Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’

04/10/2014

Navy Shows Off Fuel From Sea Water

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it’s possible to power engines instead with a cheap, convenient supply of fuel: seawater.  Scientists have spent nearly a decade laboring to turn the ocean into fuel. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized. . .

03/28/2014

U.S. Wind Power Grows

Wind energy is expected to make up about 4.6 percent of total U.S. electric power generation by 2015, totaling about 77,000 megawatts of wind power capacity nationwide, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. That’s up from 3 percent in 2012, when total U.S. wind power generation capacity was about 60,000 megawatts. One. . .

03/11/2014

Which State Buys The Most Renewable Energy?

Illinois is buying more renewable energy than any other state in the nation, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups.  A 2009 state law allowed. . .

03/06/2014

Having That Toilet Paper Discussion

The convenience of toilet paper is a comfort many Americans can’t picture themselves living without.  America is the world largest market for toilet paper.  Americans per capita use 23.6 rolls per year, totaling about 7 billion rolls a year for the country. Unfortunately, using toilet paper is not the most sustainable. . .

01/13/2014

NJ Rejects Gas Pipeline Through Pinelands

A New Jersey agency tasked with protecting the ecologically fragile Pinelands region narrowly defeated a proposal Friday to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through it.  The decision delighted environmentalists, who had turned out by the hundreds to oppose the plan over the past six months. But it disheartened business. . .

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. . .

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