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Black + Blum Design A Better Water Bottle, Complete WIth A Giant Charcoal Stick | Fast Company

Black + Blum Design A Better Water Bottle, Complete WIth A Giant Charcoal Stick | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Black + Blum goes back to basics with a military canteen-inspired bottle.
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"The Mismeasure of Wealth" by Partha Dasgupta and Anantha Duraiappah | Project Syndicate

"The Mismeasure of Wealth" by Partha Dasgupta and Anantha Duraiappah | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability published a report in January that calls for a radical redesign of the global economy, declaring that “tinkering around the margins” will no longer suffice.
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Chump change: Stopping global warming is much cheaper than you think

Chump change: Stopping global warming is much cheaper than you think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Politicians like to claim we can't afford to take drastic climate action right now. A U.K. report debunks that myth.
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The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition - News - Towards Rio Plus 20: The Way to Global Responsibility

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition - News - Towards Rio Plus 20: The Way to Global Responsibility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

n June, the UN Conference on sustainable developmentwill take place in Rio. Oceans are one of the main priorities and I will bring to the “Rio plus 20″ conference the EU commitment to move forward on several fronts, towards ambitious goals.

 

The impact of our plans to phase out discards will be lessened in the absence of a roadmap for the rest of the world. The same goes for illegal fishing: we have to seize the opportunity to step up international commitment and work toward a worldwide catch certification scheme.

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Water, Water Everywhere: I Am Made of Lake Michigan - Environment - GOOD

Water, Water Everywhere: I Am Made of Lake Michigan - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A dispatch from the home waters of the Upper Midwest...
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Arizona Senate Bill 1507 Aims to Prohibit the Rio Declaration and Ban Sustainability

Arizona Senate Bill 1507 Aims to Prohibit the Rio Declaration and Ban Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Arizona Senate Bill 1507, is a bill that would serve the sole purpose of prohibiting the Rio Declaration in Arizona. If passed, what would be the potential ramifications with regard to the health, vibrancy and economic future of our state?
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Trade in the 20th century electric grid. Don’t trade off local energy

Trade in the 20th century electric grid. Don’t trade off local energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The future of U.S. energy policy is not about trade-offs, but rather a chance to trade in an obsolete paradigm for a local clean energy future.
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Smart Growth: The Maryland Example | Newgeography.com

Smart Growth: The Maryland Example | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Evidence that people just don’t like Smart Growth is revealed in findings from organizations set up to promote Smart Growth. In 2009, the Washington Post reported, “Scholars at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education found that over a decade, smart growth has not made a dent in Maryland's war on sprawl.”

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Infographic of the Day: The Economic Power of the Top 600 Global Cities

Infographic of the Day: The Economic Power of the Top 600 Global Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By 2025, these cities will account for 60 percent of global GDP.
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Business Fund Puts African Farmers on Road to Market

In Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, a new approach to small-scale farming has spread to more than 100,000 families in just four years. Part of the Food for 9 Billi...
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The Rockefeller Foundation launches the 2012 Innovation Challenges to find 21st century problem-solvers

The Rockefeller Foundation launches the 2012 Innovation Challenges to find 21st century problem-solvers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation has launched the 2012 Innovation Challenges to source innovative ideas that will have the potential to create long-term impact in an increasingly dynamic and complex world.
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B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce | Green Conduct

B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce | Green Conduct | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There’s a growing buzz about a new kind of business model that is centered around building better business, social enterprise, and corporate policy.
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4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder

4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many people now are struggling to make change; to drive social or environmental impact whether they are social entrepreneurs or people working from within organizations to make a difference.
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Dinosaur Dig in China Turns Up Largest Known Feathered Animal

Dinosaur Dig in China Turns Up Largest Known Feathered Animal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fossils of a previously unrecognized dinosaur found in China show that it is the largest known feathered animal, living or extinct, scientists report.
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Talking happiness

Talking happiness | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I’m writing this on a plane, on my way home from four conferences on the “new economy.” Clearly there is rapidly growing interest in this subject, due in no small degree to the ongoing disintegration, and worsening dysfunction, of our present economic system. All four conferences (one in Berkeley; one in Tarrytown, New York; one at Harvard, organized by students; and one at the United Nations) were interesting and important, but the UN conference on “High Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm,” organized by the nation of Bhutan, was especially noteworthy.

 

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'The American Way Of Eating' Author Tracie McMillan Goes Undercover At Metro Detroit Walmart

'The American Way Of Eating' Author Tracie McMillan Goes Undercover At Metro Detroit Walmart | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It took journalist Tracie McMillan five months and 115 phone calls to line up the job she was striving for: a produce stocker at Walmart.
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Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD

Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Just half of Americans recycle daily, and 13 percent don't recycle at all.
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Simple Tool Helps Companies Address Water Risks

Simple Tool Helps Companies Address Water Risks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WWF has created the Water Risk Filter, a tool that helps companies identify their water related risks and develop ways to address them.
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Blown away: Wind power growing faster than other top electricity sources

Blown away: Wind power growing faster than other top electricity sources | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Electricity generation from coal and nuclear fell in the last few years, while wind power generation skyrocketed. But policies like the production tax credit are still needed to help wind compete.
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Solar Shipping Container House in Colorado

Solar Shipping Container House in Colorado | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is a solar-powered shipping container house in Nederland, Colorado.  It was designed by Studio H:T and completed in 2010 with two shipping containers that straddle a social and open central area with the kitchen, living room, and a loft,...
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Study: U.S. West must replace coal power

The least expensive way for the U.S. West to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to replace coal with renewable and other sources of energy, researchers say.
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Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.
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Greenversations » The Water Cycle Revisited: What’s it Got to Do with Climate Change?

Greenversations » The Water Cycle Revisited: What’s it Got to Do with Climate Change? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

When you think of climate change, you probably think of greenhouse gases and the odd behavior of the weather lately. But when I think of climate change, I worry about what it means for our nation’s wetlands, estuaries and fisheries, as well as water infrastructure.

 

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Who Knew? Upcycling the Dog Poo

Who Knew? Upcycling the Dog Poo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A composting project in Ithaca, N.Y., turned 12 tons of pet waste into just two truckloads of fertilizer that will make its way back to a dog park.
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The Mission-Driven Marketeer: Corporations with Benefits: 6 Reasons to Become a B Corp Now

The Mission-Driven Marketeer: Corporations with Benefits: 6 Reasons to Become a B Corp Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Nearly every company markets itself as one of the good guys and makes some effort to show they are good corporate citizens. But is “being good” really part of your company’s core values? Let’s be honest, how many companies consistently consider their impact on people and the planet when making decisions? Does yours? If you are genuinely committed to the triple bottom line, you should flaunt it. Better yet, incorporate your commitment to a better world into your company’s purpose. The B Corp movement is redefining what it means to be successful in business.

 

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