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Madonna in distress: the new planetary portrait

Madonna in distress: the new planetary portrait | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mother Earth has a never-before-seen portrait now on show, thanks to three pieces of planetary-scale research published this week.
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Green Car Congress: Thai researchers find waste chicken fat a good low-cost feedstock for renewable diesel

In a study investigating the effect of the water and free fatty acid (FFA) content in waste chicken fat from poultry processing plants on the production of renewable diesel (not biodiesel), researchers in Thailand have found that both higher FFA and water content improved the biohydrogenated diesel (BHD) yield. 

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World Bank Uses Innovative Solution to Highlight Sustainability Indicators - SocialEarth

World Bank Uses Innovative Solution to Highlight Sustainability Indicators - SocialEarth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The World Bank Group is currently driven by the twin goals of ending extreme poverty within a generation and boosting shared prosperity. It is promoting environmental and social sustainability while [...]
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Solving hunger is simple -- end poverty. Gulp.

Solving hunger is simple -- end poverty. Gulp. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trying to end poverty may seem like a tall order if all you want to do is make sure people don't starve. But there's plenty we can do -- and a lot we even agree on.
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Varieties, Additives and Sourcing: What’s Happening with your food?

Varieties, Additives and Sourcing: What’s Happening with your food? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Photography by Ingrid Pullen Eating: one of the most simple and basic human activities. Yet as our food systems become increasingly more mechanised and

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Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities

Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in 46 out of 50 American cities!"
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Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark

Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Residents of islands off Maine’s coast seek to draw on the experiences of the Danish island Samso in an effort to explore alternative sources of light and heat.
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From the mountains to the sea - water in South Asia: in pictures - Policy Forum

From the mountains to the sea - water in South Asia: in pictures - Policy Forum | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Paula Hanasz goes with the flow of Himalayan rivers as they pass through Nepal, India and on to Bangladesh before releasing into the Bay of Bengal.
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Renowned Chef Dan Barber Offers Radical New Way to Farm

Renowned Chef Dan Barber Offers Radical New Way to Farm | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After researching farm communities throughout the world for more than a decade, Barber concluded America’s food needs a radical transformation to ensure the future of our health, food and land.
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An Unexpected Journey into ‘Humanistic’ Economic Models | Rethinking Complexity

An Unexpected Journey into ‘Humanistic’ Economic Models | Rethinking Complexity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We do not typically see initiatives tackled unless they can be justified financially.  We define success as not just covering costs but also creating a certain profit margin. Often we make business decisions solely on the basis of money and without accounting for the short term or long term damage that may result to our environment and the species (including human beings) inhabiting our planet.

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Mouthpiece could let the deaf

Mouthpiece could let the deaf | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In order to regain their sense of hearing, many deaf people currently opt for cochlear implants. Such devices are expensive, however, plus they must be surgically installed. That's why researchers...
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Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable | World Resources Institute

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last year marked an important tipping point: for the first time, half of the global population lives in cities. Cities currently add 1.4 million people each week and this population growth comes with new buildings, roads and transport systems.
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It is 'impossible' for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change | Jonathan Porritt

It is 'impossible' for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change | Jonathan Porritt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Leading UK environmentalist Jonathon Porritt calls his years working on green energy projects with Shell and BP a ‘painful journey’ that have led him to believe no major fossil fuel company will commit to renewables in the near future
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Kickstarter for a New Civilization

Kickstarter for a New Civilization | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A Kickstarter for A New Civilization A few days ago, my friend Liam Sharp sent me this video from the British Television program Charlie Brooker’s Wipe. The gist is this: there are profound powers ...
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The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California's multi-year drought grew dire enough in 2014 to prompt Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency in January. By the end of the year, California had experienced the driest and hottest 36 months in its 119-year instrumental record...
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New Report Points to Sharing as Unifying Force for Global Change

New Report Points to Sharing as Unifying Force for Global Change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources (STWR) recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing all the ways sharing can act as a unifying force to address multiple planetary crises.
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Video: The World’s First Accelerator Dedicated to Lifting Girls Out of Poverty

Video: The World’s First Accelerator Dedicated to Lifting Girls Out of Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Girl Effect Accelerator is the first of its kind: an international accelerator dedicated exclusively to lifting millions of girls out of poverty.
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How to Paint a 'Love Letter' to a City

How to Paint a 'Love Letter' to a City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stephen Powers and ICY Signs resuscitate the art of sign-painting—along with the morale of those in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods.
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Floodlands offer rich pickings: country diary 100 years ago

Floodlands offer rich pickings: country diary 100 years ago | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 19 January 1915: The wet grass is full of corpses which provide welcome meals for numerous birds. Lapwings, golden plovers, blackheaded gulls, rooks and starlings are the busiest undertakers
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Another Reason for a Carbon Tax

Another Reason for a Carbon Tax | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How do we create a marketplace that will pay landowners and others to double the carbon content of their soil?
Flora Moon's insight:

Instead of subsidizing farmers to grow too many soy beans or too much corn, or to maintain fallow fields, how about paying them to regenerate soils?  How about paying them to grow crops chemical free?

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THE AGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Jeffrey D. Sachs | Kirkus

THE AGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Jeffrey D. Sachs | Kirkus | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A leading economist offers a brilliant analysis of the worldwide need to balance economic development and environmental sustainability.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A ghost crab, ‘kissing’ seals and the return of Oregon’s wolves feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world
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Yale Environment 360: Solar a Better Investment Than Stocks in Most Large U.S. Cities, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Solar a Better Investment Than Stocks in Most Large U.S. Cities, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For homeowners in 46 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., investing in a residential solar power system would yield better returns than putting money in the stock market, according to an analysis by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University. For 21 million owners of single-family homes in the U.S., solar energy already costs less than current local utility rates, the report says, as long as the system can be purchased with low-cost financing of 5 percent interest over 25 years. Residents of New York City, Boston, and Albuquerque would likely see the largest benefits from investing in residential solar, with monthly savings of roughly $100 in the first year and 25-year savings that would exceed the likely returns of investing in stocks in the Standard & Poor's index, the report says. The findings assume, however, that government incentives encouraging solar investments — such as tax exemptions and policies allowing homeowners to sell excess solar power to utility companies — will continue, which is highly dependent on federal, state, and local politics.

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Distributed Generation: Three Renewable Industry Shifts to Watch for in 2015 - CleanTechies

Distributed Generation: Three Renewable Industry Shifts to Watch for in 2015 - CleanTechies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
BY NICK BLITTERSWYK, CEO of UGE Distributed renewable energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, and working in such a nimble industry means that every year brings new innovations and developments. This year is no exception. While 2014 had its share of renewable energy headlines, at UGE we’re incredibly excited forRead More
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How the U.S. Can Lower Methane Emissions from Natural Gas and Save Money | World Resources Institute

How the U.S. Can Lower Methane Emissions from Natural Gas and Save Money | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new WRI study finds that there are many win-win opportunities for the United States to reduce emissions and save money for consumers and businesses. Our blog series, Lower Emissions, Brighter Economy, evaluates these opportunities across five key areas—power generation, electricity consumption, passenger vehicles, natural gas systems and hydrofluorocarbons (coming soon) —which together represent 55 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
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