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Questions tagged [defining-sustainability]

Questions that define the concept of sustainability by discussing its relationship with other related concepts

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How are pollution and sustainability related?

In discussing "green" policies, the words "sustainability" and "pollution" are occasionally mixed together, as if they were antonyms. My gut feeling is that something that is polluting is by ...
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What is the relationship between recycling and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why increasing recycling is taken to improve sustainability (or equivalently to reduce unsustainability)? Are there real-world ...
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What is the relationship between energy efficiency and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why increasing energy efficiency takes us further down the road to sustainability? Are there real-world circumstances whereby ...
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How is sustainability determined for a product or system, and by whom?

I see many questions on this site about the sustainability of various products or practices. I also see that some things which are considered sustainable in one context may be less sustainable when ...
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Sustainability of different fabrics

I know this is a huge question, but I keep find conflicting or, at best, qualitative and not referenced information about the following issue. See for example here, or here. What is the ...
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Is “renewable” a proper term for both solar and hydro power?

The common definition for renewable energy sources includes at least: Wind Solar Biofuels Hydro Geo-thermal However, the common definition of renewable makes this grouping a bit awkward. Webster ...
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Will bitcoin help us to decentralise our communities and help us live a more sustainably

From a little bit of research on bitcoin, I have discovered that they remove the centralised middle man from individuals transactions ie. a Bank, PayPal, ect.. and make it easier to transfer money ...
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Is there a “break even point” or life cycle analysis directory or calculator that's kept up to date?

I've seen plenty of one-time calculations dedicated to one specific thing (usually plastic vs metal straws, or reusable vs disposable cups) but don't know of any organizations or even blogs that ...