Recovering from Disruption:
A Comprehensive Approach to Building
a Better, More Sustainable World

Sources for More Detailed Information
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J.H. Crawford
350.ORG is building a global climate movement. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.
Debra Efroymson
 As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been "Hugely Underestimated"
As we look across the globe this month, the signs of a continued escalation of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) continue to increase, alongside a drumbeat of fresh scientific studies confirming their connection to the ongoing human geo-engineering project of emitting carbon dioxide at ever-increasing rates into the atmosphere. A major study recently published in New Scientist found that "scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate," and said that ACD is "worse than we thought" because it is happening "faster than we realized."
Car Trouble
Social Cost
How our cars, our neighborhoods, and our schools are pulling us apart
Americans are pulling apart. We're pulling apart from each other in general. And, in particular, we're pulling apart from people who differ from us.
How Copenhagen Became A Cycling Paradise By Considering The Full Cost Of Cars
Copenhagen is known as a cyclist paradise, a place where the bike is treated equally, if not preferentially, to the car. There are long-running cultural reasons for this—the Danes are into bikes, period—but also more structural factors as well. One of those is how the city justifies its cycling investments relative to other modes of transport.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.
Urban Damage
Florida Center for Community Design+Research
The Florida Center is an interdisciplinary research center within the School of Architecture and Community Design, part of the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida. It was founded in 1986 as a statewide research center to address urban and regional problems related to both natural and built environments and to provide design expertise, technical assistance, and applied research to assist Florida's growing communities.
Architect for Peace
architectsforpeace is a humanitarian, not for profit incorporated professional organisation, under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 Section 7. Architects for Peace (arch-peace) aims to provide an alternative forum for debating political, environmental and social issues in the professional urban context.
Health Cost
Child health fears at the most polluted spot in the world's most polluted city
Child health fears at the most polluted spot in the world's most polluted city. Delhi’s appalling pollution has prompted fears that millions of youngsters will suffer serious health problems later in life
Private Health Care as an Act of Terrorism
The FBI defines terrorism as "Acts dangerous to human life...intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population." Much of the behavior of our current health care system meets that definition.
Center for Clean Air Policy
Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policy-makers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.
Environmental Cost
  Calculating the Environmental Impact of Driving in the United States
Two research professors from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute developed an Eco-Drive Index (EDI) that estimates the average monthly environmental impact of a single driver in the United States.
  What's the carbon footprint of ... a new car?
Making a new car creates as much carbon pollution as driving it, so it's often better to keep your old banger on the road than to upgrade to a greener model.
Technology to the Rescue?
 Exploring Environmental Impacts of Solar Technologies
Even technologies promoted for good environmental reasons can sometimes have unforeseen negative consequences.
 Climate engineering
Climate engineering, also referred to as geoengineering or climate intervention, is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system. See planetary engineering. Climate engineering with the aim of reducing global warming has two categories of technologies- carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. Carbon dioxide removal addresses a cause of climate change by removing one of the greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
What Technology Can Never Fix
 A streetcar is more space-efficient than individual cars. And we knew it 70 years ago.
Cars are terrible space hogs. They always have been and they always will be.
Sustainable Carfree Cities is the original site devoted all things carfree. The best on the web (but we're biased!)
(MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is a national clearinghouse for information related to pedestrians and bicyclists. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. Through our comprehensive Web sites (,, we offer information and training to diverse audiences about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility as it relates to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Bicycle City
"Bicycle City is a planned car-free communities project with a mission to create great sustainable places where people can live, work and visit. Parking will be at the edge of the community near your home."
Carfree Day
Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. Car Free Days are open to all people in the Washington metropolitan area.
Great Carfree Cities
Autofree Orange Country
Auto-Free Orange County is a non-profit environmental organization, promoting public transit and walkable communities. A by-product of this is the personal fitness you get by using your car less. Our mission is to attract people to a less car-dependent lifestyle by highlighting the benefits and enhancing the image of the car-free life.
Bringing a Rational Perspective to the Table
This week I participated in a newly formed group that will be bringing Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns and Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 to Sonoma County, California this fall. Sonoma County is experiencing the same challenges as most places across the country in terms of urban form and municipal governance and there’s a need to redefine the conversation.
London Cycling Campaign
We are a 12,000-strong membership charity, making sure that everyone who cycles, or wants to cycle, has a voice in Greater London.
Thomas Gordan Smith Architects
Thomas Gordon Smith is a leader in contemporary developments of classical architecture. His work is seen in numerous museum exhibitions and publications. For over two decades, we have based our practice on the classical language of architecture. This approach allows us to solve complex problems and express the aspirations of our clients.
Yuba Bikes
Deals with bikes use in cargo.
Excellent Social Spaces
The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, INTBAU, is an international educational charity which works under the Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional architecture, urbanism and building arts.
Princes Foundation
Our goal is a future where all of us can take part in making our communities more sustainable. We're working with everyone from local residents' groups to governments to make it happen.
Livability Solutions
Livability Solutions is a coalition of professionals who can help you create better places to live, work, and play. We are 10 leading non-profit organizations with deep experience in fostering sustainable development and providing communities with the tools, technical assistance, and support they need to transform plans into action.
Paul Downton
As an individual practitioner and as principal architect for the past practice of Ecopolis Architects, Paul is responsible for all the designs cataloged on this site.
Planum was the first European www and on-line journal entirely devoted to the planners and to the whole community of people involved in city development and the protection of the environment. Planum may be the ideal follower of paper journals and magazines that have been for some 90 years the sole yet unique tool for practitioners and scholars to disseminate culture, models and experiences throughout Europe.
Green Space
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), resulted from the 2002 merger of Classical America and the Institute of Classical Architecture, founded in 1968 and 1991 respectively. Today the Institute is the leading nonprofit organization, represented by 15 chapters nationwide, dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy.
Equitable Placemaking: Not the End, but the Means
Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great. -Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces
City Share
But that didn’t stop a small, determined group of transportation activists from making it happen. Together with other local nonprofits and funders, along with the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, they founded City CarShare. And locations (we call them “Pods”) started sprouting up everywhere, like Bay Area wild fennel.

The UK's largest car share community
The Mission of PedNet Coalition is to create a comprehensive active transportation network, promote healthy lifestyles for all, and engage the community through education and advocacy.
With the world’s population ever increasing combined with the depletion of our natural resources, the world is in need for energy efficient and environmentally friendly means of transportation to fulfill the basic need of mobility.
Health risks of shipping pollution have been underestimated
One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars, study finds
We are currently focused on securing safe, separate space for people walking and biking across the two narrow “Barbur Bridges.” At present, the bridges have no bike lanes or legal sidewalks.
Sustainable Transport
America Walks
America Walks is committed to mobilizing individuals, organizations and businesses to increase walking and walkability in America. Walkable communities help to promote physically, mentally and economically healthy neighborhoods, with studies consistently finding benefits to increasing walkability in all types and sizes of cities.
Globalization (or globalisation) is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas and other aspects of culture.[1][2] Advances in transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, including the rise of the telegraph and its development the Internet, are major factors in globalization, generating further interdependence of economic and cultural activities.[3]
Koninklijk Nederland Vervoer
The Royal Dutch Transport Federation (Koninklijk Nederlands Vervoer) is the Dutch umbrella organization for professional passenger transport and rail freight in the Netherlands. KNV Taxi, KNV Coach and KNV Rail Freight are all part of the Royal Dutch Transport Federation.
High Efficiency Transit System
As energy costs rise and American cities install efficient transportations systems the look and feel of our cities will change drastically. What will cities look like with these new transit systems? This site aims to explore the possibilities.
Inverting Transport Priorities
 Movement: Inverting the Priorities
An infographic showing proposed changes in Plymouth, England.
Urban Transport
Better Enviromentally Sound Transportation
"BEST has been promoting sustainable transportation in the Lower Mainland of BC since 1991. Formed by a group of dedicated cyclists 23 years ago, BEST opened Vancouver’s first do-it-yourself bike store (Our Community Bikes) and coordinated Ride for the Environment events during National Environment Week, at a time when bicycling was still a fringe transportation mode. In 1994 BEST decided to be more inclusive, changing its mandate to all promoting all forms of sustainable transportation."
International Bicycle Fund
A non-governmental, nonprofit, advocacy organization, providing information and resources promoting sustainable transport and international understanding to make this planet a healthier and happier place to live. Major areas of activity are non-motorized urban planning, economic development, bike safety education, responsible travel and bicycle tourism, and cross-cultural, educational programs.
Active Transport
Bicycle Fixation
Bicycle Fixation is for the practical and passionate is about urban bicycling & culture; sprawl & suburbs; sustainability; politics, paradigms, place; and planetary community.
The new Mobility
Unconstrained by bureaucracy, economic interests or schedules, the Agenda was launched in 1988 as a wide open international platform for critical discussion and diverse forms of cross-border collaboration on the challenging, necessarily conflicted topic of 'sustainable transportation and social justice.
Walk 21
Walk21 exists to champion the development of healthy sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk.aunched in 1988 as a wide open international platform for critical discussion and diverse forms of cross-border collaboration on the challenging, necessarily conflicted topic of sustainable transportation and social justice.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
For over 40 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.
Bike East Bay
Bike East Bay promotes healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, fun and accessible.
Australian Biking Council
The role of the Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) is to: oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Australian National Cycling Strategy and provide a forum for the sharing of information between stakeholders involved in the implementation of the strategy.
Cycling Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is one of Australia’s brightest thinkers on the perpetual challenge of urban planning (News Limited),an emerging International Talent (The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York) and her dedication to the environment is inspiring and her passion for cycling is unmatched (TED, New York).
Taxing Private Transport
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. We provide a variety of resources available free at this website to help improve transportation planning and policy analysis.
Perils for Pedestrians
We interview advocates and government planners about problems such as missing sidewalks and crosswalks, dangerous intersections, speeding traffic, and obstacles to wheelchair users and people with disabilities; and solutions to such problems.
Light Rail Transit Association
The LRTA is a not–for–profit UK based organisation and has members throughout the world. Free of any trade or political affiliation; it is the world’s leading organisation concerned with the achievement of better public transport through light rail, tramway and metro systems in towns and cities world–wide.
Rearranging Cities
URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) does what our name suggests we specialise in urban design and sustainability in an urban context. We work across the UK from our bases in Manchester and London and for public and private sector clients. Our background is in urban regeneration, something that remains close to our heart.
Better Public Transport
Institute For Transportation And Develpment Policy
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works around the world to design and implement high quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable.
Rural Transport
Railway Technology, with its blend of news, analysis and special in-depth reports, gets straight to the heart of issues affecting the working lives of people dealing with technology in the railway industry. From boardroom directors to trackside staff, or third-party providers, offers a comprehensive view of the industry, staying on top of the latest industry movements and views.
Steel, Not Rubber
 Energy efficiency in transportation
The energy efficiency of different types of transportation ranges from some hundred kilojoules per kilometre for a bicycle to several megajoules for a helicopter.
 Why be energy efficient?
The rail freight transport sector operates in a very competitive business environment, so small improvements in fuel efficiency or changes in fuel costs can have a big impact on profit and competitiveness. Many energy efficiency measures also offer other benefits such as increased productivity and reduced maintenance costs.
Not So Fast
 High-Speed Rail Is a Waste of Time and Money
Construction work began in California on Tuesday for the nation's first truly high-speed rail project, which will eventually connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. The promised travel time between the two cities is just three hours with top speeds up to 220 mph. (The current trip by Amtrak is 12 to 15 hours, not counting frequent delays.) This is the moment environmental advocates have been waiting for, right? Not so fast.
 The real speed of cars is just 3.7mph (if you factor in the social and economic costs)
During the oil crisis of the mid-1970s, the Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich published ‘Energy and Equity’, a polemic that argued apparent advances in speed were nothing of the sort, when other factors were taken into account. Fast cars weren’t as fast as they seemed because the costs to society and to the individual were far higher than ever appreciated. In short, having to work a certain number of hours to pay for an expensive form of transport is a calculation that can shock.
EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Airplanes Are Dangerous To Human Life
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are a health hazard and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
Low Cost Business Model for Long-Haul Sectors
With rising numbers of passengers, traffic capacities and sales revenues over the last 35 years, the Low-Cost Airline business is a very successful concept for short and medium flights.
Freight Transport
Wikipedi: Urban freight distribution
Overview of urban freight transport.
 Fuel Efficiency
Moving freight by rail is 4 times more fuel efficient than moving freight on the highway. Trains can move a ton of freight over 480 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Efficient use of fuel means fewer greenhouse gas emissions for our planet.
Sea Freight
 Sustainable Shipping - The Return Of The Sail
In the past, all shipping was by renewable energy. Global trade got established with nothing but the wind, from the great trade routes out east, to the infamous triangular trade between Africa, the Americas and Europe. It was all under sail.
Sustainable Energy
Worldwatch Institute
Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.
Prosperous Way Down
We are a group of advocates for a prosperous way down. Our website evolved out of discussions from a pre-conference session on the Prosperous Way Down (organized by Dr. Tom Abel) that occurred in conjunction with the 7th Emergy Conference in January 2012.
Sierra Club
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
World energy consumption
World energy consumption
Climate change mitigation
Climate change mitigation
Energy Use Patterns
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Launched in 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues.
France Passes Law To Halve Its Energy Use, Slash Fossil Fuels And Nuclear
On Wednesday, France, host to the major United Nations conference on climate change at the end of the year, passed a law that both re-envisions the country’s energy system and sets an impressive precedent for the leadership potential France could offer come December.
Beyond Efficiency
Energy Subsides
Food vs Fuel
FOOD VS fuel
New Report Shatters Myth of Nuclear Renaissance.
The report demonstrates beyond the shadow of a doubt that renewable energy and energy efficiency are a far sounder investment and a much safer choice,' said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.
Corporate Socialism
 Climate wonks focus on economics. They need to pay more attention to politics.Citi GPS (a research arm of Citibank) has issued a magisterial new report that is both a detailed exploration of the economics of climate change policy and an attempt to answer the perennial question of whether acting aggressively to avert climate change is "worth it." One finding: The clean path requires roughly the same total spending on energy as the status quo path
  How corporate socialism destroys
A proposal to spend $250 million of taxpayer money on a retail project here illustrates the damage state and local subsidies do by taking from the many to benefit the already rich few.
 Corporate Socialism: GM Says No Way It Will Pay Back $10 Billion
Obama considers Wall Street orchestrated bailout of GM to be signature success of his administration.
Taxing Energy
 Energy Tax
An energy tax is a tax that increases the price of energy. Arguments in favour of energy taxes have included the pursuit of macroeconomic objectives, e.g., fiscal deficit reduction in the 1990s, as well as environmental benefits, i.e., reduced pollution.
 Taxing Energy Use 2015
There are significant differences in the tax rates applied to energy in different OECD & G20 countries. The use of energy is also taxed differently depending on the sector. The highest tax rates apply in the transport sector. In comparison, energy used in heating, process and electricity generation is taxed at lower rates in all countries except Brazil.
 Radiological Impact of Airborne Effluents of Coal and Nuclear Plants
Radiation doses from airborne effluents of model coal-fired and nuclear power plants (1000 megawatts electric) are compared. Assuming a 1 percent ash release to the atmosphere (Environmental Protection Agency regulation) and 1 part per million of uranium and 2 parts per million of thorium in the coal (approximately the U.S. average), population doses from the coal plant are typically higher than those from pressurized-water or boiling-water reactors that meet government regulations. Higher radionuclide contents and ash releases are common and would result in increased doses from the coal plant. The study does not assess the impact of non-radiological pollutants or the total radiological impacts of a coal versus a nuclear economy.
 Nuclear power debate
The nuclear power debate is a controversy about the deployment and use of nuclear fission reactors to generate electricity from nuclear fuel for civilian purposes. The debate about nuclear power peaked during the 1970s and 1980s, when it "reached an intensity unprecedented in the history of technology controversies", in some countries. Observers attribute the nuclear controversy to the impossibility of generating a shared perception between social actors over the use of this technology as well as systemic mismatches between expectations and experience.
 Carbon capture and storage works, despite critics: SaskPower
Saskatchewan's power utility says its flagship, $1.4-billion carbon capture and storage project is proving the controversial technology works. But critics of the Boundary Dam project argue that it doesn't effectively address environmental concerns because it justifies the burning of fossil fuels.
 Carbon capture and storage
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) (or carbon capture and sequestration) is the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from large point sources, such as fossil fuel power plants, transporting it to a storage site, and depositing it where it will not enter the atmosphere, normally an underground geological formation.
 Newly Exposed Methane Threat Trumps Latest 'False Solution' on Emissions
Environmental groups are raising flags over what they say is another "false solution" as the Obama administration on Tuesday put forth its new proposed methane emissions rules. Meanwhile, a new study revealed that those very emissions are in fact "substantially higher" than official estimates, adding to the growing body of evidence showing that the proliferation of natural gas - even if "capped" - will only exacerbate climate change.
Reduced Consumption
Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy
It is technically and economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, and to do so by 2050. That is the conclusion of a new study in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, authored by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson and nine colleagues.
List of countries by energy consumption per capita
Here's the list of countries with energy consumption per capita.
America's Zero Emissions Imperative
Last fall, we wrote an article explaining why zero has become the most important number for humanity. Since that time, zero emissions has been embraced as an idea that's time has come by nearly 120 countries, leading European companies, high-profile CEOs, two Pontifical Academies, climate visionaries like Al Gore, mainstream media outlets and, if you can believe it, even the leaders of the G7. We now address the critical issue of timelines.
Sustainable Food & Fiber
Low-Mileage Food
 Food Miles
Food miles is a term which refers to the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer. Food miles are one factor used when assessing the environmental impact of food, including the impact on global warming.
 The tricky truth about food miles
The subject is complex, and the tie-in with seasonal eating is critical.
 Wikipedia: Permaculture
An excellent introduction to permaculture, a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
 Permaculture Institute
Permaculture Institute USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promotion of permaculture through education, and by establishing professional practice standards for the permaculture movement.
 Industrial Livestock Production
In the last few decades, consolidation of food production has concentrated power in the hands of fewer and fewer corporations. Many of today’s farms are actually large industrial facilities, not 40 acres of pastures, red barns, and rows of mixed vegetable crops that most Americans imagine.
 Intensive animal farming
Intensive animal farming or industrial livestock production, also called factory farming, is a modern form of intensive farming that refers to the keeping of livestock, such as cattle, poultry (including in "battery cages") and fish at higher stocking densities than is usually the case with other forms of animal agriculture—a practice typical in industrial farming by agribusinesses. The main products of this industry are meat, milk and eggs for human consumption. There are issues regarding whether factory farming is sustainable and ethical.
 Sustainable fishery
A conventional idea of a sustainable fishery is that it is one that is harvested at a sustainable rate, where the fish population does not decline over time because of fishing practices.
 Dear Modern Farmer: Is Fish Farming Sustainable?
When it comes to the wild fish we eat, we hope that the water they were swimming in is free of pollution and that fishing practices respect the more sensitive, vulnerable species. Labels to this effect are just as commonplace as their counterparts for fruit and vegetables.
 Warmer oceans to kill off rarer fish
Warmer and more acidic oceans will cause common fish species to flourish, but they'll inhabit a largely "barren" seascape, a University of Adelaide study has found.
Natural Fiber
 Wikipedia: Natural Fibers
Natural fibers are made from plant, animal and mineral sources. Natural fibers can be classified according to their origin.
 Natural Fibres
An overview of the principal sources of natural fibers.
Sustainable Water
NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water"
Two new NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California Irvine and published Tuesday show that the depletion of global groundwater resources, due to the dueling impacts of global warming and growing human demand, has caused the world's water supply to drop to dangerous levels.
Global sea levels have risen six meters or more with just slight global warming
A new review analyzing three decades of research on the historic effects of melting polar ice sheets found that global sea levels have risen at least six meters, or about 20 feet, above present levels on multiple occasions over the past three million years. What is most concerning is that amount of melting was caused by an increase of only 1-2 degrees (Celsius) in global mean temperatures.
Climate Disruption
Alternatives Journal
A\J, or Alternatives Journal, is Canada’s national environmental magazine, independently publishing intelligent & informed environmental journalism since 1971.
David Suzuki Foundation
We collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.
Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else
Record-breaking heat waves, long-term drought, “100-year floods” in consecutive years, and increasingly extreme superstorms are becoming the new normal. The planet is now facing an unprecedented era of accelerating and intensifying global climate change, with negative impacts already being widely felt.
 Composting Toilets
A waterless composting toilet uses no water and produces a valuable fertilizer. There are some composting toilets that use a very small amount of water or foam. The water using kinds will typically be part of a total wastewater system.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is the leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Lincoln Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy. Land use policy has huge implications for energy consumption and water supply.
PoisonAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of high-quality studies investigating the Earth's atmosphere and the underlying chemical and physical processes. It covers the altitude range from the land and ocean surface up to the turbopause, including the troposphere, stratosphere, and mesosphere.
 Toxins In Our Drinking Water
An overview of toxins in tap water.
Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found In Drinking Water Near Texas Fracking Sites
Scientists have found elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the drinking water in North Texas’ Barnett Shale region — where a fracking boom has sprouted more than 20,000 oil and gas wells.
The Waterfront Center
A non-profit educational organization, was formed in 1981 in the belief that waterfronts — where the land meets the ocean, bay, lake, river or canal — are unique, finite resources. The vital characteristic that separates waterfronts from other areas in a community is the relationship to water.
Sustainable Economy
Enough is Enough!' Sanders Declares Corporate Greed Must Go
As Congressional Democrats on Wednesday took a sharp U-turn from their previous opposition to President Barack Obama's corporate-friendly trade agenda, presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) reiterated his disdain for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and demanded that the era of "corporate greed must end.
UK’s first ‘share shop’ opens for business
A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items and fostering more meaningful connections with the things we use
Wealth Inequality
TISA Exposed: 'Holy Grail' of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for Corporate Takeover
Fifty-two-nation Trade in Services Agreement uses trade regulations 'as a smokescreen to limit citizen rights,' says labor leader
Sustainable Long Island
Sustainable Long Island is a non-profit organization advancing economic development, environmental health, and social equity."
Pretty Good City
As a worldwide pioneer in saving money and budgetary administrations, the city of 8.17 million occupants draws in a consistent stream of business explorers. With 43 colleges – the most astounding amassing of advanced education in Europe – it’s mainstream with global understudies and researchers. More than 50% of the live births in the city in 2010 were to moms conceived abroad. As indicated by some committed foodies, London has the best Indian nourishment on the planet outside of Birmingham.
Excessive Inputs
Excessive Distance
 Carbon Emissions from Transport
Road transport contributes almost 15 per cent of total green house gas emissions in Australia. Cars contribute almost 50 per cent of road transport related emissions. By 2020 greenhouse gas emissions from road transport are predicted to be more than two thirds higher than their 1990 levels with cars still accounting for the majority.
Excessive ConsumptionThe Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us... Quitting Them Can Save Us
Comparing coal, oil, and gas addiction to the last generation's effort to kick the tobacco habit, doctors say that quitting would be the best thing humanity can do for its long-term health
 Research and actions to consume less and share more
Sustainable degrowth is a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet. It calls for a future where societies live within their ecological means, with open, localized economies and resources more equally distributed through new forms of democratic institutions. Such societies will no longer have to "grow or die."
 Our E-Waste Problem Is Ridiculous, and Gadget Makers Aren't Helping
Chances Are High that you'll be getting or giving new electronics this holiday season: an iPhone upgrade for mom perhaps, or maybe a new Windows 8 ultrabook.
Labor Exploitation
 Wikipedia: Exploitation of Labour
Exploitation refers to social relations where an 'actor or character of actors uses others for their own end because of a fundamentally asymmetric power relationship between them'.[1] When speaking about exploitation there is a direct affiliation with consumption in social theory. Traditionally, this would label exploitation as unfairly taking advantage of another person because of his or her inferior position, giving the exploiter the power.
Centralized Ownership
 Alcohol industry wins, public health loses at World Cup 2014
Brazil may be favored to win the 2014 World Cup, which begins on Thursday, but the real winner will be the alcohol industry — and the real loser will be public health — according to a troubling article published today in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal).
Local Economies
 E. F. Schumacher
The 1973 publication of Small is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered, a collection of essays, brought his ideas to a wider audience. One of his main arguments in Small is Beautiful is that we cannot consider the problem of technological production solved if it requires that we recklessly erode our finite natural capital and deprive future generations of its benefits. Schumacher's work coincided with the growth of ecological concerns and with the birth of environmentalism, and he became a hero to many in the environmental movement and community movement.
 Slow Food
Slow Food is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986. Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. It was the first established part of the broader Slow Movement.
 Slow Food
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.
Local Stores & Workshops
 Why Buy Locally Owned?
here are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so merely ask you to Think Local First!
Your life on the stage: In a world of performance there is truth and authenticity in simplicity.
 'Sustainability' Is an Economic Concept Too
A sustainable economic policy must ensure the U.S. is a good place to build companies that grow and hire in large numbers.
 Sustainable taxation
Today’s industrial economies are confronted with the challenge of promoting renewable energies to mitigate climate change, of ageing populations, rising sovereign debt and high youth and long-term under-employment, to name but a few.
Sustainable Government
 Democracy and Sustainability Platform
Do you care about democracy? Do you want to find ways to make sure that everyone lives in a healthy environment and in a world that is fair for people now and in the future? Are you concerned that our current democracies are unable to tackle the challenges of sustainable development. Then this website is for you.
 The Negative Effects of Corruption on Developing Nations: A Perspective on Sierra Leone’s Effort to
Corruption in developing countries continues to be one of the greatest factors of poverty, development and internecine conflicts. Although many developing nations especially in Africa are endowed with priced natural resources, yet they continue to struggle and scramble for position in the lower rungs of the United Nations Development Index.
Leashing Corporations
 How Corporate Governance Is Made: The Case of the Golden Leash
A case study of a corporate governance innovation - the incentive compensation arrangement for activist-nominated director candidates colloquially known as the “golden leash.” Golden leash compensation arrangements are a potentially valuable tool for activist shareholders in election contests.
Lobbying & Campaign Finance
 How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic Policy
The primary way that campaign contributions and lobbying may dampen economic growth is via a practice known as rent-seeking - the process of seeking income through special government favors rather than through productive economic activity. When firms and individuals engage in rent-seeking behavior, it has several negative effects on economic growth.
Reversing Globalization
 Globalization in Reverse
Over the past two years, global trade growth has been lower than global GDP growth. It’s the first time that has happened since World War II, and it marks a turning point in the global economy, with sweeping implications for countries, companies and consumers.
Local Businesses
 Local Economics Project
The Local Economies Project is a non-profit organization that supports vibrant, interconnected communities that are powered by the people who live there. We see food and farming as a cornerstone of every region, so our major initiatives revolve around farm hubs, food hubs, and education & community).
A strong national economy needs a flourishing network of local economies. These are shown to give resilience in times of crisis, but are consistently undermined by the sprawl of supermarkets and other chains - the kind of businesses that are most likely to up and leave in times of trouble.
 Top 10 Reasons Why you Want to Live in The Villages of Tomorrow
Those who find themselves on the pioneering growth edge of communal living are calling for a return to our roots. Countless movements are stepping up, harnessing the power of today’s technology as a means for sharing ideas, knowledge, and resources, and are advocating for a cultural resurgence of a new form of village living. Learning from both the successes and missteps of our parents’ generation, conscious Millennials and Gen-Xers are uniquely poised to ReInhabit the Village in ways the world has never seen. Make no mistake, these aren’t your daddy’s hippy communes.
 Air pollution: Delhi is dirty, but how do other cities fare?
Last year, a study by the World Health Organisation found that Delhi had the dirtiest atmosphere of 1,600 cities around the world for PM2.5 particles.
 The environmental impact of war
The environmental impact of war focuses on the modernization of warfare and its increasing effects on the environment. Scorched earth methods have been used for much of recorded history. However, methods of modern warfare cause far greater devastation on the environment. The progression of warfare from chemical weapons to nuclear weapons has increasingly created stress on ecosystems and the environment.
 What's the environmental impact of modern war?
Ban Ki-moon has called on nations to do more to protect the environment from the destruction of war, but even in times of peace our militaries have a huge impact on natural resources.
Sustainable Society
Social Ties
 Weak Ties, Labor Migration, and Environmental Impacts: Toward a Sociology of Sustainability
Weak social ties to people in urban settings significantly increased rural–urban labor migration.
 Social Aspects of Sustainability
The notion of sustainability usually refers to environmental and resource economics and was only recently extended to its social implications. This paper attempts to explore these social aspects of sustainability.
Social Spaces
Urban Redevelopment Authority
The Urban Redevelopment Authority is Singapore’s land use planning and conservation authority. Our mission is to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play. We strive to create a vibrant and sustainable city of distinction by planning and facilitating Singapore’s physical development in partnership with the community.
Sustainable Urban Neighbour
SUN's mission is to explore strategies, which foster empowering individuals in the community, promoting neighborhood revitalization and self-sufficiency achieved through community partnerships. Former U of L President John Shumaker remarked that, SUN through its sheer tenacity helped turn an eyesore of blocks and blocks of boarded-up buildings into a development that the entire city can be proud of.
American Dream
Since its founding in 1997, New Dream has raised awareness of the negative impact of a hyper-consumer culture. Our focus on the connections between consumption, quality of life, and the environment has made New Dream unique among environmental and progressive groups.
Holigent Solutions
A. Nicholas Frank and Elisa Frank, a father and daughter team are the founders of Holigent Transition to Peace and Sustainability Org aka Holigent.Org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles.
The People’s Test on Climate
We are representatives of Southern social movements of climate-impacted communities and of international faith, labor, development and environmental organizations. We understand that 2015, including the High-Level Event on Climate Change on June 29th and the UN climate negotiation in Paris this December, are critical moments on the road to stabilizing global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius and to achieving climate justice.
 Project for Public Spaces
Transform Public Spaces: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper. PPS is the go-to organization for placemaking.
Nothing Less Than a Systemic Transformation of Our World
Ahead of UN climate talks in Paris later this year, the global climate justice movement is making its demands perfectly clear. The people are leading, say signatories to a bold statement, and governments must now follow.
Downtown Cleveland Is Turning a Traffic Hub Into a Public Park
Hub Into a Public Park Cleveland is the latest city to call on James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line, to revive an urban park.
 Zero population growth
Zero population growth, sometimes abbreviated ZPG (also called the replacement level of fertility),is a condition of demographic balance where the number of people in a specified population neither grows nor declines, considered as a social aim by some. According to some, zero population growth is the ideal towards which countries and the whole world should aspire in the interests of accomplishing long-term environmental sustainability.
Take Action
Personal Action
 How personal actions can kick-start a sustainability revolution
The environmental movement is divided over the importance of small steps - are they a critical starting point or a distraction from needed policy and institutional changes?
 LASER (Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal)
Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal is a set of reference materials developed to help community leaders create vibrant and healthy local economies. They were compiled by the staff of Natural Capital Solutions, Global Community Initiatives, and America’s Development Foundation.
Local Action
 Climate change: local action speaks louder than global words
Post-Copenhagen gloom seems to be morphing in to pre-Cancún despondency. In the battle over how to combat climate change, world leaders have descended to the level of petty bickering. Progress at the latest round of talks in Tianjin last week was timid, and some pundits are already declaring December's COP16 summit in Mexico to be dead in the water.
National Action
 The Weight of the World: Can Christiana Figueres persuade humanity to save itself?
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or U.N.F.C.C.C., has by now been ratified by a hundred and ninety-five countries, which, depending on how you count, represents either all the countries in the world or all the countries and then some. Every year, the treaty stipulates, the signatories have to hold a meeting—a gathering that’s known as a COP, short for Conference of the Parties.
A Better World
Climate Change Directory & Resources
Climate solutions

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