Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’

04/10/2013

Seaweed As A Natural Fertilizer

By Guest Blogger: Jakob Berry  Of the many things that wash up on beaches during strong winter storms seaweed can be found in abundance.  Even in calmer waters there’s no shortage as the ocean is full of it and although this seemingly pointless ‘weed’ looks unappealing sprawled out on the. . .

03/05/2013

New U.S. Energy Capacity Came From Renewables

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update released yesterday by the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports that the US had 1,231 megawatts (MW) of new in-service generating capacity come online in January of 2013,  all of it from renewable sources including wind, solar and biomass. The new capacity. . .

01/17/2013

Organic Farming Sees Worldwide Growth

Since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service.  Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific. . .

06/13/2012

Which Country Invested The Most In Clean Energy?

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a report yesterday highlighting the top ten countries that invested the most in clean energy technology for 2011.  The report shows that China continues to lead the world in clean energy technology manufacturing and investing.  The U.S. took second place.  The report also ranked. . .

05/31/2012

Biofuel Steam Locomotives Could Make A Return

It is interesting to see how old technologies are making a comeback in an effort to reduce pollution and become more bio sustainable.  In this case the use of steam locomotives running on bio coal.  The latest effort is based on collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the nonprofit. . .

05/18/2012

The Creative Art Of Recycling

We’re seeing new creative solutions to recycling plastic that isn’t so easily recycled.  MTV Brazil has created a novel machine that can recycle expired credit cards.  Credit cards are made from a mixture of different plastics that makes them difficult to recycle, and usually end up in the landfill.  According. . .

05/16/2012

Earth’s Biodiversity Down Thirty Percent

This seems to be the week of non-governmental organizations (NGO) issuing state of the environment reports.  Coming off of the heels of the American Lung Associations report on the dirtiest and cleanest air cities to live in, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), issued their report on declining global biodiversity.  The. . .

04/26/2012

Maine To Get First Tidal Energy Project

The state of Maine has given the go ahead to install the first tidal energy project in the U.S. on Cobscook Bay.  State regulators put three utilities on the path to distribute electricity harnessed from tides at the nation’s eastern tip, a key milestone in a bid to turn the. . .

03/30/2012

Organic Farmers Appeal Suit Against Monsanto

A group of U.S. family farmers said on Wednesday it is appealing its lawsuit against Monsanto Co to challenge the company’s patents on technologies for genetically modified seeds.  The group of more than 50 organizations filed its notice of appeal on Wednesday, seeking review by the U.S. Court of Appeals. . .

03/13/2012

Coal Energy Use Drops and Renewables Gain In 2011

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report on the state of power generated by different sources.  In 2011 coal decreased to below forty percent of the total power generated in the U.S.  The last time this happened was in 1978.  The EIA attributes the decrease in coal to. . .

03/02/2012

Tobacco Being Considered For Biofuel

Creating biodiesel from plants is one of the hottest alternative fuel efforts for weening us from fossil fuels.  Biodiesel is being harvested from corn, grass, algae, sugar cane, and even beets.  Now there is a new effort to try it with tobacco leaves.  Perhaps this could be a future incentive. . .

02/22/2012

Scientists Seek To Improve Photosynthesis

A group of transatlantic universities have joined forces to improve the process of photosynthesis.   Photosynthesis is the process whereby biological systems convert sunlight into food and the source of all the fossil fuels we burn today.  Glasgow scientists Professor Lee Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry, and Professor Mike Blatt, Regius. . .

02/16/2012

Hydrogen Fuel From Wind Power

The Long Island New York town of Hempstead may be at the forefront of carbon neutral thinking in the U.S.  In 2009 they became the first town near New York City to install a hydrogen and natural gas fueling station.  They currently operate two town vehicles and a town bus. . .

01/30/2012

Using Flowers To Build Cars

The automobile industry is definitely taking the initiative on finding new ways to provide us with a “greener” product.  For now, we’ll not discuss hybrid, electric, hydrogen propulsion systems for cars, but instead, we’ll tout Ford’s new interior initiatives.  Ford plans on using more plant based ingredients in the vehicles. . .

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