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Building carbon-negative is a reality | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands

Building carbon-negative is a reality | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

As a result, sustainable buildings made of straw bales and hemp construction, can have zero heat requirements, they are saving money and reduce CO2 emissions.

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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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Welcome to Sustainability Science

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Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Nestlé creates market for food-grade recycled plastics 

Nestlé creates market for food-grade recycled plastics  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Nestlé has announced that it will invest up to $3 billion to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

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Should you buy that plane ticket? These 3 questions can help you stop agonizing

Should you buy that plane ticket? These 3 questions can help you stop agonizing | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
These are hard questions for the flying public; there are no easy answers. And they could alter your travel life.
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We are finally starting to see environmental impact showing up more consistently in regular consumer pieces/buying guides that used to focus exclusively on price and comfort.
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Inside Tesla’s assault on Germany’s auto establishment

Inside Tesla’s assault on Germany’s auto establishment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
German rangers stand guard to shoo away visitors from a nondescript stretch of forest near Berlin, where a sign nearby warns of “Lebensgefahr” (mortal danger).
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These Photos Capture the World's Sewer Systems When They Were Brand New

These Photos Capture the World's Sewer Systems When They Were Brand New | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Archival images from the late 19th and early 20th centuries reveal engineered labyrinths of civic optimism
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Nestlé ceases to source Brazil soy from Cargill

Nestlé ceases to source Brazil soy from Cargill | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, has stopped buying Cargill’s Brazilian soy because of concerns about the link to deforestation.

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Exclusive: Chamber of Commerce CEO to push for climate change, immigration action

Exclusive: Chamber of Commerce CEO to push for climate change, immigration action | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's a departure for the powerful business group.
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Why do gas prices rise quickly and come down so slowly?

Why do gas prices rise quickly and come down so slowly? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's not your imagination. Energy experts say it's common for gas prices to rise quickly when oil markets are disrupted and then take their sweet time returning to normal.
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I had not heard of the "rockets and feathers" reference before, but it seems an apt description.
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Macpac supplies sustainable BreakdownPET trays for ‘ethical’ bakers

Macpac supplies sustainable BreakdownPET trays for ‘ethical’ bakers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Thermoforming manufacturer Macpac has produced a tray design and raw material solution to ensure bakers and food processors OGGS keeps its supply chain as sustainable as possible.


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'Tectonic time bomb:' Maps show where massive California earthquakes cause the most shaking and destruction

'Tectonic time bomb:' Maps show where massive California earthquakes cause the most shaking and destruction | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
California has suffered some destructive earthquakes in the last few decades but much bigger quakes are possible. These maps show some scenarios.
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The coming quake will have huge implications (and ultimately opportunities) for sustainability.  But as with all such disasters, we need to have a plan in place before hand to lay out a path forward. 
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The Climate Change Health Risks Facing a Child Born Today: A Tale of Two Futures

The Climate Change Health Risks Facing a Child Born Today: A Tale of Two Futures | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The latest Countdown report from the medical journal Lancet lays out the risks ahead, from the womb to adulthood.
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Tesla Cybertruck will have solar roof option to add 15 miles of range per day

Tesla Cybertruck will have solar roof option to add 15 miles of range per day | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla’s new Cybertruck electric pickup truck will be offered with a solar roof option over the truck’s bed that will be able to add 15 miles of range per day. We’ve discussed solar roofs on electric vehicles before, most recently with the one on the new Prius Prime, but the recurring problem is that …
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News analysis: Elon Musk’s Cybertruck built to shatterproof Tesla stock

News analysis: Elon Musk’s Cybertruck built to shatterproof Tesla stock | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Cybertruck is perhaps best understood as Tesla’s latest effort to bulletproof its own stock multiple.
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As Australia Burns, a Climate-Change Denier Rallies the Troops

As Australia Burns, a Climate-Change Denier Rallies the Troops | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Scroll through the Facebook page of Craig Kelly, a conservative politician, and you’ll see why the country has not taken strong action on global warming.
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The power of misinformation in the hands of a charlatan and when injected into a polarized population can to material harm.
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Trump’s Obsession with Toilets Is Less of a Random Rant Than It Appears

Trump’s Obsession with Toilets Is Less of a Random Rant Than It Appears | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A conservative crusade centered on bathrooms and dishwashers has sabotaged one of the government's most effective tools for fighting climate change.
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Architect Dan Brunn built his house over a secret brook in L.A.

Architect Dan Brunn built his house over a secret brook in L.A. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Brookside is an enclave in Mid-Wilshire that is named for the water that runs from the Hollywood Hills through the neighborhood and out to Ballona Creek.
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Mineral supply for green tech should be part of climate negotiations

Mineral supply for green tech should be part of climate negotiations | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers published a paper in Science stating that the global low-carbon revolution could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals.

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Tokyo 2020 athletes will sleep on beds made from cardboard

Tokyo 2020 athletes will sleep on beds made from cardboard | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be taking their daily naps on beds constructed from cardboard.
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Two U.S. auto trade groups merge as regulatory issues loom - Reuters

Two U.S. auto trade groups merge as regulatory issues loom - Reuters | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Two major U.S. automotive trade groups said Wednesday they will merge as the industry faces dramatic challenges, including regulatory, trade and emissions issues.
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Denim Made Strides In Sustainable Dyes, Fibers and Finishing In 2019 

Denim Made Strides In Sustainable Dyes, Fibers and Finishing In 2019  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As the market of ethical and health-conscious consumers expands, so does the demand for more sustainable fabric. A recent report from global technology research and advisory company Technavio, said the global denim jeans market is expected to grow by more than $14 million by 2024. And much of the growth, Technavio said, will be attributed to the industry’s adoption of organic cotton. Global production of organic cotton increased 56 percent in the 2017-2018 crop year—the largest output of organic cotton since the recession.

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New Nike Atsuma shoe aims to reduce material waste 

New Nike Atsuma shoe aims to reduce material waste  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

A new Nike sneaker released this week (1 January) aims to reduce material waste by using scraps created during the production process.


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America After Climate Change, Mapped

America After Climate Change, Mapped | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
With “The 2100 Project: An Atlas for A Green New Deal,” the McHarg Center tries to visualize how the warming world will reshape the United States.
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Climate change: UN talks in Madrid hit rough waters

Climate change: UN talks in Madrid hit rough waters | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
UN climate talks in Madrid appear to be in trouble as they head deep into extra time.
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285 Companies’ Science-Based Targets Signal Significant Progress Toward Paris Agreement Goals

285 Companies’ Science-Based Targets Signal Significant Progress Toward Paris Agreement Goals | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New report reveals that by meeting their science-based targets, these companies — with more GHGs than France and Spain, combined — will eliminate 265 million metric tons of emissions from their operations, equivalent to closing 68 coal-fired power plants.

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The Environmental Cost Of Fashion

The Environmental Cost Of Fashion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
For most people, reducing their carbon footprint means driving less, composting and recycling. But how about what's in their closets?
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