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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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Visualizing the State of Democracy in 7 Countries - information aesthetics

Visualizing the State of Democracy in 7 Countries - information aesthetics | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Democracy by Numbers [arte.tv] is a beautiful series of infographics developed by the data visualization agency Dataveyes for the French-German television channel arte.tv. Since January, the TV network is broadcasting a series of documentaries highlighting 7 countries as they go through a change in their political system. The goal is to take the pulse of democracy in those countries, based on their history of government and social issues.

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Spiders Web Biomimicry

Spiders Web Biomimicry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry - sometimes called biomimetics - is "the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems." Creati...
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Leaf it to Me: Biomimicry and the Artificial Leaf | Triple Helix Online

Leaf it to Me: Biomimicry and the Artificial Leaf | Triple Helix Online | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This article describes the functioning of two models of the artificial leaf and how each is designed using principles derived from nature.
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Space-Based Solar Power

Space-Based Solar Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

First, let’s understand the ground-based alternative well enough to know what space buys us. But in comparing ground-based solar to space-based solar, I will depart from what I think may be the most practical/economic path for ground-based solar. I do this because space-based solar adds so much expense and complexity that we gain a large margin for upping the expense and complexity on the ground as well.

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"The Energy Deficit" by Michael Spence | Project Syndicate

"The Energy Deficit" by Michael Spence | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Having underinvested in energy efficiency and security when the costs of doing so were lower, the US today is poorly positioned to face the prospect of rising energy prices.
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Hunger Resources: Foreign aid. Global Development. Women Farmers. - Bread Blog

Hunger Resources: Foreign aid. Global Development. Women Farmers. - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Photo by Flickr user Gerald Perera. In this next installment of hunger resources, I've gathered a collection of articles focusing on international issues and how aid enables global development. Got any hunger resources of your own?
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Photo Tour: What Will It Take To Make Our Cities 100% Green? | Environment | AlterNet

Photo Tour: What Will It Take To Make Our Cities 100% Green? | Environment | AlterNet | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Vancouver, BC is pioneering the most aggressive urban sustainability project in North America. So -- how's it going?
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Data Spotlight: Ranking States by Their Dependence on Manufacturing | Newgeography.com

Data Spotlight: Ranking States by Their Dependence on Manufacturing | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A recent Brookings paper makes a clear case from the start: “Manufacturing matters to the United States …” Other economists and econ bloggers aren’t so sure.

 

What’s clear, however, is certain states (think Indiana, Wisconsin, and Arkansas) depend on manufacturing to fuel their economies more than others. One way to measure just how dependent states are on manufacturing – rather than simply looking at total jobs or exports – is by looking at a common concentration measure known as location quotient (LQ).

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"Intelligent Urban Design" by Esther Dyson | Project Syndicate

"Intelligent Urban Design" by Esther Dyson | Project Syndicate | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sometimes, in order for evolution to do its best work, the individual components need some intelligent design.
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Make yourself useful: Five food actions in five minutes

Make yourself useful: Five food actions in five minutes | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
We've collected some the most important things you can do to speak up for a greener food system right now.
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Using Google Earth To Count The World’s Fish

Using Google Earth To Count The World’s Fish | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fisherman are known for telling tall tales. Fish farmers, it turns out, are also likely to exaggerate (at least in certain countries).
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U.S. Startup Develops Process to Convert Plastic Waste into Oil | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

U.S. Startup Develops Process to Convert Plastic Waste into Oil | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A U.S.startup company says it has developed a technology to convert plastic waste into a highly refined, low-sulphur oil, an innovation company officials say...
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InnerNet Weekly: Living Lessons of Biomimicry

InnerNet Weekly: Living Lessons of Biomimicry | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Biomimics are men and women who are exploring nature’s masterpieces — photosynthesis, self-assembly, natural selection, and more–and then copying these designs and manufacturing processes to solve our own problems. I call their quest biomimicry — the conscious emulation of life’s genius.

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Building a Future for Rwandan Women, Brick by Brick - Design - GOOD

Building a Future for Rwandan Women, Brick by Brick - Design - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The Women's Opportunity Center was conceived as a sustainable space for vocational and agricultural training that will be built by local women.
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Design by Nature: a Book on Biomimicry | The Living Principles

Design by Nature: a Book on Biomimicry | The Living Principles | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Biomimicry, derived from the Greek for “imitating life”, is a growing field that looks to Nature for problem-solving and processes.
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"A Pivot to the People" by Anne-Marie Slaughter | Project Syndicate

While many foreign-policy pundits have focused on the US “pivot to Asia,” it has also executed a less-publicized, but no less important, pivot to the people.
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LinkedIn Aggregation Shows Green Jobs Surge Ahead in Recession

LinkedIn Aggregation Shows Green Jobs Surge Ahead in Recession | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Despite the best wishes of those ideologically opposed, either for political reasons, or through ties to declining fossil fuel sector, or both, the green jobs economy has been performing robustly.
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Make Technology--and the World--Frictionless: Scientific American

Make Technology--and the World--Frictionless: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Make buying, voting and losing weight easier by blasting away unnecessary steps...
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: The answer to most questions about biking as transportation is biking as transportation

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: The answer to most questions about biking as transportation is biking as transportation | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

At the National Bike Summit yesterday, one of the opening sessions was a forum on women and cycling. While everyone on the panel--including DC's own Veronica Davis, a Ward 7 activist, civil engineer, and entrepreneur, and founder of Black Women Bike DC, and Nelle Pierson, Events Coordinator of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association--made many important, insightful points, the presentations were not at the level of generating meta-theory. (E.g., if you want to really deal with bike to school programs, you need state level policy changes to force "local" school districts to engage in balanced transportation planning. And those are the kinds of answers--realizations that bike advocates aren't making,maybe partly because it feels so "concrete" and "direct" to be doing something, especially at the local level.)

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Pig ears and donkey butts: 5 foods that could save the world

Pig ears and donkey butts: 5 foods that could save the world | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, eats some pretty strange dishes. Now, he wants you to do the same in the name of saving the world: You can change the world one plate...
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New York Maps Viable Offshore Wind Power

New York Maps Viable Offshore Wind Power | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Working with NOAA, New York officials seek to identify the best locations for wind farms with an eye toward protecting commercial shipping and fishing as well as ecological niches.
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Building Businesses That Stand For Something

Building Businesses That Stand For Something | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Last year, Patagonia launched a “Don’t Buy This Jacket” campaign, encouraging people to buy their products used instead of new.
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Discovering Urbanism: Review of Lasting Value

Discovering Urbanism: Review of Lasting Value | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

A vibrant city and a healthy countryside are vitally interrelated, or at least they should be. This is one of the conclusions reached by Rick Preutz in the new book Lasting Value from APA Planners’ Press. The author meticulously evaluates twenty-five communities around the United States that are considered successful in preserving land for recreational parks, agricultural, and protection of ecosystems. Beyond simply presenting an inventory of achievements – although it does, down to the acre – the book explores why these policy objectives came into being and how they have been carried out.

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