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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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How the Sunflower can Revolutionise Solar Power Plants | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

How the Sunflower can Revolutionise Solar Power Plants | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants are probably the most technologically advanced and efficient form of generating solar energy on a large scale.
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Maldives Turns to Solar Power for Sustainable Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Maldives Turns to Solar Power for Sustainable Energy | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean that is threatened by rising sea levels, is turning to solar power to get its electricity.
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Grocery Chain Delves into Packaging Technology to Save 800,000 Strawberries

Grocery Chain Delves into Packaging Technology to Save 800,000 Strawberries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Do you like strawberries? There’s a good chance you do.
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CES 2012: iPhone Cases Made of World's First Certified Compostable Elastomer

CES 2012: iPhone Cases Made of World's First Certified Compostable Elastomer | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Made of GDH-B1 (don't worry, we'll explain it), these cases can compost back into dirt in a matter of months.
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The Wisdom Of Trees (Da Vinci Knew It) : NPR

Some 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci noted that branches on trees split with mathematical precision. Recently, physicists studying this phenomenon have discovered it has important implications for the way wind flows around and through trees.
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Poverty & Equity

Visualize and download poverty and inequality indicators!  Interactive maps and dashboards by region and country. How has poverty evolved in your country of interest?
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Astronomers See More Planets Than Stars in Galaxy

Astronomers See More Planets Than Stars in Galaxy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists think planets easily outnumber stars in our galaxy and they’re finding them in the strangest of places.
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Study Ranks Countries on Nuclear Security

Study Ranks Countries on Nuclear Security | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Australia takes first place, and the United States ties for 13th places with Belgium. Last place went to North Korea.
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Greenversations » Science Wednesday: Nitrogen, Think About It

Greenversations » Science Wednesday: Nitrogen, Think About It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Let’s just take a moment to think about nitrogen. Symbol: N. Atomic number: 7. Atomic mass: 14u. But unless you’re a chemist this doesn’t mean too much…

 

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Cycles and cents: One city sets out to prove that bikes are good for business

Cycles and cents: One city sets out to prove that bikes are good for business | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bucking its reputation as a city addicted to the automobile, Long Beach, Calif., establishes the nation's first officially "bike-friendly" business districts. Locals say the experiment seems to be working.
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Brazil Gains in Food Production Coincided With Drop in Deforestation

Brazil Gains in Food Production Coincided With Drop in Deforestation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Brazil demonstrates that food and forests can coexist.
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Canada’s Boreal Forest: Why Does it Need Protection?

Canada’s Boreal Forest: Why Does it Need Protection? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vast timberlands are a storehouse of carbon and fresh water.
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7 Hottest New Hybrids & Electric Cars at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

7 Hottest New Hybrids & Electric Cars at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The hottest new hybrids and electric cars and vehicles Inhabitat saw at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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Element Prefab Designed by the Owners

Element Prefab Designed by the Owners | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Now this is an interesting story as it relates to the prefab construction in the USA.  Blu Homes just announced that the company sold and is currently manufacturing its first home personalized entirely online in 3-D by the purchaser.  Cathy and...
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How resilient is the food system?

How resilient is the food system? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Given industrial food's dependence on petroleum, it's easy to conclude that peak oil poses a serious threat to our food supply. And it's likewise easy, given the importance of food in our lives, to conclude that making food peak-oil-resilient is one of the first things to worry about. So it's a nice surprise to hear permaculturist extraordinaire Toby Hemenway argue that food is in fact the last thing to worry about.

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New EPA Data Brings Home the Reality of Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Environment - GOOD

New EPA Data Brings Home the Reality of Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How much greenhouse gas does your neighborhood power plant emit?
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Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012.  Read the Zero draft of the Outcome document - available for download.

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Wind Power Without the Blades: Big Pics : Discovery News

Wind Power Without the Blades: Big Pics : Discovery News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tall, cattail-like stalks generate electricity by swaying in the wind.
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'Climate farmers' highlight green agriculture practices | EurActiv

'Climate farmers' highlight green agriculture practices | EurActiv | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Independent specialised European Union affairs portal for EU policy professionals. Expert EU policy journalists follow a wide range of European legislation and topics. Stories, interviews and articles are available in English, French and German.
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Bumper 2011 Grain Harvest Fails to Rebuild Global Stocks

Bumper 2011 Grain Harvest Fails to Rebuild Global Stocks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

By Janet Larsen

The world’s farmers produced more grain in 2011 than ever before. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the global grain harvest coming in at 2,295 million tons, up 53 million tons from the previous record in 2009.

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Is Mother Nature in Your Family Tree? | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

Is Mother Nature in Your Family Tree? | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When we asked you, our readers, how your families affected your conservation values, you had a lot to say. Here are the inspiring stories that stood out.
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Scientists develop material to trap carbon dioxide

Scientists develop material to trap carbon dioxide | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A team of California scientists has created a material that acts like a carbon dioxide fly-tape trap.
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» New Income Categories for MCC Countries » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog

» New Income Categories for MCC Countries » Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The development community breathed a sigh of relief on December 23 when President Obama signed a nine-bill spending package that included healthy funding for the International Affairs budget. But there is more in this behemoth than topline funding numbers. Tucked away in the State, Foreign Operations portion are new income definitions for the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) low income and lower middle income country categories.
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UK Green Lights First Phase of High Speed Rail Line HS2

UK Green Lights First Phase of High Speed Rail Line HS2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Great Britain’s government has given the green light to the first phase of its proposed High Speed Two train line.
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