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London supermarket becomes one of the first mainstream chains to introduce plastic-free zones

London supermarket becomes one of the first mainstream chains to introduce plastic-free zones | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
With the help of campaign group A Plastic Planet, Thornton's Budgens created plastic-free zones in its Belsize Park shop in just 10 weeks
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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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Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: Build a National Park, Build Democracy

Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: Build a National Park, Build Democracy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“For people who have been refugees for the last 30 years, protecting Afghan wildlife was a way of protecting your own identity,” said Alex Dehgan, CEO and founder of Conservation X Labs, who [...]
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Upward and Outward Growth: Managing Urban Expansion for More Equitable Cities in the Global South

Upward and Outward Growth: Managing Urban Expansion for More Equitable Cities in the Global South | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This thematic paper in the World Resources Report, “[Towards a More Equal City](http://citiesforall.org/),” produced in collaboration with Yale University, analyzes data on urban expansion by measuring both the outward growth and upward growth in 499 global cities. It examines the challenge of rapid outward expansion for cities in the global South and highlights strategies
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By the numbers: The world's fastest-growing cities are stretched too thin to serve their gargantuan populations. The crisis will only deepen as they grow, says Anjali Mahendra, co-author of a new report from the World Resources Institute. 

In 60 years, Lagos, Nigeria, grew from a city of 200,000 to 22 million. But less than 10% of Lagos' population has a sewer connection, and just one-fifth has access to tap water. 

Mexico City, which is home to 20% of the country's people and has seen its population double in the last decade, attempted to build affordable housing on the periphery of the city center to address the boom. But the homes were too far from jobs and have remained largely empty, Mahendra says. 

In Bangalore, like many big Indian cities, amenities like paved roads and piped water drop off just 3 miles from the center of the city. The outskirts, where the population is just as dense, has seen a spike in unregulated well digging for access to drinking water, Mahendra's research found. 

"In Kenya, the largest number of un-immunized children are in the slums of Nairobi, not the hinterlands," says Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, which vaccinates children. The bottom line: "There’s still a lingering belief that the next success story will be an exporter," says Karen Harris, managing director of Bain Macro Trends. But in many of the world's poorest, biggest metro centers, "you've created a labor force without anything to apply it to."
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Automakers may overproduce 14 million electric cars by 2030

Automakers may overproduce 14 million electric cars by 2030 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Now everyone wants to build EVs. Not everyone wants to buy them.
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This title is misleading: the thrust of this article is that we can still easily expect significant growth of the electric car market, albeit maybe not the most expensive form of vehicle.
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PG&E Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances

PG&E Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The California utility promises that its customers’ lights will stay on if it files for bankruptcy this month, but companies that supply it with electricity might have more to worry about.
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Scrap Tires as Construction Material

Scrap Tires as Construction Material | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Vehicle tires of course belong on the road, but for the last two decades, they have also increasingly found their way into the road.

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eGrimesDirect's curator insight, January 13, 8:37 AM
I have had a recycled rubber purse, earrings, necklace AND years ago when I worked for Unilock in Canada, they were testing using recycled rubber pellets in their paving stones. Always love these news articles where people are actually making a difference effectively.
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It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles

It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

One brand that is innovating through recycling is San Francisco-based Everlane. Over the past few years, it has become known for offering quality basics at reasonable prices, while operating with transparency on their ethical supply chain. Recently they announced a line called ReNew - outerwear, such as puffer jackets, parkas and fleeces - made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The range of classic garments comes in a selection of neutral tones, with offerings for men and women.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 11, 2018 7:09 AM

Clothing production consumes resources and contributes to climate change. Therefore making stylish jackets out of plastic bottles will reduce both the level of plastics and the negative impact  on climate. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than previous generations and they’re increasingly calling for companies to make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a major part of their business practice. 

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Fireproof shelters, strict zoning rules and buyouts: Bold ideas to prevent another deadly California fire

Some say recent deadly wildfires are a public safety problem that demands more than the standard fire-safety requirements. New ideas include buyouts, strict zoning rules and even fireproof community shelters.
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That $3 Trillion-a-Year Clean Energy Transformation? It’s Already Underway

That $3 Trillion-a-Year Clean Energy Transformation? It’s Already Underway | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A landmark climate change report describes a shift in energy spending—away from fossil fuels and into clean energy—needed to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees.
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Implementation of stochastic multi attribute analysis (SMAA) in comparative environmental assessments

Implementation of stochastic multi attribute analysis (SMAA) in comparative environmental assessments | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The selection of an alternative based on the results of a comparative environmental assessment such as life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental inpu…
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Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A much-awaited report from the U.N.'s top climate science panel shows a dramatic gap between professed goals and where the planet currently stands.
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Malaria and CRISPR: Gene Editing Causes Complete Collapse of Mosquito Population in 'Major Breakthrough' for Disease Eradication

Malaria and CRISPR: Gene Editing Causes Complete Collapse of Mosquito Population in 'Major Breakthrough' for Disease Eradication | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A gene drive to stop the spread of malaria showed promise, with no mutations arising in laboratory experiments.
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The share of the world in extreme poverty is shrinking - 

The share of the world in extreme poverty is shrinking -  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Only 10% of the world's population in 2015 lived on less than $1.90 a day.
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Why the United States will never have high-speed rail

Why the United States will never have high-speed rail | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Our country's infrastructure and legal system are just not up to the task.
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The Green New Deal resolution is here - 

The Green New Deal resolution is here -  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's set to influence the Democratic 2020 White House contest.
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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
John Abraham: A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels
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Tubbs Fire investigation clears PG&E, but uncertainty for utility remains

Tubbs Fire investigation clears PG&E, but uncertainty for utility remains | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Fifteen and a half months after one of the most destructive wildfires California has ever seen wreaked historic havoc on Wine Country, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. no longer has to wonder whether it will be blamed for the blaze. State investigators on Thursday cleared PG&E equipment of starting the Tubbs Fire, which incinerated more than 5,600 buildings and killed about two dozen people after it ignited late Oct. 8, 2017 and raced from Calistoga into Santa Rosa. The fire was caused by “a private electrical system adjacent to a residential structure,” according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
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After nearly 16 months of investigation, California officials announced Thursday that the most devastating of the 2017 Wine Country fires was sparked by private electrical equipment on a rural property near Calistoga - a finding that leaves Pacific Gas and Electric Co. blameless. As staff writer J.D. Morris reports, the announcement "provides a long-awaited measure of clarity for beleaguered PG&E." Investors sent shares of PG&E up nearly 77 percent before trading was halted Thursday afternoon.
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London supermarket becomes one of the first mainstream chains to introduce plastic-free zones

London supermarket becomes one of the first mainstream chains to introduce plastic-free zones | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
With the help of campaign group A Plastic Planet, Thornton's Budgens created plastic-free zones in its Belsize Park shop in just 10 weeks
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Far Higher than Projected

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Far Higher than Projected | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The County Misses Its Target By A Whopping 29 Percentage Points.
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New Mexico approves rules for industrial hemp cultivation

New Mexico approves rules for industrial hemp cultivation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in New Mexico will be allowed to grow hemp beginning next year, setting the stage for a new industr
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Elon Musk says first tunnel for proposed underground transportation network will open in December

Elon Musk announces first tunnel for proposed subterranean transportation network will open in December.
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How the Tequila Boom Could Go Bust

How the Tequila Boom Could Go Bust | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Volatile prices, high expenses and the agave plant’s seven-year growth cycle are driving farmers out of business.
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Food Banks Reap Unexpected Bounty From Trade Disputes

Food Banks Reap Unexpected Bounty From Trade Disputes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The government is set to deliver $1.2 billion in products that it bought from farmers as tariff relief. The food banks are grateful—but also concerned about the costs of handling the extra goods.
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'Our wealth is the forest': Indigenous tribes are the last best hope for the Amazon

'Our wealth is the forest': Indigenous tribes are the last best hope for the Amazon | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Indigenous people are engaged in a fierce battle to defend the Amazon forest from illegal logging and it’s working. Deforestation in indigenous territories is much lower than in other areas. But those efforts are now threatened.
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C-suite makeovers

The biggest news and trends in energy, business and politics by Ben Geman, with Amy Harder. Weekday mornings
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Interesting positioning that may have serious implications for energy and environmental policy.
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Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050

Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Marshall Islands, an atoll-nation vulnerable to sea level rise from climate change, announced steps on Monday towards an ambitious plan to cut its greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050.
The Pacific country became the first small island nation to present such a strategy to the United Nations amid increasing interest from governments worldwide towards eliminating planet-warming emissions in a bid to curb man-made climate change. Heine upped the pressure on world leaders to go beyond current pledges to reduce their heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Worldwide, nine other countries have so far unveiled long-term plans to completely eradicate carbon emissions at home, from Britain to France and the United States under the administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, September 25, 2018 8:06 AM

Great initiative by Marshall Islands! The best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.