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Americans Who Actually Make Things

Americans Who Actually Make Things | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A look at the 8.2 million Americans who work in manufacturing of all sorts.
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Is Buying a Prius Really Good for the Planet? - Environment - GOOD

Is Buying a Prius Really Good for the Planet? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New Yorker writer David Owen alleges we negate the energy savings by splurging on similarly energy-intensive pursuits.
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NASA Perpetual Ocean: The Ocean Surface Currents around the World - information aesthetics

NASA Perpetual Ocean: The Ocean Surface Currents around the World - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sometimes, particle animations work, such as with Perpetual Ocean [nasa.gov], developed by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007.

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The top five things you need to know about EPA’s new carbon rule

The top five things you need to know about EPA’s new carbon rule | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This week, EPA is finally expected to issue its rule governing climate pollution at new power plants. It is likely to prompt a fusillade of bogus political attacks. Inoculate yourself with these fi...
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Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis Lights Up Alaskan Skies (PICTURES)

Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis Lights Up Alaskan Skies (PICTURES) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Source: Barcroft Media Like a green ghost curtain in the night sky these epic shots show the northern lights at their most spectacular.
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Denmark Aims to Achieve 35 Percent Green Energy by 2020 | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Denmark Aims to Achieve 35 Percent Green Energy by 2020 | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Danish government has approved a series of goals to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and increase its use of green energy by 2020, an “ambitious...
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Inequality and Economic Growth | Newgeography.com

Inequality and Economic Growth | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There has been news and conversation about economic inequality and economic growth lately, mostly because the former is increasing steadily and the latter has been less than stellar.

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The solar envelope: how to heat and cool cities without fossil fuels

The solar envelope: how to heat and cool cities without fossil fuels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Architects all over the world have demonstrated the usefulness of buildings which are heated and cooled by design rather than by fossil fuel energy. What has received much less attention, however, is the possibility of applying this approach to entire urban neighbourhoods and cities.

 

Designing a single, often free-standing, passive solar house is quite different from planning a densely populated city where each building is heated and cooled using only natural energy sources. And yet, if we want passive solar design to be more than just a curiosity, this is exactly what we need. Modern research, which combines ancient knowledge with fast computing techniques, shows that passive solar cities are a realistic option, allowing for surprisingly high population densities.

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Coral Damage Traced to Gulf Oil Spill

Coral Damage Traced to Gulf Oil Spill | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists rely on a method that allows them to "fingerprint" the source of petroleum hydrocarbons.
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2012's Big Business Trend: Recycling

2012's Big Business Trend: Recycling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How long will it take before major brands take back all their old items from customers, and do something constructive with them? It’s starting to happen now, and is picking up speed.
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Researchers Ferret Out Reasons For Runner's High: Scientific American Podcast

Researchers Ferret Out Reasons For Runner's High: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Dogs and humans release natural painkillers after running, but ordinarily sedentary ferrets that run do not. The chemical compounds may be an adaptation to reward the necessary behavior in running species. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Q&A with Anuradha Bhavnani: Insights on Finance for India’s Auto-Rickshaw Entrepreneurs | TheCityFix

Q&A with Anuradha Bhavnani: Insights on Finance for India’s Auto-Rickshaw Entrepreneurs | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Last month, EMBARQ India hosted an event, “Rickshaw Rising: An Auto-Rickshaw Entrepreneurship Summit,” in Mumbai to discuss the challenges and opportunities of promoting and scaling up entrepreneurship initiatives in the auto-rickshaw sector in Indian cities. The three key issues highlighted at the event included 1) finance, 2) regulation, and 3) institutional issues.

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Next American City » Buzz » Rio + 20: What if Transportation is an Afterthought?

Next American City » Buzz » Rio + 20: What if Transportation is an Afterthought? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The first draft of the Rio+20 Outcome Document barely mentions the role of transportation in achieving sustainable development. What does it meant that the world is ignoring this crucial topic?
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Public Art Initiative Rediscovers the Bronx's Lost Treasures - Culture - GOOD

Public Art Initiative Rediscovers the Bronx's Lost Treasures - Culture - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Next Wednesday, a long-forgotten shabby-chic retirement home opens to the public.
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Displaying Changes in Groundwater Levels on Time Square Media Screens - information aesthetics

Displaying Changes in Groundwater Levels on Time Square Media Screens - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The winning entry [headsuptimessquare.com] of the HeadsUp! Time Square Competition, organized in collaboration with visualizing.org, was developed by information designer Richard Vijgen.

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4 Reasons GM is Investing in Car-Sharing

4 Reasons GM is Investing in Car-Sharing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It looks like GM is playing an important role in the growth of RelayRides, which announced earlier this month that it is expanding its service nationwide. And the question that comes in mind is why GM is doing it?
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» Will it be Feed the Future or Feed the Now? » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog

» Will it be Feed the Future or Feed the Now? » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The House Budget Committee passed its budget alternative last week that calls for reduced spending for international affairs.  The accompanying report gives some details on the cuts the Committee is recommending.
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One Day, This System Will Let You Flush The Toilet To Keep The Heat On

One Day, This System Will Let You Flush The Toilet To Keep The Heat On | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The algae appliance.

Algae: It’s a burgeoning biofuel, a handy ingredient in cosmetics, and a nutritious addition to food. One day, it might be used to generate heat in your apartment, with a little help from a toilet flush or some running water.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: BRT: an interesting contradiction

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: BRT: an interesting contradiction | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

 

In South America, Bus Rapid Transit is successful because it serves transit dependent riders who possess limited mobility choices, while in North America it is promoted as a premium service to riders with choices.

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From Crowdfunded to Financially Sustainable? The Post-Kickstarter Marketplace - Business - GOOD

From Crowdfunded to Financially Sustainable? The Post-Kickstarter Marketplace - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
So you've earned your funding through Kickstarter. Now what?
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For Schoolyard Gardens, a Global Network

For Schoolyard Gardens, a Global Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new social Web site shares the lessons and best practices of school gardens and lunch programs in the hope of supporting start-up gardens around the globe.
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EPA Power Plant Pollution Rules To Move Forward

EPA Power Plant Pollution Rules To Move Forward | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pressing ahead with the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants.
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How To Find Meaningful Work

How To Find Meaningful Work | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s a phenomenon that has become increasingly apparent over the last five years: For many people, the ideal job has morphed from one that offers lots of money to one that offers meaning--and a competitive salary doesn’t hurt, either.
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Communities Try to Protect the Environment By Giving Nature Legal Rights | Environment | AlterNet

Communities Try to Protect the Environment By Giving Nature Legal Rights | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From rural Pennsylvania to South America, a global alliance is promoting the idea that ecosystems have intrinsic rights.
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Capital Bikeshare Both Replaces and Promotes Transit Trips | Streetsblog.net

Capital Bikeshare Both Replaces and Promotes Transit Trips | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One of the criticisms you hear about bikeshare systems is that they will only replace trips that would otherwise have been by walking or taking transit. But Capital Bikeshare keeps confounding the critics. The full picture is much more complex and interesting, with Cabi replacing bus and rail trips but also leading subscribers to use the transit system more often.

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