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Chicago Suburb Oak Park Joins International Solar-Powered Smart Grid Test

Chicago Suburb Oak Park Joins International Solar-Powered Smart Grid Test | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
The village of Oak Park, a suburb west of Chicago, was recently selected from a list of competing volunteer neighborhoods to be the test site for smart grid technology.
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Smart People!

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The 32 most alarming charts from the government’s climate change report

The 32 most alarming charts from the government’s climate change report | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
The government’s new climate-change report is loaded with charts that outline the heat waves, droughts, and floods that will become the new normal where you live. Here are the 32 scariest.
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Hopefully, Pres Obama will pay attention.

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The Potentially Transformative Year Ahead in Food Policy

The Potentially Transformative Year Ahead in Food Policy | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Predicting a 2013 filled with soda bans and genetically modified salmon
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A "transformative" year - let's hope in the right direction.  Remember, bottom up.  We, the people, can make a difference.

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Ginnette Powell's comment, January 13, 2013 11:04 AM
sounds good I cringe when I see soda being consumed daily
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The Bathroom Reinvented: Universal Design

In the first of a two-part video series, New York–based firm Smart Design examines the intersection between Universal Design principles and public restrooms in Manhattan.
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Wonderful and caring approach to the reinvention of public restrooms

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Here's Evidence That Alberta's Oil Fields Are Polluting the Water

Here's Evidence That Alberta's Oil Fields Are Polluting the Water | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Discovered: Canadian tar sands impact regional water supplies; therapy doesn't necessarily stop teens from becoming suicidal; first images of the high-energy cosmos; city birds grow up fast.
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Let's think about more than just today.  What are we doing to our planet?

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Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes?
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The electron, nature's bldg block of life - where energy lies, from where energy can be cleanly harvested. Ted Talks.

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Why MPG Goals Are Flawed

Why MPG Goals Are Flawed | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
For survival of the planet and our way of life as human beings, we need to drastically reduce our carbon output. The approach being taken does not do that.
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14-Year-old is America's Top Young Scientist: Her Solar-Powered Jug Purifies Water

A 14-year-old New York student was named "America's Top Young Scientist" for inventing a solar-powered water jug that changes dirty water into purified drink...
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Global Warming: The Psychology of Ignoring a Superthreat

Global Warming: The Psychology of Ignoring a Superthreat | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Global warming is the perfectly designed threat-by-stealth.

 

Its murky consequences aren't vivid enough to impress our distracted brains, and the earth's temperature rise is peppered with freakishly cold days.

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What Could Disappear with Climate Change Flooding

What Could Disappear with Climate Change Flooding | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it

MAP OF flooding's impact on Boston Coastal areas as well as other large urban seacoast and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.

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This Is Your Thanksgiving on Climate Change

This Is Your Thanksgiving on Climate Change | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
How will your turkey-day staples fare in a warming world?
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How Your Cotton T-Shirt Can Make a Difference | Sustainable Brands

How Your Cotton T-Shirt Can Make a Difference | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Your favorite t-shirt is made from more than cotton and memories. One key ingredient that doesn’t show up on your shirt’s label is water; it can take 2,700 liters to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt.
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Walking down the street in your favorite T belies that tons of water shed for such luxury.

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Living on Earth: Working Woodlands

Living on Earth: Working Woodlands | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania's woodlands are still in private hands. As Ann Murray reports, the Nature Conservancy has helped develop a program to persuade land-owners to preserve forests by rewarding them for the carbon the trees sequester.
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What a wonderful idea!  Could we get this implemented here in MA?

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Living on Earth: Introducing the Elf

Living on Earth: Introducing the Elf | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
ELF stands for Electric, Light and Fun. And as Living on Earth's Helen Palmer reports, the ELF is a new invention, a solar and human powered covered tricycle that might just help create a commuting revolution, and combat climate change as well.
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Wow!  I want one of these NOW!!

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In Rural Minnesota, a 70-Acre Lab for Sustainable Living

In Rural Minnesota, a 70-Acre Lab for Sustainable Living | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Imagine a house that can go without heating for two days in a bitterly cold winter. Or a greenhouse with what may be the largest hot-air solar panel array in North America.
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The right type of experimenting for now.

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Lisa Jackson's Departure and the Irrelevance of the EPA to the Obama Team

Lisa Jackson's Departure and the Irrelevance of the EPA to the Obama Team | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
STEVEN COHEN — Here in the U.S. we do not seem to be able to make the leap from environmental protection to environmental and economic sustainability. So Lisa Jackson and her agency do not have a seat at the economic policy table.
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Sad to learn of her departure.

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GravityLight: lighting for developing countries.

GravityLight: lighting for developing countries. | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
We have developed a realistic alternative to Kerosene lamps by harnessing the power of gravity. We need your help to make it happen.
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The world is blessed to have a team that explores renewable alternatives

 

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MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it

Carbon tax helping with our fiscal cliff negotiations?  Not just Win-Win but Win-Win-Win.

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Bag the Bad, Bad Box

Bag the Bad, Bad Box | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
What’s inside your cereal box? A bag, of course. Why is there a bag and a box? That’s what Malt-O-Meal’s Bag the Box initiative wants to bring to your attention.Malt-O-Meal points out that cereal is greener in a bag, and it costs less.
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10 things General Motors learned about going landfill-free

10 things General Motors learned about going landfill-free | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it

Item #10:  Rethink waste as a resource out of place

 

How the automaker put the brakes on waste in more than 100 manufacturing facilities.

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Environmental Gratitude and Ecological Action

Environmental Gratitude and Ecological Action | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it

An "Attitude of Gratitude" is life-sustaining.

 

Environmental gratitude is an approach that can help to inspire ecological action. We need a new way of communicating the urgency of environmental action because it is becoming increasingly apparen...

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Climate Change, Extinctions and Edges - Huffington Post

Climate Change, Extinctions and Edges - Huffington Post | Sustainable Planet | Scoop.it
Climate Change, Extinctions and EdgesHuffington PostA lesser-known and more subtle consequence of climate change is that local colonies at the southern edge of a North American species' distribution (i.e., the hottest location where they exist) may...
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