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Honda Recreates Its “Motor Compo” Folding Electric Motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show

Honda Recreates Its “Motor Compo” Folding Electric Motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Back in the 80s, Honda created a unique folding electric motorcycle called the Motocompo. Now the automaker is updating the unique scooter with its Motor Compo modern version, which it displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: The world is locking itself into an unsustainable energy future which would have far-reaching consequences, IEA warns in its latest World Energy Outlook

Without a bold change of policy direction, the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system, the International Energy Agency warned as it launched the 2011 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO). The agency?s flagship publication, released today in London, said there is still time to act, but the window of opportunity is closing.

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'Weed bombing' turns blight to bright in Miami | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

'Weed bombing' turns blight to bright in Miami | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A group of friends in Miami have had enough of overgrown weeds on vacant lots and public property – particularly sidewalks – in their neighborhood, chronically neglected by city maintenance crews.  Their solution?
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China Pushes for Post 2020 Legally-binding Climate Deal | Environment | AlterNet

China Pushes for Post 2020 Legally-binding Climate Deal | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
China's conditions for a treaty included a renewal of carbon-cutting pledges by rich nations, along with hundreds of billions of dollars in climate financing for poorer countries.
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How California Companies Can Turn a Deeper Shade of Green

How California Companies Can Turn a Deeper Shade of Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Come January, progressive California companies need no longer fear that pursuit of environmental responsibility means a risk to fiduciary responsibility under a new law that sanctions formation of benefit corporations.
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How The "Internet Of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms | Fast Company

How The "Internet Of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a little help from what's called the Internet of Things, engineers are transforming cities from passive conduits for water into dynamic systems that store and manage it like the tissues of desert animals.
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What are we made of? One word: Plastics

What are we made of? One word: Plastics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
After a close call with cancer, one journalist set out to find out why we're all walking around with crazy chemicals in our bodies -- and why no one seems to be doing anything about it.
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Better Nutrition in Food Aid Coming - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Better Nutrition in Food Aid Coming - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Photo by Paul Alberghine, USDA/FAS The USDA announced that it is investing $8.5 million in six organizations to research, produce, and field-test new or improved...
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L Soubikksha's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:46 AM

From the image above, I see three primary school kids, sharing a small table, that seems to be donated, proving that they might not have much money. Also, the small tables barely seems to be big enough to fit all three kids. I am glad that efforts are being made to help the poorer children with overcoming hunger and poverty. The fact that the USDA is willing to spend so much money is truly inspiring and I hope to see more companies who are gracious enough to devote their hard earned money and time to help these people. I am glad that they truly want to help, since the article says that the products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of the people in need. This makes me feel touched that there are people that actuallt care about these people in need. I wonder when will hunger and poverty end? Despite the money invested to help, I wonder if the products they produce are all that good.

L Soubikksha's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:00 PM

From the image above, I see three primary school kids, sharing a small table, that seems to be donated, proving that they might not have much money. Also, the small tables barely seems to be big enough to fit all three kids. I am glad that efforts are being made to help the poorer children with overcoming hunger and poverty. The fact that the USDA is willing to spend so much money is truly inspiring and I hope to see more companies who are gracious enough to devote their hard earned money and time to help these people. I am glad that they truly want to help, since the article says that the products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of the people in need. This makes me feel touched that there are people that actuallt care about these people in need. I wonder when will hunger and poverty end? Despite the money invested to help, I wonder if the products they produce are all that good.

Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:35 AM

The picture depicts three children eating healthily and they seem to be happy. The article tells us how the USDA is going to overcome the lack of nutrition in food products for the undeveloped countries like Cambodia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique and Tanzania. USDA invested in organisations to improve on the nutrition in food products so that it will meet the energy, nutrition needs for the people in the countries and prevent them from suffering malnutrition. In the undeveloped countries, people suffer from poverty and the food that they eat does not contain much nutrition. They do not have enough money to buy nutritional food and perharps they will buy processed food instead. Children will tend to fall sick easily and they need sufficient nutrients for their growth.  I felt that the USDA is doing a great job in helping the poor with their nutrition intake so that children, infants and women will not suffer from diseases like Kwashiorkor or Goiter. We should feel blessed and cherish the food we have by finishing our food, not wasting it.

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Could Climate Change Benefit Agricultural Growth?

Could Climate Change Benefit Agricultural Growth? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some might say that the planet is facing two main threats - climate change and the ever-increasing global population and the drain that will have on natural resources.
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The Power of 10 « Project for Public Spaces

The Power of 10 « Project for Public Spaces | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Power of 10 is a concept PPS uses to start off a Placemaking process. The idea is that it’s not enough to have just one great place in a neighborhood- you need a number of them to create a truly lively city or town. It’s not enough to have only one superior neighborhood in a city- you need to provide people all over town with close-to-home opportunities to take pleasure in public life. And, it’s not enough to have one livable city or town in a region- you need a collection of interesting communities.

Everywhere we bring up this idea, citizens become more energized to turn their places around. The Power of 10 offers an easy framework that motivates residents and stakeholders to revitalize urban life, and shows that by starting efforts at the smallest scale you can accomplish big things. The concept also provides people something tangible to strive for and helps them visualize what it takes to make their community great.


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Youth Take the Climate Change Fight to the United Nations - Environment - GOOD

Youth Take the Climate Change Fight to the United Nations - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Young Americans are, on the whole, disengaged from negotiations over critical climate policy questions.
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Make People-Friendly, Bike-Friendly Cities, Say South African Photographers (Photos)

Make People-Friendly, Bike-Friendly Cities, Say South African Photographers (Photos) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
South African Bicycle Portrait Book Is In Final 24 Hours On Kickstarter.
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Sustainability: The Role of the CFO | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Sustainability: The Role of the CFO | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For a long time in corporations, sustainability had been a soft issue – nice to highlight in the annual report but not thought to affect the bottom line.
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What Makes Villages So Sustainable? An Ecovillage Pioneer Explains (Video)

What Makes Villages So Sustainable? An Ecovillage Pioneer Explains (Video) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We often hear that city living is the most efficient. But is it possible that villages are still the greenest way to live?
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EnhanceLite is an Ultra Efficient Light Bulb

EnhanceLite is an Ultra Efficient Light Bulb | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you weren't already busy enough keeping track of all the new LED bulbs hitting the market, here's one more.  This is a 60-watt equivalent, omnidirectional led lamp by Florida-based LEDnovation.  The EnhanceLite A19 LED is designed and...
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Iceland volcano: The best photo ever?

Iceland volcano: The best photo ever? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A photographer caught the Iceland volcano erupting with the northern lights in the background. The result? Pretty awesome.
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A Master Plan for N.J.'s Energy Needs

A Master Plan for N.J.'s Energy Needs | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are no surprises, but environmentalists and some legislators are still disappointed by the scaling back of renewable energy goals.
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Justin Maxson: An Appalachian trailblazer for sustainability

Justin Maxson: An Appalachian trailblazer for sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With deep family roots in the region, Justin Maxson knows that abstractions don't work when talking to Kentucky residents about energy efficiency. His arguments have to make economic sense.
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Policies for a shareable city #11: Urban agriculture

Policies for a shareable city #11: Urban agriculture | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Cities should be doing everything in their power to facilitate localized food production, and a key component of that is enabling urban agriculture and community gardening.

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Which countries fail the most at climate leadership?

Which countries fail the most at climate leadership? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
No country is doing enough to fight climate change. The Climate Change Performance Index ranks the best and worst efforts.
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Would Roads Be Safer and Greener Without Red Lights? - Environment - GOOD

Would Roads Be Safer and Greener Without Red Lights? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Half of Portland cyclists run red lights. And maybe they've got the right idea.
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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Analysis of Small Business Innovation in Green Technologies

Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Analysis of Small Business Innovation in Green Technologies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Previous Advocacy-funded studies of small busi-ness patenting activity established the existence of a cohort of independent, for-profit innovative small firms with 15 or more patents over a five-year period.

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Nature Knows No Borders: Pioneers in Sustainable Innovation & Peacebuilding

Nature Knows No Borders: Pioneers in Sustainable Innovation & Peacebuilding | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
For an intense week we listened and discussed perspectives on the difficult global context for sustainability, said Gonen Sagy.
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1,300 Schools is a Good Start, but the True Learning Curve is Sustainable Livelihoods | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

1,300 Schools is a Good Start, but the True Learning Curve is Sustainable Livelihoods | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The lack of access to schools for the BoP population is a perennial subject that has spawned numerous debates, articles, conferences, etc. on how to revolutionize primary education.

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Geomembrane Technology Creates Solar-Powered Landfills | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Geomembrane Technology Creates Solar-Powered Landfills | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Landfills are a constant reminder of all the waste we produce, but a new innovation could throw out the notion of a “dump” by turning them into solar power...
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