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Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty— Does Anybody Know the Way Out? - Atlantic Mobile

Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty— Does Anybody Know the Way Out? - Atlantic Mobile | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine. (RT @rochellesevier: Welcome to Middle-Class Poverty; Does Anybody Know the Way Out?
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Japan’s urban agriculture: cultivating sustainability and well-being - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

Farming in cities can boost local ecosystem services, from food provisioning to heat-island mitigation.
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Brightfarms: The Hydroponic Farm for the Grocery Store Roof

Brightfarms: The Hydroponic Farm for the Grocery Store Roof | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Back in June, I came across start-up company Brightfarms, and wrote a post about them at SUNfiltered.
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Instead Of Just Eliminating Jobs, Automation Could Usher In A More Fair Economy | Fast Company

Instead Of Just Eliminating Jobs, Automation Could Usher In A More Fair Economy | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

As robots become smarter, they are replacing more and more jobs. Does that have to mean people are out of work? Or can it mean that people work better and safer?

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Meet The White House's Resident Social Entrepreneur - Business - GOOD

Meet The White House's Resident Social Entrepreneur - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jonathan Greenblatt has big plans for the White House Office of Social Innovation and Community Service. First up: Listening.
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Can 'Planetary Boundaries' concept move global leaders to action? - Stockholm Environment Institute

Can 'Planetary Boundaries' concept move global leaders to action? - Stockholm Environment Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Finnish President Tarja Halonen urge world leaders to apply planetary boundaries thinking. ('Planetary Boundaries'- Catalyst for global #climatechange action?
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Biomimicry: Are Humans Smarter Than Sea Sponges ? | Solar ...

Biomimicry: Are Humans Smarter Than Sea Sponges ? | Solar ... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The field of biomimicry (also called “biomimetics” and “bionics”) is a new one that has gathered an increasing amount of attention in recent years, with advocates promoting these types of designs as being efficient ways to ...
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Health costs pictured as food prices, for shock value - Washington Post (blog)

Health costs pictured as food prices, for shock value - Washington Post (blog) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Health costs pictured as food prices, for shock valueWashington Post (blog)If the price of food had been rising as fast as the price of health care, we'd be paying $48 for a gallon of milk.
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EcoScraps' $1 million business built on trash

EcoScraps' $1 million business built on trash | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
EcoScraps runs the ultimate supply chain: Collect trash, compost it, and sell it back to the same businesses that threw it away.
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UK in top three countries in the world working towards zero-carbon emissions in the built environment | sustain' Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

UK in top three countries in the world working towards zero-carbon emissions in the built environment | sustain' Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Celebrating 10 Years at Acumen Fund: What We've Accomplished and What We've Learned

Celebrating 10 Years at Acumen Fund: What We've Accomplished and What We've Learned | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nothing about this work is easy. We are proud of our accomplishments over the last ten years, but we’ve learned at least as much from our struggles along the way.
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Poverty pervades the suburbs

Poverty pervades the suburbs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More people in poverty live in America's suburbs than in cities or rural areas. And their numbers are multiplying fast, overwhelming social service agencies' ability to help them.
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Pitcher plant biomimicry leads to SLIPS – efficient liquid repelling coating | RobAid

Pitcher plant biomimicry leads to SLIPS – efficient liquid repelling coating | RobAid | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Inspired by pitcher plant, a group of applied scientists at Harvard University managed to create a material that repels just about any type of liquid, including blood and oil, and does so even while it is exposed to high pressure or freezing temperatures.

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Water Problems Are Solvable: The International Water Forum at the UN – Water Matters - State of the Planet

Water Problems Are Solvable: The International Water Forum at the UN – Water Matters - State of the Planet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Water problems are solvable. None of the many challenges are outside of the ability of human-kind to respond and resolve.
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How Biomimicry Drives Sustainability: From Fish-Inspired Wind Turbines to the Future of 3-D Printing (Video) | Greediocracy

How Biomimicry Drives Sustainability: From Fish-Inspired Wind Turbines to the Future of 3-D Printing (Video) | Greediocracy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The wind turbines inspired by schools of fish Benyus discusses above:

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» Do the Gains from International Migration “Go to the Immigrants”? » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Do the Gains from International Migration “Go to the Immigrants”? » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This morning, Justin Rowlatt of BBC World Service asked me a smart interview question: Sure, there are economic gains to migration, but don’t most of those gains simply go to the migrants?

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Bungo Box: An Eco Friendly Alternative to Cardboard Boxes for Moving

Bungo Box: An Eco Friendly Alternative to Cardboard Boxes for Moving | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
BungoBox is a new moving service that drops off durable, reusable containers to people for a fraction of what it would cost them to buy cardboard boxes.
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Efficient Upcycled Duplex in Portland

Efficient Upcycled Duplex in Portland | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Hammer & Hand, a design-build firm based in Portland, is getting well-deserved attention for transforming this circa 1905, dilapidated eyesore into an energy-efficient duplex that uses less than $100 per month in energy.  With the help of Scott...
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The backyard foodshed | The Cavalier Daily

We need to eat what comes from our own foodshed. A foodshed is akin to a watershed — it is the territory surrounding an urban area that most conveniently produces food for that area. Instead of considering the entire nation ...
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FoodShed Planet: Taking the Side Roads Beyond Stagnancy

FoodShed Planet: Taking the Side Roads Beyond Stagnancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I have been published in Edible Atlanta, New Life Journal, and Urban Farm magazines, and I blog at FoodShed Planet (and, previously, Sustainable Pattie). I live with my husband and two daughters, who keep helping me ...
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Wind Power Blowing Strong Again - EarthTechling

Wind Power Blowing Strong Again - EarthTechling | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
EarthTechlingWind Power Blowing Strong AgainEarthTechlingThe global market for wind power has regained its momentum this year after experiencing a bit of a slowdown in 2010.
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CO2 Emissions & Pollution — Why Cleantech is Important (Infographic)

CO2 Emissions & Pollution — Why Cleantech is Important (Infographic) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Cleantech is important for job creation as well now, but it's the economic, health, and quality of life costs associated with CO2 and other pollution that is really driving this extremely fast-growing market.
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From Garden City to Green City | sustain' Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

From Garden City to Green City | sustain' Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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How Reef Fish Travel « Life « Science Today: Beyond the Headlines

How Reef Fish Travel « Life « Science Today: Beyond the Headlines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Academy researcher Luiz Rocha explains how coral reef fish travel great distances.
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It’s Just Good Business #5: Conscious Leadership

It’s Just Good Business #5:  Conscious Leadership | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Question: What is a Conscious Leader?

The short answer: A Conscious Leader is someone who leads with Conscious Awareness.

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