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One acre feeds a person

One acre feeds a person | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With the holiday season behind us many are feeling the effects of eating a bit too much and are working on a New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds. This reminds me of a question I have been asked numerous times, i.e., “How much land does it take to feed somebody for a year?” To rid you of any suspense, I usually give the answer as about one acre when referring to the U.S. today.

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The liberation of civil society through p2p working - Creating Commons in our life

The liberation of civil society through p2p working - Creating Commons in our life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Freed up creativity enabled by open source technology is the chance to liberate us from the chains of an outdated economic model based on market pricing.

Will it enable us to co-create a commons orientated contributory culture?

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Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0

Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Q: How do the Amish raise a barn without money?
A: Community, and the social capital that weaves it together.
In my husband’s Latvian community, they have a concept similar to barnraising calle...
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Scotland Guns for 100% Renewable Energy by 2020

Scotland Guns for 100% Renewable Energy by 2020 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A strong year in renewable investment, a new partnership with Abu Dhabi's clean energy company Masdar, and 7 GW of clean energy projects underway bode well for the nation's prospects.
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Nobel Laureate Develops World’s Cheapest and Most Effective CO2 Sponge

Nobel Laureate Develops World’s Cheapest and Most Effective CO2 Sponge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nobel Laureate George Olah has just developed one of the world's cheapest and most effective CO2 sponges by fusing carbon absorbing plastic to a silica substrate.
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Asymptosis » American Exceptionalism #238: Opportunity (Not)

Asymptosis » American Exceptionalism #238: Opportunity (Not) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The shining city on the hill keeps getting smaller and richer, and the slopes leading up to it steeper, rougher, and slicker.

That opportunity is best displayed through intergenerational mobility — what my friend Steve calls “convection.” What are the odds that a child will be in a different economic stratum from his parents? It’s a darned good measure of “meritocracy.”

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The Second Wave of Social Entrepreneurs? | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

The Second Wave of Social Entrepreneurs? | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I had an interesting moment of reflection the other day about the field of social entrepreneurship. We are reaching a point where we are seeing a second wave of professionals moving into this space. I look back to about 7-10 years ago when I started pursuing this work. We were all entrepreneurs in our own right trying to define a career path that just didn't fit with the mold. We all came at if from different angles and were experimenting in different sectors, geographies, and educational degrees.

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Ban Ki Moon Talks Big About Future Energy

Ban Ki Moon Talks Big About Future Energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As an American, I'm always a little doubtful about how much good the United Nations can actually accomplish - especially when it comes to radically changing...
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What’s The One Green Product …

What’s The One Green Product … | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When the Museum of Science and Technology in Chicago wanted a smart house on their grounds to showcase energy-efficient and healthy living at its best, architect Michelle Kaufmann was a natural choice to design it.
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Can We Live Without Water and Forest?

Can We Live Without Water and Forest? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water and forest is interrelated to each other. Forests feed rivers and from them we use for our live. Thus, can we live without water and forest? (Can We Live Without Water and Forest?
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Restoration economy has USFS at crossroads

Restoration economy has USFS at crossroads | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The October/November 2011 Journal of Forestry published an article by U.S. Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, who is quoted as saying, "The time is right for a restoration economy. The Forest Service is tailoring its programs and projects to a new management environment." This was news to many in the forest products community. Up until then, restoration activities were a tool in the federal forest management toolbox. It appeared that restoration was no longer simply a tool, but was being used to create a "new management environment." For those that rely upon sawlog volume to keep mills running, this is a problem.
Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/restoration-economy-has-usfs-at-crossroads/article_093bca28-3dfd-11e1-b200-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1jXBCnfK4

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National Biomass And Carbon Dataset Map Depicts U.S. Tree Density (PHOTO)

National Biomass And Carbon Dataset Map Depicts U.S. Tree Density (PHOTO) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Where are most of the trees in the U.S.? Concentrations in areas like New York's Adirondack Park or the Cascade Range in the west are predictable, but other areas of dense biomass might surprise you.
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The Social Programs That Could Help End Malnutrition in India

The Social Programs That Could Help End Malnutrition in India | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Feeding programs are emergency measures. Long-term solutions come from eradicating worms, educating women, and cleaning water.
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The United Nations Says Sustainable Energy Will Go Worldwide in 2012 - Environment - GOOD

The United Nations Says Sustainable Energy Will Go Worldwide in 2012 - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for universal energy access by 2030.
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How a 21-year-old ended up in India with a bag full of solar flashlights

How a 21-year-old ended up in India with a bag full of solar flashlights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some ar...
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Scientists to create artificial living tissue using an inkjet printer

Scientists to create artificial living tissue using an inkjet printer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Technique should eventually allow scientists to...
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New Tool Reveals Country's Most Polluted Places: How Close Do You Live? | Environment | AlterNet

New Tool Reveals Country's Most Polluted Places: How Close Do You Live? | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Thanks to a new tool from the EPA, you can see how close you live to the country's biggest polluters.
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Biomimicry and Architecture for the Future: Janine Benyus | World Wide Tipping Point

Biomimicry and Architecture for the Future: Janine Benyus | World Wide Tipping Point | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I am ecstatic to have Janine Benyus in the tipping series not only because its relevant to have a few scientists in these dialogues, but also because she is one of the leading voices in the emerging field of Biomimicry, which can be explained quite nicely as: Innovation inspired by nature.

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5 Resources For The 4-Year Career | Fast Company

5 Resources For The 4-Year Career | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These five innovative nonprofits are all developing responses to the faster-changing world of work outlined in "Generation Flux" and "The Four-Year Career."...
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WRITE | A journalism of the everyday

WRITE | A journalism of the everyday | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an interview, one of the founders of Cane Toad Times talks about using the magazine to develop a journalism of the everyday. (Cane Toad Times was a satirical magazine produced in Brisbane in the...
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The Essentials for the Necessary Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy | Environment | AlterNet

The Essentials for the Necessary Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Unless we want to be indentured to an energy-military-financial complex, we need to build a new infrastructure for renewable energy.
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Benefit Corporation, B Corp: Changing ‘Profit’ Capitalism to ‘Social Conscience’ Capitalism for the New Economy… Paradigm Shift for Social Responsibility

Original article posted by http://bizshifts-trends.com/Many major corporations have already proven that they can be socially responsible for the well-being of societies, communities, and environments in which they operate.
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Water Use Calculator | The Power of 10%

Water Use Calculator | The Power of 10% | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Handy home #water use calculator from SW Fla Water Mgmt District http://t.co/buz0RJki...
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Solar grid parity 101—and why you should care

Solar grid parity 101—and why you should care | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We're rapidly approaching solar grid parity -- that magical tipping point when installing solar power will cost less than buying electricity from the grid. Learn more about the details of this complex concept.
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Kiva’s Secret Project To Let You Give Peer-To-Peer Loans

Kiva’s Secret Project To Let You Give Peer-To-Peer Loans | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
That's what you thought Kiva did already? Not quite. But the new Kiva Zip lets you lend directly to a real person, with a higher chance it won't get paid back.
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