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Towards a More Energy Efficient Food System

Towards a More Energy Efficient Food System | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's important to understand the many interconnections between the food and energy sectors in order to make good consumer choices and develop prudent public policy.
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25 Companies That Practice Good Corporate Citizenship And Still Make Lots Of Money

If you’re not a good corporate citizen, you’re doing it wrong. Because as we recently explained, consumers are no longer fooled by false corporate social responsibility--and they’re starting to care.
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Why the Places We Live Make Us Happy

Why the Places We Live Make Us Happy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The strange factors that impact whether we're content where we live.

In an article titled "Understanding the Pursuit of Happiness in Ten Major Cities," the authors concluded that good urbanism contributes positively to happiness:

We find that the design and conditions of cities are associated with the happiness of residents in 10 urban areas. Cities that provide easy access to convenient public transportation and to cultural and leisure amenities promote happiness. Cities that are affordable and serve as good places to raise children also have happier residents. We suggest that such places foster the types of social connections that can improve happiness and ultimately enhance the attractiveness of living in the city.


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Delaware: Some Sturgeon Declared to Be Endangered

Delaware: Some Sturgeon Declared to Be Endangered | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Several populations of Atlantic sturgeon, the large, primordial-looking fish that were once common along East Coast watersheds, are endangered, the National Marine Fisheries Service declared Tuesday.
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The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water - Environment - GOOD

The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When reporters, politicians, and environmental advocates talk about renewable energy, they talk about wind and solar. This makes sense: Of the...
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Open-market sustainability

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America stands at a historic inflection point. The economic engine that carried our nation out of World War II, to then outperform the Soviets, is incapable of meeting the challenge of the twenty-first century. While the United States and some other Western economies are in the throes of a rare and disruptive debt crisis, the global economy is in the midst of three additional challenges: rapid economic inclusion, ecological depletion, and a resilience deficit. Though distinct, these four crises are inseparable in practical terms, forming a singular strategic test facing the United States. Simply put, the post-Cold War international economic system is fundamentally unsustainable.

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed 2 Bar House Springs Up in Menlo Park, CA

Gorgeous Green-Roofed 2 Bar House Springs Up in Menlo Park, CA | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Bay’s 2 Bar House is a new concept for family living by Feldman Architecture.
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Smarting Over Cod Shortages, Fishermen Blame Seals

Smarting Over Cod Shortages, Fishermen Blame Seals | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists denounce a proposal in Canada for killings of Atlantic gray seals, saying there is no evidence that it will cause the cod population to rebound.
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Aurora Australis Time Lapse Captured By Amateur Astronomer Alex Cherney (VIDEO)

Aurora Australis Time Lapse Captured By Amateur Astronomer Alex Cherney (VIDEO) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After two weeks of trying to track it down, amateur astronomer Alex Cherney has captured the unadulterated color and beauty of Aurora Australis, also know as the Southern Lights.
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Happy World Wetlands Day

Happy World Wetlands Day | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Groundhog Day tends to hog the spotlight, but Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. To mark the occasion, here's a photo tribute to the planet's marshes, swamps and bogs.
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'Green' solar cell is made from plants

'Green' solar cell is made from plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
To make super cheap solar cells, MIT researchers look to commandeer the process of photosynthesis in plants. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Cutting Edge.
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Four Environmental Apps to Download | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Four Environmental Apps to Download | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Apps were created for two reasons: to entertain you and to make your life easier.
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Top 10 Reasons to Support Clean Energy

Top 10 Reasons to Support Clean Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Though almost every American uses fossil fuels in our daily lives, we need to recognize the incredible toll it has had on our foreign policy, our country, its people and irreplaceable natural resources.
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Xero Flor Green Roofs Get Cradle to Cradle

Xero Flor Green Roofs Get Cradle to Cradle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Xero Flor is a lightweight green roof and system originally developed in Germany.
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Asymptosis » What Will Be the New Economic Paradigm?

Asymptosis » What Will Be the New Economic Paradigm? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The need for regime change.

… The Depression discredited the gold standard and a whole set of related notions.

The Great Inflation discredited ideas about the Phillips Curve …

We had, until recently, the Great Moderation Consensus that … the Federal Reserve has the ability to stabilize the macroeconomy by fiddling with interest rates.

Well now here we are and the Federal Reserve can’t stabilize the macroeconomy by fiddling with interest rates.

That calls for the creation of a new regime.

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Revealing the Energy Consumption of Each Building in New York - information aesthetics

Revealing the Energy Consumption of Each Building in New York - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The remarkably detailed map [columbia.edu] developed by the Modi Research Group of the Earth Institute at Columbia University reveals the total annual building energy consumption of New York, at both the block and 'taxlot' level (which is nearly at building level).

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The Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Urban farmer. Heirloom. Food security. Methane digester. These are just a few of the terms you'll find in the Lexicon of Sustainability, a series of portraits that speak the language of a growing movement.

 

The project began with Douglas Gayeton's first book, Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, which portrayed the principles of the Slow Food movement as expressed in rural Pistoia, Italy. While on his book tour in the United States, Douglas encountered people who longed to connect with those cultural traditions. "We're a nation of immigrants," he says. "And a lot of traditions that were tied to food haven't carried on from one generation to the next."

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Community-Based Conservation Is Key for Grasslands | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Community-Based Conservation Is Key for Grasslands | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What’s the best way to protect the world’s dwindling grasslands from conversion to agriculture or parking lots? A new study holds some answers.
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Semprius Reaches Efficiency Record for Pencil-Point Sized Solar Cells

Semprius Reaches Efficiency Record for Pencil-Point Sized Solar Cells | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Concentrated solar makes an efficiency leap.
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A Whooping Crane Migration Will Finish By Truck

A Whooping Crane Migration Will Finish By Truck | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The wayward birds could not be persuaded to follow a pilot flying an ultralight plane.
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Federal Government Opens More Ocean to Wind Projects

The Interior Department says that offshore wind farms pose no significant threat to the environment off the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware.
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7 companies with unique employee health benefits

7 companies with unique employee health benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We've tracked down companies with some of the most unique and offbeat employee health perks. Did your employer make the list?
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8 Imperatives To Guide The Vision Of A Values-Based Business

8 Imperatives To Guide The Vision Of A Values-Based Business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Imagine a world that creates opportunities for the wellness of people, planet, and all living things.
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Temperatures--Not Acid--Could Cook Coral to Death: Scientific American

Temperatures--Not Acid--Could Cook Coral to Death: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A warming ocean is encouraging the growth of coral in the far Southern Hemisphere, overriding any effects of...
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