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South Australia Reaches 100% Renewables Electricity Supply If Only For a Day

October 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

South Australia's Sustainable Industries Education Centre.

On the day when the Australian government announced it had reached a deal on curbing climate-warming gas emissions from industry, the state of South Australia provides a glimpse of a renewable energy-powered future for the whole continent.[read more]

Nine Technology Tools for Localizing the Food System

October 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Localizing Food via Tech

It seems that to purchase locally-produced foods, one must go to the nearest farm stand or visit the local farmers’ market. It may seem that the big-box grocery store is an embedded part of modern life, technology increasingly is empowering the buying and selling of local foods on an larger-than-ever scale.[read more]

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Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

 Unilever's idea of behaviour change

A new study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings. it's not the first to do so, raising the question: how can we encourage people to lead more sustainable lives? I'm wondering whether it is to do with our beliefs. What do you think?[read more]

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Europe Sets 40% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2030

October 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission, at the summit.

European leaders have set binding targets of at least 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 27% for the share of renewable energy consumed, and an indicative target of 27% for improving energy efficiency.[read more]

10 Agriculture Jobs That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

October 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Agriculture Jobs

What we as a nation define as “agriculture” is morphing and expanding to reflect the changing landscape of American industry. So here are ten new agriculture and food-sector jobs and employment positions that didn’t actually exist twenty-five years ago.[read more]

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

October 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Ridesharing

Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.[read more]

Our Mobile-Era Cities: Ecuador to Introduce its Own Digital Currency

October 12, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Technology and Digital Currencies

In December 2014, Ecuador will introduce its very own digital currency. Backed 100% by government and regulated by the central bank, this digital currency – which is yet to be named – will be the first centralized national currency in the world to function digitally, and be accessed using a mobile device.[read more]

This Solar Cell Stores Its Own Power

October 12, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Solar Cells and Storage

This solar cell is unlike any others because it stores power. This patent-pending device, invented at The Ohio State University, is the world’s first solar battery. This intention has plenty of potential to be a disruptive factor for the renewable energy industry.[read more]

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The Emerging Transport Technologies That Are Changing The Ways People Move

October 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Uncertain at the crossroads? Read this report.

For running efficient transport systems in cities there is now plenty of technology to choose between, from smartphone apps to determine road and cycle path conditions, to Bluetooth systems that allow transport operators and planners to analyse journeys across multiple transport modes in near real-time. This guide will help you choose between them develop better transport systems.[read more]

How Technology Can Transform Urban Mobility: A Q&A with São Paulo's Ciro Biderman

October 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Urban Mobility

São Paulo’s transport systems generate about 30 million data points every single day, an amount that greatly exceeds even the city’s 23 million daily trips. Using this data to improve urban mobility is a challenge, but also a key opportunity for cities.[read more]

The New Sharing Economy

October 8, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Sharing Economy

“We are still making and selling too much stuff,” said James Slezak, the founder of Peers, a sharing economy advocacy organization, at the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C. This is a “waste of wealth” because more people could simply rent or borrow what they need in our burgeoning “sharing economy.”[read more]

As Cities Grow, So Should Their Energy Efficiency

October 6, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Growth and Efficiency

If you want to find major emitters of greenhouse gases, look no further than your city’s skyline. Buildings account for more than one-third of all final energy consumption and half of global electricity use. They’re responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]