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Supply chain: the top five stories of 2013

Supply chain: the top five stories of 2013 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Transparency and supply chain ethics - from supermarkets to smart phone producers - were strong themes on the supply chain hub in 2013
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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Crystalline powder soaks up nearly 3 liters of water vapor per day
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What could possibly go wrong?  Sand people?
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Almost everything you know about e-waste is wrong

No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
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Scientists Create a Cheaper Way to Pull Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere

Scientists Create a Cheaper Way to Pull Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a study released Thursday, a group of scientists announced the creation of what they say is a significantly cheaper method to scrub carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.
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Direct Carbon Capture is getting more realistic.
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China tops renewable energy ranking

China tops renewable energy ranking | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Although it is the world’s largest emitter and is heavily dependent on coal, China is shifting towards clean energy and aims to source 20% of its energy in 2030 from low-carbon sources, said EY’s 2018 Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI).

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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 4, 6:29 AM

Good to see that China has been making progress during the past years. Many of the world’s largest oil and gas companies are making significant investments in low-carbon energy.

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Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030 

Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Ikea aims to be entirely using renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030. The company hopes that this could help reduce its environmental footprint by 80 per cent by 2030 compared with 2016.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 8, 1:22 AM

Great initiatives by IKEA as it joins a growing list of global companies striving to make their operations more environmentally sustainable.

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Consumer Reports just got Elon Musk to fix Tesla’s Model 3 braking software

Consumer Reports just got Elon Musk to fix Tesla’s Model 3 braking software | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Perfection, not prototyping, is usually how cars are mass-produced. Yet Tesla has rolled out its Model 3 line by making adjustments along the way, allowing it to get to market years faster, with fewer steps, than other automakers. That has brought its own headaches. The company had to scrap part of its assembly lin
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Man dies after Tesla crashes into San Francisco area pond

Man dies after Tesla crashes into San Francisco area pond | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are investigating the death of a man after a Tesla car he was driving veered off a road, crashed through a fence and into a pond. It is unknown if the vehicle was in Autopilot mode.
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California poised to be first state to require solar panels on new homes

California poised to be first state to require solar panels on new homes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
State commission approves plan, saying consumer energy savings would outweigh higher building costs
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How a Russian aluminum giant escaped the noose of US sanctions

How a Russian aluminum giant escaped the noose of US sanctions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Washington's change of course says a lot about the leverage held by the supply chain of a widely used commodity such as aluminum.
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A pattern is clearly emerging: tough sanctions unless they are against a powerful, politically or economically connection entity.  Then you just need to complain loudly (or spend freely) and <poof> you get a delay of the scansion/impact.  Funny how that works, eh?
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Exclusive: 40% in U.S. can't afford middle-class basics - 

Exclusive: 40% in U.S. can't afford middle-class basics -  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Rent, transport, and phone are too expensive for 43% of Americans.
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Wow!  49% of California can't afford minimum of middle-class security.
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Elon Musk shares a trip through his Hawthorne tunnel. His project in L.A. is facing a bumpier ride

Elon Musk shares a trip through his Hawthorne tunnel. His project in L.A. is facing a bumpier ride | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Elon Musk unveils his L.A. tunnel — at least a small portion running near the 105 Freeway in Hawthorne. Now comes the hard part. How does he go from that to a real transit system?
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A Domestic Supply Chain: Should You Source Locally?

A Domestic Supply Chain: Should You Source Locally? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By sourcing domestically, you will be able to easily get in touch with suppliers and other key stakeholders. You will also be able to go to site in person and deal with any supply chain issues. This way, if there are any disruptions along the supply chain you will be able to identify them quickly and resolve them efficiently. Being able to do so is invaluable when it comes to keeping your customers informed and happy.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, April 26, 3:22 AM

Some useful business tips to consider on sourcing!

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Is local sourcing easy and possible ?
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Why I let Domino’s fill my city’s potholes

Why I let Domino’s fill my city’s potholes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
What does it say about American infrastructure that a pizza chain is paying for our repairs? I don't know, but I'll take it.
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Cardboard recycling rates drop as shopping on Amazon, Walmart.com surges

Cardboard recycling rates drop as shopping on Amazon, Walmart.com surges | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
All those folded Amazon, Walmart and eBay boxes seem like a testament to Americans' diligent recycling efforts. But a USA TODAY analysis of industry studies shows Americans are sending more corrugated cardboard to the landfill than to recycling plants compared to past years.
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The hidden carbon cost of everyday products

The hidden carbon cost of everyday products | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Richer countries import products but not the emissions used to make them.
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Shale country is out of workers. That means $140,000 for a truck driver and 100% pay hikes

In the country’s busiest oil patch, where the rig count has climbed by nearly one-third in the past year, drillers, service providers and trucking companies have been poaching in all corners, recruiting everyone from police officers to grocery clerks.
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Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech

Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
More than 50% of water used in US beef production is dedicated to irrigating the row crops that become feed for cattle. By using new irrigation technology, farmers, can greatly reduce the amount of water needed for row crop irrigation and improve the environmental impact of the beef supply chain, the companies say.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 5, 7:43 AM

The Smart-weather sensor technology - expected to conserve up to 2.4 billion gallons of irrigation water over three years - will enable farmers to make more informed irrigation decisions. A good step to responsibly utilised our natural resources.

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Why Innovation is Key to Food Waste Reduction in the Supply Chain

Why Innovation is Key to Food Waste Reduction in the Supply Chain | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Improving visibility across the supply chain means knowing where food waste is generated. It puts organizations like yours in a position to identify possible causes and take preventative action.
This demands the capture of complex data from multiple sources – in real time – from the entire enterprise. Vital information that Quality Management and EHS Systems are designed to deliver.


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A nice slide deck in here with examples of specific European companies that have taken steps to reduce food waste.
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EcoVadis's curator insight, May 24, 1:17 AM

Supply chain visibility is key challenge throughout the food industry.

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JetSuite strikes a deal for hybrid electric planes with start-up Zunum Aero

JetSuite strikes a deal for hybrid electric planes with start-up Zunum Aero | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Irvine charter jet firm JetSuite is set to receive a fleet of hybrid-electric aircraft made by start-up Zunum Aero.
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Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses

Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Largely unbeknownst to the public, electric buses made by Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. are contending with a record of poor performance and mechanical problems.
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Cyberwarfare Has the Electric Grid as Prime Target

Cyberwarfare Has the Electric Grid as Prime Target | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By Llewellyn King — Electricity is the sexiest thing you can’t see. It’s the tie that binds modern society together; makes life comfortable, even livable; and keeps everything humming, from computers to production lines. Without it civil disorder and a […]
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Tesla's split-screen day for Model 3 production

Tesla's split-screen day for Model 3 production | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla's fate is tethered to the success of the Model 3.
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The bullet train is California's biggest infrastructure project — but it's seldom discussed in governor's race

The leading candidates for governor have said little, if anything, publicly about how they would fix the dire problems in the the biggest infrastructure initiative in state history.
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New Goodyear rubber procurement policy to guide supply chain development

In spite of alternatives such as guayule and Russian dandelion, the Hevea brasiliensis tree will remain an important source of rubber for tyre manufacturers. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recognises this and has announced a new natural rubber procurement policy. The tyre maker says this new policy “reflects its strong commitment to the responsible sourcing of raw materials” and believes its implementation and adherence will help address deforestation, land grabbing, and human rights in the areas of the world where natural rubber is produced.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, April 24, 7:46 AM

The new policy will also helps to protect the environment by promoting environmentally and socially responsible land use. How far do you agree with that?

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Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A California man who built a business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court rejected his claim that the “restore discs” he made to extend computers’ lives had no financial value, instead ruling that he'd infringed Microsoft products.
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