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Megaforces Doubling Environmental Costs on Businesses, Equal 40% of Profits | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Megaforces Doubling Environmental Costs on Businesses, Equal 40% of Profits | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ten global energy and climate “megaforces” are doubling the costs of environmental impacts on businesses every 14 years, currently equal 40 percent of...
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Transforming a derelict city building into vertical gardens for nearby residents | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Transforming a derelict city building into vertical gardens for nearby residents | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Aspiring interior designer Lucie Sadakova has come up with a striking concept to bring more green space and nourishment into a scruffy part of London.  And, despite being in a sense all about an outdoor activity, it is in...
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Research Recap, February 13: Modal Shift, Road Pricing, Strokes from Air Pollution | TheCityFix

Research Recap, February 13: Modal Shift, Road Pricing, Strokes from Air Pollution | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Belgian consultancy, Transport & Mobility Leuven, conducted a detailed study on urban traffic congestion, and found that a slight shift in mode share from cars to motorcycles can significantly reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Though both vehicles rely on gasoline for fuel, the study reports that a 10 percent shift from cars to motorcycles would result in a 40 percent decrease in lost time and a 6 percent decrease in emissions. A 25 percent modal shift to motorcycles was found to eliminate congestion entirely, Gizmag reports.

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Orléans, Ontario: A Franco-Ontarian Suburb | Newgeography.com

Orléans, Ontario: A Franco-Ontarian Suburb | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In a mere forty years Orléans has gone from an overwhelmingly French-speaking village to a suburb of Ottawa where scarcely one-third of the population has French as its mother tongue. Nonetheless, the French presence remains vibrant and local francophones are exceptionally dedicated to preserving their language and culture and building on their achievements. No other place in Ontario boasts cultural programs and facilities like those that serve Orléans’ francophone community. The fight twenty years ago to have the provincial government spell “Orléans” with the accent on the “e” is an eloquent example of the community’s determination to stand up for its rights with regional and provincial authorities.

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Low Cost, High Impact Sustainability Strategies | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Low Cost, High Impact Sustainability Strategies | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Owners can spend a lot on sustainability measures that don’t yield much benefit, or they can spend very little and improve properties a lot.
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Nature Conservancy Now Protecting Urban Jungles

Nature Conservancy Now Protecting Urban Jungles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While the Nature Conservancy continues to make its best effort to keep the most precious portions of the natural world from changing, they must acknowledge the fact that the human society, from which they draw their support, is indeed changing...
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From Confrontation to Collaboration

From Confrontation to Collaboration | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As we try to repair our economy, build consumer trust and confidence and address looming future climate concerns, it will take the combined perspectives and efforts of the business and NGO sectors to move us forward.
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John Clague: Rising Sea Levels Require People To 'Defend' Or Retreat

John Clague: Rising Sea Levels Require People To 'Defend' Or Retreat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER - Hundreds of millions of people who are living in low-lying coastal areas around the globe have two options when it comes to protecting themselves from rising sea levels, says a British Columbia-based scientist.John Clague, a professor...
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How We Are Evolving: #Scientific American

How We Are Evolving: #Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New analyses suggest that recent human evolution has followed a different course than biologists would have expected...

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Scientists Find New Dangers in Tiny but Pervasive Particles in Air Pollution

Scientists Find New Dangers in Tiny but Pervasive Particles in Air Pollution | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gaseous byproducts that were thought to dissipate quickly are now found to evaporate more slowly and persist longer than anyone had thought.
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Grandparents gone wild: BOOM to break ground in 2012

Grandparents gone wild: BOOM to break ground in 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The jaw-dropping plans for BOOM, a $2.5 million, 100-acre eco-utopia for the elderly outside of Palm Springs, are revealed. And visiting your grandparents will never be the same again.
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California Levee Fixes Lead To Greater Risk, Analysis Shows

California Levee Fixes Lead To Greater Risk, Analysis Shows | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
LATHROP, Calif. -- When Jack Robertson walks his dog atop the earthen levee just blocks from his home, the San Joaquin River rushes past on one side and rows of tract houses unfold on the other.
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Five Kinds of Fungus Discovered to Be Capable of Farming Animals! | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Five Kinds of Fungus Discovered to Be Capable of Farming Animals! | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This article is the fifth (see the first,  second, third and fourth articles here)  in a miniseries of six articles  that will be posted over six days about civilization, ...
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How Public Perception of Light Rail Influences Its Economic Benefits

How Public Perception of Light Rail Influences Its Economic Benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Negative stereotypes of light rail — in particular its unsubstantiated ability to generate crime — may have hurt property values along a new line in south Jersey, according to a new study.
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Redefining Paradise

Redefining Paradise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens is a collection of forty-one gardens located throughout the United States designed by notable contemporary landscape architects such as OLIN, Kathryn...
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How Lower Income Citizens Commute | Newgeography.com

How Lower Income Citizens Commute | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One of the most frequently recurring justifications for densification policies (smart growth, growth management, livability, etc.) lies with the assumption that the automobile-based mobility system (Note 1) disadvantages lower income citizens. Much of the solution, according to advocates of densification is to discourage driving and orient both urbanization and the urban transportation system toward transit as well as walking and cycling.

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Faith and a sustainable culture - Feb 19

Faith and a sustainable culture - Feb 19 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One of the losses that modern society feels most keenly is the loss of a sense of community. We tend to imagine that there once existed a degree of neighborliness that has been replaced by ruthless anonymity, by the pursuit of contact with one another primarily for individualistic ends: for financial gain, social advancement or romantic love.

 

In attempting to understand what has eroded our sense of community, historians have assigned an important role to the privatization of religious belief that occurred in Europe and the U.S. in the 19th century. They have suggested that we began to disregard our neighbors at around the same time that we ceased to honor our gods as a community.

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New Green Business Model for Sustainable Finance

New Green Business Model for Sustainable Finance | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Emerging markets for environmental financial investment and trading continue to attract significant global investment interest from untraditional investment sources.
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MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An MIT researcher named Andrea Mershin says that creating solar energy could be as simple as mixing a bag of grass clippings with some custom chemicals and painting them on a roof.
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Textile Recycling Is Thriving in New York

Textile Recycling Is Thriving in New York | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With buildings clamoring for bins in which residents can leave clothing to be sold or reprocessed, fewer discards will go to landfills.
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Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature « NextNature.net

Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature « NextNature.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In Western cultures, nature is a cosmological, primal ordering force and a terrestrial condition that exists in the absence of human beings. Both meanings are freely implied in everyday conversation. We distinguish ourselves from the natural world by manipulating our environment through technology. In What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly proposes that technology behaves as a form of meta-nature, which has greater potential for cultural change than the evolutionary powers of the organic world alone.

With the advent of ‘living technologies’ [2], which possess some of the properties of living systems but are not ‘truly’ alive, a new understanding of our relationship to the natural and designed world is imminent. This change in perspective is encapsulated in Koert Van Mensvoort’s term ‘next nature’, which implies thinking ‘ecologically’, rather than ‘mechanically’. The implications of next nature are profound, and will shape our appreciation of humanity and influence the world around us.

 


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Drawing the Line at Power Lines

Drawing the Line at Power Lines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Pipelines, trains, trucks and high-voltage transmission lines aren’t pretty, but we will have to choose among these unpalatable options.
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The simpler way: a practical action plan for living more on less

The simpler way: a practical action plan for living more on less | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Beyond our basic material needs for food, clothing, and shelter, how much is enough? In particular, how much money and how many possessions do we really need to live well and to be free? These are not questions that many people ask themselves in consumer societies today, but they are some of the most important questions of all.

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Climate Change Killing Yellow Cedar Trees In Alaska

Climate Change Killing Yellow Cedar Trees In Alaska | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Forest Service researchers have confirmed what has long been suspected about a valuable tree in Alaska's Panhandle: Climate warming is killing off yellow cedar.
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