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The Year in Biomimicry: How Beetles, Mantis Shrimp & More Inspired Innovation

The Year in Biomimicry: How Beetles, Mantis Shrimp & More Inspired Innovation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It's time for the third annual Tommies, Tom McKeag's pick of the top 10 bio-inspired innovations of 2011 -- and a look at the lessons that Namib desert beetles, crickets, Mantis Shrimp and more can teach us about sustainability.
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The return of "The Limits to Growth"

The return of "The Limits to Growth" | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The return of interest in "The Limits to Growth" continues. After decades of ridicule and insults, the value of the 1972 study and of its sequels is more and more recognized. The latest item in the series of revisitations is the article published by Debora McKenzie in the New Scientist on Jan 10, 2012 and titled "Boom and Doom, revisiting prophecies of collapse" (can be read on the New Scientist site after registration)

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The next generation of GMOs could be especially dangerous

The next generation of GMOs could be especially dangerous | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The next wave of genetic engineering uses microRNA to control pests on industrial farms. But new research out of China shows it could have adverse health effects for human digestion.
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Subway Blues: Car Commuters Are Getting Bigger Tax Breaks Than Transit Riders - Environment - GOOD

Subway Blues: Car Commuters Are Getting Bigger Tax Breaks Than Transit Riders - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Right now, the government is signaling that it prefers people drive to work, despite the negative consequences of car commuting.
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The Facts on SNAP

The Facts on SNAP | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We have updated two papers that provide background information on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.
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Biomass and Electricity, Part 2

Biomass and Electricity, Part 2 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
ClearEdge Power, based in Oregon, has announced a deal with Gussing Renewable Energy of Austria to supply 8.5 megawatts of fuel cells to run on methane made from renewable sources.
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Fuel cell microgrids to get spark from renewable biogas

Fuel cell microgrids to get spark from renewable biogas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
ClearEdge Power lands big deal with Gussing Renewable Energy in Austria to supply 50 megawatts worth of fuel cells over the next five years, one of the largest stationary fuel cell deals to date. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Solar Power for Cell Phones | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Solar Power for Cell Phones | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last September we ran a blog post about Nokia’s adventure with solar power for cell phones.
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Danger Waters

Danger Waters | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Welcome to an edgy world where a single incident at an energy "chokepoint" could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices, and putting the global economy at risk.
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QUESTION | What does sustainability look like?

QUESTION | What does sustainability look like? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last year, a largish residential block in my local area was subdivided into three (above, outlined in red). An oversized lowset family home, probably built in the 60s/70s, was demolished and three ...
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What is Biomimicry? | The Innovation Diaries

What is Biomimicry? | The Innovation Diaries | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Charles Darwin proposed the theory of evolution in 1859, though most of us believe the process of evolution to be millions of years older than antiquity.
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Sowing Seeds of Hope as Famine Fight Goes Global - Bread for the World: Have Faith. End Hunger.

Looking back on the extraordinary events of 2011, it's difficult to recall a more precarious time for the world's poorest people, but it's important also to acknowledge that great progress was made this year in galvanising international political will towards the elimination of global hunger.

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An In-Home Energy Display for the Fridge

An In-Home Energy Display for the Fridge | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At CES 2012, Wireless Glue Networks launched its second-generation in-home display called SmartLook.  SmartLook provides direct wireless access to smart meters with real-time information and is The World’s First Refrigerator Magnet In-home Display,...
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Book Review: The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance by Tovar Cerulli

Book Review: The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance by Tovar Cerulli | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it


As veganism and vegetarianismbecome more popular, in the media and in individual lives, we are more and more aware of people jumping on the bandwagon and adopting lifestyles that seek to reduce the intentional harm they cause to animals—in their diets, what they wear, the personal-care products they use, and so on.Source: sustainablog (http://s.tt/15aFp)

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The Defining Role of Business in Ending Poverty

The Defining Role of Business in Ending Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post Impact section. Congratulations! The very fact that you are reading this article means that you are one of the luckiest billion people on the planet. Why? Simply put, you were born into a state of relative wealth, where even at the bottom of the American income distribution you are still wildly more wealthy than your counterparts in the developing world.

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A fork in the road for Slow Food

A fork in the road for Slow Food | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
While the leadership of Slow Food USA has been working to broaden their audience and incorporate more advocacy and food access work, a vocal group of critics inside the movement accuses the group of straying too far from the kitchen.
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Core Principles for the New Economy: Human Agency & Enlightened Self-Interest

Core Principles for the New Economy: Human Agency & Enlightened Self-Interest | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Yesterday Stowe Boyd wrote a commentary (Getting to Trust: Better Swift than Deep) in response to my post about trust and collaboration, saying that the way of the future is connectives, not collec...
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Tiny, Electricity-Free Home Nurtures Inner Peace

Tiny, Electricity-Free Home Nurtures Inner Peace | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A tiny house without electricity or running water becomes a sanctuary for a couple seeking inner peace. We get a glimpes into this private, quiet world.
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Songbirds as a Casualty of Warming

Songbirds as  a Casualty of Warming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As a result of a warming trend, elk can remain at higher levels and eat vegetation year round, eroding the habitat of certain songbirds, a study indicates.
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The Triple Crisis, Two Years On | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

The Triple Crisis, Two Years On | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of my very first posts in 2010 was about what I called the triple crisis.
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Bajaj Auto RE60: World's Smallest Car? (VIDEO)

Bajaj Auto RE60: World's Smallest Car? (VIDEO) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over the years a slew of vehicles have fought for the title of "world's smallest car." The latest entrant on the scene is the Bajaj Auto's RE60, a new vehicle that fits four people and sports a 200cc, water-cooled, fuel-injected engine mounted in...
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Prefab ADU Keeps Family in One Place

Prefab ADU Keeps Family in One Place | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is a “Granny Annex” in Kent, England, fabricated by in.it.studios in eight weeks.
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Health Innovations - Another Cool Example of Biomimicry in Healthcare Innovation | MI2 | MedStar Institute for Innovation

Health Innovations - Another Cool Example of Biomimicry in Healthcare Innovation | MI2 | MedStar Institute for Innovation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
innovation that advances health...
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Forget about San Francisco: Second-tier towns are where the action is

Forget about San Francisco: Second-tier towns are where the action is | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In down-and-out cities like Oakland, St. Louis, and Knoxville, there's more freedom to do your thing, and a hunger for fresh energy and ideas. That's why this writer went looking for a little bit of Cleveland on the West Coast.
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LuminAID, the Inflatable Solar Light | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

LuminAID, the Inflatable Solar Light | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
People developing solar energy lights have all sorts of ideas, and sometimes they are very swell …Take the case of the LuminAID Light.
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