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Will natural gas dim solar’s shine?

by Ensia  (Mar. 9, 2015)

As natural gas booms, renewable energy proponents ponder whether it will serve as a bridge or roadblock to photovoltaic power On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United ...

Soil is a non-renewable resource. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future

by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (Mar. 3, 2015)

Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. As a core component of land resources, agricultural development and ecological sustainability, it is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for many critical ecosystem services. It is therefore a highly valuable natural ...

The World’s Largest Gas to Liquids Facility Runs on Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS

by Thermo Fisher Scientific, LIMS & Laboratory Software  (Mar. 26, 2015)

Established by Shell and Qatar Petroleum in 2006, Pearl GTL is the largest gas to liquids facility on the planet. Gas to liquids (GTL) is the conversion of natural gas to liquid fuels and other products, including gasoil, naphtha, kerosene, normal-paraffin and lubricants. Pearl GTL has a capacity of 140,000 barrels per day of these products and ...

Who really is responsible for climate change and industrial emissions policy in Canada?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Mar. 24, 2015)

There seems to be no end to press releases announcing good things to deal with climate change and equally no end to criticism for alleged failings in this regard. All three levels of government share in the plaudits and criticisms for achievements or failures related to climate change, which is understandable given the lack of clarity as to who ...

ALGIZ 10X Rugged tablet boosts productivity for the North American coal corporation - Case Study

by Handheld UK and Ireland Ltd  (Mar. 4, 2015)

Challenge Find a rugged computer capable of handling a large-scale coal mining operation’s very specific needs. Solution Install the Algiz 10X rugged tablet and vehicle cradle in mining machinery cabins. Result A mining tablet solution that provides immediate boosts to productivity, plus countless hours and dollars ...

The European environment — state and outlook 2015 — synthesis report

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Mar. 2, 2015)

In 2015, Europe stands roughly halfway between the initiation of EU environmental policy in the early 1970s and the EU's 2050 vision of 'living well within the limits of the planet' (1). Underlying this vision is a recognition that Europe's economic prosperity and well-being is intrinsically linked to its natural environment — from fertile ...

ABUTEC Navigates to U.S. Coast Guard Certification - Case Study

by ABUTEC LLC  (Feb. 27, 2015)

ABUTEC has carved a niche in the midstream oil & gas sector by providing turnkey Marine Vapor Control System (MVCS) solutions. But what if your site needs a custom solution? ABUTEC recently created a custom solution for Targa Resources to aid in flaring during the barge offloading process. Targa Resources, located in Channelview, Texas, is a ...

Utilisation competitions over ecological resources: uncovering the social nature of the environmental problem

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 7, 2015)

One principle of the sustainable development strategy is to maintain the ecological integrity of our bio–physical environment. Another is the preservation of capacities for economic development in contemporary societies. In order to examine if both goals can be combined the social dynamics of emerging environmental problems need to be ...

Smart utilities and sustainable resource management

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jan. 28, 2015)

With the increased availability of inexpensive micro-sensor technologies, everything is becoming “sensor-tagged”. Energy and water utilities are benefiting from this “sensorization” of our infrastructure and the associated smart technology advancements. These progressive utilities are employing innovative, real-time ...

Managing Mali’s Wetland Wealth for People and Nature

by Wetlands International  (Dec. 15, 2014)

Introduction Wetlands International has been in Mali since 1998, when it started a partnership with the national government to help better manage the country’s water resources for both its people and nature. Those early efforts involved scoping out the state of Mali’s unique natural habitats, not least its globally important wetland, ...

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