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Can Trees Actually Deter Crime?

Can Trees Actually Deter Crime? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, a new study of canopy coverage in Baltimore suggests maybe they can.
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What Would You Pay for Clean Water?

What Would You Pay for Clean Water? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In tandem with a new paper, Martha Ross discusses the economic and environmental importance of federal funding for D.C. Water’s Clean Rivers Project.
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New Microloans Could Give Young Farmers the Capital They Need - Environment - GOOD

New Microloans Could Give Young Farmers the Capital They Need - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Beginning farmers don’t need much money to get started. But until now, the USDA had no way of giving them any loans at all.
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Consumer Behavior: Sweeten the Sustainability Pill

Consumer Behavior: Sweeten the Sustainability Pill | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Corporate efforts to encourage more sustainable consumer behaviour should concentrate on making it easy for their customers to change...
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Unreasonables, Episode 16: Can Water Be Sold To Someone Who Earns Less Than $1 Per Day?

Unreasonables, Episode 16: Can Water Be Sold To Someone Who Earns Less Than $1 Per Day? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
NoteWatch the previous episode here.In areas with water shortages or bad water, women are often tasked with providing water for their families. But the water is often far away, and so women end up carrying 45 pounds of water on their head.
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60,000 Californians Urge the PUC to Say YES to More Rooftop Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

60,000 Californians Urge the PUC to Say YES to More Rooftop Solar | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a PUC vote on the horizon, the final tally is in!
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Help Make Publicly Funded Science Free to the Public - GOOD Projects - GOOD

Help Make Publicly Funded Science Free to the Public - GOOD Projects - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new advocacy group created a petition urging the White House to make taxpayer-funded scientific research available to the public.
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Changing the Energy Game With the ‘Power of One’ | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Changing the Energy Game With the ‘Power of One’ | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Who among us has not eagerly described the smart meter to a non-energy person only to be greeted by a blank stare, or worse the retort: “Why would I want to...
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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? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.
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Mapping Vacant Properties to Make Quicker Sales

Mapping Vacant Properties to Make Quicker Sales | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With thousands of vacant lots on hand, Philadelphia is trying to make it easier for people to buy them.
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How Permaculture Could Transform Campuses Across the Globe

How Permaculture Could Transform Campuses Across the Globe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An international conference looks at how permaculture could be applied to transform university and school campuses into food producing, nature-friendly sustainable spaces.
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Biking Saves Americans $4.6 Billion Each Year - Environment - GOOD

Biking Saves Americans $4.6 Billion Each Year - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A rider only saves a dollar or so for each trip by bike. But over time, those savings add up.
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Money doesn’t grow on trees and trees don’t grow on money

Money doesn’t grow on trees and trees don’t grow on money | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I was so gratified to see Wendell Berry’s remarks in a recent interview (“Wendell Berry: Landsman” with Jim Leach in Humanities magazine, May/June 2012) where he makes a point about economics that is overlooked in these days when divisiveness rules the political roost. The general view is that the economic battle is between capitalism and socialism, but as Wendell observes, “both are industrial systems and they have made the same mistakes in some ways.” Both have ignored “the propriety of scale and the standard of ecological health.”

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The End of the Domed Stadium

The End of the Domed Stadium | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Once seen as a civic gem, demand for a permanently enclosed stadium has dwindled.
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A Global Compact on Learning: Policy Guide

A Global Compact on Learning: Policy Guide | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Center for Universal Education proposes a new agenda to reinvigorate international efforts on education and to build on the previous success of getting more children in school through the Global Compact on Learning, a common set of concrete...
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What’s the Real Cost of Your Lighting Choices? [Infographic]

What’s the Real Cost of Your Lighting Choices? [Infographic] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gotten into an argument about lighting recently? Since the passage of the 2007 energy bill, it's become an increasingly ideological issue: that law set efficiency standards which current 100 watt incandescent bulbs couldn't meet.
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Worldreader Wants To Bring 1 Million E-Books To Africa

Worldreader Wants To Bring 1 Million E-Books To Africa | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A few years ago, former Microsoft and Amazon executive David Risher visited an orphanage in Ecuador. While exploring the grounds, he noticed a padlocked building piled high with books.
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Jeff Dah-Yue Shi’s Brilliant Bamboo LED Lights Double as a Modular Building Material

Jeff Dah-Yue Shi’s Brilliant Bamboo LED Lights Double as a Modular Building Material | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An unconventional integration of green materials and light, the Bamboo LED by Taiwanese designer Jeff Dah-Yue Shi is a tessellation of bamboo panels and LED lights put together to create walls, ceilings and floors.
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Carbon Emissions Reached Record Levels in 2011, Report Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Carbon Emissions Reached Record Levels in 2011, Report Says | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global carbon dioxide emissions reached record levels in 2011, driven largely by a 9.3-percent increase in Chinese emissions, according to a new report by the...
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Dam Limits Loosened to Feed Grand Canyon

Dam Limits Loosened to Feed Grand Canyon | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Interior Department will allow periodic flow increases at the Glen Canyon Dam to help the Colorado River replenish sediment in downstream ecosystems.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Community cleanups (and other activities) as community building and civic engagement activities

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Community cleanups (and other activities) as community building and civic engagement activities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The basic point is to think about communities as networks of assets--physical, people, organizational--and how to use these broad concepts to reposition and rethink our approaches to neighborhood mobility and placemaking.

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Mapping a Lifetime of Health Risks

Mapping a Lifetime of Health Risks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How does where we live affect our health? An expert tries to quantify it.
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Goals for Getting to Zero on Extreme Poverty

Goals for Getting to Zero on Extreme Poverty | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
John McArthur previews the June United Nations Rio+ 20 summit, which will focus on global sustainability.
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The Power of Networks: Manuel Lima's Talk... Sketched and Animated - information aesthetics

The Power of Networks: Manuel Lima's Talk... Sketched and Animated - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You now have to chance to experience his 11-minute talk online, but instead of seeing Manuel talk in front of his slides, the following presentation solely consists of a large set of sketched illustrations which represent and visually clarify the most important concepts that he discussed.

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"Why Do Economies Stop Growing?" by Michael Spence | Project Syndicate

"Why Do Economies Stop Growing?" by Michael Spence | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many of the growth strategies tried around the world have turned out to have built-in limitations or decelerators – what one might call elements of unsustainability.
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