Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’

01/10/2014

Suburbs Emitting More CO2 Than Cities

When it comes to carbon emissions, don’t blame big cities, blame the suburbs, says a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.  The study, released this past Monday, found that population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse-gas emissions per person than other areas of the United States. However, these cities’ suburbs are so. . .

01/03/2014

Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Plastic Bags

Hawaii has become the first state in the union to ban plastic bags.  All three of the counties in Hawaii have passed legislation banning plastic bags at checkout counters. On the Big Island, where consumers have been paying for plastic bags at checkout lines for the past year, the ban officially. . .

12/19/2013

Bananas Under Siege

According to Scientific American, strains of a particular soil fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, or Foc, have struck a key variety of banana grown for export in Mozambique and Jordan. Scientists fear that if the banana fungus spreads further, the popular Cavendish banana could become critically threatened.  The fungus, which has. . .

11/18/2013

Obama Praises U.S. Oil Production

U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday boasted of the nation’s progress in cutting dependence on foreign energy sources and lowering pollution levels, saying that the United States is now poised to control its own energy future.  In his weekly radio address, Obama noted that for the first time in nearly. . .

08/01/2013

Released Mice To Save Prairie Grasslands

Scientists at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo are raising meadow jumping mice and releasing them into the wild to help restore dwindling Midwestern prairies.  Right now, biologists there say only 1 percent of historical prairie grasslands remain in Illinois.  So the zoo is raising the mice and other species to help. . .

07/30/2013

Can CO2 Emissions Be Used To Create Electricity?

A new paper published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters written by a team of researchers in the Netherlands,  describe how CO2 could be mixed with a fluid electrolyte, generating electrical energy in the process.  A press release from the American Chemical Society, which publishes the journal, calls. . .

06/11/2013

Worldwide CO2 Emissions Continue To Rise

The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday.  In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the Paris-based IEA said top carbon polluter. . .

04/25/2013

Cutting Down Energy Consumption

By Guest Writer Amanda Green When you take control of your energy consumption you’ll not only be saving money each month but you’ll also be doing your part for the environment.  Taking your energy usage into account is a great way to start helping out the earth and many of. . .

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. . .

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