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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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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: 2012 cost of operating a motor vehicle

The just released 2012 Your Driving Costs survey, conducted by the American Automobile Association, estimated the cost of owning and operating a new midsize sedan at 59.6 cents per mile - equating to an average of $8,946 in yearly costs, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving.

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Feeding the World Without Destroying Our Planet | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Feeding the World Without Destroying Our Planet | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Will we be able to feed a global population of 10 billion people? Mark Tercek says we will if we rely on sound science, innovation and interesting partnerships.
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See How Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels Plague American Cities Right Now (Video)

See How Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels Plague American Cities Right Now (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rising sea levels caused be global warming are impacting communities across the nation right now.
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A Mural About City-Building That Actually Doesn't Stink

A Mural About City-Building That Actually Doesn't Stink | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This time-lapse video chronicles painted cranes as they "build" a city from the ground up, with real-life objects blending into two dimensions and vice versa.
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The White House Is Backing the Bioeconomy—But What Is It, Exactly? - Environment - GOOD

The White House Is Backing the Bioeconomy—But What Is It, Exactly? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The bioeconomy promises to lengthen our lives, address environmental issues, and clean up manufacturing.
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8 Simple Healthy And Green Travel Tips

8 Simple Healthy And Green Travel Tips | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Here are a few easy tips to help you get to your exotic destination, the healthy and eco way.
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Experimental Biology Blogging: Every once in a while, a double cheeseburger might not be so bad for the heart. | The Scicurious Brain, Scientific American Blog Network

Experimental Biology Blogging: Every once in a while, a double cheeseburger might not be so bad for the heart. | The Scicurious Brain, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On the last day of Experimental Biology 2012, I had the great pleasure to be able to see the work of the Jones lab at the ...
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6 First Aid Tips to Help Trees After a Storm

6 First Aid Tips to Help Trees After a Storm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For Arbor Day, learn how to show damaged trees the love they deserve.
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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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A Social Entrepreneur Links Affordable Housing to the Green Economy - Business - GOOD

A Social Entrepreneur Links Affordable Housing to the Green Economy - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Battling back an ugly job market, a young architect turns a stint as a volunteer into a impact-focused green building business.
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How the USDA Maps Food Deserts: Scientific American

How the USDA Maps Food Deserts: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For some, fresh food can be hard to come by...
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Oslo Takes its Streets Back from Terror, with a Song

Oslo Takes its Streets Back from Terror, with a Song | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More than 40,000 people showed up in the rain in a show of defiance against admitted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.
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Arup | Thoughts | An introduction

Arup | Thoughts | An introduction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

If it were possible to make a time-lapse film of the earth we would see that it was constantly moving. Yet when we build, we design as if the world were static.

 

This is because we imagine the world through machines. We problem-solve using the machine as our metaphor for understanding our environment and its resources. This approach has served us so well that we now almost exclusively use machines to solve all our problems. The monoculture of machine-inspired innovation means that we have effectively been building our cities for machines, not humans. People are not machines – we are living systems that radiate into and receive from our environment. We respond to on-going changes in our surroundings, sometimes in surprising ways. Because of the environmentally belligerent principles that underpin machine thinking, and the scale of development that has been possible through industrial practices, the recent global explosion in human development has resulted in extensive ecological damage.

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4 Fast Steps to Puting a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services

4 Fast Steps to Puting a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What's business if not value creation? Take something that doesn't cost very much, add value, and create a profit. It's only natural that many businesses do so using natural resources like land, trees, water, air, and fossil fuels as their inputs.
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INFOGRAPHIC: What Do You Know About Recycling?

INFOGRAPHIC: What Do You Know About Recycling? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How often do you recycle? If you recycle every day, you're among only half of U.S. adults who claim to do so.
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Network for Business Sustainability Shares Insights Into Decision-Making in Sustainability | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Network for Business Sustainability Shares Insights Into Decision-Making in Sustainability | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Corporate social responsibility has quickly evolved over the years, from changing light bulbs to strategically embedding sustainability into business...
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