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India’s Wind Energy Potential 30 Times Greater Than Believed, Study says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

India’s Wind Energy Potential 30 Times Greater Than Believed, Study says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report says that the wind energy potential in India may be 30 times greater than previous government estimates, a finding that the authors say could...
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Cape Town's Women Take the Lead in Farm-Focused Social Enterprise - Business - GOOD

Cape Town's Women Take the Lead in Farm-Focused Social Enterprise - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“It took many years to get to the point where black people in South Africa accepted that organic was different and valuable."...
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Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea and Japan

Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea and Japan | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Briefly, Farmers of Forty Centuries describes the voyage agronomist and former US Department of Agriculture official Franklin Hiram King made to to China, Korea and Japan in the early 1900s. The purpose of his trip was to study how the extremely dense populations of the Far East could produce massive amounts of food century after century without depleting their soils. What he discovered was a highly sophisticated system of water management, crop rotation, interplanting and rational utilization of ecological relationships among farm plants, animals and people.

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The Future of Intelligent Parking

The Future of Intelligent Parking | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How sensors and computers and phone apps are revolutionizing the way cities handle their parking spaces.
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How Much Will it Cost to Save Our Economy’s Foundation?

How Much Will it Cost to Save Our Economy’s Foundation? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By Lester R. Brown

During the past two summers, Pakistan was hit with catastrophic floods. The record flooding in the late summer of 2010 was the most devastating natural disaster in Pakistan’s history.
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Tom Murphy Interview: Resource depletion is a bigger threat than climate change

Tom Murphy Interview: Resource depletion is a bigger threat than climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favour amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up the shortfall in fossil fuels? Can science really solve our energy problems, and which sectors offers the best hope for our energy future?

 

To help us get to the bottom of this we spoke with energy specialist Dr. Tom Murphy, an associate professor of physics at the University of California. Tom runs the popular energy blog Do the Math which takes an astrophysicist’s-eye view of societal issues relating to energy production, climate change, and economic growth.

 

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No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today, March 22, people around the world celebrate the 19th annual World Water Day. According to the United Nations, the day is meant to “focus...
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Aidil's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:15 PM

The U.N.’s 2012 World Water Day events also aim to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population. Nonetheless, the struggle for clean water is far from over. More than 884 million people still lack access to clean water. This is nearly three times the population of the United States."Agriculture has to be more efficient in water use - which means more crop per drop - otherwise the demand cannot be met and we will run into a big, big competition between water for agriculture, water for industrial purposes, and water for municipalities," Alexander Müller, FAO's assistant director-general for natural resources and the environment, toldjournalists last week at the World Water Forum in Marseille, Franc

Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:50 PM

Clean drinking water is still in scarcity in the united nation. And not all is able to gain access to pure drinking water. Those living in poverty, are unable to have access to pure drinking water. Everyday there are people dying due to lack of water.  Hence, when they find any water whether it is clean or dirty, they will just drink it. Therefore  diseases caused by unclean water make them more sick. So,the U.N.’s World Water Day events is set out to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:15 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that water is essential for survival for every human and I'm glad to see that more people are getting improved ssources of drinking water, or gettting just water safe for consumption in parts of the world. However there are still areas where do not have water safe for consumption thus causing people to still need water.Because water is need for crops growing etc, people are also not having enough supply of food due to problems like water is not safe.

I think of the people who do not have enough water when I read this article. I feel sorry for them, because not everyone is helping them with this problem, and we are just sitting here watching them like everyday. I think of how my own life will be like without water that is safe for me to drink. I think of how my life will be like, if everything around me is lifeless, due to the fact that livign things are dying because there is no water left.

I wonder how it would be like, if we do no solve their problems of not having water safe enough for drinking. I wonder if these people would be willing to mobve to another place where there is water and food safe for consumption.

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Proposed U.K. Plant Would Capture 90 Percent of CO2 Emissions

Proposed U.K. Plant Would Capture 90 Percent of CO2 Emissions | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Its the U.K.s most ambitious carbon-capture proposal ever.
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A Tally of Green Jobs

A Tally of Green Jobs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a report that could serve as ammunition for promoters or detractors of a greener economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics fleshes out a sector that has been poorly defined.
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Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon

Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To coincide with World Forest Day, Google has released their completed Amazon Street View, allowing anyone to experience the region's beauty and diversity.
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Watch As The World’s Water Dries Up

Watch As The World’s Water Dries Up | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In 2002, NASA launched a mission called Grace, which sent two satellites into orbit to measure Earth’s gravitational field. As NASA scientists looked at the data sent back from the mission, they were finding strange aberrations in the data.
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A World Water Day question: How do we do more with less?

A World Water Day question: How do we do more with less? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Andy Wales, SABMiller's head of sustainable development, spells out the increasing challenges — and opportunities — of doing business in a world where precious resources are becoming more scarce.
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The Art of Survival: Why Poor People Have the Best Anti-Poverty Ideas - News - GOOD

The Art of Survival: Why Poor People Have the Best Anti-Poverty Ideas - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tiny is excited by the energy of the Occupy movement, but she is sure that for real change to happen, “the poorest of the poor” need to be heard.
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From the Desk of Don Draper: The Cost of 1962, Today

From the Desk of Don Draper: The Cost of 1962, Today | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Don Draper is a man of refined tastes: he drives a Cadillac Coup De Ville, owns a charming home in Westchester, NY, and has a proclivity for the original gentleman's drink, the old-fashioned.
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The Secret to Seattle's Booming Downtown

The Secret to Seattle's Booming Downtown | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The recession didn't skip Seattle, but the city stuck by its downtown and reaped the rewards.
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Water, Water Everywhere: A New Los Angeles Resident Gets to Know the Local Currency - Environment - GOOD

Water, Water Everywhere: A New Los Angeles Resident Gets to Know the Local Currency - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As romantic as the ocean is to a desert girl, it's totally worthless in the water conversation.
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Can reforming the farm bill help change U.S. agriculture?

Can reforming the farm bill help change U.S. agriculture? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For decades, farm bills in the U.S. Congress have supported large-scale agriculture. But with the 2012 Farm Bill now up for debate, advocates say seismic shifts in the way the nation views food production may lead to new policies that tilt more toward local, sustainable agriculture.

 

More than ever, U.S. corn is king. Across the Midwest, farmers are expanding their corn acreage to take advantage of record high prices. More corn will be planted this year than any since World War II, with 94 million acres under cultivation, up from 78 million in 2006.

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World Water Day: In the Philippines, Country-Led Effort Toward Water Access - Bread Blog

World Water Day: In the Philippines, Country-Led Effort Toward Water Access - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Photo by Flickr user likeablerodent [This blog is an excerpt from the 2011 Hunger Report. Read the full article here.] Feed the Future has the potential to be a major step forward in U.S. foreign assistance, but it is not...
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Our Challenge: Developing an Eco-Mind

Our Challenge: Developing an Eco-Mind | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bombarded almost daily with news of “food scarcity,” “energy scarcity” and “resource scarcity,” it’s sure easy to absorb the scary notion that there’s just not enough of anything: from food to fuel to parking spaces. In fact, modern economics, now the dom­inant world religion, defines itself as the science of allocating scarce goods.
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Groundwater Crisis Unfolds in Times Square

Groundwater Crisis Unfolds in Times Square | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two digital billboards spanning 19,000 square feet depict surprising declines in groundwater around the world.
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Inching Toward Energy Independence in America

Inching Toward Energy Independence in America | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Declining oil consumption and new energy production have brought the United States closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon.
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The World’s Most Promising Water Startups

The World’s Most Promising Water Startups | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Every year, San Francisco-based nonprofit Imagine H2O honors the world’s most promising water startups, which are judged based on promise and commercial viability.
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Branding The Unthinkable Drinkable

Branding The Unthinkable Drinkable | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our planet has as much water today as it did at the dawn of time. No more, no less. It’s just a lot dirtier. For a billion people worldwide a sip of clean water is often beyond reach.
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Global green cities

Global green cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These 10 cities are among the world's greenest, encompassing all of the positive qualities that make urban living much more healthy, pleasant and sensitive to nearby ecosystems.
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