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Bacteria used in English sewers to eat through post-Christmas fat build up

Bacteria used in English sewers to eat through post-Christmas fat build up | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
London sanitation workers now use bacteria to clear away post-holiday deposits of fat within city sewer systems.
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The Race to Document Biodiversity

The Race to Document Biodiversity | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biodiversity can be viewed as earth's greatest library, the author writes -- meaning that every time a species goes extinct, knowledge is lost.
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US Beats Expectations Saving Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

US Beats Expectations Saving Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Americans tend to beat themselves up over their imperfections. We eat too much, watch too much TV and owe China too much money.
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Greenversations » Are Green Business More Likely to Attract Your Green?

During the holidays, I was waiting in line at a major retailer. While waiting, I noticed that they had several displays near the cashiers highlighting the retailer’s commitment to protecting the environment. In fact, they prominently displayed their actions in favor of sustainability practices such as recycling/minimizing waste, energy efficiency, emission reduction, and encouraging environmental values. I was so impressed on seeing how committed the company was to reducing its carbon footprint nationwide that I visited its website to learn more about their green practices.

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Biomimicry: How Copying Nature Leads To Healthier Humans, Planet

Biomimicry: How Copying Nature Leads To Healthier Humans, Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Kaichang Li was wading in the surf off the Oregon Coast when he spotted the future of superglue. Beneath the surface, a group of blue mussels anchored themselves to slippery, uneven rocks -- holding strong despite a turbulent tide.
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A city on the move | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A city on the move | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) has some serious traffic, comprising a variety of colorful vehicles.  (It also has some serious air pollution, causing many bike and scooter riders to don homemade masks.) But it does make for a wildly...
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Mexico City’s Largest Landfill Closes, Creating Jobs & Energy

Mexico City’s Largest Landfill Closes, Creating Jobs & Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mexico City shut down its Bordo Poniente landfill, the capital's largest garbage collection site that over time became a 927 acre heap of trash. Jobs and energy will emerge from the trash.
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How Wolves Are Saving Trees in Yellowstone - Environment - GOOD

How Wolves Are Saving Trees in Yellowstone - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
During the 70 years there were no wolves in Yellowstone, elk feasted on aspen and other trees. Now, the trees are thriving again.
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Sense-Tickling Desk Integrates Work With Garden

Sense-Tickling Desk Integrates Work With Garden | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Practical and pleasing to all the senses, this neat wooden desk combines a low-maintenance garden with work surface and storage.
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Going Solar Just Got Much Much Easier for New York | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Going Solar Just Got Much Much Easier for New York | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As anyone who has taken on a remodeling project knows, more time can be spent preparing for the project than for the actual installation.
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How Biochar Will Help Kenya Go Green And Save Money | Fast Company

How Biochar Will Help Kenya Go Green And Save Money | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Re:char is a pioneering company that sells kilns to farmers in Kenya that allow them to convert their farm waste into what's known as biochar, which can then be used for cooking. As an enterprise, Re:char seeks to deliver a "triple bottom line," expanding the uses of sustainable alternatives for energy, providing a cost-effective solution for farmers in an effort to combat poverty, and stemming deforestation in Africa by encouraging use of biochar as cooking fuel instead of cutting down trees for firewood.

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Resource of the Week: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit

Resource of the Week: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

We’re excited to share some of our best and most practical social enterprise resources with SocialEarth readers, and would love to hear what you think! Leave us a comment below, or comment and rate on resources directly at www.setoolbelt.org.

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Solar power paying for and powering a Chevy Volt

Solar power paying for and powering a Chevy Volt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Few people are getting rich selling solar energy back to the grid, but one homeowner has made enough to pay for his Chevy Volt. Read this blog post by Liane Yvkoff on The Car Tech blog.
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Poo Water Being Transformed Into Biodiesel, Methane For Poor African Communities

Poo Water Being Transformed Into Biodiesel, Methane For Poor African Communities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Poo Water Being Transformed Into Biodiesel, Methane For Poor African Communities...
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December 2011: Record Month for California Rooftop Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

December 2011: Record Month for California Rooftop Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For some, December probably meant eggnogs, football, relatives, etc.
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Firms with benefits

Firms with benefits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
HE likes to do things differently. Yvon Chouinard changed his favourite sport, mountaineering, by introducing reusable pitons (the metal spikes you bang into the rock face and attach a rope to).
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12 reasons you'll be hearing more about the Commons in 2012

12 reasons you'll be hearing more about the Commons in 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

1. The Commons is Essential to Our Health, Security & Survival

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Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels

Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Onyx has unveiled their 330-Watt plug and play solar panel perfect for home utility use.
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E.P.A. Announces Proposals to Clean Gowanus Canal

E.P.A. Announces Proposals to Clean Gowanus Canal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brooklyn groups offered praise, but the city and the Environmental Protection Agency are arguing over who should pay to fix the sewers into the canal.
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In Oklahoma, a Utility's Smart Grid Leads the Way - Business - GOOD

In Oklahoma, a Utility's Smart Grid Leads the Way - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An effective smart-grid infrastructure would mean less consumption, lower bills, fewer power plants and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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This is What the U.S. Would Look Like Without Environmental Protections (PHOTOS)

This is What the U.S. Would Look Like Without Environmental Protections (PHOTOS) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An amazing 70s era photojournalism project called Documerica captured a polluted nation before environmental protections. It has published its archives online, and the photos are breathtaking.
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Green Car Congress: Dr. Paul Anastas outlines EPA’s new research paradigm, The Path Forward; realigning EPA research around sustainability

Green Car Congress: Dr. Paul Anastas outlines EPA’s new research paradigm, The Path Forward; realigning EPA research around sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In a paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, Dr. Paul Anastas, Science Advisor to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Agency’s Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, outlines the principles of the EPA’s new research paradigm called “The Path Forward”, as well as the actions taken since 2010 to align EPA’s research efforts with the goal of sustainability.

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Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant [1 of 3]

Part 2 coming soon! (Two weeks, maybe?)...
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10 Creative Upcycling Ideas Anyone – Even the Non-Crafty – Can Do

10 Creative Upcycling Ideas Anyone – Even the Non-Crafty – Can Do | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Upcycling is one of the best things you can do both to save money, and to reduce waste. Sustainability can become a way of life through simple reuse, whether practical or decorative. That can also reduce pollution and help to shrink landfills.
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Home Energy Management Apps Go Mobile

Home Energy Management Apps Go Mobile | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Apps improve the energy awareness of homeowners much in the way that smart meters do.
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