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A Molecule That Can Unfold To The Size Of A Football Field Could Make Hydrogen Cars Take Off

A Molecule That Can Unfold To The Size Of A Football Field Could Make Hydrogen Cars Take Off | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s amazing what a molecule can do. The metal organic framework (MOF), a molecule developed at Texas A&M, looks like simple table salt.
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When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where

When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A crowdsourced map hopes to help cities identify and address so-called play deserts.
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Next American City » Buzz » Why the Rio Earth Summit Should Matter to Urbanists

Next American City » Buzz » Why the Rio Earth Summit Should Matter to Urbanists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are only 100 days until the Rio 2012 Earth Summit, an event that happens but once every 10 years and which, this time around, will have a specific focus on cities. Why is no one paying attention?
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Next American City » Buzz » Can the Arts Save Struggling Cities?

Next American City » Buzz » Can the Arts Save Struggling Cities? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Creative placemaking” is the idea that investing heavily in the arts can help revive urban economies by making communities more vibrant. But for struggling cities, is funding arts programs really the best way to spur change?
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The Ultimate Houston Strategy | Newgeography.com

The Ultimate Houston Strategy | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Houston has started the 21st-century with a set of rankings and amenities 99% of the planet’s cities would kill for: a vibrant core with several hundred thousand jobs; a profitable and growing set of major industry clusters (Energy, the Texas Medical Center, the Port); the second-most Fortune 500 headquarters in the country; top-notch museums, festivals, theater, arts and cultural organizations; major league sports and stadiums; a revitalized downtown; astonishing affordability (especially housing); a culture of openness, friendliness, opportunity, and charity (reinforced by Katrina); the most diverse major city in America; a young and growing population (fastest in the country); progressiveness; entrepreneurial energy and optimism; efficient and business-friendly local government; regional unity; a smorgasbord of tasty and inexpensive international restaurants; and tremendous mobility infrastructure (including the freeway and transit networks, railroads, the port, and a set of truly world-class hub airports).

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The narrowing window for a transition to a sustainable industrial society

The narrowing window for a transition to a sustainable industrial society | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The viability of modern civilization depends on two important dimensions: 1) the continuous availability and deployment of essential resources and 2) the long-term productivity and habitability of our environment. Acquiring and deploying the necessary resources tends to be a short-term goal. We may have stockpiles of ready food, fuel and other nondurable goods, but they are not typically meant to last for years.

 

Our long-term goal ought to be maintaining the productivity and habitability of our environment. It is, after all, the only environment we have. But, of course, in the interest of maintaining an ever increasing availability of resources (economic growth), we have injured the long-term productivity of our farm fields, fisheries and forests and put ourselves at the mercy of unforeseen declines in the rate of extraction of energy and other key finite resources from the Earth. And, we threaten the planet's habitability for humans and many other creatures by causing rapid climate change through the burning of fossil fuels, changes in land use and the release of other potent greenhouses gases such a nitrous oxide and methane into the atmosphere.

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GOOD Pictures: Documenting South Africa's Bike Culture - Design - GOOD

GOOD Pictures: Documenting South Africa's Bike Culture - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler photographed more than 500 people with their bikes across South Africa.
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Japan Tsunami Debris, Degrading Into Tiny Bits Of Plastic, Could Pose Health Risk

Japan Tsunami Debris, Degrading Into Tiny Bits Of Plastic, Could Pose Health Risk | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One year after a massive tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan, much attention is focused on the bottles, refrigerators and other debris washed out to sea and its pending arrival on the U.S.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Testimony: Agency Performance Oversight, DC Department of Parks and Recreation

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Testimony: Agency Performance Oversight, DC Department of Parks and Recreation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Parks and Recreation Department operates without a public master plan.

 

This is ironic given that DC is one of the nation’s first planned cities, with public use spaces included first in the L’Enfant Plan and then updated as part of the McMillan Commission Plan in the early 1900s

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Women Matter | McKinsey & Company

Women Matter | McKinsey & Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gender diversity is on the strategic agenda at ever more companies. Why don't women hold more top jobs?
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A New Law of Intercity Mobility

A New Law of Intercity Mobility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A group of network researchers proposes a "radiation model" of migration that more accurately predicts patterns of commuting, disease spread, and more.
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Guess what DOESN'T stay in Vegas: sprawl | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Guess what DOESN'T stay in Vegas: sprawl | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
                 This amazing video takes only 38 seconds to tell a powerful story.  This is how NASA’s website sets it up: “Las Vegas has undergone a massive growth spurt. This video shows the outward expansion of Las Vegas as a...
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What you ought to Learn About Biomimicry | Eastside Writer Article Directory

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the study of nature's models, techniques, components, and processes in order to gain inspiration to solve human difficulties.
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Powering a “Smart Grid” for Water | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Powering a “Smart Grid” for Water | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to the nonprofit organization Imagine H2O, the struggle for clean water is the challenge of our time.
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Living in a Poor Neighborhood Actually Hurts

Living in a Poor Neighborhood Actually Hurts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why people in low-income areas are more likely to experience chronic pain.
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How to retrofit failing suburban big-box stores into a green showcase | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How to retrofit failing suburban big-box stores into a green showcase | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia, and landscape architect Anne Vaterlaus have designed a very appealing conceptual demonstration project in the LA suburb of Pico Rivera, on the edge of the San Gabriel Valley.  The community is...
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From Kansas to Kenya, Biochar Can Capture Carbon and Improve Soil - Environment - GOOD

From Kansas to Kenya, Biochar Can Capture Carbon and Improve Soil - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biochar is a version of charcoal that helps permanently capture the carbon that plants suck from the air.
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Why Is the Secretary of Education Proposing Teachers Receive $150,000 Salaries? - Education - GOOD

Why Is the Secretary of Education Proposing Teachers Receive $150,000 Salaries? - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If states can't afford to keep teachers at the relatively low salaries they're paid now, why are we even discussing the possibility of more money?
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World Water Supply: Climate Change And Food Pressures Adding Challenges, UN Study Says

World Water Supply: Climate Change And Food Pressures Adding Challenges, UN Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
* Rethink vital to meet cross-sector, cross-border claims * Tripling of groundwater use raises reserve fears * 6th World Water Forum starts in Marseille on Monday By Gus Trompiz PARIS,...
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Energy in East Africa

Energy in East Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Poverty refers not only to one’s economic situation, but also to other factors that influence life. Especially in the past years the term “energy poverty” has become more common.

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Sharp Introduces Solar Panels You Can Snap into Place | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Sharp Introduces Solar Panels You Can Snap into Place | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Most homeowners looking to go solar either buy a system for thousands of dollars or lease one.
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109 Ideas to Improve 21 Cities (and 5 of our Favourites) | Sustainable Cities Collective

109 Ideas to Improve 21 Cities (and 5 of our Favourites) | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Image Things are hotting up with the Living Labs Global Award 2012, with their shortlist of 109 potentially transformative ideas for 21 cities announced yesterday.
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Microcredit doesn’t end poverty, despite all the hype

Microcredit doesn’t end poverty, despite all the hype | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When loans hurt more than they help....
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In New Copenhagen Suburbs, Aim Is Sustainable Living

In New Copenhagen Suburbs, Aim Is Sustainable Living | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hard times or not, two urban development projects — from two centuries — plow ahead.
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