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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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Nine low-tech steps for community resilience in a warming climate | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Nine low-tech steps for community resilience in a warming climate | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Over the past 50 years, our average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history.  That is fact, not opinion.  Scientists say that under current trends, average US temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher...
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The Glorious Return of the World's Smallest Street-Legal Car

The Glorious Return of the World's Smallest Street-Legal Car | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How would you like to own a car so compact that you could pick it up and carry it into your apartment at night?
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The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? - Forbes

The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whenever I try to conjure up what innovation looks like, the same slideshow of images clicks across my mind: that photo of Einstein with his tongue sticking out, Edison with his light bulb, Steve Jobs onstage in his black turtleneck, introducing...
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NREL and New Energy Technologies Improve See-Through Solar Panel

NREL and New Energy Technologies Improve See-Through Solar Panel | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New Energy Technologies works with NREL to develop invisible wire grid to boost the efficiency of its SolarWindow™ transparent solar panels.
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Biomimicry In Action: This Man Built His Own Bird Wings, Successfully Flies

Biomimicry In Action: This Man Built His Own Bird Wings, Successfully Flies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever thought about how much easier life would be if you had wings, check out this video.
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YouTube Platform Allows Users To Exchange Environmental Pledges For Earth Hour

YouTube Platform Allows Users To Exchange Environmental Pledges For Earth Hour | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s lights out for Earth once again, as people around the world prepare for the sixth annual Earth Hour.
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5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply | Environment | AlterNet

5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
World Water Day is a chance to stop and realize that humanity is facing a frightening water crisis.
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Solar Innovation and Manufacturing Occurring in the US | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Solar Innovation and Manufacturing Occurring in the US | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the Commerce Department announced that it would impose duties as high as 4.73% on solar energy equipment imported from China.
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Contemporary INFILL is The New Prefab

Contemporary INFILL is The New Prefab | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
John Dwyer was involved in the design of the first LEED Platinum home in Minnesota -- 5ive -- and now aims to change the way homeowners purchase homes.  He recently unveiled INFILL, the new prefab, with a plan to provide complete delivery, high...
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Urban Highways Offer Cities New Opportunities for Revitalization | TheCityFix

Urban Highways Offer Cities New Opportunities for Revitalization | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

If the twentieth century was known for building highways, the twenty-first century may be known for tearing them down. A new report jointly produced by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ, ”The Life and Death of Urban Highways,” re-appraises the specific conditions under which it makes sense to build urban highways and when it makes sense to tear them down.

 

After decades of building and maintaining urban highways, many cities are choosing to tear them down rather than repair or maintain them. Five are showcased in this report: Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seoul, South Korea; and Bogotá, Colombia. These cities demonstrate the social, economic and environmental benefits of removal or of reinvesting in other options and opportunities.

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Why People in Cities Walk Fast

Why People in Cities Walk Fast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers have proposed a number of theories over the years — from sensory overload to the economic value of time.
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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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Bike Lanes: The New Job Creators? | Streetsblog.net

Bike Lanes: The New Job Creators? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Govern + Invest is a theme that will be explored at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Pro Place. A question that will be examined is how bicycling and walking investments can add value to a community by creating economic activity, creating jobs, and improving quality of life.

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Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green

Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Decades since Bethlehem Steel shut down, the site sees small bits of new life.
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Sprint Final Project: Global Water Experiment

Sprint Final Project: Global Water Experiment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This visualization was created collaboratively during the first Visualization Sprint.
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Infographic: Where Should the Nation Spend and Save? - News - GOOD

Infographic: Where Should the Nation Spend and Save? - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The results of a Harris Interactive poll reveal what really matters to the American people—and their pocketbooks.
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Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
LA-based clean tech startup OriginOil is developing a pilot program that will use algae to clean wastewater and provide heat to high-rise apartment buildings.
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6 Companies That Are Growing Rapidly While Doing Good

6 Companies That Are Growing Rapidly While Doing Good | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For many companies, it’s the holy grail: grow revenue, increase jobs, and be socially responsible at the same time. Sometimes, social responsibility is sacrificed in the name of keeping companies afloat.
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Water everywhere, but should you drink it?

Water everywhere, but should you drink it? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

About 7 billion people inhabit the planet right now — and by the year 2050, 2 billion more will join us. Meanwhile, experts estimate that as many as 3.575 million people die each year from water-related diseases. (That’s as many people who live in the city of Los Angeles.) And did we mention that 884 million people do not have access to clean water? Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.

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Home With Sun Tracking Solar Energy System Becomes Model of Sustainability | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Home With Sun Tracking Solar Energy System Becomes Model of Sustainability | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Federal Hill in Baltimore has become home to the first residential sun-tracking solar device.
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Visions for the Car-Free City | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Visions for the Car-Free City | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is the dream of many urban planners to remove all the cars clogging the city streets.
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World Water Day: Understanding Water Risk - Forbes

World Water Day: Understanding Water Risk - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Flooding in Saraburi, Thailand - September 2011 (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) It’s rare for water to make waves at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering of business leaders and finance ministers.
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Next American City » Buzz » The Psychology of Sprawl

Next American City » Buzz » The Psychology of Sprawl | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A certain impulse, enabled by federal policy, drove Americans to rapidly build up the suburbs during the Cold War era. At the time, it was about comfort, security and control. Today, the aftereffects of sprawl are more about obesity and diabetes.
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