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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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Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Priorities for the Self-organizing Society Permaculture Research Institute

Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Priorities for the Self-organizing Society Permaculture Research Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This essay presents desirable social functioning as basically a matter of free individual decision. I discuss two basic polarities: Left versus Right, and P2P (Peer-to-Peer) versus Global-mass-society. Each polarity takes certain distinctions and concerns as key to understanding political life. A self-organizing P2P society is driven by individuality, publicly-shared patterns, and common culture based on shared loves; whereas Global-mass-society is based upon groupthink, expertise, and glitzy consumerism, and is run by a small group of intertwined political, economic, and knowledge elites.

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Seizing Sustainable Development - Jacob Zuma and Tarja Halonen - Project Syndicate

Seizing Sustainable Development - Jacob Zuma and Tarja Halonen - Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world is on an unsustainable path, and must urgently chart a new course forward, one that brings equity and environmental concerns into the economic mainstream.
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Unilever Launches Foundation to Help One Billion People

Unilever Launches Foundation to Help One Billion People | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unilever launches the Unilever Foundation to helping the company reach its goal of improving the health and quality of life of more than one billion people.
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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This single-family home is a gorgeous verdant garden sanctuary in the heart of Tokyo. The building, designed by Ryue Nishiziwa, sits on a narrow lot and has an open floor plan with virtually no interior walls.
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Carbon in Fractions: CoolPlanet Makes Renewable Biofuels and Sequesters Carbon | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Carbon in Fractions: CoolPlanet Makes Renewable Biofuels and Sequesters Carbon | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
CoolPlanet Energy Systems (CoolPlanet) is a Camarillo, California, company that is developing a “negative carbon” drop-in gasoline replacement fuel from...
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TEXT | Many geographies

TEXT | Many geographies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
My attention is split across a few projects which all give me pause to consider space and place. Yesterday I was briefed about my semester's tutoring assignment which addresses urban analysis in wr...
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Meet the Young, Black Entrepreneurs Remaking New Orleans - News - GOOD

Meet the Young, Black Entrepreneurs Remaking New Orleans - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New Orleans' renaissance isn't just due to educated white kids. It's also thanks to young black professionals from around the country.
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Practicing Mindfulness and Living Sustainably

Practicing Mindfulness and Living Sustainably | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Working to create a sustainable world hasn't been easy. One reason for this is that people are highly capable of knowing something but acting as if they didn't.

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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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Food & water - Feb 7

Food & water - Feb 7 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

New Delhi, India - The seed is the first link in the food chain - and seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seeds or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve and exchange, they have no seed sovereignty - and consequently no food sovereignty.

 

The deepening agrarian and food crisis has its roots in changes in the seed supply system, and the erosion of seed diversity and seed sovereignty. In India, 95 per cent of cotton seeds are reportedly controlled by Monsanto, a US biotechnology corporation (EPA)

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Consumer Demand for Grass-fed Will Rise in 2012

Consumer Demand for Grass-fed Will Rise in 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s a new year and a good time to check the pulse of consumer interest in animal welfare certified foods.
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NASA's Green Flight Challenge for Energy Efficient Airplanes

NASA's Green Flight Challenge for Energy Efficient Airplanes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NASA has challenged the aviation industry to come up with a new concept for a next generation, fuel efficient airplane with Green Flight Challenge.
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A green revolution at our nation's malls

A green revolution at our nation's malls | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our shopping centers are ready for a new incarnation - as community spaces, sports centers and maybe even farms.
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Event - 55372 - The Earth Institute - Columbia University

Event - 55372 - The Earth Institute - Columbia University | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Sustainable investing is a burgeoning investment philosophy that represents a positive methodology, one that is in sharp distinction from the previous generation of socially responsible practices, which tended to be primarily negative. Sustainable investment can also be a key driver that can help solve global inequity.

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Rebranding the Food Movement to Broaden Its Appeal - News - GOOD

Rebranding the Food Movement to Broaden Its Appeal - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A health food corner store in Atlanta eschews the local food movement's idealization of agricultural labor, opting for a vintage-train vibe.
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Greenversations » Calling All Efficiency Enthusiasts!

Greenversations » Calling All Efficiency Enthusiasts! | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

If you are reading this post, you probably already consider yourself an environmentally conscious person. I am willing to bet that you have been recycling for years and make it a point to turn off the lights when you leave a room. And, chances are the ENERGY STAR label probably appears on the electronics and appliances around your house. But, have you heard about the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR? It is a new recognition effort from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program that will help early adopters of energy efficient technology stay ahead of the curve and lead the way in environmental protection.

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