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Infographic: What's Wrong with Our Food System? - Environment - GOOD

Infographic: What's Wrong with Our Food System? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Globally there are a billion people who go hungry. Supporting small-scale food producers and tackling climate change can reduce that number.
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The Growth Obsession – And Why Social Enterprises and Funders Need To Snap Out of It

The Growth Obsession – And Why Social Enterprises and Funders Need To Snap Out of It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As a corporate strategy person, I totally get why traditional for-profit companies seek to grow: to make ever more money for their shareholders. Fine. But what I don’t get are social enterprises – however you define the term – when they talk about the “do-good equivalent” of the word “growth”, which is often referred to as “scale”. If the end goal of a for-profit corporation is to make as much money as possible (infinity + beyond $$$), what is the end goal of a nonprofit or for-profit social enterprise?
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Rural Life Without the Hard Edges

Rural Life Without the Hard Edges | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nine months into a year off the grid, a realization dawns that it's not that hard. And then, there's the unending natural beauty.
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Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future?

Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recently, a team of researchers at the University of California in San Diego released the results of a fascinating study involving the use of nanotechnology to convert solar energy into hydrogen power...
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NOMAD Solar Lamp Adds to Portable Solar Options | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

NOMAD Solar Lamp Adds to Portable Solar Options | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new portable solar light option was exhibited at the last Salone del Mobile in Milan, which took place between 17 and 22 April.
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The Secret Energy Drain on Cities: Streetlights

The Secret Energy Drain on Cities: Streetlights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
San Diego County has made it easy for its cities to convert to energy-efficient streetlights.
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Sustainability in the crazy-quilt world of metro regions | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Sustainability in the crazy-quilt world of metro regions | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our highly fragmented "system" of local governments makes it nearly impossible to address important issues facing metropolitan America in a rational way. Indeed, just getting around a metro region can be a challenge.
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Protecting People, Protecting the Planet

Protecting People, Protecting the Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When people think of Fair Trade, they might think of fair prices for farmers, better labor standards, or maybe even safe working conditions - but what people often forget about is that Fair Trade is equally invested in protecting the environment.
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10 Ways to Cut Down on Your Food Waste

10 Ways to Cut Down on Your Food Waste | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Food waste is an enormous problem that costs us money, drives up food prices, depletes environmental resources like water and land, and is just downright unnecessary. But there is hope, my friends.
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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Replay: Megaregions – A Review by Aaron M. Renn

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Replay: Megaregions – A Review by Aaron M. Renn | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

“The long-term utility of the megaregion as a distinct planning scale is still unproven. Does the megaregional approach confront or evade the core planning issues of equity, democracy, livability, economic vitality, and design excellence? If Jane Jacobs old quip about a region being ‘an area safely larger than the last one to whose problems we found no solution’ remains cogent, then the current interest in megaregions represents either a logical territorial scaling up to match the rapid expansion of regions, or another attempt by stalwart regionalists to re-assert (and update) the relevance of their old schema.” – Scott Campbell in Megaregions

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A Book Review Of ‘The Crash Course’: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy and Environment

A Book Review Of ‘The Crash Course’: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy and Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The first thing to say about The Crash Course is that it is an impressive work of scholarship. It is reminiscent of Guns, Germs and Steel in terms of the scope and breadth of knowledge brought to bear by the author in support of his thesis – which is basically that we’re headed for hard times unlike anything humanity has seen.

 

The second is that it contains a few fundamental flaws.

 

The third is that you should read it anyway. His thesis is more than plausible; his research is meticulous; and no matter how much you think you know about sustainability, you will walk away from The Crash Course wiser, if sadder.

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USB U-Socket is People’s Choice at KBIS

USB U-Socket is People’s Choice at KBIS | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is yet another Must-See product and the People's Choice winner at KBIS 2012.  Called U-Socket, the AC wall outlet has two USB 3.0-compatible power ports and can be installed on a 16 cubic inch or larger single gang electrical box, according to...
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Reviving Rivers And Weaving Traditions In Nigeria

Reviving Rivers And Weaving Traditions In Nigeria | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The generations-old art of weaving is dying off in th town of Angiama. So are the area's rivers and streams, which have become choked with invasive water hyacinth.
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Insights in Human Knowledge, From the Minds of Babies

Insights in Human Knowledge, From the Minds of Babies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Elizabeth S. Spelke studies infants and toddlers to understand how the brain works by determining what, if anything, humans are born knowing.
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High Resolution Movie Reveals the Infrastructure of Humans on Earth - information aesthetics

High Resolution Movie Reveals the Infrastructure of Humans on Earth - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The movie "Welcome to the Anthropocene" [vimeo.com] developed by global education organization Globaia reveals the start of a new geological era dominated by humans, by visualizing its main infrastructure, such as cities, roads, railways, transmissions lines and underwater cables.

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A low-cost way to improve public transit: Add joy

A low-cost way to improve public transit: Add joy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can transit incorporate art? Yes! How about playground equipment? You bet. Even … sex? Oh yeah, baby.
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Using The Addictive Power Of Gaming To Make You Exercise More

Using The Addictive Power Of Gaming To Make You Exercise More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is an amazing time to be a health-data nerd. Thanks to the proliferation of low-cost sensors, devices like the FitBit, Nike+FuelBand, and Basis (a heartbeat sensor in a watch) allow users to track, graph, and analyze their every move.
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Best U.S. Metros for Women's Well-Being

Best U.S. Metros for Women's Well-Being | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Large U.S. cities offer high quality of life for women, according to the Social Science Research Council.
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The Edible City

The Edible City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Watch a new animation from ASLA’s “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes” online exhibition that shows how to turn a conventional community into an edible city. Learn how...
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How India Jump-Started Its Solar Economy - Environment - GOOD

How India Jump-Started Its Solar Economy - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
India has 30 times more solar power today than two years ago. How'd the country do it?
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Five Natural Sites Where Humans Threaten Biodiversity (PHOTOS)

Five Natural Sites Where Humans Threaten Biodiversity (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sadly, 35 of 200+ sites designated as natural World Heritage properties are considered in danger and face threats such as pollution, human armed conflict, poaching, uncontrolled urbanization, and unchecked tourism and development.
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What’s the Plan For Phasing Out Fossil Fuels? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

What’s the Plan For Phasing Out Fossil Fuels? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Germany has installed enough photovoltaics such that coal-fired power plants are beginning to become unprofitable.
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Data with passion: A chat with Hans Rosling at TEDxSummit 2012

On Tuesday afternoon at TEDxSummit, Hans Rosling sat down with a group of fans to talk about presenting data with passion, using Legos, rocks and humor. He m...
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Green Car Congress: Neste Oil sells first batch of NExBTL renewable diesel to the US market

Neste Oil recently supplied its first batch of NExBTL renewable diesel to the US market. The fuel, which qualifies as an advanced biofuel in the US, was produced at the company’s Porvoo refinery in Finland from waste fats. Neste Oil has sold 305,000 tons of NExBTL renewable diesel to several dozens of customers in more than ten countries during the first quarter of 2012.

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Environmental Ideas, Six Words at a Time | It's Our Environment

It’s been three weeks since we launched Six Words for the Planet with SMITH Magazine and I’ve been delighted how many people shared their stories. I’ve enjoyed reading the thoughtful and creative six-word essays you’ve shared. Here are two of my favorites so far:

Perform a random act of sustainability.
George Sosa

Sweetest tweets still come from birds.
Melesha Owen

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