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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: The cost of offshore wind: Understanding the past and projecting the future

Offshore wind power is anticipated to make a major contribution to the UK’s renewable energy targets but, contrary to expectations, costs have risen dramatically in recent years. This paper considers the context of these cost increases, and describes a disaggregated levelised cost model used by the authors to explore the effect of different assumptions about the direction and scale of the major cost drivers.

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SAP Calculates the Carbon Footprint of a Yogurt Cup | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

SAP Calculates the Carbon Footprint of a Yogurt Cup | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The German software company SAP is a leader in using computer analytics to help a company reduce its environmental footprint while also saving a few bucks.
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The Worden Report: Carbon-Dioxide Emissions amid Global Warming: A Species’ Death-Wish

@AlexSteffen Status quo sure to continue, til at least 2020 under Kyoto agreement. ...
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Turning an Abandoned Industrial Island into a Green Cultural Center in Paris

Turning an Abandoned Industrial Island into a Green Cultural Center in Paris | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A small island in the Parisian suburbs, once home to Renault car factories, is being converted into a cultural hub with a focus on sustainable development and a quality living environment.
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Green Car Congress: Summary of decisions from Durban climate conference

Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, managed to deliver an agreement after an extension to negotiations.

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Climate deal boost for carbon markets - FT.com

A global climate deal to extend the life of the Kyoto treaty and establish the parameters for negotiating a new pact by 2015 will provide a fresh stimulus to the world’s floundering carbon markets, according to bankers and analysts.
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California to develop big data greenhouse gas sensor network

California to develop big data greenhouse gas sensor network | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The state of California and a group of researchers from Berkeley Labs, UC San Diego, and Scripps Institution for Oceanography, plan to work with Earth Networks on a green house gas monitoring network in the state.
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Sustainability-Minded Investing Makes Dollars and Sense - BusinessWeek

Sustainability-Minded Investing Makes Dollars and Sense - BusinessWeek | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Can you make bigger profits and build a better world? In the 21st century, integrating sustainability—and quantifying its value to business and society—can enhance shareholder returns and reduce volatility in portfolios (which was not the case in 20th century socially responsible investing).

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Study assesses sustainability of seafood farming methods | SmartPlanet

Study assesses sustainability of seafood farming methods | SmartPlanet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As more grocery stores commit to sourcing ’sustainable’ seafood, research looks at the viability and impact of farming.
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‘Zero-Energy’ Construction Crosses the Ocean

‘Zero-Energy’ Construction Crosses the Ocean | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Passive, or zero-energy, houses are making their way to the United States from Europe and several are being built in New York.
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Why Saving The Bees Might Be Simpler Than We Think

Why Saving The Bees Might Be Simpler Than We Think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mission: Eco Preservation Society is actively engaged in sustainably focused programming for the purpose of wildlife conservation and reforestation.
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In Glare of Climate Talks, Taking On Too Great a Task

In Glare of Climate Talks, Taking On Too Great a Task | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Addressing climate change will require a remaking of the sinews of modern life — a job too big for those who gathered for a conference on Saturday in South Africa.
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Air Quality Difficult to Gauge in Dustier American West

Air Quality Difficult to Gauge in Dustier American West | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The question of how clean the air is in the American West is getting harder to answer, scientists say, with implications for public health, the environment and tourism.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Global fisheries losses at the exclusive economic zone level, 1950 to present

Up to one-third of commercial fishery stocks may be overfished at present. By analyzing catch trends and applying an empirical relationship derived from stock assessments, this article tracks the geographic spread of overfishing at the country level in terms of lost catch and lost revenue, from the start of industrialized fishing in 1950–2004.

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208 New Species Discovered In Threatened Region Of Southeast Asia

208 New Species Discovered In Threatened Region Of Southeast Asia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
HANOI, Vietnam — A psychedelic gecko and a monkey with an "Elvis" hairdo are among 208 new species described last year by scientists in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, a conservation group announced Monday.
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Durban climate change conference: Big three of US, China and India agree to cut carbon emissions

A new deal to "save the planet" will force the world's three biggest emitters the US, China and India to cut carbon emissions for the first time, although scientists fear it will come too late to stop global warming.More than ...
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2C or not 2C: That Is the Question About the Durban Deal

2C or not 2C: That Is the Question About the Durban Deal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We don’t get to marry Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie.   We’re not going to be as successful as Oprah Winfrey or Steve Jobs. So we generally grade ourselves on the basis of what we think was plausibly achievable, not what is theoretically possible.
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Deal Reached in Durban But Scientists Say it Won't Avert Catastrophic Climate Change | Environment | AlterNet

Deal Reached in Durban But Scientists Say it Won't Avert Catastrophic Climate Change | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

 

Scientists and environmental groups warned that urgent action was still needed to rescue the world from climate change, despite the deal sealed on Sunday morning in Durban after two weeks of talks.

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Chile Time-Lapse: 'Hierbas Buenas,' From St&eacutephane Guisard, Brings Atacama Desert Sky To Life (VIDEO)

Chile Time-Lapse: 'Hierbas Buenas,' From St&eacutephane Guisard, Brings Atacama Desert Sky To Life (VIDEO) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Astrophotographer St&eacutephane Guisard, renown for his images and time-lapse videos of the night sky, last month released a spectacular video taken in Chile's Atacama Desert.
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Climate Talks Consensus: All Countries Should Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions--In Future: Scientific American

Climate Talks Consensus: All Countries Should Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions--In Future: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a frantic late night rush, a plan to come up with a plan for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of all countries passed muster at the UN's annual climate negotiations (Climate Talks Consensus: All Countries Should Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions--In...
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Whitecourt harvests first crop of waste-raised willows

Whitecourt harvests first crop of waste-raised willows | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After flourishing on waste water from the town’s sewage treatment plant for more than two years, Whitecourt’s biomass crop of willows and poplars was ripe for harvest.
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The Value of Wetlands

The Value of Wetlands | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s estimated that an acre of wetlands can provide $10,000 of environmental benefits. also, wetlands offer a wildlife habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.
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Urban Agriculture As Economic Stimulus: Help Grow a People-Funded Farm (Video)

Urban Agriculture As Economic Stimulus: Help Grow a People-Funded Farm (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Community farming is not altruistic do-gooding. This NC collective argues it's about rethinking our entire food system.
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Conflicting Indicators on Gulf of Maine Cod Stocks

Conflicting Indicators on Gulf of Maine Cod Stocks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Regulators are considering restricting or shutting down cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine, raising fears for the future of an industry that has sustained New England for centuries.
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U.N. Climate Talks End With Deal for New Emissions Treaty

U.N. Climate Talks End With Deal for New Emissions Treaty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More than 190 nations agreed to work toward a treaty that would require all countries to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.
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