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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers – and for the first time ever there’s more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it’s high time to develop solutions to make our cities more sustainable. CityTownInfo just launched a new infographic that shows how greener cities can pave the way to a sustainable future – check it out after the break.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:24 PM

Mixed use and density does lower resources per capita.  But this is the first estimate I've seen.

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Clean Tech Is Not Dead—In Fact, It's Booming Like Never Before

Clean Tech Is Not Dead—In Fact, It's Booming Like Never Before | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
On a recent episode of 60 Minutes, investigative reporter Lesley Stahl trained her eye on “The Cleantech Crash.” In the 14-minute segment, Stahl told the story of how the Obama administration and Silicon Valley venture capitalists (or, in Stahl’s...
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Tesla's road to success lies abroad and is lined with Superchargers

Tesla's road to success lies abroad and is lined with Superchargers | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

Global ambitions for Tesla Motors, as they continue to reach into the market beyond the U.S. and build up their charging infrastructure around the vehicles.

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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...

 

This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.

 

Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, December 18, 2014 10:45 AM

There is an evolution taking place where politics, policy, technology, the environment, and the economy all intersect. This movement towards technical, empirically driven local policy making could be our saving grace.This could be the future of government.

Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, December 22, 2014 6:51 PM

What do you think makes a smarter city?

Serge G Laurens's curator insight, October 28, 2016 3:25 PM
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World’s Tallest Vertical Garden on its Way

World’s Tallest Vertical Garden on its Way | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Sri Lanka is set to house one of the world’s tallest vertical gardens in what will be the first sustainable high-rise in the country.
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Yale Environment 360: Renewable Energy Comprised Total U.S. November Power Generation Gains

Yale Environment 360: Renewable Energy Comprised Total U.S. November Power Generation Gains | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
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Last month (November 2013), 394MW of power generation came online in the U.S. According to the regulatory commision (FERC), 100% of this came from renewable energy sources. The blog goes on to note the near-100% record of new power in October, as well as notable successes for this year (solar: 21% of the capacity portfolio this year, to date).

 

Watch this space for further developments and an increased renewable portfolio in the U.S.!

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United States Renewable Polcies and Use | The Energy Collective

United States Renewable Polcies and Use | The Energy Collective | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
U.S. carbon emissions have declined from a historic maximum in 2007 down to a 17 year low in 2012. A major contributing factor to reduced carbon has been expansion of Renewable Power. Is this past and recent Renewable Power performance sustainable?
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Australian Households Cut Electricity Use By 23% — Graph

Australian Households Cut Electricity Use By 23% — Graph | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy
The Australian Bureau of Statistics might not win first prize in a graphics competition, but they do have some compelling data.
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Wind power in 2050

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Ben Miller's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:44 AM

In spite of receiving only 2% of public research resources given over to renewable energy, the levelised cost of wind power has fallen due to technological developments and a few countries leading research and innovation efforts. Denmark, which took the renewables path to energy in response to energy crises in the 1970s, has now reached 30%.

 

Can the global penetration of wind power reach 18% by 2050? This will require not only further technological developments to further reduce, for example, the cost of offshore wind power, but also firm regulatory commitments from governments to signal to the marketplace that businesses can viably operate in this area. Given recent confusions with solar feed-in tariffs in the UK, Germany and elsewhere, which have made the business prospects of solar investment there look bleak, there is added pressure to be clear on the benefits of setting up shop in wind production.

 

Let's not forget the importance of supporting technologies around wind innovation, such as batteries, which are needed to overcome problems of intermittency of supply which have raised questions over the viability of wind at high penetration in the grid.

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How might open data in agriculture help achieve food security?

How might open data in agriculture help achieve food security? | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
The policy support for improving the ability to store and share data on agriculture is growing. But how do you ensure farmers in developing countries benefit and will it achieve food security?
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America’s most energy-efficient tradition? Home energy usage falls by 5-10% on Thanksgiving

America’s most energy-efficient tradition? Home energy usage falls by 5-10% on Thanksgiving | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
There’s a lot to look forward to during the Thanksgiving holiday: a day off from work, traveling to see friends and relatives, cooking and eating great food. Something else to look forward to?
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Five Shining Examples of Renewable Energy Innovation and Investment

Five Shining Examples of Renewable Energy Innovation and Investment | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Sinking revenues and shrinking policy support may be causing a bit of a haze on the renewable energy horizon, but there's plenty of sunshine trying to peek through if you look hard enough.
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Solar Power Craze on Wall St. Propels Start-Up

Solar Power Craze on Wall St. Propels Start-Up | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
The rise of SolarCity, a provider of rooftop solar systems, is either a sign that solar power is finally having its day or that yet another mania has gripped the markets.
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Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2013

Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2013 | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
2013 brought remarkable clean energy developments that are helping to bring us closer to a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. Here we list our top ten.
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Keep an eye out for especially for super-size storage and deep energy retrofits for the year to come!

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The Best Entrepreneur In 2013: Elon Musk

The Best Entrepreneur In 2013: Elon Musk | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
The best entrepreneur in 2013 is the individual who has really understood the meaning of innovation in the past twelve months without stopping to dream.
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10 trends that drove sustainable transport in 2013

10 trends that drove sustainable transport in 2013 | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Car-sharing services, EVs, self-driving vehicles, bike fleets and more helped rev up sustainable mobility over the past year. 

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Judy Curtis / SIPR's curator insight, December 26, 2013 12:46 PM

Smarter parking, smarter cities, electric vehicles, car sharing, aviation biofuel, ultralight vehicles, and new emphasis on old technologies like mechanized freight transport, sail systems and "pedal power" are driving the trend for sustainable transport in 2013.

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Smart cities: Opportunities for startups

Smart cities: Opportunities for startups | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
A rapid increase in urban growth and a desire to reduce environmental impact are creating new challenges for cities in areas such as energy use, mobility, security, and governance.
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This article explores how economic and political pressures on urban environments (and their municipal governers) are changing cities' future-looking needs, and the investment landscape, to create opportunities for startups.

 

Includes a useful graphic laying out the "emerging urban startup ecosystem".

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IEA - Publication:- Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage

IEA - Publication:- Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
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The challenge is set! Carbon sequestration bods, get innovating!

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Home Energy Loss and Insulated | The Energy Collective

Home Energy Loss and Insulated | The Energy Collective | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
The better insulated and air tight your home is the more comfort you get from each unit of heat. In fact homes can even be so well insulated and air tight that they only need the sun, bodies, appliances and some heat recovery to stay comfortable.
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IEA: Wind Power Could Supply 18% of World's Power by 2050 - POWER magazine

IEA: Wind Power Could Supply 18% of World's Power by 2050 - POWER magazine | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
POWER magazine IEA: Wind Power Could Supply 18% of World's Power by 2050 POWER magazine Up to 18% of the world's electricity could be generated with wind energy by 2050, but the massive jump from 2.6% today would require the nearly 300 GW of...
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In spite of receiving only 2% of public research resources given over to renewable energy, the levelised cost of wind power has fallen due to technological developments and a few countries leading research and innovation efforts. Denmark, which took the renewables path to energy in response to energy crises in the 1970s, has now reached 30%.

 

Can the global penetration of wind power reach 18% by 2050? This will require not only further technological developments to further reduce, for example, the cost of offshore wind power, but also firm regulatory commitments from governments to signal to the marketplace that businesses can viably operate in this area. Given recent confusions with solar feed-in tariffs in the UK, Germany and elsewhere, which have made the business prospects of solar investment there look bleak, there is added pressure to be clear on the benefits of setting up shop in wind production.

 

Let's not forget the importance of supporting technologies around wind innovation, such as batteries, which are needed to overcome problems of intermittency of supply which have raised questions over the viability of wind at high penetration in the grid.

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New York City’s Largest Solar Energy Installation to be built at Freshkills Park

New York City’s Largest Solar Energy Installation to be built at Freshkills Park | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
The Mayor of New York recently announced that the city will install the largest solar energy installation in New York City at Freshkills Parks.
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A large new installation at a park on Staten Island, NYC, is set to increase the city's renewable energy capacity by 50%. The new installation will power 2,000 new homes.

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Harnessing the crowd to promote sustainable innovation

Harnessing the crowd to promote sustainable innovation | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
MIT's crowds and climate conference discussed the crowd's power to champion sustainability – but is the market ready?
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"Crowd-based projects can also help create the infrastructure necessary for sustainable business developments."

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Innovation in renewable-energy technologies is booming - MIT News Office

Innovation in renewable-energy technologies is booming - MIT News Office | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
New study shows that research investments and growing markets have fueled a huge rise in new patents.
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Study: Offshore wind energy guarantees a stable and economic power supply in future

Study: Offshore wind energy guarantees a stable and economic power supply in future | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
More than 6 billion Euro per year can be saved in German power production costs provided all of the suitable areas in the North and Baltic Seas were used by offshore wind energy production.

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