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Level of Heat-Trapping CO2 Reaches New High, Growth Rate Speeds Up, Methane Levels Are Rising Again

Level of Heat-Trapping CO2 Reaches New High, Growth Rate Speeds Up, Methane Levels Are Rising Again | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The World Meteorological Organization reported today that: The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new high in 2010 since pre-industrial time and the rate of increase has accelerated, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s...
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Are Complete Streets Incomplete?

Are Complete Streets Incomplete? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The “complete streets” movement has taken the country by storm. Few movements have done so much to influence needed policy change in the transportation world- almost 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. have adopted complete streets policies or have committed to do so. This sets the stage for communities to reframe their future around people instead of cars.

But communities can't stop there. Complete streets is an engineering policy that, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition website, “ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind — including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”

Getting transportation professionals to include pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users is a key first step in creating great places and livable communities. But that is not enough to make places that truly work for people — “streets as places.” The planning process itself needs to be turned upside-down...


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Quiet Push for Agroforestry in U.S.

Quiet Push for Agroforestry in U.S. | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Department of Agriculture has begun encouraging greater use of trees in agriculture.
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Biomimicry | Engineering Design

An interesting design phenomenon that has been gaining more attention lately is biomimicry, or designing consumer products to mimic useful attributes found in nature.

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Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households with Major Hardships

Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households with Major Hardships | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Note: With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Center thought this was a good time to look at the latest figures on various indicators of hardship. This is the first in a series of posts on this subject that CBPP will do this week.
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» Brave New World: Emerging Donors and the Changing Nature of Foreign Assistance » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Brave New World: Emerging Donors and the Changing Nature of Foreign Assistance  » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As we approach the Fourth High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, the topic of emerging donors looms large.

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» Implications of Ghana’s New Middle Income Status – Todd Moss » Global Prosperity Wonkcast

» Implications of Ghana’s New Middle Income Status  – Todd Moss  » Global Prosperity Wonkcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ghana’s recent recalculation of its GDP led to an overnight $500 per capita jump, putting in motion unexpectedly rapid graduation from the International...
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Global Greenhouse Pollution Surge Continues

Global Greenhouse Pollution Surge Continues | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that greenhouse pollution continues to build in the global atmosphere at a terrifying rate.
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Samsung lights up new line of LED bulbs

Samsung lights up new line of LED bulbs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
LED lights are, after all, electronics. Samsung is among a few consumer electronics companies pushing into LED lighting with a new line of consumer light bulbs. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Southwest Drought 2011: Migrating Birds Face Slim Pickings

Southwest Drought 2011: Migrating Birds Face Slim Pickings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- From nesting grounds in Alaska and Idaho to the prairie potholes in Canada, thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and other migratory birds are making their way south to their traditional winter watering holes in the...
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We Are Losing the Most Vital Commodity of All: Farmland

We Are Losing the Most Vital Commodity of All: Farmland | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

With each passing year, we learn more and more about our impact on the environment and the depletion of many of our vital resources.
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The 2012 Hunger Report is Here! - Bread Blog

The 2012 Hunger Report is Here! - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies, the 2012 edition of Bread for the World Institute's annual Hunger Report, was released today, November 21. This is the Institute's 22nd annual report.
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Go Green on Black Friday: Make Your Day After Thanksgiving Better for the Environment

Go Green on Black Friday:  Make Your Day After Thanksgiving Better for the Environment | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Going shopping the day after thanksgiving has become a tradition for many people.
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A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends

A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new series of experiments and studies shows, for the first time, that the feeling of gratitude is linked to lower rates of aggression.
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Rooftops: Occupied! Communities Turn Out for Solar Power - News - GOOD

Rooftops: Occupied! Communities Turn Out for Solar Power - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Australia, Germany, Romania, Georgia, Finland, Peru, and all across the United States, small and large groups met to work toward solar power.
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Asymptosis » The Real Ponzi Scheme: Private Debt

Ultimately, of course, private debt and interest charges on that debt needs to be paid off from real-economy income. Asset prices can’t rise forever.

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ICCAT Increases Protection for Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish and Sharks, But Is It Enough?

ICCAT Increases Protection for Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish and Sharks, But Is It Enough? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Protection boosted for tuna, sharks and swordfish...
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Bill Gates calls for massive increase in energy research

Bill Gates calls for massive increase in energy research | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Despite the threat of cuts to current energy research programs, Gates, in an editorial, says the U.S. should increase annual R&D from $5 billion a year to $16 billion for economic, national security, and environmental reasons.
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The Contribution of Peatland CO2 to Climate Change | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

The Contribution of Peatland CO2 to Climate Change | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Peat, the accumulated turf made up of decayed vegetation, forms in many parts of the world in places like bogs, moors, and swamp forests.
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Water in 2050 | Growing Blue

Water in 2050 | Growing Blue | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

To be able to adequately feed and support the world’s growing population, our global economy needs to continue to grow. Water is critical to this growth. But it can also become the major limiting factor to growth.

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Great Green Home Insulation Product: Sheeps Wool Batting

Great Green Home Insulation Product: Sheeps Wool Batting | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it


Wool is one of the best natural insulators -- think of how precious that favorite wool sweater of yours is, or those toasty wool socks you can't leave home without on a cold winter day.
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Poverty News Blog: The New Supplemental Poverty Measure

A two part post about the Census Bureau's new Supplementary Poverty Measure...

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