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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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How many circles does it take to make a community?

How many circles does it take to make a community? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Bowen in Transition, like many global Transition Initiative communities, is already doing several short-term small-step activities — learning about and (at a personal level) applying permaculture principles, obtaining and acting upon home energy audits, compiling a list of local experts in sustainable food, energy, building etc., holding awareness events etc. But as I noted in my recent Preparing for the Unimaginable post, I am concerned that we need to start thinking about longer-term, larger-scale, community-wide changes if we want to have a community sufficiently competent, self-sufficient and resilient enough to sustain ourselves through major and enduring crises.

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Two Years Later: Restoring the Gulf | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Two Years Later: Restoring the Gulf | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's been two years since the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill. See what it will take to restore the Gulf of Mexico — not just from the effects of the oil spill, but from the decades of degradation that have gone before.
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Historic Sea Level Rise Identified By Scientists

Historic Sea Level Rise Identified By Scientists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
* Sea rose 60 feet after ice sheet collapsed 14,650 yrs ago * Levels now rising at more than 40 mm (1-1/2 inches) a year LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - The collapse of an ice sheet in Antarctica up to 14,650 years ago...
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A Map Of The Most Toxic Air In The U.S.

A Map Of The Most Toxic Air In The U.S. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ever wonder whether you’re imagining the poor air quality in your city?
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A Miniature Forest To Convert Sunlight To Energy

A Miniature Forest To Convert Sunlight To Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bigger is not always better. Scientists as the University of California, San Diego are growing vast forests of very small "trees"--made of small branching wires--that collect sunlight, turning it into usable energy.
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Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (SSIR)

Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (SSIR) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Transforming scarcity into opportunity through the gutsy art of improvising an ingenious solution.
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Are We Really Creating More Green Jobs? Survey Says: Yes | Environment | AlterNet

Are We Really Creating More Green Jobs? Survey Says: Yes | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Leaders on the Pacific Coast find over 500,000 green jobs -- and predict that number will double by 2020.
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5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Perhaps the single most alarming public health trend in the United States today is the dramatic rise in overweight and obesity, bringing serious risks of heart disease, diabetes and other consequences leading to life impairment and premature...
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Infographic of the Day: The Top 5 U.S. Cities in 1940 vs. 2010

Infographic of the Day: The Top 5 U.S. Cities in 1940 vs. 2010 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Census Bureau is getting ready for the release of all the forms from its 1940 count.
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Illustrating a Commute, One Rider at a Time

Illustrating a Commute, One Rider at a Time | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Artist Steve Wilkin sketches those who ride the 7:38 train in a free newspaper.
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The Evolving Urban Form: Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto | Newgeography.com

The Evolving Urban Form: Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto is a conurbation, an urban area that has grown together from multiple cores (here, the urban areas of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto). Most urban areas grow concentrically from a single core. In the process their suburban growth can engulf and incorporate smaller urban areas (such as Gifu in Nagoya, Bogor in Jakarta or Newark in New York), However, conurbations --- such as Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany (Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, and Bochum), Katowice-Gliwice-Tychy (upper Silesia) in Poland, Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St. Paul in the United States --- develop when major urban areas grow together (or merge), forming a larger urban area.

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Nature Brains: Environmental Education Pays Off for MPAs | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Nature Brains: Environmental Education Pays Off for MPAs | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What's the price of a good marine education? Turns out it's just $24/year, according to a new study by Nature Conservancy scientists.
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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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Solar PV: How to Go Even Greener

Solar PV: How to Go Even Greener | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A non-proift sets out environmental, health & safety and business management best practices for solar PV manufacturers while criticizing current energy policy.
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When the World Tackled an Environmental Threat, and Won

When the World Tackled an Environmental Threat, and Won | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A film documentary explores how nations are trying to repair the hole in the ozone layer -- and how, in a far cry from today's status quo, American politicians unite on the issue.
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9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2012!

9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2012! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When the lights go out on March 31st for Earth Hour, here are 9 fun things you can do instead of twiddling your thumbs.
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How To Launch A Skills-Based Volunteering Program—And Make It Last

How To Launch A Skills-Based Volunteering Program—And Make It Last | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We already know that corporate volunteering campaigns have gotten smarter and more targeted as companies embrace skills-based volunteering (SBV).
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The No-Hour Workweek: Reinventing Employee Expectations For The Modern Economy

The No-Hour Workweek: Reinventing Employee Expectations For The Modern Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A University of Southern California researcher, Alexandra Michel, recently reported on the disastrous effects of the highly stressful work environment of investment banking, citing insomnia, alcoholism, heart palpitations, eating disorders, and...
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Primeval Precipitation: What Fossil Imprints of Rain Reveal about Early Earth: Scientific American

Primeval Precipitation: What Fossil Imprints of Rain Reveal about Early Earth: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fossil rain suggests the atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago boasted a hydrocarbon haze...
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Military Could Lead in Commercializing Clean Transportation | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Military Could Lead in Commercializing Clean Transportation | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy (DOE) loan program aimed at commercializing clean transportation technologies has been taking hits from all sides recently.
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Next American City » Buzz » Years Before Copenhagen, an Indian City With Unofficial Bike Share

Next American City » Buzz » Years Before Copenhagen, an Indian City With Unofficial Bike Share | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For decades, the city of Indore, India has enjoyed an informal bike share system, based largely on trust and widely used by the city’s working poor. Now, a regional authority wants to formalize the program.
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Portfolio of the Week: Melbourne's Studio505

Portfolio of the Week: Melbourne's Studio505 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An Australian-based architect with a China-heavy portfolio talks about the differences in building trends between the two countries.
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America's Growing Urban Footprint

America's Growing Urban Footprint | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Census figures show widespread increases in the square mileage of urbanized areas in the U.S.
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Americans Flush $5 Billion Down the Toilet Every Year - Business - GOOD

Americans Flush $5 Billion Down the Toilet Every Year - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The typical American flushes away 24 gallons of water each day, nearly a quarter of our total water consumption.
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