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A Miniature Forest To Convert Sunlight To Energy

A Miniature Forest To Convert Sunlight To Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bigger is not always better. Scientists as the University of California, San Diego are growing vast forests of very small "trees"--made of small branching wires--that collect sunlight, turning it into usable energy.
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Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (SSIR)

Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (SSIR) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Transforming scarcity into opportunity through the gutsy art of improvising an ingenious solution.
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Are We Really Creating More Green Jobs? Survey Says: Yes | Environment | AlterNet

Are We Really Creating More Green Jobs? Survey Says: Yes | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Leaders on the Pacific Coast find over 500,000 green jobs -- and predict that number will double by 2020.
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5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Perhaps the single most alarming public health trend in the United States today is the dramatic rise in overweight and obesity, bringing serious risks of heart disease, diabetes and other consequences leading to life impairment and premature...
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Infographic of the Day: The Top 5 U.S. Cities in 1940 vs. 2010

Infographic of the Day: The Top 5 U.S. Cities in 1940 vs. 2010 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Census Bureau is getting ready for the release of all the forms from its 1940 count.
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Illustrating a Commute, One Rider at a Time

Illustrating a Commute, One Rider at a Time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Artist Steve Wilkin sketches those who ride the 7:38 train in a free newspaper.
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The Evolving Urban Form: Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto | Newgeography.com

The Evolving Urban Form: Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto is a conurbation, an urban area that has grown together from multiple cores (here, the urban areas of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto). Most urban areas grow concentrically from a single core. In the process their suburban growth can engulf and incorporate smaller urban areas (such as Gifu in Nagoya, Bogor in Jakarta or Newark in New York), However, conurbations --- such as Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany (Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, and Bochum), Katowice-Gliwice-Tychy (upper Silesia) in Poland, Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St. Paul in the United States --- develop when major urban areas grow together (or merge), forming a larger urban area.

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Nature Brains: Environmental Education Pays Off for MPAs | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Nature Brains: Environmental Education Pays Off for MPAs | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What's the price of a good marine education? Turns out it's just $24/year, according to a new study by Nature Conservancy scientists.
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How Capturing CO2 from the Air Can Help Save the Planet

How Capturing CO2 from the Air Can Help Save the Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Three startup companies, including one backed by Bill Gates, are developing technology to extract carbon dioxide from the air and help solve the climate crisis.
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Why Now is a Good Time to Be Thinking About 2050

Why Now is a Good Time to Be Thinking About 2050 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"Never prophesy, especially about the future." That nicely captures the perils of predictions - so nicely, indeed, that the saying or a version of it has been credited to numerous people, from the movie mogul Sam Goldwyn to baseball's Yogi Berra.
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SolarCity Wants To Make Home Energy Efficiency Accessible To The Masses

SolarCity Wants To Make Home Energy Efficiency Accessible To The Masses | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
SolarCity, one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, announced today that it plans to offer home energy efficiency loans to customers across the country to remove the burden of upfront costs.
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3 Rules For Building A Collaborative Consumption Business

3 Rules For Building A Collaborative Consumption Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Five years ago, I was sitting in a college lecture when I heard a frustrating stat: 80% of seats in cars are unoccupied during travel. Even today, the U.S.
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Lightweight wing harvests offshore wind

Lightweight wing harvests offshore wind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Startup Makani Power clears its first hurdles in building a radically different wind turbine that flies like a kite and captures high-altitude winds. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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The No-Hour Workweek: Reinventing Employee Expectations For The Modern Economy

The No-Hour Workweek: Reinventing Employee Expectations For The Modern Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A University of Southern California researcher, Alexandra Michel, recently reported on the disastrous effects of the highly stressful work environment of investment banking, citing insomnia, alcoholism, heart palpitations, eating disorders, and...
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Primeval Precipitation: What Fossil Imprints of Rain Reveal about Early Earth: Scientific American

Primeval Precipitation: What Fossil Imprints of Rain Reveal about Early Earth: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fossil rain suggests the atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago boasted a hydrocarbon haze...
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Military Could Lead in Commercializing Clean Transportation | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Military Could Lead in Commercializing Clean Transportation | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy (DOE) loan program aimed at commercializing clean transportation technologies has been taking hits from all sides recently.
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Next American City » Buzz » Years Before Copenhagen, an Indian City With Unofficial Bike Share

Next American City » Buzz » Years Before Copenhagen, an Indian City With Unofficial Bike Share | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For decades, the city of Indore, India has enjoyed an informal bike share system, based largely on trust and widely used by the city’s working poor. Now, a regional authority wants to formalize the program.
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Portfolio of the Week: Melbourne's Studio505

Portfolio of the Week: Melbourne's Studio505 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An Australian-based architect with a China-heavy portfolio talks about the differences in building trends between the two countries.
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America's Growing Urban Footprint

America's Growing Urban Footprint | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Census figures show widespread increases in the square mileage of urbanized areas in the U.S.
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Americans Flush $5 Billion Down the Toilet Every Year - Business - GOOD

Americans Flush $5 Billion Down the Toilet Every Year - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The typical American flushes away 24 gallons of water each day, nearly a quarter of our total water consumption.
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The Limitations of the Triple Bottom Line

The Limitations of the Triple Bottom Line | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By: Ben Vivian Following a hectic day in London at Ecobuild and in a stakeholder workshop on research into a construction product framework, my thoughts...
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A Clearer Picture of Tropical Carbon

A Clearer Picture of Tropical Carbon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new high-resolution map of carbon storage in tropical forests could play an important role in improving forest management.
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Ortner + Ortner Pavilion in Germany is Wrapped in Thin-Film Solar Panels

Ortner + Ortner Pavilion in Germany is Wrapped in Thin-Film Solar Panels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The visually striking design by Austrian architecture firm Ortner + Ortner demonstrates the design power of using solar as a core element in building design.
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Extracting Nutrients From Raw Sewage, To Grow Our Plants Extra Big

Extracting Nutrients From Raw Sewage, To Grow Our Plants Extra Big | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While peak oil and peak water are terms that have entered our lexicon, peak phosphorus is a bit more of a stretch. But, says Philip Abrary, CEO of Ostara, the world will reach a point when phosphorus is too difficult or expensive to mine.
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How Do We Sustain a World of 7 Billion People? Live Stream, March 26, 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET: Scientific American

How Do We Sustain a World of 7 Billion People? Live Stream, March 26, 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sylvia Earle and other experts brainstorm ways to make the planet more sustainable and secure...
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