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» Good Tidings from Tropical Forests: Large-Scale Clearing Has Fallen Sharply » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Good Tidings from Tropical Forests: Large-Scale Clearing Has Fallen Sharply » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Finally, some good news from the world’s tropical forests: overall, large-scale clearing appears to have dropped sharply since 2005.
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Wind Energy Returns to Its Watery Roots | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Wind Energy Returns to Its Watery Roots | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For nearly as long as people have harnessed wind to perform work, it has been used to move water from one place to another.
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California businesses seek new 'benefit corporation' status

California businesses seek new 'benefit corporation' status | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A dozen companies that try to do business in a socially and environmentally conscious way have filed papers with the state to become California's first "benefit corporations."...
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Patagonia Registers as First California Benefit Corporation – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Patagonia Registers as First California Benefit Corporation – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Press Releases get your corporate social responsibility news and information out to journalists, investors, and industry professionals utilizing CSRwire’s targeted reach.
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Greenversations » Finding Out About Moss

Greenversations » Finding Out About Moss | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

On my own land, I move things about willy nilly. If I need a pine tree for Christmas, I cut one. If I want a blueberry bush closer to my house, I transplant it. I love that.

So I was hot to trot one morning to move a lush patch of moss carpet for a moss garden-in-a-pot.

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How resilient are we? A New Zealand immigrant’s perspective

How resilient are we? A New Zealand immigrant’s perspective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

My family arrived in New Zealand in 2005, fresh with all the expectations and apprehensions one would naturally ascribe to newcomers to a land recently popularised in fantastic widescreen exposure.

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Developing Rural India -AirJaldi

Developing Rural India -AirJaldi | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

India is a country with a population of 1.2 billion people; a fairly large number… Internet penetration figures are, however, much lower – only 95 million or so, [...]...

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From grass to gas: Biofuel breakthrough shows promise

From grass to gas: Biofuel breakthrough shows promise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Video: Biofuel breakthrough transforms organic matter into fuel.
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Must-read paper on feeding ~9 billion with <...

Must-read paper on feeding ~9 billion with <... | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Must-read paper on feeding ~9 billion with < enviro impacts (narrow yield gap, intensify existing production): Global food demand and the sustainable intensification of agriculture . David Tilman,1,...
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Building Storehouses for the Sun’s Energy, for Use After Dark

Building Storehouses for the Sun’s Energy, for Use After Dark | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Two California companies are planning to deploy a new form of solar storage technology to power tens of thousands of households throughout a summer evening.
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The solstice of society

The solstice of society | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ecophilosopher Joanna Macy refers to this time in which we are living as The Great Turning. She says we are currently going through the third great revolution in the history of mankind -- a revolution on the humanity-wide magnitude of the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution.

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Haus W: Prefabricated Sunken Home Harvests Geothermal Energy in Hamburg

Haus W: Prefabricated Sunken Home Harvests Geothermal Energy in Hamburg | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Haus W by Kraus Schönberg Architects is sunken partially into the ground and makes use of a geothermal heat pump to minimize energy use.
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Study: Biofuels 14x to 31x More Costly than Raising the Gas Tax

Study: Biofuels 14x to 31x More Costly than Raising the Gas Tax | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Study: Biofuels 14x to 31x More Costly than Raising the Gas Tax...
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New law gives firms do-gooder status - sacbee.com

New law gives firms do-gooder status - sacbee.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
California has a new law officially designating corporate do-gooders.
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Patagonia Becomes A California Benefit Corporation

Patagonia Becomes A California Benefit Corporation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On the first day that companies can register themselves as Benefit Corporations in California, Patagonia legally redefines itself.
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Twelve California Companies Seize the Moment to Become Benefit Corporations - Business - GOOD

Twelve California Companies Seize the Moment to Become Benefit Corporations - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
CEOs rushed to be first in line to become California Benefit Corporations.
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Entering the fifth zone - 2012

Entering the fifth zone - 2012 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I confess. I am having an affair, and looking ahead as we are this week, I see it's going to become serious. I love Transition and the whole resilience thing. I have been faithful to the max to her for three years, but someone else came back into my life this month and my attention and my typing keeps wandering in her direction.

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What’s Happening With The US Fruit And Vegetable Supply?

What’s Happening With The US Fruit And Vegetable Supply? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

At first glance there has been an unsettling trend in the supply of fruit and vegetables in the US (see graph above).  We seem to be reversing some of the consumption gains that public health experts would see as important - even critical.

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» CGD’s What’s Hot & What’s Not for 2012 » Global Development: Views from the Center

» CGD’s What’s Hot & What’s Not for 2012 » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With 2012 upon us it’s time again for a little light-hearted reflection on what’s hot and what’s not for global development and the wider world in the year ahead.
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How the Dutch got their bike on

How the Dutch got their bike on | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It would be easy to assume that the Netherlands has always been a bicycle-friendly country with policies that favor public transportation and human-powered transit, but it hasn't always been this way.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: High Prices Will Limit Sales of Electric Vehicles in 2012

Many potential buyers will hold off on purchases of electric vehicles (EVs) during 2012 due to the premium pricing of the vehicles, according to a new white paper from Pike Research

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12 Energy Projects to Watch in 2012 - Forbes

12 Energy Projects to Watch in 2012 - Forbes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife The U.S. Department of Defense has 300,000 buildings and an energy bill that amounts to nearly $4 billion annually.
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How to boost biking and walking even further in your city

How to boost biking and walking even further in your city | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Biking rose 22 percent in the Twin Cities between 2010, when it was named America's #1 Bike City, and 2011. (Credit: Makons under a Creative Commons license from flickr.com)

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In the Bronx, a New School Combines Tech Skills and Cultural Literacy - Education - GOOD

In the Bronx, a New School Combines Tech Skills and Cultural Literacy - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Tech International, set to open this fall, will combine digital skills and international relations.
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