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PICS: Patrick Blanc’s Dazzling Vertical Garden Wonderland is Laced with 7,000 Orchids

PICS: Patrick Blanc’s Dazzling Vertical Garden Wonderland is Laced with 7,000 Orchids | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our photos of Patrick Blanc's enchanting vertical garden wonderland at the New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show.
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The High Cost of Bad Investment Decisions

The High Cost of Bad Investment Decisions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ask 10 people what investing means, and chances are they'll all say "growing your money." Yet despite popular Hollywood portrayals of how investing works, research shows that most of us still try to time the market, typically resulting in...

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The Impact of Saving, Spending, or Investing Your Tax Refund

The Impact of Saving, Spending, or Investing Your Tax Refund | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Tax season leads many of us to wonder what we should do with our refund. Should we save it, pay down debt, or see it as "free money" and buy whatever we want?

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Fog Collection: Pulling Water From Thin Air

Fog Collection: Pulling Water From Thin Air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Traveling long distances for fresh water is common in the developing world; now imagine throwing some mountains into the scenario. In places like Nepal, that's the reality.
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The Sound of (Media) Silence: USDA Study on Effectiveness of Food Stamps Missing from TV News Coverage - Bread Blog

The Sound of (Media) Silence: USDA Study on Effectiveness of Food Stamps Missing from TV News Coverage - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While several major newspapers covered the USDA's new study on SNAP released April 9 which found "an average decline of 4.4 percent in the prevalence of poverty due to SNAP benefits," major television news programs largely ignored the...
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Emerging Markets Lead in Job Recovery | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Emerging Markets Lead in Job Recovery | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One of the most distressing aspects of the frail economic recovery from the global crisis has been lagging job creation. In developed and developing countries alike, millions of people remain unemployed (some 200 million by ILO estimates), and many who still have jobs live in fear of losing them or seeing their incomes and benefits stagnate. Fortunately, the worst may be over in several parts of the world. While the labor market in developed countries like the U.S. keeps improving, many developing countries are actually doing better despite the sluggish economic growth.

 

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How to Green Southern Cities Built in the Age of Cars and Air Conditioning

How to Green Southern Cities Built in the Age of Cars and Air Conditioning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
U.S. cities in the South have their own set of challenges to face in going green. But Atlanta, for one, is trying.
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You Can’t Fool Mother Nature but You Can Understand Her

You Can’t Fool Mother Nature but You Can Understand Her | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
James Urban, FASLA, noted soil and tree expert, recently gave his talk, You Cannot Fool Mother Nature but You Can Understand Her, at the Arsenal in New York City. Urban is a prolific writer and ...
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A Million Trees? Only If We Can Keep Them Around – Next American City

A Million Trees? Only If We Can Keep Them Around – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While it’s admirable that cities across the country have adopted programs to plant more trees in urban environments, it won’t amount to much if we don’t give enough attention to nurturing trees to maturity, when they yield far more benefits as...
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The future of solar energy

Nobel-prize winning scientist and Shamengo pioneer Alan Heeger has developed flexible solar panels, opening up a world of possibilities for solar energy! Wan...
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Beyond Zipcar: Can Carpooling 2.0 Remake American Commutes? - Business - GOOD

Beyond Zipcar: Can Carpooling 2.0 Remake American Commutes? - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By adapting to American car psychology, a European ride-share company hopes to cross the Atlantic to fill empty seats, save energy, and make money.
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Five Natural & Non-Toxic Methods for Insect Control in Your Garden

Five Natural & Non-Toxic Methods for Insect Control in Your Garden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An old friend was lamenting the loss of his chard crop to caterpillars a couple of weeks ago on Facebook. The temptation in these cases is to reach for toxic sprays: your local garden center probably has a wide selection of them.
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Are Food Deserts an Urban Legend? Study Says… – Next American City

Are Food Deserts an Urban Legend? Study Says… – Next American City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported on two recent study findings challenging the now-mainstream notion that poor urban neighborhoods do not have plentiful healthy food options.
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Global Migration Patterns: the Flows of People to and from Countries - information aesthetics

Global Migration Patterns: the Flows of People to and from Countries - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Global Migration Patterns[mpg.de] by the German Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity contains a set of interactive instruments that visualize the latest global migration data.The "International Migration Flows shows the different flows to - and from - selected OECD-countries between the years 1970-2007. It illustrates the concept of "Superdiversity", or how during the last 2 decades more people than ever have moved between different locations worldwide.

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Infographic: The Next Generation of Scientists - Education - GOOD

Infographic: The Next Generation of Scientists - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our latest infographic shows how STEM fields stack up in overall growth, and how they break down between men and women.
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Scaling Stonyfield Yogurt

Scaling Stonyfield Yogurt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gary Hirshberg explains how he scaled Stonyfield and stayed true to his values at the same time.
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Ditching Wall Street For A Local Stock Exchange

Ditching Wall Street For A Local Stock Exchange | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When my last book, The Small-Mart Revolution, was published in 2006, I began traveling almost nonstop to nearly every state in the United States and most of the provinces of Canada to promote strategies of economic development rooted in locally...
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Passivhaus Apartments Built in Sweden

Passivhaus Apartments Built in Sweden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A couple years ago, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture and builders Höllviksnäs Förvaltnings AB won an open competition for four Passivhaus homes on a vacant lot in the city of Malmö, Sweden.  The team won the competition and the low-energy houses are...
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The Post-Storm Chaser

The Post-Storm Chaser | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Using a car-top video camera, USC researcher Andrew Curtis tracks disaster recovery over time.
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California Declares War on Suburbia II: The Cost of Radical Densification | Newgeography.com

California Declares War on Suburbia II: The Cost of Radical Densification | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

California's more recent tightening of the land use restrictions (under Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375) has been justified as necessary for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

It is All Unnecessary: The reality, however, is that all of this is unnecessary and that sufficient GHG emission reductions can be achieved without interfering with how people live their lives. As a report by the McKinsey Company and The Conference Board put it, there would need to be "no downsizing of vehicles, homes or commercial space," while "traveling the same mileage." Nor, as McKinsey and the Conference Board found, would there be a need for a "shift to denser urban housing." All of this has been lost on California's crusade against the lifestyle most Californians households prefer.

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Smart Technology Entrepreneurship Initiatives for Auto-Rickshaw Rides | TheCityFix

Smart Technology Entrepreneurship Initiatives for Auto-Rickshaw Rides | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In a previous blog post, we highlighted the various opportunities in the auto-rickshaw sector for entrepreneurs to develop innovative businesses. One opportunity that is gaining momentum is the development of smart technology applications (“apps”) to enhance auto-rickshaw rides. Key features include real-time routing information and distance-based fares (based on government-regulated fares) to allow users to get an accurate account of their trip and fare details.

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Can the National Mall be re-imagined as a place for people? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Can the National Mall be re-imagined as a place for people? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
     The National Mall, looking east As a longtime (and loyal) resident of Washington, DC, I can wax at some length about the many things that make our city great, from the L’Enfant Plan to the Metro to Blues Alley,...
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Read Better: Five Steps to a More Balanced Media Diet - Culture - GOOD

Read Better: Five Steps to a More Balanced Media Diet - Culture - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I had way too many opinions on celebrities and way too few on issues that directly affected me. It was time for a change.
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GOOD Maker Challenge: Win $2,000 to Innovate Earth Day - GOOD Projects - GOOD

GOOD Maker Challenge: Win $2,000 to Innovate Earth Day - GOOD Projects - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We're seeking interesting and creative ways of promoting the Earth Day message.
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