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Hunter Lovins
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A Colorado cowgirl, Hunter has been a leader of the sustainability movement since before the word existed. Named Sustainability Pioneer by the European financial community, Millennium Time Magazine Hero for the Planet and Newsweek's Green Business Icon, she is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, and professor of sustainable management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She is the Chie Insurgent of the Madrone Project
A Colorado cowgirl, Hunter has been a leader of the sustainability movement since before the word existed. Named Sustainability Pioneer by the European financial community, Millennium Time Magazine Hero for the Planet and Newsweek's Green Business Icon, she is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, and professor of sustainable management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She is the Chie Insurgent of the Madrone Project

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Ah this could be exciting: researchers at Tulane have cultured a bacteria to convert the cellulose in paper directly into butanol - quite a nice fuel. Check it out: http://tulane.edu/news/releases/pr_082511.cfm

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Consider this - the Colorado River is over-allocated by 4 million acre feet in an average year, and the twelve-year drought that has plagued the region since October 2009 is still going strong. Climate change and top-soil degradation (which adds to air pollution and melts snowpacks) threaten future supply. BUT the public still thinks that the west has enough water to support even more thirsty fossil fuel development in order to bail us out of our energy crisis. Oil Shale, Tar Sands, Uranium, Fracking, and even industrial solar projects require billions of gallons of water. A 500 mega-watt coal power plant uses 2.2 billion gallons of water annually! And we really think THIS is the solution?

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This issue of Scientific American looks interesting.

William Gibson - "The Internet, which I think of as a sort of meta-city, has made it possible for people who don't live in cities to master areas of expertise that previously required residence in a city" also mentions new planned cities like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masdar_City and there are plenty others like this in China - China's planned megacity: Pop. 42 million - The Week http://look.ie/oYF1PS although Well-Planned New Cities in China Becoming Ghost Towns | MedIndia http://look.ie/pn7JHg

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Nuclear will cost Japan more than other options. Take home quote from Robert Feldman, chief economist at Morgan Stanley: "The current strategy to rely on nuclear to replace fossil fuels is a non-starter. Nuclear power is much more expensive than people believed given decommissioning costs, long-term uranium costs and (waste disposal) costs," http://t.co/yeq6Jk9

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