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  • EPA awards $30,000 to Arizona State University sustainable design teams

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a total of $30,000 in grants to two student teams Arizona State University to design a new, less expensive solar energy prototype and the development of gasification and biochar retort technologies, a more sustainable approach to agricultural waste. Both projects are part of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program. ...

  • System XFR 15-50

    - A Canadian Engineering Triumph   IPEX is pleased to introduce the World’s first uncoated PVC DWV piping system that is fully ...


    By IPEX

  • COP16: Climate talks set the way forward

    Two-week long negotiations on a global climate deal ended with a balanced and substantive package of decisions adopted on 11 December, known as the Cancún Agreement. The European Union welcomed the positive outcome of the COP16 conference and stressed that it is willing to do its fair share of the global effort. The Cancún Agreement builds on the decisions taken a year ago in ...

  • Financing climate change action and boosting technology change

    Public and private financing for climate action will need to be scaled up significantly in the coming years, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Indeed, the Cancun Agreements call on developed countries to provide new and additional resources for climate actions USD $30 billion over 2010-2012 and a longer term goal of $100 billion per year by ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Geo-engineering to clean up decades of phosphorus pollution in lakes

    Phosphorus is the biggest cause of water quality degradation worldwide, causing ‘dead zones’, toxic algal blooms, a loss of biodiversity and increased health risks for the plants, animals and humans. This threatens the loss of economic and social benefits from freshwaters. Miquel Lurling of the Aquatic Ecology group was lead author of a special issue of Water Research on the control ...

  • Financing climate change action and boosting technology change

    Public and private financing for climate action will need to be scaled up significantly in the coming years, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Indeed, the Cancun Agreements call on developed countries to provide new and additional resources for climate actions USD $30 billion over 2010-2012 and a longer term goal of $100 billion per year by ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EOS selected as bioremediation product for massive Indiana TCE groundwater plume

    Past use of tricholoroethene (TCE) at a manufacturing facility in Indiana created a contaminated plume of groundwater approximately 1,000 feet wide, 8,000 feet long, and up to 75 feet deep.  The plume has impacted a regionally significant unconfined aquifer.  EOS 598B42 emulsified oil product was the selected electron donor for the bioaugmentation pilot test that was completed at the ...


    By EOS Remediation, LLC

  • 1,4-Dioxane Bioremediation in Groundwater Update

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in late 2016 that 1,4-dioxane was included on the list of the first 10 chemicals slated to receive safety reviews under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform. Making the TSCA “Top 10” highlights concerns over 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen commonly detected in groundwater due to its widespread use as a solvent and solvent ...


    By SIREM

  • Cities occupy 0.5 per cent of the world`s total land

    A new global map of urban areas1 is available for use which shows that cities occupy less than 0.5 per cent of the world's total land area. Growing populations and increased rural-to-urban migration in developing countries mean that over 50 per cent of the global population now live in urban areas. Locally, cities have a considerable impact on the environment: they create microclimates (such as ...

  • Progress Towards Our CGI Commitment to Action: Protecting and Restoring Carbon-Rich Wetlands for People and Planet

     In September 2011 Wetlands International announced its Commitment to Action under the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 'Securing Wetland Carbon Stores for Climate'. The global NGO aims to achieve emission reductions of at least 100 megatons by 2015, through the conservation and rehabilitation of carbon-rich wetlands. Now, one year later, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Business must adapt to realities of Earth’s ecosystems

    Ecosystem Challenges and Business Implications, published today, warns that companies must transform business models and operations if they are to avoid major economic losses caused by the current degradation of ecosystems and the vital services they provide. The publication produced by Earthwatch Institute, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the World Business Council for Sustainable ...


    By Earthwatch International

  • Q&A: Sylvia Earle on the planet`s blue engine

    SciDev.Net talks to Sylvia Earle, scientist, oceanographer, explorer, about her hopes for oceans at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil in 2012. The oceans are a life-support system and they are under severe threat, says Sylvia Earle. That’s why she wants to ensure that they are on the agenda of next year’s international conference on sustainable development in Rio de ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Peatlands are Quick and Cost-Effective Measure to reduce 10% of greenhouse emissions

    Clearing, draining and setting fire to peatlands emits more than 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year - equivalent to 10% of global emissions from fossil fuels, according to Assessment on Peatlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change, the first comprehensive global assessment of the link between peatland degradation and climate change. 'Just like a global phase out of old, energy guzzling ...

  • Uganda registers first forestry project in Africa to reduce global warming emissions

    Uganda has become the first country in Africa to undertake a reforestation project that will help reduce global warming emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The Nile Basin Reforestation Project in Uganda is a ground-breaking project being implemented by Uganda's National Forestry Authority (NFA) in association with local community organizations. The growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the ...


    By The World Bank

  • Wetlands International commits to reduce water scarcity by restoring wetlands during Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 2015

    From Saturday 26 till Tuesday 29 September the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting is taking place in New York. On Monday, September 28 Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International, a CGI member, spoke about one of the central themes ‘Water Scarcity’. With 20 percent of the world’s GDP and 36 percent of the global population located in severely water stressed ...


    By Wetlands International

  • DOE Selects Eight Projects to Receive Funding for Reducing the Cost of CO2 Capture and Compression

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected eight projects to receive funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and compression through DOE’s Carbon Capture Program. The Carbon Capture Program is developing technologies that will enable cost-effective implementation of ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Nanoscale water treatment needs innovative engineering

    Engineering a useable product is the key to making nanotechnology work for water treatment, says Ashok Raichur. The fast-evolving world of nanotechnology captivates researchers in fields ranging from health and nutrition to agriculture and environment. In particular, many developing countries are investigating how nanotechnology might improve access to clean water, with a lot of lab work done ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Put a plastic bag in your tank

    Researchers in India have developed a relatively low-temperature process to convert certain kinds of plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products. They report full details next month in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. Many pundits describe the present time as the “plastic age” for good reason and as such we ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • REDD agreement sends glimmer of hope to private sector

    Governments last week pledged to provide $4 billion in finance for projects to protect forests through the intergovernmental REDD+ Partnership - which also acknowledges the role of the private sector in scaling up finance for the sector. The funds, which are to be made available over 2010-12, are to be used to support capacity-building and knowledge transfer - among other things - for projects ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EPA Meets with Leaders in Gulfport to Lay Groundwork for Federal Working Group to Address Community Concerns

    Today and tomorrow, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are meeting with leaders from the Turkey Creek and North Gulfport communities in Gulfport, Miss. to lay the groundwork for a Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG), an initiative to focus resources from multiple federal agencies to help meet economic, environmental and community needs. ...

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