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An Unprecedented 26 Million Americans Are Now Underemployed

An Unprecedented 26 Million Americans Are Now Underemployed | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Getting worse, not better....
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A positive energy vision for the future, from RMI

A positive energy vision for the future, from RMI | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For real inspiration, turn to Rocky Mountain Institute's new project, Reinventing Fire, which offers an ambitiously positive plan for energy independence.

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» Inside the Financial Lives of M-PESA Users » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog

» Inside the Financial Lives of M-PESA Users » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Microfinance Opportunities has released what must be the first financial diary–based study of mobile money users, specifically M-PESA clients in Kenya.

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The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic

The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new study makes the fundamental case for congestion pricing...

In 1962, transportation researcher Anthony Downs suggested that U.S. cities suffered from a fundamental law of highway congestion: "This Law states that on urban commuter expressways, peak-hour traffic congestion rises to meet maximum capacity." What was the case half a century ago remains true today. Except worse. In a research paper published in this month's American Economic Review, a pair of economists from the University of Toronto confirm the fundamental law of highway congestion, but argue it doesn't go far enough. 


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Population 7 Billion: It’s Time to Talk - WEBCHAT

Population 7 Billion: It’s Time to Talk - WEBCHAT | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

William Ryerson, Robert Walker and Julia Whitty discuss population.

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Are Americans more worried about population than climate change?

Are Americans more worried about population than climate change? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A recent poll found 29 percent of Americans listing "overpopulation" as a major environmental challenge, while just 27 percent named global warming.
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South Africa Enacts CO2 Emissions Cap as UN Climate Negotiators to Converge on Durban

South Africa Enacts CO2 Emissions Cap as UN Climate Negotiators to Converge on Durban | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
South Africa announced it will enact an emissions cap and penalize major industry participants who exceed agreed-upon CO2 emissions limits over the next two years.
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Copenhagen’s Cyclists Can Re-tool at Gas Stations for Free

Copenhagen’s Cyclists Can Re-tool at Gas Stations for Free | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Free bike repair at a gas station Sign us up.
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Beyond Four Walls | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Beyond Four Walls | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A house is more than a roof overhead - it gives a sense of security, empowerment, and hope.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs | Building Capacity through Rethinking Development | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Market volatility, fears of a double-dip, lack of investor confidence and social demonstrations from Wall Street to Main Streets around the world are just some of the headlines we face today.

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Doubling EV range with solid state batteries

Startup Sakti3 expects to have prototypes of a solid-state lithium ion battery that it hopes will increase the range of electric cars and enable cheaper electronics. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Method Unveils Two Prefab Home Designs

Method Unveils Two Prefab Home Designs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Method Homes, a Seattle-based manufacturer of green prefab homes, recently introduced two new home lines, the Option Series and Elemental Series.  The former was created in collaboration with Seattle-based Grouparchitect and the latter was created...
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Solar Industry Jobs Growing Fast, Now Topping 100,000

Solar Industry Jobs Growing Fast, Now Topping 100,000 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The solar energy industry is churning out new green jobs at a steady clip, according to a new report commissioned by The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit trade...
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New York City Set to Commit $2.4 Billion on Storm Water-Control Tactics

New York City Set to Commit $2.4 Billion on Storm Water-Control Tactics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New York City has a tentative approval from the state on a plan to introduce technologies that are expected to greatly reduce sewer overflow into area waterways.
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RMI: Reinventing Fire: A New Vision

RMI: Reinventing Fire: A New Vision | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

RMI’s Next Big Thing will bring together all of our 27 years of innovation and engage the world in our most ambitious and important work yet.Put simply, this effort is aimed at changing the way most people have been getting and using energy since the Industrial Revolution.

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The EPA Upgrades DVR Efficiency Rules

The EPA Upgrades DVR Efficiency Rules | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A few months back, the New York Times put a spotlight on the obscene energy use of cable, DVR, and other set-top boxes.  There are 160 million set-top boxes in the US, according to the EPA, and these boxes annually consume about $3 billion in...
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Seeking Sustainability: Creative Capitalism | Global Warming is Real: Climate - Energy - Sustainability

Seeking Sustainability: Creative Capitalism | Global Warming is Real: Climate - Energy - Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If business as usual is clearly unsustainable, then what economic model will balance the needs of people, planet, and profits?
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Travel2change is pioneering the way do-gooders travel

Travel2change is pioneering the way do-gooders travel | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

There’s a new way to make an impact while traveling the world, and social venture travel2change is pioneering it.

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Haute cuisine gone green: James Beard Foundation focuses on sustainability

Haute cuisine gone green: James Beard Foundation focuses on sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Do the James Beard Foundation's new sustainability awards signal a change for the better in the culinary world, a new form of food greenwashing, or something in between?
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Emerging Business Models for Energy Storage

Emerging Business Models for Energy Storage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Utilities wont fund experiments in energy storage, but other entities might.
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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of The Kit Home

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of The Kit Home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inhabitat's The Green Guide To Prefab Housing' is an overview on the history of prefabricated housing and prefab's role in the Modern movement.
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Can Rewards Make Americans Live Greener Lives? - Environment - GOOD

Can Rewards Make Americans Live Greener Lives? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recyclebank wants to reward people for "everyday green actions." But is it really green if the rewards just push members to buy more stuff?
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From coal to biomass for some Virginia power

From coal to biomass for some Virginia power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Dominion Virginia Power makes a deal with biomass manufacturer Enviva as the energy company converts a few coal power plants to burn wood pellets. Read this blog post by Candace Lombardi on Green Tech.
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Prius Plug-in Versus Volt: Which Costs Less to Drive? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Prius Plug-in Versus Volt: Which Costs Less to Drive? | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Now that Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been officially announced, we can begin the comparisons with the other plug-in electric vehicle with an extended...
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Reducing Carbon Footprints in the Supply Chain

Reducing Carbon Footprints in the Supply Chain | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In many ways, a company is only as green as its supply chain. But how in the world do you control that? Not an easy question to answer, but a good place to start would be measuring the footprint of your supply chain as it currently stands.
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