to disconnect from the electronic world and plug back into the natural one.
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Hand-Sculpted "Brick Biotopes" Turn Brick Walls Into Wildlife Habitats (Video)

Hand-Sculpted "Brick Biotopes" Turn Brick Walls Into Wildlife Habitats (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two designers show how new habitats for endangered birds can be made in the standard brick wall, using low-tech techniques.
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Finding Relief in the World's Most Congested City: A Sunday Afternoon on São Paulo's Minhocão

Finding Relief in the World's Most Congested City: A Sunday Afternoon on São Paulo's Minhocão | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scenes from a highway reclaimed by the city's pedestrians and cyclists.
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Health Care Spending in Selected Countries

Health Care Spending in Selected Countries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In this infographic we depict the balance between total government revenues and total, public, and private health spending for ten developed countries.
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