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The Malaysian Model For Smart, Self-Sufficient Communities | Earthtechling by Susan DeFreitas via @OliveVentures

The Malaysian Model For Smart, Self-Sufficient Communities | Earthtechling by Susan DeFreitas via @OliveVentures | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
A smart, self-sustaining eco-village in Malaysia may provide a global template for addressing rural poverty in a sustainable way.  The Rimbunan Kaseh eco-village in Malaysia brings smart tech, aquaculture and renewable energy together to create a self-sustaining, off-grid community.
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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country’s weekend power demand. After the Fukushima disaster, Japan opted to shut down all of its nuclear power stations and Germany followed suit after considerable public pressure. This seems to have paved the way for greater investment in solar energy projects.

Read more: Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country's Weekend Power Demand | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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Irena Says Renewable Energy May Create 4 Million Jobs by 2030

Irena Says Renewable Energy May Create 4 Million Jobs by 2030 | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
The International Renewable Energy Agency said the United Nation’s goal of providing sustainable energy for all by 2030 may create up to 4 million jobs in the off-grid electricity industry alone.
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European Union - Sustainable Energy Week

European Union - Sustainable Energy Week | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
'Energy and Resource Management in Industry' - Technology and People

 

EU Sustainable Energy Week is a wide and popular European movement to encourage sustainable energy. Join us and connect with others who share the same interests.

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[Invitation] Discuss industrial energy efficiency at the European Commission, 21 June

[Invitation] Discuss industrial energy efficiency at the European Commission, 21 June | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

'Energy and Resource Management in Industry: Technology and People', a half-day conference which will take place on 21 June, 9am - 1pm, at Sicco Mansholt room, Charlemagne building, European Commission (170 Rue de la Loi). The aim of this event is to kick-start a Brussels discussion on a industrial and business energy efficiency....

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Green Economy Will Boost Jobs and Economic Growth, According to ...

Green Economy Will Boost Jobs and Economic Growth, According to ... | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
1 June 2012 - A Green Economy would have a more positive impact on major economic, social and environmental problems than today's economy, according to two new global surveys of consumers and thought leaders ...
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Climate CoLab - Fix the system - get a global 'circular economy'

Climate CoLab - Fix the system - get a global 'circular economy' | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

Harnessing collective intelligence to address climate change.... Emissions, climate disruption and the impacts of climate disruption are all symptoms of underlying systemic errors - global bad habits. All climate policy and climate solutions are insufficient and ultimately futile unless we also fix the system that's at the source of so many problems. Paradoxically this big fix is more politically and technically feasible than less ambitious climate solutions. So if we act soon enough, current rapid climate change could be not only slowed down but also reversed.

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5 Ways Cell Phones are Helping Environmentalism

5 Ways Cell Phones are Helping Environmentalism | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

Cell phones are now in the hands of more than half the world's population, which has made them one of the most accessible and effective tools for environmentalism. ....In Tanzania, 97 percent of people have access to a cell phone, while only 27 percent have access to a land line. .....Cell phones can also be used by a group of people to prevent pollution from happening.

 

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Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It?

Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It? | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use. ".. roads get hot in summertime, even springtime... They have a large surface area, which is collecting solar energy. Why not use that solar energy for something? It’s free energy, and if you use it, at the same time you can lower the temperature of the pavement.”

Via @restorm 

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Dump the pump: When oil will lose its lustre - environment - 21 May 2012 - New Scientist

Oil production may fall in 10 years – not because it is running out but because electric cars will be cheaper and gasoline engines will be better .... A small number of analysts forecast that oil production will start to fall by 2020 - not because we are running out, but because we just won't need it.

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Climate & Environment - Copenhagen Carbon Neutral 2025

With the climate plan, the Danish capital combines growth, development and a higher quality of life with a reduction in Carbon emissions of around 1.16 million tons.... The climate plan has been developed in close cooperation with businesses, the citizens of Copenhagen, NGOs and knowledge institutions. Via @JohnFMoore
   

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Blindspot think tank - planet-scale fast whole system change

You've noticed that global problems don't get solved?  With help from BlindSpot, this is now optional... 
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Climate Change Skills for Planners | Public funding available to help councils plan for climate change.

Climate Change Skills for Planners | Public funding available to help councils plan for climate change. | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
Don't forget- free climate change training for public sector planners in Yorks & Humber- details: http://t.co/NAo6xqQE...
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Soon, computers to help search new technologies

A new project aims to develop computers that will quickly analyse billions of pages of text for the emergence of new technological and scientific trends....To do this, the team will utilise semantic technology, which is used to encode meaning and apply reasoning to the search process. The technology literally tags information with meaning and other information that the computer can read and then respond to.

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40th World Environment Day: Denmark, Scotland Pave the Way to the Green Economy

40th World Environment Day: Denmark, Scotland Pave the Way to the Green Economy | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

“The renewables industry already supports more than 11,000 jobs across Scotland and plans to install up to 10 Gigawatts of offshore wind generating capacity in Scottish waters are predicted to generate around £30 billion ($46.44 billion) of investment by 2020 and to directly employ up to 28,000 people…."
Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1dt4e)

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UNEP announced the Champions of the Earth Award winners

UNEP announced the Champions of the Earth Award winners | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

The United Nations Environment Programme has announced the 6 winners of its primary environmental awards. The six laureates cover a wide diversity of environmental action. The winners covered senior politicians through to grass-roots activists....

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“Just LEED Platinum?” Emerging Themes of the AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards

“Just LEED Platinum?” Emerging Themes of the AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

Finally, architects are stepping up to address huge, complex buildings, traditionally energy-intense ones, and whole campuses, with an integrated, deeply resource-efficient approach. From skyscrapers to convention centers to the new University of California, Merced campus, which is planned to be net zero energy, waste, and emissions by 2020, leaders determined to green the built environment are advancing in leaps and bounds...

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Ancient Italian Town Has Wind at Its Back

Ancient Italian Town Has Wind at Its Back | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
The towering white wind turbines that rise ramrod straight from gnarled ancient olive groves here speak to something extraordinary happening across Italy.

 

Faced with high electricity rates, small communities across Italy are making renewable energy.

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Joost and The Greenhouse – Urban Times

Joost and The Greenhouse – Urban Times | Change and disruption | Scoop.it
Joost Bakker believes there is nothing better than productivity, be it in life, in work, or in the urban spaces that lie forgotten and ignored in our cities.
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Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life (Trailer)

 

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where live, work and learn.... www.biophilicdesign.net.

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Kicheche launches wildlife camp in the newly established Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya

Kicheche launches wildlife camp in the newly established Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

 The conservancy is dedicated to empowering local communities, supporting a healthy ecosystem and promoting wildlife conservation.most stunning wildlife and dramatic scenery.....  Pioneered by the Maasai landowners themselves, the project involves more than 500 landowners and partners.... committed to the preservation of the socio ¬cultural heritage of the region...

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Lithium Supply Fears are Total B.S.

Lithium Supply Fears are Total B.S. | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

EcoGeek - Technology for the Environment... "some reasons why we don't need to create a "strategic lithium reserve," and why, actually, the costs of lithium won't be driving up battery prices."

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Storm Cunningham

Storm Cunningham | Change and disruption | Scoop.it

Put Your Next Event on the Leading Edge of Regeneration with a Keynote by Storm.  “Storm Cunningham is the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration.”

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Virtual currency: a useful financial innovation? - Nesta - Helping business to business trade within an urban community

RT @nesta_uk: New blog from Geoff: a rare example of a financial innovation that might create value for the public http://t.co/PBU2p5FD...
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