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  • Innovations help economy, may save the planet

    California’s ambitious energy conservation legislation has created an unusual challenge for the state’s utility companies: to get customers to consume less of their product. Laws that reward utilities for meeting energy reduction targets and punish them for missing the goals have led to unusual business tactics. “It’s a strange business,” Roland Risser, the head of customer energy efficiency for ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • PNNL scientists receive four R&D 100 awards for environmental research

    Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have won four of R&D Magazine's prestigious 'R&D 100 Awards' for their contributions to developing a smart power grid, enhancing the quality of research materials, reducing environmental impacts of deicing activities, and improving the economics of biofuel production. 'Our scientists are driven to make a ...

  • 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

  • ADVENTUS Bioremediation Technologies Highlighted at Battelle Symposium

    Remediation Firm’s Green and Sustainable Solutions Featured in Eighteen Platform and Poster Sessions. Its EPA-approved technologies will be widely highlighted during the 6th international conference on 'Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds' being held May 24-27 in Monterey, California. Los Angeles, CA - The Adventus Group, a remediation biotechnology enterprise for ...


  • 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 ...

  • Aker Solutions Starts Pioneering CO2-Capture Project in Norway

    The project is the first of its kind globally for a waste-to-energy plant and comes after Aker Solutions in December signed a contract with the city government. The project is funded by Gassnova, the state enterprise that supports the development and demonstration of technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2). "This is pioneering work with significant potential as the world focuses on ...


    By Aker Solutions ASA

  • Wetlands International promotes investments in natural infrastructure to achieve better water security at high-level meeting

    Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick is participating in a high-level panel on water cooperation for ecosystems at the International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. As part of the International Year of Water Cooperation, we are attending to highlight the urgent need to safeguard and restore wetland ecosystems as a key strategy to address water security challenges. ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Ecosystem-based approaches key to tackling challenge of African Food Security Amidst Changing Climate

    As Africa faces food security challenges worsening in the face of climate change, almost 800 delegates from across the continent backed Ecosystems-Based Adaptation Approaches as a key tool in ensuring adequate food for all at the end of a two-day meeting at the UN Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi. The first meeting on African Food Security and Adaptation came against the backdrop of ...

  • 100+ organizations in Argentina ask Parliament to approve Wetlands Law

    Over 100 civil society organizations from Argentina, led by the Argentina office of Wetlands International, addressed the Parliament last week to get the full approval of the Minimum Standards Law for Wetlands Conservation. The call comes after the latest flooding incidence in the Buenos Aires province, which caused five deaths and affected 30,000 people of which 6,000 were forced to leave ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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

  • Ecosystem-based adaptation in the Caribbean: strengths and weaknesses

    Protecting ecosystems and the services they provide is increasingly thought to be a sustainable and effective approach to help society adapt to climate change. Islands states, at risk from a variety of different threats, including sea level rise, changes in rainfall patterns and ocean acidification, have been among the first to trial this approach. A new study examines measures taken in the ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Environmental protection vital to reducing natural disaster impact

    Environmental degradation is a key factor turning extreme weather events into natural disasters, a new WWF report has found. Natural Security: Protected Areas and Hazard Mitigation, prepared with environmental research group Equilibrium, examines in detail the impacts of floods in Bangladesh (2000), Mozambique (2000 and 2001) and Europe (2006), heat waves and forest fires in Portugal (2003), an ...

  • Fifth of corals dead: only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

    The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status. The report, released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, of which IUCN is a member, shows if current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years. This will have alarming consequences for some 500 million ...

  • 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

  • Promoting the importance of wetland conservation for responsible soy

    Wetlands International in Argentina has become a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy to help addressing the loss of wetlands and their values in the guidelines for responsible soy. Wetland areas are severely threatened by the expansion of soy cultivation due to water extraction, pollution and reclamation, with considerable costs for society.   Wetlands International has successfully ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Asia`s booming cities must go green or risk disaster

    Asia must act now to pave the way for green, resource-friendly cities or face a bleak and environmentally degraded future. That was the key conclusion of a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released this month. But amid the alarming details of the growing environmental crisis in Asia's expanding mega-cities, there were signs of hope and opportunity. "Asia has seen unprecedented urban ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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