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Tracking China’s Currency ahead of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

Tracking China’s Currency ahead of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In light of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and mounting political pressure on China to allow for more currency appreciation, Eswar Prasad and Karim Foda argue that liberalizing the country's currency regime is a prerequisite if...
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New rivers of gold

New rivers of gold | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
IN TAPACHULA, a furnace of a city in southern Mexico, people line up inside an air-conditioned branch of Banco Azteca to process their remittances.
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Big Idea: Universal Pre-K to Teach Children and Create Jobs - News - GOOD

Big Idea: Universal Pre-K to Teach Children and Create Jobs - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If we made the effort to reach the majority of toddlers who don't have access to early education, we'd reap benefits across the board.
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Feeding the World’s Largest Population: How China’s Dietary Habits are Changing World Agriculture

Last month there was report speculating that America might have reached 'peak-meat consumption.' Now it appears that China consumes way more meat that the...
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Fertile Soils Need Animal Agriculture: Joel Salatin on Integrated Farming

Fertile Soils Need Animal Agriculture: Joel Salatin on Integrated Farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of America's best-known sustainable farmers makes the case for enlightened animal agriculture.
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Yale Environment 360: Leaf-Mimicking Design Boosts Output of Solar Panels

Yale Environment 360: Leaf-Mimicking Design Boosts Output of Solar Panels | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

By adding microscopic folds onto the surface of photovoltaic materials, a design variation borrowed from a natural leaf, researchers say they have been able to boost the solar output of flexible plastic solar cells by 47 percent.

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Infographic: What's Wrong with Our Food System? - Environment - GOOD

Infographic: What's Wrong with Our Food System? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Globally there are a billion people who go hungry. Supporting small-scale food producers and tackling climate change can reduce that number.
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The Growth Obsession – And Why Social Enterprises and Funders Need To Snap Out of It

The Growth Obsession – And Why Social Enterprises and Funders Need To Snap Out of It | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As a corporate strategy person, I totally get why traditional for-profit companies seek to grow: to make ever more money for their shareholders. Fine. But what I don’t get are social enterprises – however you define the term – when they talk about the “do-good equivalent” of the word “growth”, which is often referred to as “scale”. If the end goal of a for-profit corporation is to make as much money as possible (infinity + beyond $$$), what is the end goal of a nonprofit or for-profit social enterprise?
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Rural Life Without the Hard Edges

Rural Life Without the Hard Edges | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Nine months into a year off the grid, a realization dawns that it's not that hard. And then, there's the unending natural beauty.
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Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future?

Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Recently, a team of researchers at the University of California in San Diego released the results of a fascinating study involving the use of nanotechnology to convert solar energy into hydrogen power...
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NOMAD Solar Lamp Adds to Portable Solar Options | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

NOMAD Solar Lamp Adds to Portable Solar Options | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new portable solar light option was exhibited at the last Salone del Mobile in Milan, which took place between 17 and 22 April.
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The Secret Energy Drain on Cities: Streetlights

The Secret Energy Drain on Cities: Streetlights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
San Diego County has made it easy for its cities to convert to energy-efficient streetlights.
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Sustainability in the crazy-quilt world of metro regions | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Sustainability in the crazy-quilt world of metro regions | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our highly fragmented "system" of local governments makes it nearly impossible to address important issues facing metropolitan America in a rational way. Indeed, just getting around a metro region can be a challenge.
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Can collaboration substitute for authority in solving regional problems? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Can collaboration substitute for authority in solving regional problems? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  As elaborated in yesterday’s post, metropolitan regions may well be the economic engines that drive America, and they may be one of the most significant scales (along with neighborhoods) for addressing environmental challenges.  But they can...
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: From the files: transit planning in Baltimore County

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: From the files: transit planning in Baltimore County | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

hen I worked there in FY2010, Baltimore County was going through the update process for the County Master Plan, and I sat in on some of the meetings related to transportation. They asked me to submit a piece on transit. (I was derisive originally of the county's lead transportation planner, but over time came to realize that his ability to do much in the way of transit related work was constrained by the political and social environment in the county--buses as "loser cruisers", light rail as "loot rail,"etc.)

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Curated Learning 'Playlists' Make It Easy to Share Knowledge Online - Education - GOOD

Curated Learning 'Playlists' Make It Easy to Share Knowledge Online - Education - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
More reliable than a search engine, more accessible than a textbook, MentorMob crowdsources knowledge on a wide range of topics.
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WATCH: Amazing Time-Lapse Video Took Two Years To Make

WATCH: Amazing Time-Lapse Video Took Two Years To Make | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This one would probably have impressed Ansel Adams.
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New Project Seeks to Turn 500,000 Polluted Sites Into Renewable Power Hotspots

New Project Seeks to Turn 500,000 Polluted Sites Into Renewable Power Hotspots | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are a half million contaminated sites across 15 million acres in the United States, and a new initiative aims to spur clean energy development on as much of it as possible.
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A New App Helps You Buy Less—and Give Generously - Business - GOOD

A New App Helps You Buy Less—and Give Generously - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new app helps you forgo a cup of coffee in favor of a charitable donation.
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Insights in Human Knowledge, From the Minds of Babies

Insights in Human Knowledge, From the Minds of Babies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Elizabeth S. Spelke studies infants and toddlers to understand how the brain works by determining what, if anything, humans are born knowing.
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High Resolution Movie Reveals the Infrastructure of Humans on Earth - information aesthetics

High Resolution Movie Reveals the Infrastructure of Humans on Earth - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The movie "Welcome to the Anthropocene" [vimeo.com] developed by global education organization Globaia reveals the start of a new geological era dominated by humans, by visualizing its main infrastructure, such as cities, roads, railways, transmissions lines and underwater cables.

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A low-cost way to improve public transit: Add joy

A low-cost way to improve public transit: Add joy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Can transit incorporate art? Yes! How about playground equipment? You bet. Even … sex? Oh yeah, baby.
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Using The Addictive Power Of Gaming To Make You Exercise More

Using The Addictive Power Of Gaming To Make You Exercise More | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is an amazing time to be a health-data nerd. Thanks to the proliferation of low-cost sensors, devices like the FitBit, Nike+FuelBand, and Basis (a heartbeat sensor in a watch) allow users to track, graph, and analyze their every move.
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Best U.S. Metros for Women's Well-Being

Best U.S. Metros for Women's Well-Being | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Large U.S. cities offer high quality of life for women, according to the Social Science Research Council.
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The Edible City

The Edible City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Watch a new animation from ASLA’s “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes” online exhibition that shows how to turn a conventional community into an edible city. Learn how...
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