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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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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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Report: Half of world's largest businesses haven't pledged to end supply chain deforestation

Of the 350 corporates and 150 investor bodies with the world's highest involvement in supply chains with high deforestation risks, around half have not publicly committed to eliminate deforestation from their value chains.

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Global airline group to launch carbon exchange platform to address climate change

Global airline group to launch carbon exchange platform to address climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is teaming up with a company to develop a carbon exchange platform where airlines, and passengers, can purchase offsets aimed at reducing the impact of air travel on the environment.

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Sustainable packaging for food starts with eco-friendly and biodegradable fibers

Sustainable packaging for food starts with eco-friendly and biodegradable fibers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single use, according to Plastic Oceans. A significant amount of plastics each year ends up in the waste stream — in oceans, landfills and elsewhere. Great volumes of plastics — think six-pack rings, water bottles, containers, single-use bags and microplastics from manufacturing waste — are generated by the more than $12 trillion global food and grocery retail market.

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Sustainable Packaging Market Procurement Intelligence Report

Sustainable Packaging Market Procurement Intelligence Report | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Buyers from the food and beverage, chemical, cosmetics, personal care, and pharmaceutical sectors are deepening their focus on implementing sustainability in their production process and their overall operation. This focus is primarily contributing to spend growth in the sustainable packaging market. With the environment-related regulations bringing operations of these sectors under their scanner, buyers are being compelled to adopt sustainable measures in their operations.

The demand in the sustainable packaging market in North America is being governed by the dynamic consumer preferences and their purchasing trends. In Europe, stringent environmental regulations and legislations are compelling buyers to partner with suppliers who are known to adhere to waste disposal and directives that govern the use of recycled content.

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Nestlé accelerates sustainable packaging initiatives 

Nestlé accelerates sustainable packaging initiatives  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Swiss-based multinational food and drink processing firm, Nestlé, has announced it is set to invest US$2bn as it seeks to increase its sustainable packaging initiatives.
Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025 whilst working to advance the circular economy and endeavor to reduce plastic waste from oceans, lakes and rivers. 


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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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Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030 

Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world’s biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday.

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Chemical recycling solution nears commercialisation

Chemical recycling solution nears commercialisation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An innovative new chemical recycling solution for PET and polyester is on the precipice of commercial release having been funded by the EU’s Horizon’s 2020 programme and backed by a consortium of companies including H&M.

Chemical recycling has long since been touted for use in the fashion and textile industries but costing complexities have stifled its progress for the large part – with the exception of a new solution developed late last year by Eastman – shining a spotlight on what Swiss business Gr3n is vying to introduce.

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Indonesia plans to replace old coal power plants with renewable plants -minister

Indonesia plans to replace old coal power plants with renewable plants -minister | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Indonesia, a major coal exporter, uses coal to power around 60% of its electricity needs but the government is aiming to double the contribution of renewables

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Make Way for the Eco-Beast

Make Way for the Eco-Beast | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Electric Hummers and Cybertrucks are just the beginning when it comes to sustainable trucks and S.U.V.s.
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Wyoming governor's pitch: Fight climate change with coal

Like a near-consensus of the world’s scientific community, Gov. Mark Gordon believes in climate change. Like many across the planet, Gordon believes the problem is a man-made one, and that something needs to be done about it.

But – as he’s maintained on the campaign trail and into his second year in office – it doesn’t need to come at the cost of fossil fuels.

It was a tumultuous first year for Gordon, whose plans to move the state’s coal industry toward the experimental world of carbon capture technology came amid a number of coal bankruptcies in the Powder River Basin. Under heavy pressure from the Legislature, Gordon vetoed a bill allowing the body to sue the state of Washington, delaying the announcement of his own, original lawsuit until this week.
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Hmmmm....solve coal emissions by burning more coal.  Hmmmm...
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Carbon conscious suppliers are high performers across the board: CDP

Carbon conscious suppliers are high performers across the board: CDP | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Suppliers displaying environmental leadership are more competitive in other performance areas than those not doing so, reported 95% of CDP supply chain members, representing $3.6 trillion in procurement spend, in the nonprofit's latest report.

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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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