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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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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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Creative houses from reclaimed stuff ~ TED Talk by Dan Phillips

In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways.
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Principles of Sustainable Living: Biomimicry

Principles of Sustainable Living: Biomimicry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry derives its name from two Greek words: bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning imitation. As such it is about human systems mimicking life’s systems, or more generally, nature.
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Examples of Biomimicry | The Innovation Diaries

Examples of Biomimicry | The Innovation Diaries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nowadays we face many problems in trying to develop sustainable technologies.
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Scaling Up Impact Investing In China | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Scaling Up Impact Investing In China | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Opportunities in China for impact investing are growing, where investors look to create positive social and environmental benefits alongside returns. Impact investors actively choose to put their money into companies that address social and environmental issues through their business models. Tao Zhang, the Chief Operating Officer of New Ventures, WRI's center for environmental entrepreneurship with local operations in China and five other high growth markets, answers questions on the country's current investment climate for environmentally-focused small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Power Plants Emit 72% of US Greenhouse Gases by Stationary Sources | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Power Plants Emit 72% of US Greenhouse Gases by Stationary Sources | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For the first time, an inventory of the largest stationary greenhouse gas emitters in the United States has made been made publicly available.
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Leading Scientist Says Agroecology is the Only Way to Feed the World

Leading Scientist Says Agroecology is the Only Way to Feed the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global Policy Forum is a policy watchdog that follows the work of the United Nations. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.
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At the Crossroads of Sustainability: A Conversation with Bill Ryerson - Forbes

At the Crossroads of Sustainability: A Conversation with Bill Ryerson - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Imagine a country like French Guiana or Vanuatu – with human populations of 225,000 to 235,000 – emerging, every day!
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12 Simple(ish) Ways To Quickly Reduce Global Warming Two-Thirds by 2050

12 Simple(ish) Ways To Quickly Reduce Global Warming Two-Thirds by 2050 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new article in Science brings together and highlights the effectiveness of a number of actions that could comparatively quickly slow global warming, and none of them are high-tech geoengineering schemes.
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Green Car Congress: International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050

Green Car Congress: International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A study by an international team of researchers, led by Drew Shindell of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, has identified 14 measures targeting methane and black carbon (BC) emissions that could reduce projected global mean warming ~0.5°C (~0.9 °F) by 2050, as well as improving human health and agriculture.

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Lexicon of Sustainability: Biodiversity vs. monoculture

Lexicon of Sustainability: Biodiversity vs. monoculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
And so we begin a weekly series of artistically altered images from around the sustainable food world. First up: biodiversity on the farm.
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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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TALK | Deliberative change

TALK | Deliberative change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In my work in community engagement and consultation, I am interested in the ways in which communities or groups can address and talk about climate change - or any kind of positive change. A thread ...
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Why biofuels are not a good idea

Why biofuels are not a good idea | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Biofuels are a complex matter and Giampietro and Mayumi use almost 300 pages to eviscerate it in all its aspects. The main point of their analysis is based on fundamental physics: the efficiency of photosynthesis is low and the result is that the areas needed for cultivation are large. If we are thinking of amounts of biofuels comparable to the present needs for transportation, the task is simply unthinkable: there would be no space left for food production. As the authors flatly state at page 128 of the book, "Full substitution of fossil energy with agro-biofuels is impossible."

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Go For A Ride On The East Coast Greenway

Go For A Ride On The East Coast Greenway | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Go For A Ride On The East Coast Greenway...What is the East Coast Greenway? A 3,000 mile network of bike trails and bikable roads that runs along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida  - one of the longest bike trails in the world....

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Bike-a-Bee Hopes To Take Urban Agriculture In Chicago To The Next Level (VIDEO)

Bike-a-Bee Hopes To Take Urban Agriculture In Chicago To The Next Level (VIDEO) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For one Chicagoan, an ideal community garden means so much more than patches of fruits, vegetables and plants.
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A Green Earth: Permaculture Food Forest Provides Food in The Heat

A Green Earth: Permaculture Food Forest Provides Food in The Heat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

My Permaculture Food Forest provides food in the heat.
Yesterday was the hottest day for several years but as the photo shows there was still a good harvest of food from my garden. http://t.co/0sHSpmia...

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Is sustainability now the key to corporate success?

Is sustainability now the key to corporate success? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Companies that adopted environmental, social and governance policies in the 1990s have outperformed those that didn't (Proof point: Companies that adopted enviro + social policies in the '90s outperformed those that didn't
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Land use poses a critical impact on local climate change

Land use poses a critical impact on local climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Clearing forests, installing pavement, planting crops and other land use decisions may be among the most important factors in impacting local climate change.

These decisions impact evaporation, solar radiation and other biophysical effects that may have more impact on local climate than greenhouse gases, which have a more global climate impact.

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Lawmaker suggests spending hundreds of millions on water plan

A state lawmaker has released a plan to ensure water sustainability for a growing Texas, calling for hundreds of millions of dollars in aggressive water-supply projects.
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Are the MDGs Passé? - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

The deadline set for the Millennium Development Goals is 2015. So far, I haven’t heard a lot of discussion in the United States about what...
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One Minute Until Impact: Jason Graham-Nye on Putting People First - Business - GOOD

One Minute Until Impact: Jason Graham-Nye on Putting People First - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
"We very quickly realized that it's all about the people."...
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