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  • USDA Renews Safety Equipment Institute Contract To Manage Biobased Certification Program

    On September 1, 2016, the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) announced that it was selected to manage the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Biobased Certification Program for the next five years. SEI is a subsidiary of ASTM International (ASTM), and has previously held the five-year contract with USDA ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Greenland’s ‘good news’ methane finding

    Based on international research published today in Science, the finding includes Australian contributions from CSIRO and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Wetlands in the tropics and emerging from under receding Northern Hemisphere glaciers have been considered the primary source of rising atmospheric methane in a warming world. But scientists have known of ...

  • Baffin Island ice caps shrink by half in 50 years

    Icy Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic is not half as icy as it was just 50 years ago. Ice caps on the island's northern plateau are 50 percent smaller in area than they were in 1950 due to warming temperatures and are expected to vanish by the middle of the century, according to new research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Radiocarbon dating of dead plant material emerging from ...

  • Biofuel labeling often inaccurate, new study claims

    Biofuel blends may not always be what the label claims. A study at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that many smaller distributors could be 'splash blending.'  While sampling blended biodiesel fuels purchased from small-scale retailers, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that many of the blends do not contain the advertised amount of biofuel. Marine ...

  • Historic England use our Golden Gate to carbon date bone

    Select Science recently ran a story featuring our Golden Gate ATR accessory. Historic England, formerly English Heritage, were prescreening collagen content in archaeological bone samples at Oxford University. Radiocarbon dating of bone samples depends on the integrity of bone collagen, the substance ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Biomass-burning `behind Asian brown clouds`

    Burning biomass is the main cause of the dense "brown clouds" that plague South Asia each winter, and both biomass and fossil fuel burning should be targeted to combat climate change and improve air quality. These are the conclusions of a study published today (23 January) in Science. The study, conducted at two sites in South Asia, attempted to find the main source of the carbon soot particles ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Impact of Climate Change in Africa

    Africa is the continent that will suffer most under global warming. Past history gives us lessons on the likely effects of future climate change. Of greatest concern are the ‘large infrequent disturbances’ to the climate as these will have the most devastating effects. In a remarkable study from the Kenyan Tsavo National Park published in the African Journal of Ecology, Dr Lindsey Gillson ...


  • BP Joins GE, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, and NRG Energy in Investing in Cool Planet BioFuels

    Cool Planet BioFuels, Inc. today announced that BP Technology Ventures has made an investment in the company’s C Round along with follow on investments by the company’s current investors, General Electric, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, NRG and North Bridge Venture Partners. The C Round was led by Shea Ventures. Cool Planet BioFuels is developing bio ...

  • BMH Enviro’s waste crusher produces RDF with 70% biomass content

    BMH Enviro’s Tyrannosaurus® heavy-duty crushers convert waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) that is 70% biomass according to CEN 15747, a method that can determine the renewable content of most materials. Using RDF with high biomass content helps companies lower their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and obtain more carbon credits in cap-and-trade programs.Companies in energy-intensive ...


    By Beta Analytic Inc.

  • Beta Analytic opens facility in Beijing for ASTM D6866 clients in Mainland China

    ISO 17025-accredited Beta Analytic, Inc., is ready to receive samples for ASTM D6866 testing in its facility in Beijing, China. ASTM D6866 is a standard method that determines the exact percentage of a solid, liquid, or gas that came from renewable sources by measuring the material's carbon 14 content.Carbon dioxide emissions from fuels with mixed biomass and fossil inputs, bioplastics, biofuels, ...


    By Beta Analytic Inc.

  • USDA Certifies Ecospan's BioFlow(TM) Material as BioPreferred

    Ecospan, LLC, a materials science research, development, and manufacturing company focused on bio-based plastics, has announced certification of its BioFlow brand resins by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as being 94% Biobased within the agency's BioPreferred program. "Products ...


    By Marketwire

  • Dust in the western US five times what it was 200 years ago

    The Western United States has become 500 percent dustier in the past two centuries due to westward expansion and accompanying human activity beginning in the 1800s, according to a new study by scientists at four U.S. universities and two federal government agencies. Sediment records from dust blown into alpine lakes in southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains over thousands of years indicates ...

  • Secretary Chu announces 2011 Ernest Orlando L:awrence award winners

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the winners of the 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for their outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions.  Nine winners were named today in eight categories.  Winners in each category will receive a gold medal, a citation and $20,000.  In the case of co-nomination, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Alpine soils may release carbon following climate change

    Climate change is expected to cause warmer climate zones to extend, not only further north, but also higher up into mountainous regions. High mountain regions may be particularly sensitive to environmental change. A recent study reveals that a warmer climate may cause carbon stored in Alpine soils to be released. Soil was recognised as a significant carbon reservoir by the Kyoto protocol1 and ...

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