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Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening–With information on mushroom cultivation, sowing a fruit … ways to keep livestock, and more… | permac...

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening–With information on mushroom cultivation, sowing a fruit … ways to keep livestock, and more… | permac... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures.In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming method… More >>

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Ambitious UN Sustainability Conference in Rio to Avoid Climate Talk

Ambitious UN Sustainability Conference in Rio to Avoid Climate Talk | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio will avoid controversial climate theories, said summit insiders seeking wide-ranging global agreements.
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Earth Sanctuary - 21st century for human & planetary sustainability and evolution

Humanitad is developing the Earth Sanctuary project as a dynamic and replicable blueprint which can directly address the socio-economic failures of our current ‘civilizational’ model. The objective...
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Future of design: Biomimicry workshop | GreenCityBlueLake

Future of design: Biomimicry workshop | GreenCityBlueLake | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
GreenCityBlueLake is the network of people and organizations creating a sustainable Northeast Ohio.
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How to Grow a Grassroots Green Team

How to Grow a Grassroots Green Team | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University's Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) - designed for students who want to...
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A 'thermal battery' for villages in India

Startup Promethean Power had to ditch its dream of solar-powered milk chillers in rural India, but hit upon a novel energy storage system that's cheaper and overcomes the unreliable grid. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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MYTHBUSTING | #1 Middle class bastion

MYTHBUSTING | #1 Middle class bastion | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Having posted some suburban scenarios, it seemed appropriate to bust some myths (as other suburban narratives). First one is that suburbs are bastions of middle class privilege. These two maps, pro...
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We Need to Revive PACE to Boost Jobs and Clean Energy. Here’s How.

We Need to Revive PACE to Boost Jobs and Clean Energy.  Here’s How. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
by Alisa Valderrama, cross-posted from NRDC’s Switchboard An innovative energy-smart finance program for homeowners – called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE – has a chance for revival.
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UPDATE: Brooklyn Grange Farm is Expanding to a 45K Square Foot Rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Inhabitat New York City

UPDATE: Brooklyn Grange Farm is Expanding to a 45K Square Foot Rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Inhabitat New York City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brooklyn Grange, believed to be the world's largest rooftop farm, is expanding to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
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01/25/2012: EPA Releases New Tool with Information about Water Pollution Across the U.S. / EPA to host webinar on how to use tool to access information on pollutants released into local waterways

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a new tool that provides the public with important information about pollutants that are released into local waterways. Developed under President Obama’s transparency initiative, the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and allows for easy searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector, and pollutant. Americans can use this new tool to protect their health and the health of their communities.

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Green Car Congress: California Air Resources Board unanimously adopts Advanced Clean Cars Package

Green Car Congress: California Air Resources Board unanimously adopts Advanced Clean Cars Package | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In a unanimous vote on Friday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) regulatory package (earlier post), launching California into another round of major automotive regulations for model years 2015-2025 that are designed to deliver cleaner air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to help build the future market for battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles.

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sustain innovation

RT @Edu_Trends: Like this idea. We don't sustain innovation, we sustain the environment for it to happen.
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Healthier School Meals to Help Growing Number of Students Living in Poverty

Healthier School Meals to Help Growing Number of Students Living in Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Every students' favorite period is in for a new curriculum this year. School breakfast and lunch menus across the country are getting the first major nutrition overhaul in 15 years.
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Abundance the Book – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Abundance the Book – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Your positive biases shape the way you think about the world.......

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Rights and Equity in the Compilation Document for Rio+20 | We Want Another Future

The following is an overview of equity and rights-based language in the submissions of member states and inter-governmental organizations compiled by the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012. They are organized according to major themes:

Human rights in general;

Rights over the access, management, and ownership of natural resources;

Property and user rights;

Right to food;

Right to social services;

Right to information;

Women‟s rights;

Workers‟ rights;

Indigenous Peoples‟ Rights

Rights to Self-determination

Right to development

Common but Differentiated Responsibility

Social equity,

Equitable economic development,

Sustainable use of resources,

Equitable access to resources,

Equitable distribution of wealth, and

Equity in global trade

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A green bottom line | World Finance

Creating profit without being seen to consider environmental and social issues is no longer a sustainable option for financial services

In the current economic climate, the term “sustainable banking” might seem to refer to the idea of not going bust. But a number of so-called sustainable or green banks are succeeding in sending out green shoots – and in some respects, their timing couldn’t be better.

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Invest Africa Launches the First Micro-Venture Capital Platform Dedicated to the African Continent

Invest Africa Launches the First Micro-Venture Capital Platform Dedicated to the African Continent | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

While entrepreneurs sometimes receive start-up capital through micro-credit, these businesses often struggle to find funding that allow them to expand, grow, and create jobs.

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Green Car Congress: California’s newly ZEV rule introduces the BEVx; ARB staff expects these vehicles to play a longer-term role than plug-in hybrids

On Friday 27 January, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the new Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) package that sets out the regulatory emissions and technology requirements for light-duty automobiles through model year 2025. (Earlier post.) The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation—one of the three main regulatory packages that constitute ACC—introduces a new regulatory vehicle category: the BEVx, or a battery-electric vehicle with a small “limp-home” range extending engine or APU (auxiliary power unit)—i.e., not a series-hybrid type vehicle such as the Chevrolet Volt equipped with a full-capability engine.

Under the ACC, ARB will award BEVx credits on the same basis as BEVs—i.e., on zero-emission miles (the simplified ZEV credit scheme under the ACC is a linear one based on those zero-emission miles). BEVx vehicles can provide up to 50% of the pure ZEV requirement for manufacturers, and so they may emerge as a significant vehicle type.

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Heathier yards without chemicals - Go Green - SustainLane

Heathier yards without chemicals - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's possible to have a healthy, thriving yard without the chemicals.
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Energy awareness with just a push of a (green) button

Energy awareness with just a push of a (green) button | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra announces Green Button, an effort to make understanding (and adjusting) household energy consumption easier through a standardized online platform.
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Capturing Inner Beauty: Medical Imagery That Delves into the Aesthetic [Slide Show]: Scientific American

Capturing Inner Beauty: Medical Imagery That Delves into the Aesthetic [Slide Show]: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Norm Barker's photographs lie at the interface of art and science...
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A million face severe malnutrition in the Sahel, UNICEF warns

A million face severe malnutrition in the Sahel, UNICEF warns | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A hunger emergency looms in the Sahel: Half a million children face starvation in the Sahel if help doesn’t arrive on time, according to humanitarian agencies.
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Amelia Kegan on the Role of Poverty in the Upcoming Elections - Bread Blog

Amelia Kegan, senior policy analyst at Bread for the World, attended a panel discussion with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity to discuss how poverty and hunger will affect teh conversations in the upcoming elections.
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Buy a WeWood Watch, Plant a Tree With American Forests | Ecouterre

Buy a WeWood Watch, Plant a Tree With American Forests | Ecouterre | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WeWood's wooden watches, made from sustainably harvested or reclaimed hardwood, are gloriously anachronistic and beautiful to behold.
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Bring Clean Water to Africa - The Water Project

Bring Clean Water to Africa - The Water Project | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nearly 1 billion people suffer needlessly without access to safe, clean water. We help provide water and sanitation solutions one village at a time.
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