DoD wants to axe pollution with biodegradable seed-planting bullets

January 9, 2017 by  
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President-elect Donald Trump seems determined to fill his cabinet with climate change skeptics and deniers. But there’s one department Trump probably won’t attempt to sabotage: the Department of Defense (DoD). Now it appears that department’s fighting against the environmental wasteland Trump’s laboring to leave in his wake, with a call for scientists to develop biodegradable , seed-planting bullets. The DoD said the U.S. Army goes through hundreds of thousands of ammunition rounds at training ranges around the world. But bullet components don’t biodegrade for hundreds of years, and in the meantime can “corrode and pollute the soil and nearby water.” DoD also worries many civilians won’t be able to tell the training rounds apart from tactical rounds. So they came up with a vision for a rather peaceful solution: bullets that biodegrade and plant seeds as they go. Related: Climate change could cause “humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” say military leaders The DoD is soliciting applications for contractors to develop “biodegradable training ammunition loaded with specialized seeds to grow environmentally beneficial plants that eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants” under the Small Business Innovation Research program. According to Gizmodo, the Army found materials like bamboo fiber could be utilized in biodegradable bullets. Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has already developed bioengineered seeds that could be embedded into the biodegradable bullets. The seeds won’t germinate until many months after they’ve been in the ground. The defense department didn’t say what type of plants should be grown, but did say animals should be able to eat them without harm. They aim to eliminate environmental hazards with the biodegradable bullets, offering six references of different scientific articles that may help potential contractors in the development process. Those scientists interested in responding to DoD’s request have until February 8 to turn in applications. Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Department of Defense Seeks Biodegradable Bullets

January 9, 2017 by  
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Calling all engineers: The Department of Defense is on the lookout for a new bullet that will sprout seeds, instead of waste, after it’s shot. In a call for proposals, the DoD says that the U.S. Army uses “hundreds of thousands of…

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See Just How Much Food You — Yes, You — Are Wasting

December 9, 2016 by  
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In 2012, we received some dismal news about food waste. A staggering 40 percent of food is wasted from farm to fork, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Suddenly, we were all running to our fridges to make soups from…

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

December 8, 2015 by  
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On the hunt for that perfect gift this holiday season for your eco-conscious loved ones? We’ve got a little something for all shades of green. Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts For the animal lover and wildlife preservationist: At Natural Resource Defense…

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9 Ways To Stuff Food Waste This Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015 by  
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Did you know that almost 40% of food is wasted from farm to fork, according to the National Resource Defense Council? This takes a big environmental toll, as agriculture uses 50% of U.S. land and consumes 80% of the freshwater consumed, while 1 in…

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How Much Produce Should I Buy? 6 Simple Tips

May 8, 2013 by  
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If you struggle to use up fresh produce before it spoils, you’re not the only one. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that about two-thirds of household food waste is due to spoilage, and a whopping 39 percent of Americans …

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Restaurant Chains Donate Unserved Food to Families in Need

February 19, 2013 by  
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About 40 percent of all edible food goes to waste in the United States, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. At the same time, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come…

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Restaurant Chains Donate Unserved Food to Families in Need

February 19, 2013 by  
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About 40 percent of all edible food goes to waste in the United States, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. At the same time, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come…

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Restaurant Chains Donate Unserved Food to Families in Need

February 19, 2013 by  
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About 40 percent of all edible food goes to waste in the United States, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. At the same time, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come…

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process To Transform Seawater Into Green Jet Fuel

September 27, 2012 by  
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Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you’re not the U.S. Military . Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for greener alternatives, including research by scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop a process that could transform abundant seawater into fuel for Navy jets. If successful their efforts could have a huge impact; in 2010 alone the Department of Defense shelled out approximately $11 billion on “operational energy,” the energy used by military forces in the execution of their field missions. That’s the equivalent of the entire budget of the state of Tennessee. And that’s doesn’t even include all the energy needed to power vehicles and military bases here at home. Read the rest of US Navy Scientists Develop Process To Transform Seawater Into Green Jet Fuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , alternative fuels , biofuels , department of defense , fossil fuels , fuel consumption , fuel efficiency , jet fuel , Naval Research Laboratory , seawater , US Navy

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