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Housing Series: Strategies to Add Quality and Value to Incremental Home Improvement | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Housing Series: Strategies to Add Quality and Value to Incremental Home Improvement | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Greenversations » Smart Growth: Creating New Opportunities in Rural Communities

Greenversations » Smart Growth: Creating New Opportunities in Rural Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Regular or unleaded? Are we willing to invest in healthier homes?

Regular or unleaded? Are we willing to invest in healthier homes? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cleaning up lead and other health hazards will save billions over time -- if we're willing to pay the price up front.
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The Newest Companies Coming Out Of Incubators: EdTech | Fast Company

The Newest Companies Coming Out Of Incubators: EdTech | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yes, there are ping-pong tables. And sure, over by the door there's an enormous bike rack where the eco-conscious can stack their energy-saving driving machines.
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Changing the World $25 at a Time Through Microlending | The Frugal Toad

Changing the World $25 at a Time Through Microlending | The Frugal Toad | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Microloans provide the poor with access to financing so that they can provide for their families. Kiva directs 100% of funds directly to the borrower via Field Partners and is a great way to help those in need.
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» Video: 10 Years of Fires on Earth Seen From Space

» Video: 10 Years of Fires on Earth Seen From Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Using a pair of Earth-monitoring satellites, NASA has recorded tens of millions of fires that burned throughout the past decade. Wired.com takes you on a video tour.
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Food Day stresses importance of wise consumption - USU Statesman - Utah State University

Food Day stresses importance of wise consumption - USU Statesman - Utah State University | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Learning to identify what foods are healthy and good for the earth and the economy is crucial to everyone,

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Presentations for Download - from the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan Permaculture Research Institute

Presentations for Download - from the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan Permaculture Research Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Water Shortages Now Affect Companies’ Bottom Lines

Water Shortages Now Affect Companies’ Bottom Lines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water crises from Texas to Australia have hit commodity supplies. Changes in the world’s weather patterns now affect corporate profits across various industries.
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Reinventing Fire: How to Get America Off Oil and Coal by 2050 - Environment - GOOD

Reinventing Fire: How to Get America Off Oil and Coal by 2050 - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Rocky Mountain Institute's new book shows how existing technologies and ideas could get America off fossil fuels by 2050.
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Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over the next three to four decades, temperatures in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa are expected to rise about two degrees Celsius.
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Greenversations » Investing in Clean Water Pays

Greenversations » Investing in Clean Water Pays | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Population growth, aging infrastructure, urbanization and climate change are placing increasing pressure on our water infrastructure all across the country, and over the next 20 years,

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Food Studies: Deconstructing Big Food

Food Studies: Deconstructing Big Food | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How have we made giant food monopolies possible? A food studies student breaks down what she's learned -- and suggests ways to take back the power.
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Non-Profits in New York Area Can Apply For Solar Power Donations | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Non-Profits in New York Area Can Apply For Solar Power Donations | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York area non-profits have another four days to apply for Green Mountain Energy Company’s program whereby they could be the recipient of a solar array...
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Cool energy-storage projects popping up; expect a lot more

Cool energy-storage projects popping up; expect a lot more | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world's largest lithium-ion battery farm is now up and running at a wind farm in West Virginia. A bigger battery storage system is in the works in Texas. Who says we can't solve the problem of storing renewable energy?
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Climate change is our biggest challenge, says McKibben—but we need to keep working on population

Climate change is our biggest challenge, says McKibben—but we need to keep working on population | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Most of the population growth we'll see over the coming decades will contribute very little to the climate problem, says Bill McKibben. Still, improving family planning should be "a no-brainer" because it does so much good in the world.
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How Vehicle Automation Will Cut Fuel Consumption - Technology Review

How Vehicle Automation Will Cut Fuel Consumption - Technology Review | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cars that park themselves and automatically convoy with other cars could reduce congestion and emissions.
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Map Reveals Stark Divide in Who Caused Climate Change and Who's Being Hit

Map Reveals Stark Divide in Who Caused Climate Change and Who's Being Hit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Is This the Future of Farming?

Is This the Future of Farming? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If these Georgia entrepreneurs succeed, shipping container farming will yield "local everywhere" food...
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Where does permaculture now sit within Transition?

Where does permaculture now sit within Transition? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In The Transition Handbook, permaculture principles were seen as being the foundational principles, underlying design principles if you like, shared with the permaculture movement.
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CO2 emissions up 45 percent in two decades

CO2 emissions up 45 percent in two decades | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
During this period, CO2 emissions in the EU and Russia decreased by seven percent and 28 percent. (C02 emissions going up by 45% in 2 decades is a cause of worry.What steps have you taken to lower these emissions?
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Guess: Does the U.S. Have More 'Bad' Bridges Or More McDonald's Restaurants?

Guess: Does the U.S. Have More 'Bad' Bridges Or More McDonald's Restaurants? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Graphic (bad bridges within 10 miles of San Francisco are in red) via Transportation for America. Transportation for America knows a very interesting factoid that affects practically everyone.
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We Can Clean the Air, Create Jobs and Power the Economy at the Same Time | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

We Can Clean the Air, Create Jobs and Power the Economy at the Same Time | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This blog introduces readers to Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group. As one of the largest electricity generators in the U.S., we, at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), believe that EPA&...
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Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
By J. Matthew Roney



Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output.
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The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Visualizing Global Economic Growth - information aesthetics

The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Visualizing Global Economic Growth - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Harvard's Center for International Development (CID) and the MIT Media Lab have joined forces to create The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths to Prosperity [mit.edu]. Next to a +85MB PDF file chockfull of brightly colored but insightful data visualizations, the project includes a website that holds a small collection of interactive visualizations. As a side note: the colors actually serve a purpose, each representing a product group (e.g. electronics, petrochemicals, fruit, oil, etc.).

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