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Let’s Get Really Radical: Envisioning a Sustainable Energy Future for Canada | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Let’s Get Really Radical: Envisioning a Sustainable Energy Future for Canada | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the sustainability movement in Canada, since Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s comments about “environmental...
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Rubble Floor: Materials You Can Reuse

Rubble Floor: Materials You Can Reuse | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I'm fascinated by the work of Netherlands-based Dave Hakkens in a recent project called Rubble Floor.  Interested in reusing old building materials as new building materials -- and inspired by terrazzo floors -- Hakkens conducted several tests on...
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Should We Still Worry About Food Prices? | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Should We Still Worry About Food Prices? | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Food prices are finally coming down after a year of spikes and high volatility. But we must remain vigilant. Prices of certain foods remain very high, and millions of people around the world are still at risk of suffering from malnutrition and hunger.

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Ecomomic crisis hits youth health

Ecomomic crisis hits youth health | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New research into the impact of the economic downturn on the nation�s health has revealed that it�s young people who are being hit the hardest, showing that economic anxiety has no age limit.
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Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores - Go Green - SustainLane

Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, a study has warned.
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9 Personal Capacities of Authentic Leaders

9 Personal Capacities of Authentic Leaders | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I came across the book The Lotus: a practice guide for authentic leadership toward sustainability on blurb.com yesterday.

Research by Baan, Long and Pearlman shows that successful sustainability...
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House Transportation Bill Cuts Funding To Bikers, Walkers, In Favor Of Highways

House Transportation Bill Cuts Funding To Bikers, Walkers, In Favor Of Highways | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
House Transportation Bill Cuts Funding To Bikers, Walkers, In Favor Of Highways...
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To Increase Sustainable Consumption, Show People What’s In It For Them

This year at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, the concept of sustainable consumption took center stage.
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Recognizing Biases: How Our Minds Fool Us

Recognizing Biases: How Our Minds Fool Us | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My late grandmother, when criticized or misunderstood, would often say “we don’t see ourselves.” While we don’t necessarily respond this way to our clients, customers, colleagues or employers, the truth is, they generally don’t – see themselves,...
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UN Calls Sustainable Development a Top Priority

UN Calls Sustainable Development a Top Priority | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN High-Level Panel Global Sustainability released its report in Addis Ababa yesterday entitled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The panel’s 99-page report, which will serve as an input to the UN Conference on Sustainable...
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Can Schools Create a Culture of Learning By Doing? - Education - GOOD

Can Schools Create a Culture of Learning By Doing? - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ensuring students know academic content is great, but teaching them to do something with it is essential.
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How Clean Energy Projects on Public Land Will Power 3 Million Homes - Environment - GOOD

How Clean Energy Projects on Public Land Will Power 3 Million Homes - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is speeding up clean energy development, but must balance the interests of conservationists and developers.
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Synchronized Eating: Social Influences on Eating Behavior | The Thoughtful Animal, Scientific American Blog Network

Synchronized Eating: Social Influences on Eating Behavior | The Thoughtful Animal, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, I used to spend hours listening to Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky on their Sunday night call-in radio show Loveline. ...
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Stewart Wallis - Davos 2012: The Great Transformation | the new economics foundation

Stewart Wallis - Davos 2012: The Great Transformation | the new economics foundation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Economics as if people and the planet mattered. nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.
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Cool Tools: Raising Chickens for Dummies

Cool Tools: Raising Chickens for Dummies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A review of Raising Chickens for Dummies (Best for backyard beginners), a Cool Tool...
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Indebted to Plastic: The History of Credit Cards

Indebted to Plastic: The History of Credit Cards | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Though it is now the philosophy of many consumers, "charge it" was not always a common phrase. Credit cards first appeared in the 1950s, but the concept originated much earlier.
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Why Is America's Transportation System Stuck in the 1950s? - Environment - GOOD

Why Is America's Transportation System Stuck in the 1950s? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For anyone interested in getting around without a car, the new transportation legislation holds nothing but bad news.
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» Local Procurement Is Key to Rebuilding the Private Sector in Haiti » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Local Procurement Is Key to Rebuilding the Private Sector in Haiti  » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is a joint post with Julie Walz.In a recent blog post, we discussed the phenomenon of Haiti as a “Republic of NGOs” where the government and the private sector were crowded out by large international organizations that provided most services. ...
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Watch: Aurora borealis in real time

Watch: Aurora borealis in real time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As solar storms barraged the Earth last week, a photographer caught this amazing, real-time video of northern lights over Norway.
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The Cool Hunter - A Path In The Forest by Tetsuo Kondo

The Cool Hunter - A Path In The Forest by Tetsuo Kondo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With his light touch, Kondo created a 95-meter (311-foot) suspended walkway among some of the park's 300 year-old trees. The unobtrusive Path is similar to Kondo's 2010 work Cloudscapes for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Both works put humans on an uncommon level in relation to their surroundings, creating a new viewpoint and inviting further examination. - Tuija Seipell

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TRANSPORT | Fare’s Fair

TRANSPORT | Fare’s Fair | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A grumpy exchange unfolds on a facebook wall after a comment is made about the cost of inner city bus fares. In January, fares were increased by 15 per cent - significantly out of kilter with CPI -...
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Tropical Forests Store More Carbon Than Previously Believed, Study Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Tropical Forests Store More Carbon Than Previously Believed, Study Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new analysis calculates that vegetation in the world’s tropical regions stores about 229 billion tons of carbon, which is about 21 percent more carbon than...
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The hydrogen dream

The hydrogen dream | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Today the hydrogen dream is very different from Marchetti's. It starts with a home, self-reliant and grid-disconnected, housing a micro-generation system, mostly solar and wind, that primarily feeds the electrical system. Then surplus energy is converted into hydrogen and stored in a container in a special division of the house. This hydrogen can later be used to generate electricity through a fuel cell when the micro-systems do not match the instantaneous power needs; the waste heat generated by the fuel cell can also be used to heat the house. Finally, this hydrogen can be used to feed one or more vehicles powered by fuel cells. A general presentation along these lines opened the session by Sophie Didierjean from the University of Lorraine.

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Resilient people, resilient planet: a future worth choosing

Resilient people, resilient planet: a future worth choosing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, entitled Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing, contains six sections in its entirety:

Section I - The Panel’s vision
Section II - Progress towards sustainable development
Section III - Empowering people to make sustainable choices
Section IV - Working towards a sustainable economy
Section V - Strengthening institutions
Section VI - Conclusion: A call for action.

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