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Where the living is easier

Where the living is easier | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new index ranks the competitiveness of global citiesTHE Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist, has devised a new index which ranks the competitiveness of the most prominent cities across the globe u...
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Fruit and vegetables 'give healthy glow' - Go Green - SustainLane

Fruit and vegetables 'give healthy glow' - Go Green - SustainLane | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Even a few weeks of eating fruit and vegetables could improve your skin colour, it is claimed.
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Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways

Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new report calls urban highways “a failed experiment,” and suggests that cities have much to gain from trading in blacktop for parks and new development.
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Food Webs Trace the Structure of an Ecosystem [Video]: Scientific American

Food Webs Trace the Structure of an Ecosystem [Video]: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Custom software helps delineate connections between organisms and predicts how a given ecosystem would respond to change...
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From Their Graves, Ancient Nomads Speak

From Their Graves, Ancient Nomads Speak | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recent excavations have dispelled notions that nomadic societies on the arid Eurasian steppes were less developed than many sedentary ones.
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If Cutting Carbon Emissions Isn't Working, What's Next?

If Cutting Carbon Emissions Isn't Working, What's Next? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a new e-book, a journalist writes that if cutting carbon dioxide emissions is not working, nations should consider atmospheric geoengineering or sucking carbon dioxide molecules out of the air.
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A Molecule That Can Unfold To The Size Of A Football Field Could Make Hydrogen Cars Take Off

A Molecule That Can Unfold To The Size Of A Football Field Could Make Hydrogen Cars Take Off | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s amazing what a molecule can do. The metal organic framework (MOF), a molecule developed at Texas A&M, looks like simple table salt.
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When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where

When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A crowdsourced map hopes to help cities identify and address so-called play deserts.
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Next American City » Buzz » Why the Rio Earth Summit Should Matter to Urbanists

Next American City » Buzz » Why the Rio Earth Summit Should Matter to Urbanists | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are only 100 days until the Rio 2012 Earth Summit, an event that happens but once every 10 years and which, this time around, will have a specific focus on cities. Why is no one paying attention?
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Next American City » Buzz » Can the Arts Save Struggling Cities?

Next American City » Buzz » Can the Arts Save Struggling Cities? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
“Creative placemaking” is the idea that investing heavily in the arts can help revive urban economies by making communities more vibrant. But for struggling cities, is funding arts programs really the best way to spur change?
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The Ultimate Houston Strategy | Newgeography.com

The Ultimate Houston Strategy | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Houston has started the 21st-century with a set of rankings and amenities 99% of the planet’s cities would kill for: a vibrant core with several hundred thousand jobs; a profitable and growing set of major industry clusters (Energy, the Texas Medical Center, the Port); the second-most Fortune 500 headquarters in the country; top-notch museums, festivals, theater, arts and cultural organizations; major league sports and stadiums; a revitalized downtown; astonishing affordability (especially housing); a culture of openness, friendliness, opportunity, and charity (reinforced by Katrina); the most diverse major city in America; a young and growing population (fastest in the country); progressiveness; entrepreneurial energy and optimism; efficient and business-friendly local government; regional unity; a smorgasbord of tasty and inexpensive international restaurants; and tremendous mobility infrastructure (including the freeway and transit networks, railroads, the port, and a set of truly world-class hub airports).

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The narrowing window for a transition to a sustainable industrial society

The narrowing window for a transition to a sustainable industrial society | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The viability of modern civilization depends on two important dimensions: 1) the continuous availability and deployment of essential resources and 2) the long-term productivity and habitability of our environment. Acquiring and deploying the necessary resources tends to be a short-term goal. We may have stockpiles of ready food, fuel and other nondurable goods, but they are not typically meant to last for years.

 

Our long-term goal ought to be maintaining the productivity and habitability of our environment. It is, after all, the only environment we have. But, of course, in the interest of maintaining an ever increasing availability of resources (economic growth), we have injured the long-term productivity of our farm fields, fisheries and forests and put ourselves at the mercy of unforeseen declines in the rate of extraction of energy and other key finite resources from the Earth. And, we threaten the planet's habitability for humans and many other creatures by causing rapid climate change through the burning of fossil fuels, changes in land use and the release of other potent greenhouses gases such a nitrous oxide and methane into the atmosphere.

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GOOD Pictures: Documenting South Africa's Bike Culture - Design - GOOD

GOOD Pictures: Documenting South Africa's Bike Culture - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler photographed more than 500 people with their bikes across South Africa.
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The Rising Cost of Global Food Prices

The Rising Cost of Global Food Prices | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Interactive graph to show the change in Global Food Prices using the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Food Price Indexes. This tool has the ability to parse all data from the dataset provided by the FAO and display it in the interactive graph.
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Demand for Vegetable Oil Increases Rate of Deforestation

Demand for Vegetable Oil Increases Rate of Deforestation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report to guide companies on how to source sustainable vegetable oil without adding to deforestation.
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7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally

7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
7 easy to keep indoor plants that purify the air in your home naturally.
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A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient - Environment - GOOD

A 'Vertical Greenhouse' Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Growing these plants in the city will make food production less costly both for the environment and for consumers.
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7 Free Tools to Green Your Business

7 Free Tools to Green Your Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Presenting as both a trend and a necessity, people around the world are working everyday to find new and innovative ways to limit the impact of their lives, both personal and professional, on the Earth.
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A corporate status for the crunchy set

A corporate status for the crunchy set | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green and socially minded ventures consider joining 'B corp' movement.
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Powering a “Smart Grid” for Water | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Powering a “Smart Grid” for Water | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
According to the nonprofit organization Imagine H2O, the struggle for clean water is the challenge of our time.
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Living in a Poor Neighborhood Actually Hurts

Living in a Poor Neighborhood Actually Hurts | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Why people in low-income areas are more likely to experience chronic pain.
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How to retrofit failing suburban big-box stores into a green showcase | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How to retrofit failing suburban big-box stores into a green showcase | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia, and landscape architect Anne Vaterlaus have designed a very appealing conceptual demonstration project in the LA suburb of Pico Rivera, on the edge of the San Gabriel Valley.  The community is...
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From Kansas to Kenya, Biochar Can Capture Carbon and Improve Soil - Environment - GOOD

From Kansas to Kenya, Biochar Can Capture Carbon and Improve Soil - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biochar is a version of charcoal that helps permanently capture the carbon that plants suck from the air.
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Why Is the Secretary of Education Proposing Teachers Receive $150,000 Salaries? - Education - GOOD

Why Is the Secretary of Education Proposing Teachers Receive $150,000 Salaries? - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If states can't afford to keep teachers at the relatively low salaries they're paid now, why are we even discussing the possibility of more money?
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World Water Supply: Climate Change And Food Pressures Adding Challenges, UN Study Says

World Water Supply: Climate Change And Food Pressures Adding Challenges, UN Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
* Rethink vital to meet cross-sector, cross-border claims * Tripling of groundwater use raises reserve fears * 6th World Water Forum starts in Marseille on Monday By Gus Trompiz PARIS,...
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