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Collection of tools, thoughts and trends to an environmental evolution on Earth
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RWE/Essent mag kolencentrale Eemshaven afbouwen

RWE/Essent mag kolencentrale Eemshaven afbouwen | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Energiebedrijf RWE/Essent mag toch doorgaan met de bouw van de kolencentrale in de Eemshaven. De provincie Groningen heeft vandaag besloten dat de natuur voldoende wordt gecompenseerd.
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Open Food Facts : Projet collaboratif pour créer une base de données libre et ouverte des produits alimentaires du monde entier | Imagination For People

Open Food Facts : Projet collaboratif pour créer une base de données libre et ouverte des produits alimentaires du monde entier | Imagination For People | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Open Food Facts est un projet collaboratif pour référencer les produits alimentaires du monde entier et les informations qui y sont associées : labels (bio, commerce équitable etc.), ingrédients, allergènes, additifs, composition nutritionnelle etc.

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Shareable: Policies for a Shareable City

Shareable: Policies for a Shareable City | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"Together the proposals represent the underpinnings of a larger vision in which the common wealth in cities is made accessible to all residents; where the free flow of resources among citizens is aided by law, the built environment, culture, nonprofits, government, and business; and where citizens are free to co-create great lives for each other in a vivifying cooperative framework."

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Lack of consumer understanding highlighted in solar survey

Lack of consumer understanding highlighted in solar survey | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
According to Applied Materials’ fourth annual solar energy survey, while many consumers are said to be "optimistic" about the renewable energy, there is a lack of understanding regarding costs and adoption rates.
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Scotland: Green scheme will recycle used nappies into furniture

Scotland: Green scheme will recycle used nappies into furniture | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The Scottish Government announced a pilot project in four areas of the country, with the aim of tackling one of the biggest waste disposal problems.
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Berlin to buy back its grid - 100% renewable - Renewables International

Berlin to buy back its grid - 100% renewable - Renewables International | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
A citizens group called Bürger Energie Berlin aims to by the German capital city's distribution grid to facilitate the integration of renewables.
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U.S. Solar Grew 85 Percent in First Quarter, SEIA Says

Developers installed 85 percent more solar panels in the U.S. in the first quarter than a year earlier, led by strong growth in commercial projects and demand in New Jersey, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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Recycle Your Rain

Recycle Your Rain | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
If you're thinking about collecting rain at home, there's a chance this product -- the RainPerfect solar-powered pump system -- could come in handy.  Once you have rainwater in the barrel, you'll want to get it out and that can be done with the...
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How Can Architecture Be a Social Integration Tool? - Strelka

What is humanitarian design, and how does it work? What is the role of architecture in the social and political transformation of the city? Why do the new generation of designers choose smaller forms and build schools, libraries and daycares in cities and villages, rather than world championship stadiums and skyscrapers?

 

Giancarlo Mazzanti, a Colombian architect, will speak on using architecture as a social integration tool.

 

via @dpr_barcelona

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BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin, June 15 - July 29, 2012 (English)

BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin, June 15 - July 29, 2012 (English) | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Open in Berlin from June 15 to July 29, 2012, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years.
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Main Page - Open Source Ecology

Main Page - Open Source Ecology | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Open Source Ecology is accelerating the growth of the next economy - the Open Source Economy - an economy that optimizes both production and distribution - while promoting environmental regeneration and social justice. We are building the Global Village Construction Set. This is a high-performance, modular, do-it-yourself, low-cost platform - that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes - to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

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EU Pulls an €80B Fast One; Natural Gas to be Eligible for Renewable Energy Subsidies

EU Pulls an €80B Fast One; Natural Gas to be Eligible for Renewable Energy Subsidies | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
 

The power and influence of fossil fuel dollars over politicians and political processes never ceases to amaze.
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Solar Power Revolution - Here Comes The Sun -- Documentary

"Countries all over the world are leading the way towards a green economy.(...) Very soon, perhaps even now depending on the cost of electricity in your area, solar technology will be more economically cost effective than traditional forms of electrical production."

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Germany: RWE turns off nuclear and looks to solar power

Germany: RWE turns off nuclear and looks to solar power | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
German utility giant RWE is now considering investments in solar energy and wants to completely move away from nuclear power. The new chief executive seeks to restructure the energy giant.
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88.8% of Brazilian Electricity in 2011 from Renewable Sources

88.8% of Brazilian Electricity in 2011 from Renewable Sources | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
 
Preliminary data from the National Energy Balance Report (BEN 2012) from Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE) shows that a whopping 88.8% of Brazil's supplied electricity in 2011 came from renewable energy sources.
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Beyond the Greenwash

Beyond the Greenwash | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
In the building industry, greenwashing is a constant challenge.

 

World-renowned architect Ken Yeang explains that bioclimatic architecture is a way to practice green building in a way that cuts through the greenwash, representing truly environmentally responsible, sustainable design.

In an interview with CNN, Yeang cites nature as his ‘biggest source of inspiration’ and notes that he has taken well-developed design principles from the natural world for more than 30 years. The concept of bioclimatic architecture encourages the intermingling of natural and built spaces, with the latter taking the former into the highest consideration.

Yeang states decisions made at the design stage can drastically cut carbon and eliminate future environmental issues.
“If 80% of the impact is caused by design, you can anticipate the impact at that stage and you can reduce the impact from 80% to the minimum.”
The architect cites finding a balance between the built and the natural as a key to mastering bioclimatic design. By balancing natural components with the artificial in a built development, a large-scale building can be offset by the number of plants and natural vegetation included throughout...


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(a) biotic design studio: Biomimicry

(a) biotic design studio: Biomimicry | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
In the late nineties Janine Benyus wrote a seminal eco-capitalist book called Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Adapted from a larger Deep Ecology philosophy, the basic precepts were to use Nature as a Mentor, ...

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Storing solar power - News - Renewables International

Storing solar power - News - Renewables International | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Researchers in a Franco-German project have come up with a power storage system that considerably increases direct consumption from roof arrays.
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Solar Payments Set Off a Fairness Debate

Solar Payments Set Off a Fairness Debate | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
An incentive to get customers to use renewable energy systems is now seen as overly generous in some circles, as it may raise rates for other customers.
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Transitioning to an Economy of Reuse

Transitioning to an Economy of Reuse | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
We have wound up with a culture that has fashioned itself in the image of disposal instead of retention. Almost everything that we own has a useful life that ends when something breaks because the ...
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PV for All: Low-Income Housing Residents Going Solar

PV for All: Low-Income Housing Residents Going Solar | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"Low-income housing developments have historically avoided going solar due to the obvious difficulties of incorporating high-cost, discretionary photovoltaic (PV) systems into affordable housing. However, a unique mix of local, utility, and federal support combined with a little financial creativity allowed a community in Colorado to demonstrate the application of PV into a low-income housing program."

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IABR - International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

IABR - International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"There is just one course of action available to us: if we are to resolve the world’s ecological problems we first need to resolve the problems facing our cities. And the only way we can reach these solutions is by naming and researching them in terms of the metabolism of the city."

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Panasonic to begin mass-production of long-life lithium-ion battery system for solar-powered homes in Europe

Panasonic to begin mass-production of long-life lithium-ion battery system for solar-powered homes in Europe | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Panasonic Corporation announced today that it will start in June mass-production of a compact, secure and long-life lithium-ion battery system the company has developed for European homes.
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Could Less Material Wealth Make us Happier? | This Big City

Could Less Material Wealth Make us Happier? | This Big City | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Could our children be happier with less material wealth? Could we ourselves be happy if next year’s income is lower than this year’s?
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