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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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6 Terrific Terrariums to Brighten Up Your Living Space

6 Terrific Terrariums to Brighten Up Your Living Space | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
6 totally terrific terrariums to bring a little greenery into your living space.
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Guest Post: Promoting Green Entrepreneurship in India’s Auto-Rickshaw Sector | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Guest Post: Promoting Green Entrepreneurship in India’s Auto-Rickshaw Sector | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Auto-rickshaw services in Indian cities are predominantly unorganized in nature, wherein services are provided by individual owners and operators competing against each other for the passenger market. This structure, coupled with an improper governance framework, has created significant problems for both drivers and passengers, and it has resulted in negative externalities in the economic, environmental, and social realms.

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Wyoming to Get North America's Biggest Wind Farm (3000 MW)

Wyoming to Get North America's Biggest Wind Farm (3000 MW) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
New 1,000-turbine wind farm's a-coming....
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How to Invest in a Better World

How to Invest in a Better World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Charitable donations aren't enough to keep a society functioning fully. Even in my wealthy suburban town, the painful ramifications of an anemic national and state tax base are painfully evident.
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Conspicuous Conservation

Conspicuous Conservation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Retailers will fiercely resist conservation taking precedence over consumption until they are prepared to run a business by marketing quality rather than quantity. That transition won't happen overnight.
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Germany’s Solar Industry Had a Record Year in 2011 | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Germany’s Solar Industry Had a Record Year in 2011 | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar power will continue to flourish in Germany through 2012, said Abhishek Sha, an analyst with a green and technology focused investment fund.
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World’s Largest Driverless Personal Transportion System to Break Ground in India

World’s Largest Driverless Personal Transportion System to Break Ground in India | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The holy city of Amritsar, India will be the site of the first urban installation of the Personal Rapid Transport we fist uncovered at London’s Heathrow Airport...
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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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Different Standards For Gasoline-Powered Cars Vs. EV’s?

Different Standards For Gasoline-Powered Cars Vs. EV’s? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Different Standards For Gasoline-Powered Cars Vs. EV's?
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Congress Should Start Minding the Tax Gap

Congress Should Start Minding the Tax Gap | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The IRS’s new estimate of the “tax gap,” its first in six years, shows that taxpayers failed to pay $450 billion in federal taxes on time in 2006, $385 billion of which they never paid.  That’s real money (more than Medicare cost that year, as the...
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On Our Radar: The Nation's Greenhouse Gas Culprits

On Our Radar: The Nation's Greenhouse Gas Culprits | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The E.P.A. breaks down the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary fuel combustion and industrial processes, which account for more than half of the nation's heat-trapping emissions over all.
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Ten Crazy Things You Can Do for the Ocean

Ten Crazy Things You Can Do for the Ocean | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
1. Approach that complete stranger with the reusable bag, water bottle or cup, say, "Thank you," and give them a blue marble.
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The Bottom Line: New Year's Resolution 2012: Let's Gain Weight in the Ocean

The Bottom Line: New Year's Resolution 2012: Let's Gain Weight in the Ocean | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the most popular New Year's resolutions for Americans is to lose weight. But for the fish in America's oceans, we need to resolve to help them gain weight.
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SPEND | Household budget

SPEND | Household budget | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I've done a diagnostic on my household budget. I do this annually for all the usual reasons and some unusual ones like gaining an understanding of the environmental and social impact of the househo...
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