Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Reusing wastewater as potable and non-potable water will some day become a reality in this country. A new a report released this month by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, investigated the potential for establishing a more. . .
A recently published paper in Science claims that a new process has been developed to turn seaweed into a viable feedstock for biofuel. Bio Architecture Lab says that they’ve isolated an enzyme that could be used to convert seaweed into sugar. Making fuel and chemicals from crops such as corn. . .
The NASA Earth Observatory, in conjunction with Woods Hole Research Center’s (WHRC) National Biomass and Carbon Database, released an image showcasing where the greatest concentrations of trees are in the U.S. The newly released map was a byproduct of computer models, space-based radar, satellite sensors, and ground-based data. It took. . .