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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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SmartDeco is Simple, Affordable, and Green

SmartDeco is Simple, Affordable, and Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Here's an interesting product that got its start with a successful funding from Kickstarter.  SmartDeco is affordable, engineered, blank furniture made with 100% recyclable Enviroboard -- a light-weight corrugated fiberboard, like cardboard, but...
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Most Cities Unprepared for Coming Population Boom: Scientific American

Most Cities Unprepared for Coming Population Boom: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the world's human population moves to cities, how cities grow may well determine the fate of the planet...
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Every Hour Should Be Earth Hour

Every Hour Should Be Earth Hour | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The ostensible goal of Earth Hour is to raise awareness of what the consumptive attitude of humanity is doing to its only home. But it behooves us as a species to be aware of the earth every hour of every day.
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The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Spring Cleaning - News - GOOD

The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Spring Cleaning - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Get ready to make April your cleanest month yet.
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The Portrait of U.S. Child Care Services

The Portrait of U.S. Child Care Services | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The child care industry is steadily groaning thanks to several factors, including more working parents, greater emphasis on education, and a greater awareness of the importance of early childhood development.
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Local Governments Start Recycling, Environmentalists Halt

Local Governments Start Recycling, Environmentalists Halt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a tragic twist of unbridled proportions, Conservatives have started recycling, but Environmentalists have ceased recycling actions. What stimulated this sudden role reversal? What effect does this have on not only the environment, but the economy?
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Corporate Donations Catch Fire at Burning Man

Corporate Donations Catch Fire at Burning Man | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
American corporate icon General Electric (NYSE: GE) said this week it plans to donate and distribute 1,000 eco-efficient black and day-glo lights at this year's...
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America’s dream unravels - FT.com

America’s dream unravels - FT.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It feels like you are entering a parallel universe. In reality it is just a few short steps down a plank into the neon-lit floating world of a casino ship. The location is Lake Michigan. The town is Gary, Indiana.
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Tax Credits for Working Families Help Women Now and Later

Tax Credits for Working Families Help Women Now and Later | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
March is women’s history month and income taxes are due in April.  So it’s a good time to note the difference that tax credits for working families, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), make for women’s economic...
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Scientists use Thoreau’s journal notes to track climate change

Scientists use Thoreau’s journal notes to track climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By examining Thoreau's records of flowering dates, researchers found that Massachusetts temperatures have increased by 2.4 degrees C since the author's time.
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» An Object Lesson in Corporate Crisis Management » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog

Stern advice from Daniel Rozas for the Andhra Pradesh microfinance industry on how it should manage—and should have managed—the crisis of 2010: There is at SKS and probably at most Andhra MFIs a sense of victimhood.
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The Next Public Debt Crisis Has Arrived | Newgeography.com

The Next Public Debt Crisis Has Arrived | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In July of 2009, while the smoke from the global financial bonfire was still thick in the air, I wrote for this website about another crisis of massive proportions just looming on the horizon: the Global Crisis in Public Debt.

 

Three years later, the news of defaults, bankruptcies, debt forgiveness requests, receiverships, and bailouts are in the news every day. Across the globe, sovereign entities – from US cities to European nations – are suffering under staggering debt loads, decimated revenues and intense pressure from the very capital markets that they should be able to turn to for refuge. Last month, Jefferson County, the largest in Alabama, moved forward with their bankruptcy proceedings over the objections of the Wall Street banks. Suffolk County in New York declared a financial emergency. The Financial Times has an interactive map showing all but 12 U.S. states with budget shortfalls for 2012. Eleven U.S. cities, counties and villages have filed bankruptcy since 2008, plus 21 municipal non-government entities (e.g., utilities, hospitals, schools, etc.), according to the Pew Center on the States.

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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Will financial desperation force changes in local government procedure and policy

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Will financial desperation force changes in local government procedure and policy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The San Diego Union-Tribune has a great series, "Health Care 911" (plus "A Costly Cycle of Care") about "frequent flyers," the frequent consumers of emergency medical services. These clients go in and out of the system, and consume a disproportionate share of the resources. In San Diego, 1,136 frequent users, less than 1% of the city's population, generate 17% of the emergency calls, which cost about $20 million annually.

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Spring Cleaning: Make a Non-Perishable Commitment - Environment - GOOD

Spring Cleaning: Make a Non-Perishable Commitment - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What’s clogging up your larder is also probably clogging up the earth. Tidy up your pantry and your conscience.
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The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » More Thoughts on the Urban Hierarchy

The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » More Thoughts on the Urban Hierarchy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Few topics get the urbanist blood stirring like the perennial debate over ranking cities. My latest piece on the reordering of the urban hierarchy spawned yet another rekindling of that debate. Among those weighting in were Richard Florida at the Atlantic Cities (whose ideas shaped my original post), Kenan Fikri of the Brookings Institution over at the New Republic and Jim Russell at Burgh Diaspora. There is also a lively comment thread here at the Urbanophile. I wanted to respond to some of the points raised.

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How Many Minimum-Wage Hours Does It Take to Afford a Decent Life? - News - GOOD

How Many Minimum-Wage Hours Does It Take to Afford a Decent Life? - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This infographic makes clear why there isn't a mass movement to raise the minimum wage—people are too busy working their asses off.
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McDonald’s Replaces PlayPlaces With Urban Gardens, Composting Sites

McDonald’s Replaces PlayPlaces With Urban Gardens, Composting Sites | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Starting this week, over 20 of McDonald's outdoor PlayPlaces will be replaced with urban gardens and composting facilities.
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Q. and A.: North Korea's Choked Environment

Q. and A.: North Korea's Choked Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Experts invited to North Korea for a conference on its environmental problems struggled against constraints on open communication with the country's scientists.
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How to Farm in Your Big City Apartment - Earth911.com

How to Farm in Your Big City Apartment - Earth911.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help protect the environment.
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3D Solar Structures Create More Power in Small Spaces - Environment - GOOD

3D Solar Structures Create More Power in Small Spaces - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These structures don’t behave quite like fields of solar panels. They produce power more consistently and, in some conditions, more of it.
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A bright green future for Kansas City [VIDEO]

A bright green future for Kansas City [VIDEO] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The story of one neighborhood in Kansas City shows how investment in sustainability can transform entire communities.
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Sizzling Spring Temperatures Disrupt Plants, Destroys Food

Sizzling Spring Temperatures Disrupt Plants, Destroys Food | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nature is vividly showing us the unintended consequences of what spewing 82 million metric tons of greenhouse gases daily into our atmosphere: Climate disruption.
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