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Sweden’s Newest School System Has NO Classrooms

Sweden’s Newest School System Has NO Classrooms | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

There are collaboration zones, houses-within-houses, and a slew of other features that are designed to foster “curiosity and creativity.” That’s according to Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden. Their most recent school, Telefonplan School (see photos below) in Stockholm, could very well be the school of the future.


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Hot Air About Cheap Natural Gas

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Which Is Greener, New Construction or Retrofitting?

Which Is Greener, New Construction or Retrofitting? | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
According to a recent report, retrofitting an existing building beats the pants off of new green construction, in terms of eco-benefits, in nearly all cases.

Via Laurence Serfaty
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New nanocrystals let solar panels generate electricity ... and hydrogen gas

New nanocrystals let solar panels generate electricity ... and hydrogen gas | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed new nanocrystals that allow solar panels to generate both electricity and hydrogen gas.

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Apocalypse Not: Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About End Times | Wired Science | Wired.com

Apocalypse Not: Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About End Times | Wired Science | Wired.com | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
People freak out over end-of-the-world scenarios involving everything from resource scarcity to chemicals and disease. Here’s why they should know better.
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A New Point System Lets You Measure The Sustainbility Impact Of Anything

A New Point System Lets You Measure The Sustainbility Impact Of Anything | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
There are any number of problems facing the world right now, and a limited amount of resources and time to handle them. Sometimes, you have to think about triage.
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Brazilian City Offers Vegetables in Exchange for Trash

Brazilian City Offers Vegetables in Exchange for Trash | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Thanks to one Brazilian city's forward thinking recycling program, trading in trash has never been tastier.

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Rachel Armstrong: Beyond Sustainability 25 Points | Plus Ultra Technologies/30 steps

Rachel Armstrong: Beyond Sustainability 25 Points | Plus Ultra Technologies/30 steps | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Rachel Armstrong: Beyond Sustainability 25 Points...
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Three reasons why Copenhagen is the world leader in urban sustainability

Three reasons why Copenhagen is the world leader in urban sustainability | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"The buzz from Copenhagen is all about its new "superhighway" for bikes. The real secret to its pioneering urban design, though, is that it puts people first on all its streets."


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The Nano Garden Lets You Grow Veggies Right in Your Kitchen

The Nano Garden Lets You Grow Veggies Right in Your Kitchen | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
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Grid storage costs to decrease

Grid storage costs to decrease | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Lux Research has released a forecast that expects lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs to fall to US$500/kWh by 2022. This is predicted to bring down the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies.
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Global Solar Opportunity Tool (Beta Version): A Tool for Policymakers and Energy Analysts | http://cleanenergysolutions.org

Global Solar Opportunity Tool (Beta Version): A Tool for Policymakers and Energy Analysts | http://cleanenergysolutions.org | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The Global Solar Opportunity Tool allows users to answer the following questions:

 

* What is the scale of the potential market opportunity for rooftop and utility scale PV development in my country under different cost scenarios (ranging from $1/Watt to $5/Watt installed cost)?
* What are payback periods for PV system purchases in my country (and sub-regions for larger countries)?
* What regions of my country hold the greatest promise for PV development?
* What policies and measures are being applied to advance solar deployment across countries?
* What is the relative scale of PV opportunities across countries?


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PV is too inefficient: pv-magazine

PV is too inefficient: pv-magazine | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"It is a common criticism hurled at solar PV that solar panels are just too inefficient. However, with the wide range of research taking place, from research institutes, to R&D programs from module makers and equipment suppliers, efficiency is always increasing. In fact, some novel approaches to cell design have overcome barriers, which were previously thought to exist with PV."

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Why Creativity is the New Economy

Dr Richard Florida, one of the world's leading experts on economic competitiveness, demographic trends and cultural and technological innovation shows how de...
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Guidebook on Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems

Guidebook on Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
 
by Joel Haskard

Big things can happen with small-scale renewable energy systems.
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Wax Walls Keep The Temperature In Your Home Comfortable, Without Using Extra Energy

We may look back in wonder at the myopia of our times. Energy efficiency technologies are often expensive and untested compared to today’s cheap (heavily subsidized) and proven solutions.
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PV microinverters and power optimizers set for significant growth

PV microinverters and power optimizers set for significant growth | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
On the back of 180% market growth in 2011, the latest industry figures indicate that microinverter and power optimizer shipments will grow over 70% in 2012. By 2016, they are expected to comprise 10% of the photovoltaic inverter market.
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The Solar Charging Kit for Africa You Want for Your Own Home - Business - GOOD

The Solar Charging Kit for Africa You Want for Your Own Home - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
A solar charger built for Africa has found unexpected success with American customers.
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Photovoltaics from Any Semiconductor « Berkeley Lab News Center

Photovoltaics from Any Semiconductor « Berkeley Lab News Center | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

“It’s time we put bad materials to good use,” says physicist Alex Zettl, who led this research along with colleague Feng Wang. “Our technology allows us to sidestep the difficulty in chemically tailoring many earth abundant, non-toxic semiconductors and instead tailor these materials simply by applying an electric field.”

 

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The future of energy - video

In this video from the University of Cambridge, experts examine how the UK can keep the lights on while cutting emissions through new technology as well as behavioural change...


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Solar Power Generating Windows

Solar Power Generating Windows | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Researchers from UCLA have developed a new transparent solar cell that is a significant step towards giving the windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still being transparent.
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New York City Energy Mapping Project

New York City Energy Mapping Project | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The Modi Research Group at Columbia created the New York City Energy Mapping Project back in February. The interactive map represents the total annual building energy consumption at the block level and at the taxlot level for New York City, and is expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter of land area. The data comes from a mathematical model based on statistics, not private information from utilities, to estimate the annual energy consumption values of buildings throughout the five boroughs. To see the break down of the type of energy being used, for which purpose and in what quantity, hover over or click on a block or taxlot.


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[ Episode #42 // Green Illusions ]

[ Episode #42 // Green Illusions ] | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
We speak with Ozzie Zehner about his book Green Illusions to discuss the ecological footprint of wind turbines and solar panels...
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Launch of new Agricultural Urbanism Lab | Sustain Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

Launch of new Agricultural Urbanism Lab | Sustain Magazine | BUILT ENVIRONMENT MATTERS | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
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Graphene: The 2D Material That Could Change Everything

Graphene: The 2D Material That Could Change Everything | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Graphene can be synthesized from graphite to create the thinnest, strongest, and most conductive material known today.
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