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Get Schooled on Sustainability, Add an Act of Green

Get Schooled on Sustainability, Add an Act of Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Via SpringofSustainability.com, presented by The Shift Network and Sustainable World Coalition.

By Peggy Duvette

One billion is a big number. But it’s not unreachable.
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» Interested in Global Food Security? Two New Acronyms You Should Know » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Interested in Global Food Security? Two New Acronyms You Should Know » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As we approach the May G8 summit in Chicago, the June G20 meeting in Los Cabos, and Rio+20 in June, agriculture and food security promise to be high on the international agenda; and once again, we will be awash in jargon that is rife with acronyms...
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Getting Ready: A Review of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Readiness Preparation Proposals | World Resources Institute

Getting Ready: A Review of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Readiness Preparation Proposals | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This working paper provides regular updates of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PPs) and National Programme Documents (NPDs) submitted by REDD+ Country Participants to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and to the United Nations’ Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD).

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How To Grow While Staying Insanely Creative, The Aardman Animation Way

How To Grow While Staying Insanely Creative, The Aardman Animation Way | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Characterful, quirky, and meticulously crafted animation helped Aardman, the British company behind Wallace & Gromit, build an international fan base and Oscars success. The studio’s new feature, The Pirates!
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Climate Change Poses Disaster Risk for Most of the Planet: Scientific American

Climate Change Poses Disaster Risk for Most of the Planet: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A complete report on extreme weather from the IPCC suggests a future of more natural disasters...
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Restoration on the Edge

Restoration on the Edge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brooklyn College recently played host to the mid-atlantic chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, providing space for a conference entitled “Restoration on the Edge.” The di...
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Why South Korea Is Putting the Brakes on the Switch to Digital Textbooks - Education - GOOD

Why South Korea Is Putting the Brakes on the Switch to Digital Textbooks - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The reversal is surprising given that South Korea, like the United States, tends to view technology adoption as a sign of successful schools.
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Arctic Sea Ice Eyed for Clues to Weather Extremes

Arctic Sea Ice Eyed for Clues to Weather Extremes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Amid seesawing temperatures, suspicion is focused on the decline of sea ice in the Arctic, believed to be a consequence of the human release of greenhouse gases.
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Video Interview: America’s CTO Catalyzes Health Entrepreneurship through Open Data

Video Interview: America’s CTO Catalyzes Health Entrepreneurship through Open Data | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Health data liberation is catalyzing entrepreneurs to create products and services to help consumers, patients, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals both seek and deliver better care.
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» Microfinance As Social Business » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog

» Microfinance As Social Business » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the Huffington Post, Beth Rhyne riffs off a theme in my book, which actually comes from one of her books: To my thinking, the most important soft institutional achievement is the creation of an organizational framework that genuinely marries...
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Frequent Chocolate Eaters Have Lower BMI: Scientific American Podcast

Frequent Chocolate Eaters Have Lower BMI: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

<podcast> People who ate chocolate frequently consumed more calories and more saturated fat but had lower average body mass indexes than non-chocolate eaters.

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Cash Mob for GOOD Supports Low-Income Women - News - GOOD

Cash Mob for GOOD Supports Low-Income Women - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
GOOD teamed up with LA Cash Mobs for some constructive consumerism.
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W1SDØM.net & seToolbelt.org join forces in service to global change

W1SDØM.net & seToolbelt.org join forces in service to global change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the rapid evolution in sophistication and scale of social and environmental enterprise, it is becoming increasingly clear that we require a new paradigm for supporting each other in realizing [...]...
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The Collapse of Complex Societies (review)

The Collapse of Complex Societies (review) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Near the middle of 13 Bankers, a good book about the recent financial crisis, the economist Lawrence Summers uses an analogy to suggest how to manage volatile financial markets. The emphasis is mine:

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Promises Kept: Ensuring Ambition and Accountability through a Rio +20 “Compendium of Commitments” | World Resources Institute

Promises Kept: Ensuring Ambition and Accountability through a Rio +20 “Compendium of Commitments” | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In an effort to ensure that the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) generates meaningful outcomes, governments and other stakeholders increasingly support using the Conference to announce specific and time-bound commitments and to use a “Compendium of Commitments” to hold each other accountable for results. This working paper describes WRI’s review of six past and current commitment-based partnerships, some considered more successful than others, and makes recommendations to improve the credibility of the Compendium concept.

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Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security, Argues Lester Brown | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security, Argues Lester Brown | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the ...
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How and why we should green parking facilities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How and why we should green parking facilities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  In 2007, New York City began to soften the harsh environmental effects of its many parking lots by adopting an innovative amendment to its zoning code.  My New York colleague Larry Levine reports that for most new and expanded...
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Books in the Digital Age

A remarkable panel conversation on the value and purpose of authorship and literature in a world where information is increasingly mediated by crowds and mov...
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One Is Not Enough: Why Creative People Need Multiple Outlets - Design - GOOD

One Is Not Enough: Why Creative People Need Multiple Outlets - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The most interesting, creative people I know express themselves in a variety of ways. I used to do it myself.
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National Heat Map Shows Heat Demand from Buildings - information aesthetics

National Heat Map Shows Heat Demand from Buildings - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

And here it is, a heat map that shows... heat. The National Heat Map [gov.uk] (find the user guide here) shows the actual heat demand from buildings across England.

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Bill Gates on the Five Miracles Needed for Energy and Climate Challenges

Bill Gates on the Five Miracles Needed for Energy and Climate Challenges | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bill Gates is dedicating an increasing amount of time and resources in pursuit of clean energy solutions. His goal is to get the world's emissions to zero within 75 years.
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Groundbreaking Park Royal Tower is Draped with Curtains of Greenery in Singapore

Groundbreaking Park Royal Tower is Draped with Curtains of Greenery in Singapore | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WOHA Architects expect to complete the Park Royal Tower in Singapore later this year and when it's done it will feature a whopping 15,000 square meters of urban green space!
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Hybrid Solar Tube Panels by Naked Energy

Hybrid Solar Tube Panels by Naked Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A company called Solyndra pioneered the solar tube but this new invention by UK-based Naked Energy may just take cylindrical solar to a whole new level.  Called Virtu, the product includes an integrated photovoltaic cell in a vacuum tube to...
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Fighting Pollutors Pits Environmental Groups Against Each Other - Environment - GOOD

Fighting Pollutors Pits Environmental Groups Against Each Other - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The EPA announced new rules to govern new power plants carbon emissions. Where does that leave environmentalists?
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