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Big Day for Solar at the CPUC | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Big Day for Solar at the CPUC | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The California Public Utilities Commission approved a batch of solar contracts yesterday — up to 544 MW worth, of which 294 MW are coming in at prices below...
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Getting Beyond ‘Mad as Hell’: Here’s hoping for a civic afterlife

There’s something about that phrase that sounds a tad familiar. Maybe a little Howard Beale-ish? You know: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!” from the 1976 Network movie that’s among the most quoted and mischaracterized films of all time.

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Why is it so easy to save the banks – but so hard to save the biosphere?

Why is it so easy to save the banks – but so hard to save the biosphere? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Agreements to bail out banks happen in days – but despite some good progress at Durban, we still don't have a legally binding deal to bail out the planet...
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A dollar badly spent: New facts on processed food in school lunches

A dollar badly spent: New facts on processed food in school lunches | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Processed food is supposed to be cheaper for school systems; a recent investigation suggests otherwise.
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Volkswagen Will Reveal a New Electric Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen Will Reveal a New Electric Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Volkswagen has revealed that it will show off a brand-new electric concept car at the upcoming Detroit auto show in January.
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Brilliant Cement Making Technology Mimics Coral While Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Brilliant Cement Making Technology Mimics Coral While Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Stanford professor Brent Constanz has developed a technology that mimics how coral produces its skeleton to create a substitute for concrete that actually sequesters CO2.
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How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil | Fast Company

How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Mary Tilton | Photo by Saverio TrugliaPhoto by Saverio Truglia "We are replacing crude oil.
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Finally: New air toxics rules for power plants

Finally: New air toxics rules for power plants | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some lawmakers claim the EPA is rushing new mercury and air toxics standards. But these rules have been 20 years in the making, and many power plants are either already complying with them, or are prepared to.
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In Benin, Solar-Powered Irrigation Pollutes Less and Produces More - Environment - GOOD

In Benin, Solar-Powered Irrigation Pollutes Less and Produces More - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Solar power and drip irrigation have improved the lives of people living in poverty. But few had ever tried combining the two.
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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview

We will issue a series of posts in the coming days that will look back at some of the major programs that helped struggling families during the year — their goals, impact, and issues facing policymakers in 2012.  Today, we’ll begin by setting the...
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10 food charities for end-of-year giving

10 food charities for end-of-year giving | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Whether you want to give a gift in someone's name for the holidays or simply make an end-of-the-year tax deduction for a worthy charity, we've got 10 worthwhile local and global options for you.
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On Our Radar: Superfund Cleanups in N.Y.

Corporations had argued that state regulations require them only to address significant environmental threats, not do a complete cleanup.
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Exploring Positive Engagement as a Primary Sustainability Driver | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Exploring Positive Engagement as a Primary Sustainability Driver | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Too often business sustainability discussions focus on pressing issues, risks, and negative outcomes as the primary drivers for change.
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EU Tar Sands Proposal Could Damage Reputation, Canada Says

EU Tar Sands Proposal Could Damage Reputation, Canada Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
* Canada says EU green fuel proposal singles out tar sands * EU tar sands plan threatens Canada's economic interests * EU vote on fuel quality directive seen this month By Marie Maitre PARIS, Dec...
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Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche come from Moto, a Chicago restaurant that plays with new ways to cook and eat food. But beyond the fun and flavor-tripping, there's a serious intent: Can we use new food technology for good?
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Dirty South: Youth farms keep New Orleans teens in school gardens

Dirty South: Youth farms keep New Orleans teens in school gardens | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, teens can develop skills beyond the Edible Schoolyard.
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» Bimodality in the Wild: Latest on Pitt & Khandker » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog

» Bimodality in the Wild: Latest on Pitt & Khandker » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You may know that when I began my inquiry into microfinance I found myself drawn into scrutinizing what were then the leading studies of the impact of microcredit.
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Biochar Value to Glacial Soils and Greenhouse Gases | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Biochar Value to Glacial Soils and Greenhouse Gases | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Adding a charred biomass material called biochar to glacial soils can help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, according...
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Greenversations » Asthma Awareness Project in Puerto Rico

Recently, I had a respiratory problem and had to use an inhaler to breathe better. It’s very difficult to describe the sensation of helplessness that I felt because I never experienced something like that before. I was very lucky because I was with two of my colleagues who knew what to do due to their training. That experience has increased my passion to continue my outreach efforts at EPA educating the Latino community about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and asthma management.

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Harnessing the Sun’s Energy for Water and Space Heating

Harnessing the Sun’s Energy for Water and Space Heating | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert solar radiation into electricity, these “solar thermal collectors” use the sun’s energy to heat water, space, or both.
Source: sustainablog (http://s.tt/14T9R)
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Zen and the art of urban transportation

Zen and the art of urban transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chicago's new bike riding, car loving, yoga practicing transportation commissioner thinks he can create a New Way of getting around in a city built for the automobile. Can he keep the peace in the process?
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Eye-Opening Info-graphic Illustrates How Much We Waste Each Holiday Season

Eye-Opening Info-graphic Illustrates How Much We Waste Each Holiday Season | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jay Jay Pow Powe holiday info-graphic illustrates how much waste we create every holiday season.
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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
About 3.5 million children and 1.1 million parents receive cash assistance each month from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to help cover their basic needs.
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Tiny solar cell dots printed for powerful array

Tiny solar cell dots printed for powerful array | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Start-up Semprius blasts 1,000 suns worth of light onto dot-size solar cells assembled by machines to bring down the cost of concentrating photovoltaics. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Solar Manufacturing the Texas Way | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Solar Manufacturing the Texas Way | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you want to stimulate solar manufacturing, you have to actually do something.
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