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Looking Way Back at the Rate of Arctic Melting

A new report on the rate of melting of Arctic sea ice shows the largest percentage of melting in well over 1,000 years.
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Lessons From The World's Least Sustainable City

Lessons From The World's Least Sustainable City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Every U.S. city is rushing to adopt a sustainability plan, but urban policymakers need to make sure these programs are genuinely inclusive.
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How pocket parks may make cities safer, more healthy | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How pocket parks may make cities safer, more healthy | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
    A research team has found that distressed neighborhoods where vacant lots have been converted into small parks and community green spaces are associated with reduced crime when compared to neighborhoods with unimproved vacant lots.  The study...
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Ocean Choice CEO issues call to action on ‘broken’ fishery

Ocean Choice CEO issues call to action on ‘broken’ fishery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The CEO of Ocean Choice International says the Newfoundland fishery is broken, and less government interference would fix it.Martin Sullivan, speaking at the (I suspect in 2012 this will heat up"@StJohnsTelegram: Ocean Choice CEO issues call to action...
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Biomimicry | Everything is designed. Few are designed well.

As a bioengineer, I’m interested in the solutions of natural problems, but biomimicry is a little bit different from bioengineering. Bioengineering applies engineering concepts to biology and biomimicry applies biological concepts to engineering. Still, the similarities and possible implications are striking.

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Obama proposes new emissions standards on eve of U.N. meeting

Obama proposes new emissions standards on eve of U.N. meeting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Coming just before the COP17 conference in South Africa, Obama's proposed rules to reduce carbon dioxide pollution should be applauded, given the hostile, anti-science political environment they're coming from.
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Rio de Janeiro’s System of Systems | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Rio de Janeiro’s System of Systems | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the IBM Smarter Cities forum in Rio de Janeiro last week, I had the chance to go behind the scenes and take a first-hand look at Rio’s smart city project.
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Housing Series: The Case for Housing Support Services | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Housing Series: The Case for Housing Support Services | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Access to finance and secure tenure has been shown to be the most effective catalysts for self-help incremental housing improvements.

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Climate-Control Policies Cannot Rely on Carbon Capture and Storage: That’s My Side of The Economist Debates

Climate-Control Policies Cannot Rely on Carbon Capture and Storage: That’s My Side of The Economist Debates | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For the second time, I’m participating in an online debate sponsored by The Economist.
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Communities Skip Washington for Green Action Locally

Communities Skip Washington for Green Action Locally | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By fostering a new generation of energy-aware leaders, communities hope to benefit from the growing green collar job industry while safeguarding against the potentially damaging effects of climate change.
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Tackling the Communications Challenge of the UN Climate Conference

We were supposed to get a fair, ambitious, and binding international agreement on climate change in 2009. A binding agreement has thus become the yardstick for measuring success.
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Community resilience, Transition, and why government thinking needs both

Community resilience, Transition, and why government thinking needs both | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Information about a fascinating document, the first official government document on community resilience that refers explicitly to the Transition movement, and as such deserves a post reflecting on it.

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The few, the proud, the green: U.S. Marines pursue clean energy and efficiency

The few, the proud, the green: U.S. Marines pursue clean energy and efficiency | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The U.S. Marines are aggressively pursuing energy efficiency and distributed renewables, as I recount in a new story in Outside magazine. What if the rest of us followed their lead?
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Climate Change: South Africa Could See Enormous Change

Climate Change: South Africa Could See Enormous Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG -- Imagine the savannas of South Africa's flagship Kruger Park so choked with brush, viewing what game is left is nearly impossible. The Cape of Good Hope without penguins.
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Business Sustainability as a Transformative Process | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Business Sustainability as a Transformative Process | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In contrast to the current economic forces, business sustainability is creating a bright spot of opportunity for new and evolving business.
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Plans to end global poverty

Plans to end global poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Liz Ford: Next week in Busan, South Korea, development organisations and government officials will discuss how aid can be used to greater effect. Can lasting improvements for the world's poor be achieved?
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National electronic health records network gets closer

An electronic health records network is becoming a reality, as the national attitude towards health IT is shifting towards acceptance.
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Example of a network-based approach for surveillance of occupational health exposures

Example of a network-based approach for surveillance of occupational health exposures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Occupational Exposome of the Non Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) The concept of the occupational exposome is defined as a network of Occupational Health Problems (OHPs) sharing components of the occupational exposures, as a novel approach of considering...
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What the 1 Percent (of Capital Markets) Could Do for Impact Investing | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

What the 1 Percent (of Capital Markets) Could Do for Impact Investing | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

How can we unlock new sources of capital from retail investment to ensure impact investment opportunities aren't just for the wealthy?

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Harnessing the Untapped Energy in Water Pipes - News - GOOD

Harnessing the Untapped Energy in Water Pipes - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sometimes, instead of designing away wasted energy, it's easier to repurpose it.
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Hardship in America, Part 3: Homelessness Growing Among Families with Children

Hardship in America, Part 3: Homelessness Growing Among Families with Children | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The number of homeless families has been growing in recent years, but major programs that have proven effective at helping families find stable housing will serve fewer of them next year because of limited funding.
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Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice, Shame on the Media: More Stolen Emails Can’t Stop Catastrophic Global Warming, Only We Can

Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice, Shame on the Media: More Stolen Emails Can’t Stop Catastrophic Global Warming, Only We Can | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UK Guardian reports today that the deniers are serving 2-year-old leftovers for Thanksgiving: Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online A file containing 5,000 emails has been made available in an apparent attempt to repeat the...
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Roadless Area Conservation Act Called Into Question By Conservative Lawmakers

Roadless Area Conservation Act Called Into Question By Conservative Lawmakers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nearly 60 million acres of national forests were put off-limits to motor vehicles, road building and logging during the Clinton administration.
Last week, a bill was introduced that would turn that rule into law.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Energy Department Launches Vehicle Cost Calculator

On October 26, 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched a new Vehicle Cost Calculator and accompanying widget.

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No Secret Farm Bill and other things to be thankful for

No Secret Farm Bill and other things to be thankful for | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the breakdown of the supercommittee, it looks like the 2012 Farm Bill might just have to work its way through Congress after all. It's time to give thanks for this and a few other bits of good news about the food system.
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