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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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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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3 Tips to Help Your Project Succeed in Crowdsourcing Competitions - News - GOOD

3 Tips to Help Your Project Succeed in Crowdsourcing Competitions - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tips from groups that successfully rallied their communities and networks to support their ideas.
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How Does Your Garden Grow? Tips for the Home Organic Gardening Beginner

How Does Your Garden Grow? Tips for the Home Organic Gardening Beginner | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

 Food is a hot topic in green living. With climate changes and pollution headlining the news, food sources are coming under greater scrutiny. Where we get our food is almost as important as how we get it.

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Upstate vs. Downstate: A Slow Boil Over Water Issues

Upstate vs. Downstate: A Slow Boil Over Water Issues | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
People all around the Catskills and up and down the Delaware River are complaining about New York City's management of the watershed that supplies the city's drinking water.
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Eight19's IndiGo Solar System Brings Pay-As-You-Go Power To Africa

Eight19's IndiGo Solar System Brings Pay-As-You-Go Power To Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From Earth Techling's Angeli Duffin: While many countries are trying to wean themselves off expensive and dirty fossil fuel energy, much of the world is still waiting on any type of electricity.
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Elevated Greenway Part of Chicago Open Space Push

Elevated Greenway Part of Chicago Open Space Push | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rahm Emmanuels infrastructure plan includes a 2.6-mile ribbon of green.
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A Self-Cleaning Plastic Impregnated With Living (Delicious) Mold

A Self-Cleaning Plastic Impregnated With Living (Delicious) Mold | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Swiss scientists have designed a special plastic that houses the kind of fungus you eat in blue cheese, so you have less to clean up.
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A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens

A Look Into San Francisco’s Downtown Secret Gardens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are dozens of hidden open spaces in downtown San Francisco - from courtyards and urban gardens to roof terraces, we seek out some of the best new designs.
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7 things your garden needs from you

7 things your garden needs from you | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the long run this will save you time and money and your garden will thank you from sparing it lots of loss, due to the wrong plant being planted in the wrong place.
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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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‘Creatures of Light’ at American Museum of Natural History

‘Creatures of Light’ at American Museum of Natural History | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The American Museum of Natural History is opening an exhibition, “Creatures of Light,” that looks at the strange world of bioluminesence.
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Greenversations » Make your mark for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, so help make history with Environment in a Day!

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Enabling and Equipping Women to Improve Nutrition - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Enabling and Equipping Women to Improve Nutrition - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Increasing women's economic power is essential to improving nutrition for families. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl. It’s the end of March and we’re wrapping up...
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5 Favourite 'Planter-To-Plate' Restaurants: Urban Agriculture Expert Shares Picks

5 Favourite 'Planter-To-Plate' Restaurants: Urban Agriculture Expert Shares Picks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Community gardens, backyard coops, patio-grown tomatoes, rooftop beekeepers - these were the signs that sent writer Jennifer Cockrall-King, who blogs at FoodGirl.ca, around the world to France, the U.K., Cuba and the United States to find out why,...
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Terracycle To Turn Dirty Diapers Into Park Benches

Terracycle To Turn Dirty Diapers Into Park Benches | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“The diapers are very gross, horrible, but the shipping containers hold 100% of the smell,” assures Terracycle’s Albe Zakes.
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A Fully Biodegradable Foldable Shoe, Inspired By Amazon Natives

A Fully Biodegradable Foldable Shoe, Inspired By Amazon Natives | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the Amazon, slipping on your shoes is as simple as painting a thin layer of latex on your feet. Rubber, at least in its original form, is derived from tree sap as opposed to today’s synthetic version from petrochemicals.
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Scientists Clone Elm Trees to Protect Them from Extinction

Scientists Clone Elm Trees to Protect Them from Extinction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Canadian scientists discovered a way to clone elm trees that for decades have succumbed to the deadly Dutch elm disease.
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