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Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

by Associated Press  (Nov. 14, 2014)

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep and surprising drop after a four-year ...

Environmental indicator report 2014

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 20, 2014)

Across the world, there is growing recognition that the prevailing model of economic growth, grounded in ever-increasing resource use and pollutant emissions, cannot be sustained indefinitely. In the coming decades, with global population expected to increase to 9 billion people from 7.6 billion today, continued improvements in living standards ...

A Cleaner Energy Future

by ASTM International  (Oct. 16, 2014)

As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition ...

Measurement of a Doubly Substituted Methane Isotopologue, 13CH3D

by Aerodyne Research, Inc.  (Oct. 14, 2014)

ABSTRACT: Methane is an important energy resource and significant long-lived greenhouse gas. Carbon and hydrogen isotope ratios have been used to better constrain the sources of methane but interpretations based on these two parameters alone can often be inconclusive. The precise measurement of a doubly substituted methane isotopologue, 13CH3D, is ...

When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us

by Ensia  (Oct. 13, 2014)

Recent analyses raise disturbing questions about the health and environmental effects of the stuff that encases our edibles. It’s almost impossible to imagine life without flexible, transparent and water-resistant food packaging, without plastic sandwich bags, cling film or shelves filled with plastic jars, tubs and tubes, and durable bags ...

Mission Creek: Flood Risk Reduction and Streambank Restoration

by LimnoTech Inc.  (Oct. 1, 2014)

On June 19th, 2012, the residents of Duluth, Minnesota experienced a storm event for the record books. Over the course of 24 hours, approximately 9 inches of rain pummeled the landscape, causing massive floods and landslides throughout the city. As a result, Duluth’s infrastructure and natural resources were severely damaged, notably miles ...

Resource scarcity: Why don`t we act even when it is in our best interest?

by Strategic Environmental Consulting Limited (SEC)  (Nov. 10, 2014)

From academics, policy makers, local government to miners, manufacturers and retailers - we will all be needed to complete this journey. But how do we work towards a more resource responsible future? Gareth Kane’s blog on resource scarcity made the pitch for that issue to reach a ...

Food Waste Collection Companies Grow With The Flow

by BioCycle Magazine  (Sep. 21, 2014)

On October 1, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ ban on landfill disposal of commercial organics from establishments generating one ton or more of food waste per week goes into effect. On the front lines of helping these businesses and institutions comply are organics haulers, many of whom have been offering their services for years. ...

Power Positive Resource Recovery

by BioCycle Magazine  (Aug. 22, 2014)

Using laws of thermodynamic analysis to evaluate the energy and power characteristics of wastewater and beneficial uses of biogas offers greater insight into best business practices and what is achievable. Growing numbers of waste-water treatment plants (WWTP) are striving to produce more power onsite. In recent years, there’s even been a ...

What Is Natural Capital, Anyway?

by Ensia  (Jul. 24, 2014)

Wikipedia defines natural capital as “the stock of natural ecosystems that yields a flow of valuable ecosystem goods or services into the future” — a definition that’s begging to be translated into plain English. In this easy-to-comprehend, and at times hilarious, video from the ...

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