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Green Homes Currently a $17 B Market

Green Homes Currently a $17 B Market | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Green homes comprised 17%, or $17 billion, of the overall residential construction market in 2011, according to new findings in the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study by McGraw-Hill Construction.  Mc-Graw Hill predicts green homes will gain...
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Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The government safety net was created to keep Americans from abject poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive a majority of government benefits.
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More than 68% of New European Electricity Capacity Came From Wind and Solar in 2011

More than 68% of New European Electricity Capacity Came From Wind and Solar in 2011 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As the sovereign debt crisis unfolds in Europe, onlookers have questioned whether the region will stay committed to renewable energy.
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Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health | Environment | AlterNet

Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What scientists are beginning to understand about the cause of colony collapse could be a message for all of us.
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Nestlé, Nike And The Economics Of Forest-Friendly Supply Chains - Forbes

Nestlé, Nike And The Economics Of Forest-Friendly Supply Chains - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  The Forest Disclosure Project's Third Annual Review Environmentalists and businessmen have always talked two different languages.  One group talks about climate, atmosphere, and beauty; the other talks about food, water, and resources.
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CERC - Distance Learning

CERC - Distance Learning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We are excited to let you know that CERC is offering a piloted version of several Spring 2012 courses online as part of ourExecutive Education Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.

 

CERC’s virtual classroom offers the same quality of teaching and academic support services available on Columbia University’s main campus. CERC’s integration of online, web-based learning with proven education methodologies enhances student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication and accommodates flexible learning:

- Listen to and participate in interactive lectures and view PowerPoint presentations in real-time.

- Access course materials anytime on your own schedule.

- Easy-to-use web interface with 24/7 technical support.

- Courses meet once a week in the evenings and run for five weeks.

- Provides an official transcript from Columbia University.

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The new geography of trade: globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery

The new geography of trade: globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It is an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations. Global trade depends on cheap, long-distance freight transportation. Freight costs will rise with climate change, the end of cheap oil, and policies to mitigate these two challenges.

 

At first, the increase in freight costs will be bad news for developed and developing nations alike but, as adjustments in the patterns of trade occur, the result is likely to be decreased outsourcing with more manufacturing and food production jobs in North America and the European Union. The pattern of trade will change as increasing transportation costs outweigh traditional sources of comparative advantage, such as lower wages. The new geography of trade will not result from policy or treaties but from the impact of changing environmental conditions due to the growth of the human economy. Global trade can be disrupted by many kinds of natural disaster: the tsunami and nuclear emergency in Japan slowed auto production in the United States, and Australian floods lowered coal exports to China.1,2 The supply chains of global production and distribution are more vulnerable than we would like to admit. Up to now, we have adapted to disruptions and global trade has continued to expand. But greater challenges to global trade lie ahead. Continual growth, or even maintenance, of the current physical volume of trade is unsustainable.

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America’s Forest: Now with 20% More Love | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

America’s Forest: Now with 20% More Love | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Forests in North America are getting some love: the U.S. Forest Service announces it will be increasing the pace of forest conservation over the next three years.
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Want to Promote Job Training and Adult Education? Then Fund Them Adequately

Want to Promote Job Training and Adult Education? Then Fund Them Adequately | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
House Republicans say that the proposals they are pushing in negotiations over continuing emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI) will “promot[e] more job search and education and training needed to help the unemployed get back to work...
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» Barder on Post-Bureaucratic Aid . . . and the Complexity Motive Behind Cash on Delivery » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Barder on Post-Bureaucratic Aid . . . and the Complexity Motive Behind Cash on Delivery » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Owen Barder unpacks the results agenda, now so much discussed in the aid and development community, here.  It’s brilliant. He sets out four different motivations of various parties in the community for their recent focus on the “results agenda”.
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Nuclear Power vs. Natural Gas

Nuclear Power vs. Natural Gas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the biggest risks the Southern Company faces in embarking on a big nuclear project is that natural gas will remain far more affordable.
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A second winner at this year's Super Bowl: the walkable downtown | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A second winner at this year's Super Bowl: the walkable downtown | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  I’ve had several occasions in the past three years or so to travel to Indianapolis, site of last Sunday’s Super Bowl.  I am always struck, riding in from the airport, by how well Lucas Oil Stadium, where this year’s...
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The Empowered Employee is Coming; Is The World Ready? - Forbes

The Empowered Employee is Coming; Is The World Ready? - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Guest post written by John Hagel, Suketu Gandhi and Giovanni Rodriguez John Hagel is co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Suketu Gandhi is a principal with Deloitte Consulting.
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Cod Fishermen’s Alarm Outlasts Reprieve on Catch Limits

Cod Fishermen’s Alarm Outlasts Reprieve on Catch Limits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fishermen and federal officials are grappling with bleak prospects in the cod industry.
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Colors Tokyo’s Earth Blocks are an Eco-friendly LEGO Alternative

Colors Tokyo’s Earth Blocks are an Eco-friendly LEGO Alternative | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Colors Tokyo's Earth Blocks are created from a composite of cedar tree bark, coffee beans, tea chaff and other recycled materials.
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Waste Less Trash: Top 7 Ways To Cut Down (PHOTOS)

Waste Less Trash: Top 7 Ways To Cut Down (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From Terri Bennett, Founder of DoYourPart.com: It’s February and all month long, Do Your Part is challenging you to reduce the amount of garbage you generate.
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A Blueprint For A Circular Economy: Reusing And Refurbishing For Prosperity

A Blueprint For A Circular Economy: Reusing And Refurbishing For Prosperity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Important question: How can we maintain global prosperity when natural resources are increasingly scarce, the planet is in increasing disrepair, and 3 billion people are expected to join the "middle class" by 2030?
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San Francisco Will Pioneer Electric Bike Sharing - Environment - GOOD

San Francisco Will Pioneer Electric Bike Sharing - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With federal backing, the city is partnering with a local car share service to offer members access to electric bikes.
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Think Big, Start Small #GlobalLove #SocEnt

Think Big, Start Small #GlobalLove #SocEnt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You hear the stories every day, in fact just recently we blogged about a similar story, a small group of people making a big difference through little acts.

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NPR Story: SNAP is a Lifeline for Millions - Bread Blog

NPR Story: SNAP is a Lifeline for Millions - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Federal nutrition programs are finding ways to connect the people who rely on them with a healthy selection of foods. Photo by Jim Stipe.
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On a sustainable street, there are no jaywalkers

On a sustainable street, there are no jaywalkers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the start of the 20th century, streets belonged as much to pedestrians and children at play as to cars. By the end of it, stepping into the street in the wrong place was a crime. How did jaywalking become a crime?
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Green Car Congress: Endesa develops prototype charger enabling electric vehicle to return power to the grid; hoping for deployment by 2020

Endesa, Spain’s largest utility, has developed a prototype V2G (Vehicle to Grid) charger that enables electric vehicles to return stored power to the grid. The company projects that the technology could be a reality in 2020, and would allow electric vehicle users to sell surplus energy.

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How do our thoughts influence our physical sensations?: Scientific American

How do our thoughts influence our physical sensations?: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jeannine Stamatakis, an instructor at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, explains...
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