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» We Quantified the Quality of Health Aid! (So What?) » Global Health Policy

» We Quantified the Quality of Health Aid! (So What?) » Global Health Policy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is a joint post with Denizhan Duran. Which donor provides the “best” health aid, and why is it a relevant question?
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DOE Combats The Vampire In Your Microwave With New Efficiency Standards

DOE Combats The Vampire In Your Microwave With New Efficiency Standards | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Thanks to new energy efficiency standards proposed last week, DOE Secretary Steven Chu has a new credential on top of his Nobel Prize: he’s a vampire slayer – one that specializes in eliminating “vampire” energy waste while saving consumers...
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DuPont’s Six Ways to Achieve Zero Landfill Waste

DuPont’s Six Ways to Achieve Zero Landfill Waste | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The following outlines six best practices that enabled DuPont's success in achieving zero landfill waste stream results...
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10-Year-Old Discovers New Molecule That Could Improve Energy Storage

10-Year-Old Discovers New Molecule That Could Improve Energy Storage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
10-year-old Clara Lazen has discovered a new molecule called tetranitratoxycarbon which can store energy.
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Nearly Half of Electricity at UK Businesses Wasted During Off Hours | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Nearly Half of Electricity at UK Businesses Wasted During Off Hours | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A UK report says that nearly half of the electricity consumed by British businesses is wasted when employees are not at work.
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The Future of Trucking is Electric | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

The Future of Trucking is Electric | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Trucking has become the most common mode for transporting goods across the land.
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GOOD Maker Winner: Somali-American Grads Are Giving Hope to Somalia’s Most Vulnerable - News - GOOD

GOOD Maker Winner: Somali-American Grads Are Giving Hope to Somalia’s Most Vulnerable - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Mercy to Mankind Foundation supports 200 Somalis age three to 13 living in the Baraka and Umul-Qura orphanages.
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Farmers Go Wild

Farmers Go Wild | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The words “wild” and “farming” may seem at odds. In the last century, with the development of petroleum-based pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, farms were increasingly modeled on industry. “Fencerow to fencerow,” mono-crop farming emphasized high production and minimized the importance of biodiversity. Farmers ripped out vegetation, cut down forests, shot predators, and filled in wetlands and streams. Today, agriculture is a major cause of the habitat loss that puts endangered species at risk.

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Urban Garden? Check. Now, Chickens.

Urban Garden? Check. Now, Chickens. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
City dwellers are making some headway in securing local permission to raise a small number of chickens and harvest their eggs. Still, some towns are firmly opposed.
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Growing community of social entrepreneurs look for ways to establish legitimacy

Growing community of social entrepreneurs look for ways to establish legitimacy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The "B" stands for social benefit. B Lab, the Berwyn, Pa.-based nonprofit that grants the title to qualifying businesses around the country, has enrolled more than 500 firms that want to validate their simultaneous pursuit of profits and the...
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Cree: LEDs aren't just more efficient, they're better

Cree: LEDs aren't just more efficient, they're better | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cree's latest LED light source slices the cost, but it's betting that features such as better controls and long life give LEDs an edge over other technologies. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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What does the new economy mean for the shape of communities? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

What does the new economy mean for the shape of communities? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  About a year ago, several of us attended a meeting in Washington at which a prominent smart growth leader was showing a presentation on “the business case for smart growth.”  Much of it was based on the need for...
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Surplus Renewable Energy: An Update

Surplus Renewable Energy: An Update | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From interregional sharing to the development of batteries, the energy secretary offers ideas for coping with a sudden oversupply of power to the grid.
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When Women Lead - Joseph S. Nye - Project Syndicate

When Women Lead - Joseph S. Nye - Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Would the world be more peaceful if women were in charge?
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Green Car Congress: UK putting £15M into cycling projects for mode of sustainable travel

UK Transport Minister Norman Baker announced £15 million (US$24 million) of new funding that will enhance cycle routes across England and will also improve integration between cycling and rail at stations.

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Simple Green Tips You Can Do at Home to Save the Earth and Money | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Simple Green Tips You Can Do at Home to Save the Earth and Money | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As you know, population is straining our natural resources a lot.
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Visual Cues Encourage Vegetable Consumption: Scientific American Podcast

Visual Cues Encourage Vegetable Consumption: Scientific American Podcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Pictures of green beans and carrots on cafeteria trays resulted in more kids eating more veggies. Cynthia Graber reports.

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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NSF Forum: The Challenge of a Sustainable Future: Long-Term Ecological Research Offers New Answers - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NSF Forum: The Challenge of a Sustainable Future: Long-Term Ecological Research Offers New Answers - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Scientists address sustainability of agriculture; urban water systems; indigenous villages; marine environments

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How Electric Delivery Trucks Could Help Renewable Energy Succeed - Environment - GOOD

How Electric Delivery Trucks Could Help Renewable Energy Succeed - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If delivery fleets went electric, any truck on a city street could provide storage and stability to the grid.
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Methane hydrates: the next communication bomb in the climate change debate

Methane hydrates: the next communication bomb in the climate change debate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As greenhouse gas, methane is more powerful than carbon dioxide, but there is a much more important difference between these two gases. Carbon dioxide emissions are something that we create and that we can control, at least in principle. If we stop burning fossil fuels, then we stop generating CO2. But, with methane, it is another matter. We have no direct control on the huge amounts of methane buried in ice in the permafrost and at the bottom of oceans in the form of "hydrates" or "clathrates."

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The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review: Guidelines for Identifying Business Risks & Opportunities Arising from Ecosystem Change | World Resources Institute

The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review: Guidelines for Identifying Business Risks & Opportunities Arising from Ecosystem Change | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This report is a structured methodology that helps managers proactively develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their company’s dependence and impact on ecosystems. This is version 2.0 of the report, which was originally published in 2008.

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Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees

Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The ancient holiday has become like a 'Jewish Arbor Day' in modern times, bringing religious and secular observers together for ecological reflection.
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Don’t Build A Company To Sell, Build It To Last

Don’t Build A Company To Sell, Build It To Last | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last June, Silicon Valley-based startup Evernote closed a round of funding.
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'The power of the post-industrial city' | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

'The power of the post-industrial city' | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  In this illuminating TED talk, Don Carter of Carnegie Mellon University places the future of Pittsburgh and other post-industrial cities in the context of global environmental trends and concerns.  He makes the point that, like many so-called...
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