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Global water scarcity: Can we solve it?

Global water scarcity: Can we solve it? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You’re probably doing your part to conserve water, especially if you live in a drought-stricken area. But water is in short supply across the globe because of people’s increasing demands for it—a huge problem for cities, agriculture and industry that will only get worse with climate change.

 

Getting an accurate handle on what’s causing the problem has been missing—until now. A new study in the journal PLoS ONE and coauthored by Nature Conservancy scientist Brian Richter provides fresh insight into the factors behind water shortages in the world’s most important river basins.

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Rooftop revolution: How to get solar onto 100 million U.S. homes

Rooftop revolution: How to get solar onto 100 million U.S. homes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Nearly 100 million Americans could install over 60,000 megawatts of solar at less than grid prices – without subsidies – by 2021.
That's from a new report by John Farrell ...
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Third Party Standards for Benefit Corporations

Third Party Standards for Benefit Corporations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As companies consider the steps in incorporating or re-incorporating as a benefit corporation, one unique aspect of the process continues to cause confusion.
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Next American City » Buzz » Rebranding and Redeveloping Providence

Next American City » Buzz » Rebranding and Redeveloping Providence | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As one of the country’s oldest cities, Providence, R.I. has gone through many phases. Why making its next stage one of smart growth and smart tech will help bring it to new heights.
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The story of Keep Calm and Carry On

You've seen the now-famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster and its many many variations, but did you know that this British WWII pos...
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8 North American Cities Experiencing an Artistic Boom - Culture - GOOD

8 North American Cities Experiencing an Artistic Boom - Culture - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We asked the GOOD community to tell us which cities are experiencing an artistic boom. Here's what they said.
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Can the Promise of No Electric Bills Sell Retirees on Green Living? - Environment - GOOD

Can the Promise of No Electric Bills Sell Retirees on Green Living? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rather than advertising energy-efficiency features, a leading home builder and solar installer are pitching the effect—no electric bill, ever.
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Greenversations » Environmental Justice Small Grants Making a Big Difference in Local Communities

Greenversations » Environmental Justice Small Grants Making a Big Difference in Local Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!” This phrase has taken on new life in Cleveland, which has been plagued by these nasty parasites. Many families in the city are ill-informed about bedbugs, and some people have endangered their health trying to combat infestations with dangerous pesticides.

 

To address this growing public health concern, the EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program awarded the Cleveland Tenants Organization (CTO) $25,000 to educate tenants and landlords about how to prevent and safely control bedbugs. By the time the project is complete, CTO plans to help educate more than 10,000 residents on how to prevent infestations before they start, which, Mike Piepsny, Executive Director of CTO says, “can save a landlord tens of thousands of dollars.”

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What a Startup—And Their Immigrant Parents—Can Teach You About Sacrifice - Business - GOOD

What a Startup—And Their Immigrant Parents—Can Teach You About Sacrifice - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You make sacrifices for the things you care about, whether that's a business or your family.
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» Sustain Rio through Measuring Commitment? » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Sustain Rio through Measuring Commitment? » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Despite protestation from all sides that there should be only one development agenda post-2015, the Rio process continues on what appears to be a parallel, overlapping track.  Not least that’s because the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are facing...
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From Manhattan to Texas, How Many People Can Live in Cities? | Streetsblog.net

From Manhattan to Texas, How Many People Can Live in Cities? | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The New York Times ran a story this weekend on a topic near and dear to every urbanist’s heart: population density. “How Many People Can Manhattan Hold?” looked at the growth potential in America’s most densely populated island and concluded there’s plenty of room to grow — if current residents have the appetite for it.

Austin, Texas is less densely populated than Houston, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio.

 

The question of how cities should grow is, of course, much bigger than Manhattan. Every other place in the U.S. sits on a scale somewhere between Manhattan and the northern-most stretches of Alaska. And every place has its own attitudes toward “density” — a term that evokes the skyscrapers of New York but seldom means taking on such an urban form.

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Trompe L'oeil in the Slums: São Paulo's 'Floating' Graffiti

Trompe L'oeil in the Slums: São Paulo's 'Floating' Graffiti | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Graffiti artists have created words that seem to float several feet above the crooked roadways of a Brazilian favela.
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Bill Gates Pushes UN on Food Productivity

Bill Gates Pushes UN on Food Productivity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week, Bill Gates gave a speech in Rome, calling for UN agencies to adapt a more corporate-like management style by setting targets on productivity growth. This obviously worked quite well for Microsoft, making Mr.
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Five great grains with promise for the future

Five great grains with promise for the future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, grains account for more than half of the calories consumed by people in developing countries. Yet, over the last few decades, grain production has been narrowed to only a limited number of varieties – wheat, for example, has over 200,000 varieties, yet only a few genetic lines are being used. Such dependence on a limited number of crops has proven problematic, especially because of rising food prices, climate change, and health concerns.

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A New East Asian Import: Ozone Pollution

A New East Asian Import: Ozone Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers find that westerly winds can push ozone across the Pacific to the Southwest, where it descends to the ground level, sometimes pushing concentrations to unacceptable levels.
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The Business Of Impact Is The Business Of The Future

The Business Of Impact Is The Business Of The Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Today, more than ever, for-profit ventures have the capability to change culture quickly and with huge impact.
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Where Are the U.S. World Heritage Landscapes?

Where Are the U.S. World Heritage Landscapes? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking nominations for the U.S. World Heritage "tentative list," which is then sent on to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The NPS may need help from...
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A Quest to Understand How Memory Works

A Quest to Understand How Memory Works | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dr. Eric R. Kandel, a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist who fled Vienna as a child after the Nazi invasion, delves into the mysteries of memory.
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Pulse: Tracking Electricity Usage of Office Buildings - information aesthetics

Pulse: Tracking Electricity Usage of Office Buildings - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Pulse [greenbuildingsalive.com], beautifully designed by Andrea Lau's venture Small Multiples, tracks and visualizes the patterns of electricity use in about 50 office buildings located in Australia.

 

As a private initiative of the Investa Sustainability Institute, this website focuses on the role of the building owner and building manager to make existing commercial office buildings 'greener'. As such, the visualizations allow these stakeholders to compare the performance of their building with those of others, for instance to identify patterns that might be out of the ordinary, or share tips and insights that might emerge from exploring the actual performance data.

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IBM PULSE2012: Data Drives A Smarter Planet

IBM PULSE2012: Data Drives A Smarter Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
IBM’s A Smarter Planet initiative posits that data is the key to sustainability and their focus on asset and facilities management of buildings, campuses and cities will make a huge impact on a world that is moving toward ever-increasing...
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Social Issues and the Economy Aren't a Zero-Sum Game - News - GOOD

Social Issues and the Economy Aren't a Zero-Sum Game - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some voters wish politicians would ignore social issues and focus on the economy. The problem is, these two things are intertwined.
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Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Note: This is the first in a series of posts on extreme poverty that CBPP will do this week.
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Nature-City: Suburban housing for agrarians at heart

Nature-City: Suburban housing for agrarians at heart | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Conceived for the MoMA exhibit 'Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream', the Nature-City development in Keizer, Ore. is a response to the question: 'what if we could live sustainably and close to nature?
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Running freeways through cities has often been a costly mistake. So, what now? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Running freeways through cities has often been a costly mistake. So, what now? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  I am of the opinion, which is by no means universally held, that the Interstate Highway System, whose construction was begun in the 1950s, was good for America, or at least a net plus when it comes to travel...
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