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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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San Francisco Will Pioneer Electric Bike Sharing - Environment - GOOD

San Francisco Will Pioneer Electric Bike Sharing - Environment - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With federal backing, the city is partnering with a local car share service to offer members access to electric bikes.
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Think Big, Start Small #GlobalLove #SocEnt

Think Big, Start Small #GlobalLove #SocEnt | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You hear the stories every day, in fact just recently we blogged about a similar story, a small group of people making a big difference through little acts.

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NPR Story: SNAP is a Lifeline for Millions - Bread Blog

NPR Story: SNAP is a Lifeline for Millions - Bread Blog | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Federal nutrition programs are finding ways to connect the people who rely on them with a healthy selection of foods. Photo by Jim Stipe.
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On a sustainable street, there are no jaywalkers

On a sustainable street, there are no jaywalkers | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
At the start of the 20th century, streets belonged as much to pedestrians and children at play as to cars. By the end of it, stepping into the street in the wrong place was a crime. How did jaywalking become a crime?
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Green Car Congress: Endesa develops prototype charger enabling electric vehicle to return power to the grid; hoping for deployment by 2020

Endesa, Spain’s largest utility, has developed a prototype V2G (Vehicle to Grid) charger that enables electric vehicles to return stored power to the grid. The company projects that the technology could be a reality in 2020, and would allow electric vehicle users to sell surplus energy.

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How do our thoughts influence our physical sensations?: Scientific American

How do our thoughts influence our physical sensations?: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Jeannine Stamatakis, an instructor at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, explains...
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From Fungi to Factory - Innovation for a Finite Planet

Rennselaer students create a growing business - literally - by making packaging with fungi and farm waste. More: http://www.ecovativedesign.com http://j.mp/R...
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Don't Reinvent The Wheel, Steal It: An Urban Planning Award for Cities That Copy - Cities - GOOD

Don't Reinvent The Wheel, Steal It: An Urban Planning Award for Cities That Copy - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The world's 567,000 mayors should be poaching each other's good ideas, not reinventing the wheel.
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Strong Sustainability

Strong Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

In order to achieve sustainability, we need scenarios of where we want to go: not only warnings and plans, but also reports as if we'd already made the transition. Who would have suspected they'd come from the south Pacific?

 

New Zealand, apart from supplying the setting for The Lord of the Rings, is a good place to think about sustainability. A small nation, it is relatively free from imperial delusions. Surrounded by water, it's heavily dependent on foreign trade, exporting (for example) dairy products, meat, wool, and wood. Foreign trade would be adversely affected by a sharp rise in the price of oil. One analyst who takes account of the global peak of oil production, argues that New Zealand may be one of the first countries to achieve sustainability, driven in part by need.

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Ikea Launches New Solvinden Wind and Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

Ikea Launches New Solvinden Wind and Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ikea just announced a brand new line of Solvinden lights that are powered by the wind as well as the sun!
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Innovation of the Week: Rewarding Farmers for Providing Ecosystem Services

Supporting poor rural farmers and including them into business discussions can have big payoffs for all -- especially the environment.
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Real Time Farms Makes Eating Local Transparent

Real Time Farms Makes Eating Local Transparent | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
These days, it’s almost de rigueur for a restaurant to describe its food as “local.” But do you know which farm that arugula on your wood-fired flatbread came from? Probably not.
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Get Mesmerized By An Interactive Remix Of Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Get Mesmerized By An Interactive Remix Of Van Gogh’s Starry Night | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" just got a digital facelift, taking it off the canvas and onto a computer screen. Not only is it beautiful to look at, though, it’s also responsive.
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The new geography of trade: globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery

The new geography of trade: globalization’s decline may stimulate local recovery | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It is an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations. Global trade depends on cheap, long-distance freight transportation. Freight costs will rise with climate change, the end of cheap oil, and policies to mitigate these two challenges.

 

At first, the increase in freight costs will be bad news for developed and developing nations alike but, as adjustments in the patterns of trade occur, the result is likely to be decreased outsourcing with more manufacturing and food production jobs in North America and the European Union. The pattern of trade will change as increasing transportation costs outweigh traditional sources of comparative advantage, such as lower wages. The new geography of trade will not result from policy or treaties but from the impact of changing environmental conditions due to the growth of the human economy. Global trade can be disrupted by many kinds of natural disaster: the tsunami and nuclear emergency in Japan slowed auto production in the United States, and Australian floods lowered coal exports to China.1,2 The supply chains of global production and distribution are more vulnerable than we would like to admit. Up to now, we have adapted to disruptions and global trade has continued to expand. But greater challenges to global trade lie ahead. Continual growth, or even maintenance, of the current physical volume of trade is unsustainable.

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America’s Forest: Now with 20% More Love | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy

America’s Forest: Now with 20% More Love | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Forests in North America are getting some love: the U.S. Forest Service announces it will be increasing the pace of forest conservation over the next three years.
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Want to Promote Job Training and Adult Education? Then Fund Them Adequately

Want to Promote Job Training and Adult Education? Then Fund Them Adequately | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
House Republicans say that the proposals they are pushing in negotiations over continuing emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI) will “promot[e] more job search and education and training needed to help the unemployed get back to work...
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» Barder on Post-Bureaucratic Aid . . . and the Complexity Motive Behind Cash on Delivery » Global Development: Views from the Center

» Barder on Post-Bureaucratic Aid . . . and the Complexity Motive Behind Cash on Delivery » Global Development: Views from the Center | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Owen Barder unpacks the results agenda, now so much discussed in the aid and development community, here.  It’s brilliant. He sets out four different motivations of various parties in the community for their recent focus on the “results agenda”.
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Nuclear Power vs. Natural Gas

Nuclear Power vs. Natural Gas | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
One of the biggest risks the Southern Company faces in embarking on a big nuclear project is that natural gas will remain far more affordable.
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A second winner at this year's Super Bowl: the walkable downtown | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A second winner at this year's Super Bowl: the walkable downtown | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
  I’ve had several occasions in the past three years or so to travel to Indianapolis, site of last Sunday’s Super Bowl.  I am always struck, riding in from the airport, by how well Lucas Oil Stadium, where this year’s...
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Why The Planet Doesn’t Care About Your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Why The Planet Doesn’t Care About Your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Gernot Wagner doesn’t drive. He doesn’t eat meat either. But he’d be the first to tell you that those gestures don’t really make a difference.
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Planning for the Rio+20 Conference: Enter the Commons?

Planning for the Rio+20 Conference: Enter the Commons? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro this June will be a major event in the world’s ecological history. The event, officially the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will provide an opportunity for the world’s nation’s to take stock of what has happened to the environment since an earlier, landmark conference in Rio in 1992 – climate change, loss of biodiversity, species extinctions, desertification, etc., etc. – and to plot ambitious strategies to save the planet in the coming decades.

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Breaking News Stunner: DOE Loan Guarantee Program Will Cost $2 Billion Less Than Initially Expected

Breaking News Stunner: DOE Loan Guarantee Program Will Cost $2 Billion Less Than Initially Expected | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In an independent review, John McCain’s former National Finance Chairman finds the loan guarantee program was cost-effective for taxpayers by Richard W.
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A Carbon Allowance in Every Pot

A researcher proposes that the distribution of personal carbon allowances and shorter working hours be embraced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly and equitably.
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The Scale Of The Universe 2: Cary and Michael Huang Release Amazing Interactive Visualization (VIDEO)

The Scale Of The Universe 2: Cary and Michael Huang Release Amazing Interactive Visualization (VIDEO) | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
You could call it "Powers of Ten" for the Millennial Generation. Cary and Michael Huang, the minds behind the 2010 hit "Scale of the Universe," have released a follow-up to their original interactive visualization.
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Connecticut to Vote on New Residential Solar Program | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Connecticut to Vote on New Residential Solar Program | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Homeowners in Connecticut will soon have access to a new pool of funds to help them go solar, if the CT Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)...
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