Starbucks $1 Million Compostable Cup Challenge

October 11, 2018 by  
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Utility Solar Installations to Grow Despite Tariff

October 11, 2018 by  
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Earth911 Quiz #32: Not So Watery World

October 11, 2018 by  
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There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

October 29, 2014 by  
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A new study by a team from the University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has found that there are still two million barrels-worth of oil from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster sitting on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The study, published October 27, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a “bathtub ring” of oil droplets covering an area of the seabed larger than Rhode Island. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deepwater horizon , environmental disaster , gulf of mexico , macondo well , oil drilling , oil droplets , oil gulf of mexico , oil slick , oil spill , sea bed , sea floor , university of california

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India’s Smog is Killing Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million People

September 9, 2014 by  
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India has a pollution problem – and it’s gotten so bad that it’s killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows ground-level ozone, which is the main component in smog, damages roughly 6.7 million tons of India’s food staples like wheat and rice in a single year. The shows that the lost crops are worth about $1.3 billion and could feed about 94 million people – about a third of the country’s poor. Read the rest of India’s Smog is Killing Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million People Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , air pollution , Air quality , crops , farmers , farming , food , ground , India , level , ozone , pollutions , security , smog , sustainable food

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Designs

March 24, 2014 by  
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Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple and unexpected building material — wood. With so many modern buildings made of concrete and steel, it may seem like a strange choice, but the truth is that new technologies are already producing incredibly strong, lightweight, and flame-resistant timber that could drastically reduce building time and carbon emissions compared to conventional building materials . Read the rest of USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , carbon footprint , eco friendly buildings , Sustainable Building , Sustainable Construction , tall wood buildings , usda , USDA building contest , wood building , wooden highrises , wooden skyscrapers        

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Richard Neutra’s Elegant Mid-Century Pitcairn House on the Market for $6 Million

March 18, 2014 by  
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Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

March 18, 2014 by  
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Most people already understand what makes plants such an important part of the environment — by absorbing light and carbon, they’re able to photosynthesize , releasing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere to keep animal life on Earth breathing. What you may not realize is that while plants serve a vitally important function, the process itself actually isn’t very efficient . Not only do most plants reflect green light rather than absorbing it, but they’re only able to use about 10% of the sunshine they receive. What else could we do with all that extra energy? Read the rest of Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic plants , chlorophyll , chloroplasts , MIT , nanoparticles , nanotech , nanotechnology , nanotubes , photosynthesis        

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Virginia Tech Biological Pest Control in India Saves Farmers $309 Million

February 18, 2014 by  
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The papaya mealybug is a particularly nasty pest that rips through papaya, eggplant, and tomato crops in southern India, but it’s hard to control since it is resistant to conventional pesticides . Without intervention from the same Virginia Tech team that helped Africa farmers combat the leaf miner moth , the mealybug would have caused $309 million worth of damage in the first year of its invasion, and more than $1 billion over the next five years. Rangaswamy “Muni” Muniappan developed a natural pest control program that wiped out the papaya mealybug’s onslaught in India – all for the modest cost of $200,000. Read the rest of Virginia Tech Biological Pest Control in India Saves Farmers $309 Million Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture in India , biological controls for invasive species , biological pest control , Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab , leaf miner parasitic wasp , mealybug parasitic wasp , natural pest control , papaya mealybug invades India , Rangaswamy “Muni” Muniappan , species resistant to pesticides , Tamil Nadu Agricultural University , unconventional pest control , virginia tech        

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UK Households Trash 96 Million Chickens Each Year

November 7, 2013 by  
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Photo of factory chickens via Shutterstock A study by the UK government’s waste advisory body the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) reveals that UK households throw away the equivalent of six meals every week. Although avoidable household food waste has been cut by 21 percent to 4.2m tons since 2007, saving consumers almost £13bn a year, up to 24 meals a month and 4.2 million tons of wasted food and drink that could have been consumed goes to landfills instead. Read the rest of UK Households Trash 96 Million Chickens Each Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brits throw away 24 meals a month , excessive food consumption in the UK , families throw out one fifth of the food they buy , food waste in the UK , how many chickens are thrown away each year in the UK , meat and fish wastage in the UK , top 10 most wasted food items in the UK , UK food waste , UK Households trash 96 million chickens every year , Waste & Resources Action Programme Report , waste food produce in the UK , why are chickens thrown away in the UK?        

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