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From grass to gas: Biofuel breakthrough shows promise

From grass to gas: Biofuel breakthrough shows promise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Video: Biofuel breakthrough transforms organic matter into fuel.
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Must-read paper on feeding ~9 billion with <...

Must-read paper on feeding ~9 billion with <... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Must-read paper on feeding ~9 billion with < enviro impacts (narrow yield gap, intensify existing production): Global food demand and the sustainable intensification of agriculture . David Tilman,1,...
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Building Storehouses for the Sun’s Energy, for Use After Dark

Building Storehouses for the Sun’s Energy, for Use After Dark | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two California companies are planning to deploy a new form of solar storage technology to power tens of thousands of households throughout a summer evening.
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The solstice of society

The solstice of society | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ecophilosopher Joanna Macy refers to this time in which we are living as The Great Turning. She says we are currently going through the third great revolution in the history of mankind -- a revolution on the humanity-wide magnitude of the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution.

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Haus W: Prefabricated Sunken Home Harvests Geothermal Energy in Hamburg

Haus W: Prefabricated Sunken Home Harvests Geothermal Energy in Hamburg | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Haus W by Kraus Schönberg Architects is sunken partially into the ground and makes use of a geothermal heat pump to minimize energy use.
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The Best Ideas of 2011: The Power of Collective Action | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

The Best Ideas of 2011: The Power of Collective Action | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

If 2011 revealed nothing else, it showed us that the age for collective, collaborative action has returned. Compared to the political and cultural movements of other generations, however, this time we have powerful online platforms at our disposal, sending ideas and inspiration across continents in nanoseconds.

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Cleantech Disaster Relief: How Today’s Technologies Can Avert Tomorrow’s Disasters | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Cleantech Disaster Relief: How Today’s Technologies Can Avert Tomorrow’s Disasters | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We all remember sights of people lined up for clean water in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, or in Japan last year after the great tsunami hit...
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Automakers Chase Energy Storage for Fuel Cell Cars | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Automakers Chase Energy Storage for Fuel Cell Cars | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The year 2015 is the deadline that a number of automakers have set for themselves to introduce commercially viable fuel cell cars.
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How Crowdfunding Saved 722 Square Miles of Rainforest - Environment - GOOD

How Crowdfunding Saved 722 Square Miles of Rainforest - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ecuador will choose rainforest preservation over oil exploitation, if the rest of the world can contribute enough money to make it worthwhile.
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Is Organic Agriculture Bad for the Environment? Another Reason to Eat Locally

Is Organic Agriculture Bad for the Environment? Another Reason to Eat Locally | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There's a growing shift in the organic agriculture industry away from sustainable practices.
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Humans, cities and the environment

Humans, cities and the environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight.
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Trout Headwaters Inc.- Stream, River and Wetland Restoration

Meet Trout Headwaters, Inc (THI) - the River and Wetland Restoration Company...
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How the Dutch got their bike on

How the Dutch got their bike on | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It would be easy to assume that the Netherlands has always been a bicycle-friendly country with policies that favor public transportation and human-powered transit, but it hasn't always been this way.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: High Prices Will Limit Sales of Electric Vehicles in 2012

Many potential buyers will hold off on purchases of electric vehicles (EVs) during 2012 due to the premium pricing of the vehicles, according to a new white paper from Pike Research

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12 Energy Projects to Watch in 2012 - Forbes

12 Energy Projects to Watch in 2012 - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife The U.S. Department of Defense has 300,000 buildings and an energy bill that amounts to nearly $4 billion annually.
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How to boost biking and walking even further in your city

How to boost biking and walking even further in your city | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Biking rose 22 percent in the Twin Cities between 2010, when it was named America's #1 Bike City, and 2011. (Credit: Makons under a Creative Commons license from flickr.com)

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In the Bronx, a New School Combines Tech Skills and Cultural Literacy - Education - GOOD

In the Bronx, a New School Combines Tech Skills and Cultural Literacy - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tech International, set to open this fall, will combine digital skills and international relations.
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» A Bold New Idea for Infrastructure in Africa » Global Development: Views from the Center

» A Bold New Idea for Infrastructure in Africa  » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is a joint post with Julie Walz.It is no secret that Africa faces an infrastructure crisis.  The low-income economies of the region have fewer miles of paved roads and fewer modern freight and passenger-transport systems than any other region...
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9 Eco Travel Destinations on the Hot List for 2012

9 Eco Travel Destinations on the Hot List for 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From sitting in on scientific research trips to experiencing traditional native cultures, these are the responsibly-run hotels, resorts, and trips everyone's talking about.
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Brazilian Paradise Island Gets Solar Powered | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Brazilian Paradise Island Gets Solar Powered | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fernando de Noronha is one of Brazil’s eco hot spots, famous for its breathtaking geography, surf and marine life.
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Gainesville, Florida Sees Massive Increase in Solar Power Usage

Gainesville, Florida Sees Massive Increase in Solar Power Usage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Solar power is proving to have a ton of different applications, allowing us to continue to have a technologically advanced way of life, while reducing our burden on the planet. People have installed solar garage doors and water heaters, use solar...
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Best Ideas of 2011: The Reshaping of Capitalism | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Best Ideas of 2011: The Reshaping of Capitalism | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

One hundred years ago, Nobel Prize winning, free market capitalism economist Milton Friedman was born into this world. Private enterprises, Friedman claimed, must be the foundation of economic prosperity.

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To save energy, popping socket unplugs plugs

To save energy, popping socket unplugs plugs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ignore the 10-minute warning and you'll find that your toaster, computer, or smartphone has been unceremoniously evicted from its wall socket, by the socket itself. Read this blog post by Edward Moyer on Crave.
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Designing Innovation : India Future of Change Design Contest | Designwala

Designing Innovation : India Future of Change Design Contest | Designwala | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We become what we behold.We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.——-Marshall McLuhan...
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