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Reinventing Fire: How to Get America Off Oil and Coal by 2050 - Environment - GOOD

Reinventing Fire: How to Get America Off Oil and Coal by 2050 - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Rocky Mountain Institute's new book shows how existing technologies and ideas could get America off fossil fuels by 2050.
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Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over the next three to four decades, temperatures in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa are expected to rise about two degrees Celsius.
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Greenversations » Investing in Clean Water Pays

Greenversations » Investing in Clean Water Pays | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Population growth, aging infrastructure, urbanization and climate change are placing increasing pressure on our water infrastructure all across the country, and over the next 20 years,

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Food Studies: Deconstructing Big Food

Food Studies: Deconstructing Big Food | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How have we made giant food monopolies possible? A food studies student breaks down what she's learned -- and suggests ways to take back the power.
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If You Can't Afford Panels, Try Pay-As-You-Go Solar | Fast Company

If You Can't Afford Panels, Try Pay-As-You-Go Solar | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Simpa Networks offers a simple solution to the expenses of solar installation: pay in installments, just like people do with cell phones.

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Infographic: America's Energy Prices Vs. The World | Fast Company

Infographic: America's Energy Prices Vs. The World | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Think your electricity bill is high? It's not. Neither is your heating bill or the price you pay at the pump. In the grand scheme of things, in fact, you're getting a great deal.

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Affordable Housing for All Series: In the Race for Affordable Housing, Who Has the Head Start? | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Affordable Housing for All Series: In the Race for Affordable Housing, Who Has the Head Start? | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Far ahead of the pack in resources mobilized, progress made and sheer numbers of BoP housing solutions implemented...are the BoP households themselves.

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NOAA Bombshell: Human-Caused Climate Change Already a Major Factor in More Frequent Mediterranean Droughts

NOAA Bombshell: Human-Caused Climate Change Already a Major Factor in More Frequent Mediterranean Droughts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NOAA reports that global warming is harming humans right now in a dramatic way: Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA...
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Rutgers professor uses lichen to help cities go green

In this era of environmental consciousness, many buildings are being outfitted to "go green." A Rutgers-Camden professor is taking the term quite literally.
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Internet Bar Organization: Making Technology Work for Justice

Internet Bar Organization: Making Technology Work for Justice | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Reindeer stay cool in fur coats

Reindeer stay cool in fur coats | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Reindeer pant to lower their brain temperatures when running in fur coats, according to research.
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Commitment to natural environment is essential | Sustainable Development | Environment

An unrivalled media platform dedicated to delivering the latest news and views from across all fields of government through an on-going programme of events and interactive online communications (RT @Natures_Voice: #RSPB's Martin Harper says commitment...
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Why Culture Matters in the Climate Debate | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media

Why Culture Matters in the Climate Debate | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If your kids are learning #creationism, how can they ever embrace we are actually changing the earth's #climate?
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We Can Clean the Air, Create Jobs and Power the Economy at the Same Time | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

We Can Clean the Air, Create Jobs and Power the Economy at the Same Time | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This blog introduces readers to Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group. As one of the largest electricity generators in the U.S., we, at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), believe that EPA&...
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Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By J. Matthew Roney



Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output.
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The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Visualizing Global Economic Growth - information aesthetics

The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Visualizing Global Economic Growth - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Harvard's Center for International Development (CID) and the MIT Media Lab have joined forces to create The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths to Prosperity [mit.edu]. Next to a +85MB PDF file chockfull of brightly colored but insightful data visualizations, the project includes a website that holds a small collection of interactive visualizations. As a side note: the colors actually serve a purpose, each representing a product group (e.g. electronics, petrochemicals, fruit, oil, etc.).

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High and dry: Southwest drought means rising food prices

High and dry: Southwest drought means rising food prices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Most urbanites haven't paid much attention to the severe drought in the Southwest. But its impact on farmers and ranchers -- and the resulting spike in next year's food prices -- might just force them to.
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What Happens To The Ocean If We Use It For Energy? | Fast Company

What Happens To The Ocean If We Use It For Energy? | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Wave power is virtually unlimited. But like all disruptions to nature, it will probably have some ill effects. Now IBM and friends are trying to figure them out in a controlled setting, before it's too late.

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6 Tips To Help You Recycle Your E-Waste

6 Tips To Help You Recycle Your E-Waste | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With the UNEP estimating that 20-50 million tons of e-waste is collected in landfills annually, it's best we think about how we can recycle that electronic excess.
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Can a desert tree fight global warming?

Can a desert tree fight global warming? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Salt cedars native to barren deserts might combat deforestation effects and serve as an agro-friendly biofuel. Read this blog post by Candace Lombardi on Green Tech.
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Sustainability Must Be a Top Priority - Forbes

Sustainability Must Be a Top Priority - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sustainability is not a high priority for most companies, and it is not becoming one—that is the conclusion of a just-released survey of global executives by the Sloan Management Review.
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Houston fourth biggest user of green power in U.S. - Houston Business Journal

Houston fourth biggest user of green power in U.S. - Houston Business Journal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Houston rounded out the Green Power Partnership's top four users of green energy...
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Exploring Community Resilience in Times of Rapid Change: Inspiring Animation (Video)

Exploring Community Resilience in Times of Rapid Change: Inspiring Animation (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cultivate Center/Video screen capture 'How do I make sure my community has the ability to cope in times of rapid change and is also a brilliant place to live.'...
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Philanthropy is More Effective Than U.S. Foreign Aid @PolicyMic | Roman Yavich

Philanthropy is More Effective Than U.S. Foreign Aid @PolicyMic | Roman Yavich | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Small nonprofits and grassroots movements can better achieve the goals of large scale trickle-down development projects.
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50 Tons of Plastic Recycled Into Scottish Foot Bridge

50 Tons of Plastic Recycled Into Scottish Foot Bridge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The charming rural scene pictured above actually contains 50 tons of discarded water bottles and sandwich containers, which were blended up and refashioned into this 90-foot-long plastic bridge.
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