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The age of thirst in the American West

The age of thirst in the American West | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The greatest water crisis in the history of civilization could be coming to the Southwest, as climate change creates multiyear droughts that exhaust the region's already-stretched water supply.
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» Aid Alert: China Officially Joins the Donor Club » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Aid Alert: China Officially Joins the Donor Club » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A key objective of the OECD organizers (the chair of the donors’ aid committee there is Brian Atwood, the head of USAID during the Clinton Administration) was to bring into the fold the “new donors” – China, India, Brazil, some oil economies, South Africa.

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Nissan LEAF 2.0 to Have Wireless Charging Capability, Longer Range, Cheaper Price!

Nissan LEAF 2.0 to Have Wireless Charging Capability, Longer Range, Cheaper Price! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The next LEAF, coming out around 2014, should also have a longer range and be cheaper. But this isn't an official announcement yet...
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Are Parks a Boon to State Economies?

Are Parks a Boon to State Economies? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Economists urge the Obama administration and Congress to create more protected preserves, arguing that local economies will benefit.
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Scaling Biofuels for Aviation ‘Not so difficult,’ Branson Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Scaling Biofuels for Aviation ‘Not so difficult,’ Branson Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The commercial aviation industry could go from being one of the dirtiest to being one of the cleanest in ten years, according to one of the industry's...
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How Biomimicry Drives Sustainability: From Fish-Inspired Wind Turbines to the Future of 3-D Printing (Video)

How Biomimicry Drives Sustainability: From Fish-Inspired Wind Turbines to the Future of 3-D Printing (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

All photos from AskNature (be sure to check out the site if you have a minute), unless otherwise noted.
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Indian Country welcomes renewable energy

Indian Country welcomes renewable energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A proposed federal rule change could help American Indian tribes to develop wind, solar, and geothermal power on their reservations. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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The shape of poverty

The shape of poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Phrases like ‘multidimensional poverty’ do not trip easily off the tongue and are not common parlance, but they describe with some exactitude the cond ...
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Durban Climate Talks: How Do We Judge Success?

Durban Climate Talks: How Do We Judge Success? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
COP 17 President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane speaks during a press conference with Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: EPA Proposes Changes to Clean Air Act Standards for Boilers and Incinerators/Reconsidered standards would set emission limits for less than one percent ...

Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: EPA Proposes Changes to Clean Air Act Standards for Boilers and Incinerators/Reconsidered standards would set emission limits for less than one percent ... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators based on extensive analysis, review and consideration of data and input from states, environmental groups, industry, lawmakers and the public.

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Record Jump in Emissions in 2010, Study Finds

Record Jump in Emissions in 2010, Study Finds | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by 5.9 percent, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist.
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Canada's anti-Kyoto stance sours climate-change discussions in Durban

Canada's anti-Kyoto stance sours climate-change discussions in Durban | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Signs of progress emerged Saturday at international climate change negotiations as thousands took to the streets urging global leaders to step up their efforts.
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NYC Landmarks Recreated With Millions of Plant Parts at the New York Botanical Garden!

NYC Landmarks Recreated With Millions of Plant Parts at the New York Botanical Garden! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
'Tis the season for model trains to zip and zoom through miniature worlds decked out for the holidays.
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Solar charger can give gadgets, social profile a boost (video)

Solar charger can give gadgets, social profile a boost (video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What's better than using the sun to charge your gadgets? Using the sun to charge your gadgets, and then bragging about it to your social network. Read this blog post by CNET News staff on Cutting Edge.
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Energy Efficient Gift Ideas | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Energy Efficient Gift Ideas | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Black Friday is officially over, which means Christmas is on its way. Lately I’ve been reminiscing about holidays past.
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Passive Makes Perfect in North Carolina

Passive Makes Perfect in North Carolina | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When we first profiled Anchorage Builders in 2010, they were in the construction phase of North Carolina’s first Passive House.
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Designs-on-Moscow: The exhibition ‘Organic Dwelling. Biomimicry in Design and Architecture’, Moscow Museum of Architecture

Designs-on-Moscow: The exhibition ‘Organic Dwelling. Biomimicry in Design and Architecture’, Moscow Museum of Architecture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The exhibition ‘Organic Dwelling. Biomimicry in Design and Architecture’, which has been organized by famous designer and trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, was held in Moscow Museum of Architecture.

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The Economics of Obesity

The Economics of Obesity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My Grandma used to tell me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to the costs of obesity, she was 100% right.
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Asymptosis » The Fed Always Thinks That Unemployment’s Not a Problem

Asymptosis » The Fed Always Thinks That Unemployment’s Not a Problem | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Their model is obviously telling them that whatever (non-)actions they’re taking at the moment will solve the problem.

And their model is obviously, consistently, and wildly wrong — and always wrong in the same direction.

Altering that model to accurately predict unemployment, of course, would require that they allow more inflation in order to address both of their mandates.

And higher inflation utterly slams the real wealth of creditors.

And the Fed is run by creditors.

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The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization: Coming to the American West? | Environment | AlterNet

The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization: Coming to the American West? | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Think of the coming Age of Thirst in the American Southwest and West as a three-act tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions.
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Poor Economics | Poor Economics

Poor Economics | Poor Economics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A book on global poverty but no mention (index) of "energy", "electricity", "fuel", or "power". http://t.co/Rw3KlxkS Poor Economics, indeed.
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Durban Conference: The forgotten planet

Durban Conference: The forgotten planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world's ministers and their mandarins gather in their thousands this weekend to hammer out a plan for the small matter of saving the planet. Yet few of us appear to have noticed.
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Breaking out — Can preschool help children escape poverty? | Deseret News

Breaking out — Can preschool help children escape poverty? | Deseret News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
SALT LAKE CITY — Four-year-old Rosa is down on all fours on the stained Berber carpet of Salt Lake City Head Start, mentally picking through the (Breaking out — Can preschool help children escape poverty?
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