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PE INTERNATIONAL – Business Value from Operating Sustainably

by PE International AG  (Sep. 22, 2014)

Sustainability is often seen as a woolly concept that has no place in the boardroom. At PE INTERNATIONAL, we don’t believe that is true. It is becoming ever more evident that there is tangible business value to be unlocked from looking at your company’s operations through a sustainability lens. And despite what the naysayers would have ...

Waste Management in Canada – Problems and Opportunities

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 12, 2014)

Canada has a poor record on waste management according to a Conference Board of Canada report – ranking 17 out of 17 in an international ranking of OECD countries. But although there are serious challenges for waste management in Canada, promising opportunities abound according to a snapshot of the State of Waste Management in Canada ...

India’s Potential in Harnessing the Alternate Energy Sources

by Jay Khodiyar Machine Tools  (Sep. 1, 2014)

Long queues for gasoline, high prices and shortage of gasoline are the signs which show that how natural resources are on the verge of depletion. This shows that it is high time for us to view how to utilize natural resources. India is mainly depended on import of petroleum products for its energy requirements. It meets its requirements by ...

How to plan hydropower stations for the future

by SciDev.Net  (Sep. 3, 2014)

The hydropower plants of tomorrow won’t only produce energy. Constructing dams will also provide new drinking water sources, irrigation for crops, and new waterways for transport. In the words of most of the scientists here at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, they will be ‘multipurpose’. This means that each plant ...

Wastes as fertilizer – Is this a way to lower food costs?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 30, 2014)

Researchers in the UK think they may have found a way to produce fertilizers that should cut farmers’ costs and at the same time boost some types of renewable energy. Their scheme, which involves using waste material from anaerobic digesters and ash from burnt biomass, would also cut fossil fuel use and save natural resources. ...

Manure Spills: Prevention, Detection, Control Options, & the Role of Anaerobic Digesters

by BIOFerm™ Energy Systems  (Aug. 27, 2014)

An internet search for manure-related spills can lead to an exhausting list of news articles and images of catastrophic environmental damage. In Wisconsin alone, the ...

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 ...

NaWaTech Compendium of Natural Water Systems and Treatment Technologies to cope with Water Shortages in Unbanised Areas in India

by IWA Publishing  (Sep. 8, 2014)

Providing adequate water supply and sanitation, particularly in urban areas, is a challenging task for governments throughout the world. This task is made even more difficult due to predicted dramatic global changes. Population growth, urbanisation, increasing industrialisation, climate change and a steep increase in water consumption are putting ...

Comparison between the coagulants surfactant modified bentonite, combination chitosan-natural bentonite and combination chitosan-modified bentonite for peat water treatment

by IWA Publishing  (Sep. 5, 2014)

Peat water is an abundant water resource in Asia, especially in rural areas. However, it is unsuitable to be used as a commercial water supply. Monitoring peat water characteristics at Beriah swamp, Perak, recorded colour (238 PtCo), turbidity (12.86 NTU), iron (0.89 mg/L), pH (4.8) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) (27 mg/L) over the national ...

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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