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Sony Develops a Battery That Runs on Paper

Sony Develops a Battery That Runs on Paper | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It seems that renewable energy now grows on trees as electronics giant Sony have now developed a battery that is actually made from paper.
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Multinational Corporations Collaborate On Finland's Urban Sustainability

Multinational Corporations Collaborate On Finland's Urban Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Companies including Toyota, TNT, Acciona, Siemens, and UTC are helping a city in Finland to work toward urban sustainability.
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The Role of Women in Combatting Climate Change | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

The Role of Women in Combatting Climate Change | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last week I traveled to Durban, South Africa to participate in the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...
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Carpet Gets Greener with Econyl Project

Carpet Gets Greener with Econyl Project | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
When Aquafil began manufacturing carpet fiber almost 50 years ago, sustainability wasn’t an option but a must.
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Do Paper-Powered Batteries from Sony Have a Future?

Do Paper-Powered Batteries from Sony Have a Future? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sony has demonstrated success at powering a fan with paper, but we're not sure about these "bio batteries."...
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N.Y. City Council Requires Toxic Chemical Alerts

A council vote requires city education officials to contact parents when toxic chemicals are discovered in classroom lighting fixtures, though officials say they already do.
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Policies for a shareable city #12: Food sharing

Policies for a shareable city #12: Food sharing | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Some foods are just too good not to share, which is one reason to think about policies for food sharing. A more sobering reason is that close to 15 percent of households in the U.S. have been identified as food insecure. Food sharing is a joy and a necessity, and it’s also just a practical and obvious thing to do.

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Can Manhattan's High Line Be Replicated? Several Cities Are Trying - Design - GOOD

Can Manhattan's High Line Be Replicated? Several Cities Are Trying - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Every week, it seems, a different city is pitching its old steel rails as the “next” High Line.
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Portland, Maine: A Small City With Big Ambitions To Go Green

Portland, Maine: A Small City With Big Ambitions To Go Green | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Portland, Maine: A Small City With Big Ambitions To Go Green...
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Ha, good one! IBM predicts people-powered homes

Ha, good one! IBM predicts people-powered homes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
IBM's 5 in 5 predictions say harvesting energy from human motion will power homes and ocean power will leap ahead but even dramatic advances will still fill only a portion of our energy needs. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Moving Day for Many Species Is Becoming More Fraught

Moving Day for Many Species Is Becoming More Fraught | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A report from the Wildlife Conservation Society warns that several dozen “spectacular migrations” — in the air and on land — are in peril.
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Relevancy and Government Service

Relevancy and Government Service | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Digg Digg It’s rare when an article moves you to a thorough understanding of any issue but Adam Hartung’s “Why the Postal Service is Going Out of Business” in Forbes [...]...
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Putting the Spotlight on Persistent Hunger in North Korea - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Putting the Spotlight on Persistent Hunger in North Korea - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Photo by Flickr user yeowatzup You’ve probably read about the passing of North Korea’s longtime dictator, Kim Jong-il. His son, Kim Jong-un, is assumed to...
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Naturwall: Disposal plastic cups get second life in vertical gardening system

Naturwall: Disposal plastic cups get second life in vertical gardening system | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From eco-minded Turkish design firm Designnobis comes Naturwall, a flat-pack, DIY living wall system that incorporates disposable plastic beverage cups as planters.
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Green Car Congress: car2go completes pilot program, enters new agreement with the City of Austin’s Car-Share Austin Program; more than 21,000 registered members

car2go, the largest carsharing network in Austin, Texas, has completed its two-year car2go North America Pilot Program with the City of Austin. Under a newly signed agreement with the City of Austin’s Car-Share program, car2go will continue operations in Austin.

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Texas Drought Caused The Deaths Of Millions of Trees

Texas Drought Caused The Deaths Of Millions of Trees | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A preliminary state estimate says as many as a half-billion trees died this year across Texas from the drought persisting across much of the state.
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Kinetic energy may power our home and gadgets starting in 5 years

Kinetic energy may power our home and gadgets starting in 5 years | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In the next five years your shoe may be what powers the battery in your cell phone. Engineers are harnessing the power of kinetic energy and one IBM employee thinks widespread usage of the technolo...
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The Tree of Life Gets a Makeover

The Tree of Life Gets a Makeover | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Newly mapped evolutionary relationships between plants may provide clues for improving agricultural practices.
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Announcing the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

The first-ever National Action Plan on Women and Girls will weave the perspectives of women and girls into the DNA of our foreign policy.
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Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Eco Lala's recycled packaging bags, clutches, bike accessories, dustbins and even seats will cheer up any home that dare some funky creations.
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GOODCo Finalists: Two Companies With Responsible Cultures - Business - GOOD

GOODCo Finalists: Two Companies With Responsible Cultures - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wolf Olins and Rally Software are very different companies that share a commitment to a socially responsible culture.
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New Pocket Guide to Produce in Winter | Do Your Part

New Pocket Guide to Produce in Winter | Do Your Part | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new pocket guide will help clear up confusion about pesticide-laden produce during the winter months.
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DATA | Australian Consumption

DATA | Australian Consumption | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has developed an interactive Consumption Atlas that presents consumption by postcode and the environmental impact of that consumption. It calculates how...
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A Pollution Fight Powered by Bioluminescent Sea Creatures

A Pollution Fight Powered by Bioluminescent Sea Creatures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Edith Widder has spent a career studying sea creatures with the ability to make light — bioluminescence. Now she is using the phenomenon to fight pollution.
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3 Reasons Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Local Food

3 Reasons Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Local Food | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Steve Sexton's Freakonomics article sets forth three flawed arguments against local food growing systems, including the idea that local food is too expensive, it won't solve the hunger problem, and the economies of scale make it an expensive...
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