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Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide

Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it
Today more than 500 cities in 49 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles.
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What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car

What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it

This prediction sounds bold primarily for the fact that most of us don't think about technology – or the history of technology – in century-long increments: “We’re probably closer to the end of the automobility era than we are to its beginning,” says Maurie Cohen, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “If we’re 100 years into the automobile era, it seems pretty inconceivable that the car as we know it is going to be around for another 100 years.”

 

Cohen figures that we’re unlikely to maintain the deteriorating Interstate Highway System for the next century, or to perpetuate for generations to come the public policies and subsidies that have supported the car up until now. Sitting in the present, automobiles are so embedded in society that it’s hard to envision any future without them. But no technology – no matter how essential it seems in its own era – is ever permanent. Consider, just to borrow some examples from transportation history, the sailboat, the steamship, the canal system, the carriage, and the streetcar.

 

All of those technologies rose, became ubiquitous, and were eventually replaced. And that process followed a pattern that can tell us much about the future of the automobile – that is, if we’re willing to think about it not in the language of today's "war on cars," but in the broad arc of time.


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Slow Food Quickens the Pace

Slow Food Quickens the Pace | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it

“People in rich countries need to regenerate our way of thinking to give value to food, which has been lost in the last 50 years. As a result, we have a systems crisis: by using more energy than we produce to grow food — and we’re using 76 percent of our water for agriculture — we’re reaching the end of the planet’s resources. And young people understand we can’t survive with this and are beginning to act. Not just Slow Food and this Youth Food Movement. Look at Occupy.

 

“The main difficulty is that politicians don’t understand that we need a new paradigm. They continue with the old ones: finance, production, consumption and waste.

 

“So we’re producing enough food for 12 billion people, yet 1 billion out of our 7 billion aren’t eating enough. And we hear that because there will be 9 billion people in 2050, we must produce more. But more production creates more environmental problems and more waste.”


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How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic]

How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic] | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it
Want to address world hunger — not to mention climate change, poverty and pollution? Here's how taking a more natural approach to agriculture can benefit everyone and everything from the soil up.

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Research: Re:Thinking Consumerism

Research: Re:Thinking Consumerism | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it

An in-depth online survey of consumer attitudes, motivations and behaviors relating to sustainable consumption among 6,224 respondents across six major international markets conducted in September and October 2012


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Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine | Video on TED.com

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine.
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‘Global’ Carbon Market Goes Truly Global

‘Global’ Carbon Market Goes Truly Global | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it

Until 2012, Europe was central to the global carbon market; heck, it was the only “real” market. Carbon offset project developers invested billions to earn Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and sold them to European companies and traders participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

 

Projects had sprung up in almost all parts of the developing world. Countries otherwise isolated in the weird geopolitical arena, like North Korea and Iran, were also hosting CDM projects. With too much supply, the quality had to be affected.

 

This fairy tale, however, came to end when the EU started implementing restrictions on the offsets it considered lacking environmental integrity. Billions of dollars were at stake, and still are, as developers stopped investing in new low-carbon infrastructure and started contemplating pulling investment from old projects.


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¿Qué es la Permacultura?

¿Qué es la Permacultura? | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it
Permacultura (Agricultura Permanente) es el diseño consciente y mantenimiento de ecosistemas agrícolas productivos, los cuales tienen la diversidad, estabilidad y resistencia de los ecosistemas naturales.

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Ceci Ramirez's curator insight, April 2, 2013 11:33 AM

Es la integración armónica del paisaje y la gente produciendo comida, energía, cobijo y otras necesidades no materiales de una manera sostenible

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Recycling & Waste Management

Recycling & Waste Management | Ecologically Responsible Consumption | Scoop.it
Another great recycling infographic! (Another great recycling infographic!

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Sam Hollings's curator insight, March 25, 2013 8:14 AM

Talking about waste is a topic that can so easily become dry for some students, but this fantastic infographic on waste and recycling could hold the attention of all the students in the classroom.  It would be an excellent resource when looking at related units of work in science or HSIE in the older primary stages.