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Where Housing Is Making a Comeback

Where Housing Is Making a Comeback | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There are signs that the U.S. housing market is finally bouncing off its bottom.
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Diana Balmori: “The Important Thing Is the Space”

Diana Balmori: “The Important Thing Is the Space” | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In a talk at the National Building Museum, Spanish-born Diana Balmori, FASLA, a leading landscape designer famous for both her projects in Spain and the U.S., made the case for focusing on our la...
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The Top 10 Items Washing Up On Our Shores

The Top 10 Items Washing Up On Our Shores | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There is a lot of trash in the ocean--so much that a massive trash vortex is swirling around in the North Pacific Ocean, Method is working on an entire ocean plastic supply chain for its detergent bottles, and researchers sailing in the...
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Plain Vanilla Fail: A Matter Of Climate Change, Population Growth, & Clear-Cutting?

Plain Vanilla Fail: A Matter Of Climate Change, Population Growth, & Clear-Cutting? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vacuous news coverage fails to address why vanilla bean crops have failed - extreme weather, clear-cutting, and overpopulation...
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'Innovation Is the Easy Part': Providing Fuel for the Social Impact Sector - Business - GOOD

'Innovation Is the Easy Part': Providing Fuel for the Social Impact Sector - Business - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How universities and accelerators are driving social entrepreneurship forward.
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Black + Blum Design A Better Water Bottle, Complete WIth A Giant Charcoal Stick | Fast Company

Black + Blum Design A Better Water Bottle, Complete WIth A Giant Charcoal Stick | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Black + Blum goes back to basics with a military canteen-inspired bottle.
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"The Mismeasure of Wealth" by Partha Dasgupta and Anantha Duraiappah | Project Syndicate

"The Mismeasure of Wealth" by Partha Dasgupta and Anantha Duraiappah | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability published a report in January that calls for a radical redesign of the global economy, declaring that “tinkering around the margins” will no longer suffice.
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Chump change: Stopping global warming is much cheaper than you think

Chump change: Stopping global warming is much cheaper than you think | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Politicians like to claim we can't afford to take drastic climate action right now. A U.K. report debunks that myth.
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The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition - News - Towards Rio Plus 20: The Way to Global Responsibility

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition - News - Towards Rio Plus 20: The Way to Global Responsibility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

n June, the UN Conference on sustainable developmentwill take place in Rio. Oceans are one of the main priorities and I will bring to the “Rio plus 20″ conference the EU commitment to move forward on several fronts, towards ambitious goals.

 

The impact of our plans to phase out discards will be lessened in the absence of a roadmap for the rest of the world. The same goes for illegal fishing: we have to seize the opportunity to step up international commitment and work toward a worldwide catch certification scheme.

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Water, Water Everywhere: I Am Made of Lake Michigan - Environment - GOOD

Water, Water Everywhere: I Am Made of Lake Michigan - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A dispatch from the home waters of the Upper Midwest...
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Arizona Senate Bill 1507 Aims to Prohibit the Rio Declaration and Ban Sustainability

Arizona Senate Bill 1507 Aims to Prohibit the Rio Declaration and Ban Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Arizona Senate Bill 1507, is a bill that would serve the sole purpose of prohibiting the Rio Declaration in Arizona. If passed, what would be the potential ramifications with regard to the health, vibrancy and economic future of our state?
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Trade in the 20th century electric grid. Don’t trade off local energy

Trade in the 20th century electric grid. Don’t trade off local energy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The future of U.S. energy policy is not about trade-offs, but rather a chance to trade in an obsolete paradigm for a local clean energy future.
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The Kindness of Cities

The Kindness of Cities | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Studies suggest city dwellers are meaner than their suburban counterparts. Here's what the researchers don't understand.
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Pennsylvania Enacts 4-Foot Passing Law, Nabs Violator on First Day | Streetsblog.net

Pennsylvania Enacts 4-Foot Passing Law, Nabs Violator on First Day | Streetsblog.net | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
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Diane Curley Is Starting The Conversation To Curb Obesity | Fast Company

Diane Curley Is Starting The Conversation To Curb Obesity | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This year, the U.S. government started a program for healthcare innovators. One innovator, Diane Curly is treating obesity like any other disease or addiction and trains nurses to talk to patients about treatment.
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The symbolic power of bladeless wind turbines

The symbolic power of bladeless wind turbines | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Critics of renewable energy are obsessed with the costs and practicalities of cleantech right this instant. Visitors to Silicon Valley in the 1970s didn't see the iPhone coming, either. There are countless innovative new ideas blowing in the wind.
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Can a Sustainable Town Be Built From Scratch in the Middle of Nowhere?

Can a Sustainable Town Be Built From Scratch in the Middle of Nowhere? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A controversial proposal seeks to help revive Southern California's troubled Salton Sea.
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Designing Collaboration: New Platform Helps Global Problem-Solvers Share Stories - Design - GOOD

Designing Collaboration: New Platform Helps Global Problem-Solvers Share Stories - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Problem solvers of the world unite: an elegant new platform lets poverty fighters share their design-oriented solutions...
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Dinosaur Dig in China Turns Up Largest Known Feathered Animal

Dinosaur Dig in China Turns Up Largest Known Feathered Animal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fossils of a previously unrecognized dinosaur found in China show that it is the largest known feathered animal, living or extinct, scientists report.
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Talking happiness

Talking happiness | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

I’m writing this on a plane, on my way home from four conferences on the “new economy.” Clearly there is rapidly growing interest in this subject, due in no small degree to the ongoing disintegration, and worsening dysfunction, of our present economic system. All four conferences (one in Berkeley; one in Tarrytown, New York; one at Harvard, organized by students; and one at the United Nations) were interesting and important, but the UN conference on “High Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm,” organized by the nation of Bhutan, was especially noteworthy.

 

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'The American Way Of Eating' Author Tracie McMillan Goes Undercover At Metro Detroit Walmart

'The American Way Of Eating' Author Tracie McMillan Goes Undercover At Metro Detroit Walmart | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It took journalist Tracie McMillan five months and 115 phone calls to line up the job she was striving for: a produce stocker at Walmart.
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Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD

Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Just half of Americans recycle daily, and 13 percent don't recycle at all.
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Simple Tool Helps Companies Address Water Risks

Simple Tool Helps Companies Address Water Risks | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
WWF has created the Water Risk Filter, a tool that helps companies identify their water related risks and develop ways to address them.
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Blown away: Wind power growing faster than other top electricity sources

Blown away: Wind power growing faster than other top electricity sources | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Electricity generation from coal and nuclear fell in the last few years, while wind power generation skyrocketed. But policies like the production tax credit are still needed to help wind compete.
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