Posts Tagged ‘Waste’
Radioactive waste tanks may be leaking some 1,000 gallons per year at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday officials are still evaluating how to effectively remove the remaining material from the problematic tanks. The 1,000-gallon figure is a rough estimate based on the early assessment of. . .
One in four homes in the greater Portland, Oregon, area contain radon levels well above the safety limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a recent study by Portland State University. Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless gas that enters homes through cracks, gaps and. . .
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has dropped to its lowest level in 24 years, the government said Tuesday. Satellite imagery showed that 1,798 square miles (4,656 square kilometers) of the Amazon were deforested between August 2011 and July 2012, said Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira at a news conference. That’s 27. . .
Levi Strauss, the jean company we know so well, has created a new line of jeans made from recycled plastic bottles. Your next pair of Levi jeans may include black trays, brown beer bottles, clear water bottles, and green soda bottles. Levi’s calls their new line of jeans the WasteLess. . .
Scientists have figured out a way to convert waste from whisky distilleries into biofuel to power cars and trucks, according to the creators of Celtic Renewables, a new startup that’s trying to commercialize the process. Unlike regular biofuel producers, Celtic Renewables doesn’t use corn or other crops. That’s helped it. . .
If there’s a silver lining for the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Isaac, it might just be this: the surge of water flushed out, and drowned, thousands of nutria — giant rodents originally from South America that are eating away at coastal marshlands, which act as barriers from storms. Most of. . .
Common household trash will be converted into ethanol for transportation fuel at a planned biofuel production facility in northern Nevada backed by a $105 million federal loan guarantee announced by the Obama administration Monday. The Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels project will help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and advance. . .
It’s summer time and the living is hot, hot, and hot! Record temps are hitting the Midwest and East Coast with drought conditions being extended through not only the west but the middle part of the country as well. If you’re like most of us, and have access to a. . .
The West Coast is beginning to see the debris from last year’s tsunami that hit the northern coast of Japan to start washing ashore. The biggest surprise so far was a large dock that just washed ashore at Agate Beach, Oregon. The dock has startled residents and has become the. . .
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. . .
One of the least highlighted greenhouse gases is N2O, Nitrous Oxide. N2O is considered to be the most potent of the three greenhouse gases because it is a better absorber of infrared radiation. The main sources of N2O are synthetic nitrogen fertilizers used in agriculture, the storage of fertilizers, and. . .
For the last twenty-six years volunteers from around the world have collected and removed 153 million pounds of garbage from beaches, coastlines and waterways. The Ocean Conservancy has organized all of the past clean ups, and recently it released its final report on the 2011 clean up this past week. . . .
The drought that hit Texas this past summer is tallying up some devastating statistics. The Texas Forest Service estimates that 100 to 500 million trees were lost in that state due to the drought. This figure does not include trees that were lost to wildfires that scorched an estimated four. . .
A recently published article in the journal Nature Climate Change highlighted a new analysis by the Global Carbon Project, that shows fossil fuel emissions increased by 5.9 percent in 2010 and by 49 percent since 1990. Ironically 1990 was the first year of the Kyoto protocol. On average, fossil fuel. . .