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Green Rural Design Aims to Slow Urban Slum Growth

Green Rural Design Aims to Slow Urban Slum Growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The NESTown development concept envisions the building of self-sufficient, environmentally friendly 'semi-urban centers' in rural Ethiopia that would allow farmers to improve their financial prospects without abandoning the land.
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Cleantech Clusters – Scaling Local Economic Development for Global Investment | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Cleantech Clusters – Scaling Local Economic Development for Global Investment | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There has been an explosion of cleantech clusters around the world, promising to help accelerate financing, growth, job creation and the next generation of...
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Fighting Famines with Markets: In Ethiopia, an Exchange Empowers Rural Farmers - Business - GOOD

Fighting Famines with Markets: In Ethiopia, an Exchange Empowers Rural Farmers - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A modern commodity exchange improved the lot of Ethiopia's smallholder farmers. Now the model is spreading across Africa.
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"The Problem of Priorities" by Bjørn Lomborg | Project Syndicate

"The Problem of Priorities" by Bjørn Lomborg | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This decade has witnessed remarkable progress in addressing humanity’s greatest challenges, from eradicating polio in India to cutting extreme poverty in half. But how should the world determine which big challenges to tackle next?
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Rethinking Some Old Habits, One of Them Close to Home

Rethinking Some Old Habits, One of Them Close to Home | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The RAND Corporation prepared a report for the Energy Department analyzing traditional methods of everyday activities like reading the news or getting around with the intention of reducing energy consumption without completely starting from scratch.
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The rain-barrel connection: Building a better flusher

The rain-barrel connection: Building a better flusher | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A writer dreams of someday flushing his toilet with rainwater. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not.
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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed.
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New Emissions-Curbing Strategy: Buy Coal in Ground and Lock Up Supply: Scientific American

New Emissions-Curbing Strategy: Buy Coal in Ground and Lock Up Supply: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The most effective strategies to combat climate change do not focus on demand-side solutions such as carbon taxes or emission caps, an economist argues...
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A Data-Driven Case for Walkability

A Data-Driven Case for Walkability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These statistics offer fresh insights into the importance of walking.
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China Transportation Briefing: Kingdom of Electric Vehicles? | TheCityFix

China Transportation Briefing: Kingdom of Electric Vehicles? | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In 2009, China overtook the United States as the world’s largest auto market after selling more than 13 million vehicles. Given that motorization is an irreversible trend in China, electric cars are seen as a solution to challenges like energy security and air pollution, and they have been highlighted in China’s 12th Five Year Plan.

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Data summaries show walkable communities are good for our health, and for business, too | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Data summaries show walkable communities are good for our health, and for business, too | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  About a year ago, NRDC’s executive director, Peter Lehner, asked me what one word, if I had to choose, would most closely describe a smart, sustainable community.  Peter thought that the word might be density.  But I chose walkability...
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Reimagining Work

Reimagining Work | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
If you won the jackpot today, would you go back to work tomorrow? The question may sound absurd, but there are plenty of lottery winners who have done just that.
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Food & Water Watch Takes a Hard Look at Market Self-Regulation

Food & Water Watch Takes a Hard Look at Market Self-Regulation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Picture a group of really tall basketball players, playing keep-away with a group of small children. They laugh and joke as they toss the ball back and forth over the outstretched arms of the frustrated little ones.
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What does your ideal street look like? A smart growth expert weighs in

What does your ideal street look like? A smart growth expert weighs in | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Planner and smart-growth advocate Mike Lydon talks bike-friendly cities and bike-unfriendly cops, livable streets, and his ideal streetscape.
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Breakthrough Rivals Speed of Natural Photosynthesis, Sets Solar Energy World Record

Breakthrough Rivals Speed of Natural Photosynthesis, Sets Solar Energy World Record | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Harvesting solar energy just got one step closer to rivaling the efficiency of nature.
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Behold The Slingshot Drone

Behold The Slingshot Drone | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists in Utah have found a novel way to map wetlands: Launching UAVs into the air with a giant slingshot.
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The puzzle of consciousness is so devilish that scientists and philosophers are still struggling with how to talk about it, let alone figure out what it is and where it comes from.

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Meditation on the Colors of Nature

Meditation on the Colors of Nature | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A mother on a year's adventure in Maine living off the grid sees the seasons and the hues of nature in a whole new light.
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How Green Are Electric Cars? Depends On Where You Plug In

How Green Are Electric Cars? Depends On Where You Plug In | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
IT'S a lot like one of those math problems that gave you fits in sixth grade: a salesman leaves home in Denver and drives his electric car to a meeting in Boulder.
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Panasonic Unveils “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week

Panasonic Unveils “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At Interni Legacy for Milan Design Week 2012, Akihisa Hirata's Photosynthesis Ecosytem is a creates a glowing landscape from tree-like clusters of solar cells.
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How Jay Want Prescribes A Change In The Business Of Paying For Health Care

How Jay Want Prescribes A Change In The Business Of Paying For Health Care | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This year, the U.S. government started a program for health-care innovators. One innovator, Jay Want sees a more efficient and cost-effective future for health-care payments.
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The Elegant History of Shanghai's Rundown Communal Villas

The Elegant History of Shanghai's Rundown Communal Villas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Over the last century, old English villas became de facto apartment buildings, with pasts full of secrets and stories.
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Study: In Baltimore, One in Six Drivers Pass Cyclists Illegally | Streetsblog.net

Study: In Baltimore, One in Six Drivers Pass Cyclists Illegally | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

This is one of the worst parts of biking on a typical American street: You’re riding your bike and you hear a car coming up from behind you. It’s loud; you can tell it’s going fast. Does the driver see you?

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The Growth of Distance Learning

The Growth of Distance Learning | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Distance learning used to be a cumbersome and uncertain alternative to the traditional classroom experience. However, Internet technology has made digital learning more interactive, and drastically improved the quality of these programs.
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The Problem with the TOMS Shoes Charity Model

The Problem with the TOMS Shoes Charity Model | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are several big problems with TOMS model: by giving away shoes, it creates a dependency, and it disrupts local economies.
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