Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

December 29, 2014 by  
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Combining pollution cleanup, green energy, and recycling, a new project in the U.K. investigates the potential of using algae to clean up an old mine site, while producing both   biofuels  and metals for electronics at the same time. The Guardian reports that a pilot project to clean up the flooded Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall is being undertaken by a group of British universities, along with several other organizations operating under the title of the GW4 Alliance . Together, they’re taking untreated, heavy metal-laden mine water samples and using them to grow algae in a lab with the goal of discovering whether it’s possible to rid the water of harmful materials like arsenic and cadmium. Read the rest of Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , algae biofuel , algae biofuels , biofuels , clean water initiatives , cleaning water , Cornish mine , cornwall , Cornwall mine , gw4 , GW4 Alliance , heavy metal , heavy metal extraction , heavy metals , jane , mine , mine cleanup , mine water , Pond , tailings , tin , toxic , toxic mine waste , toxic waste , toxic waste cleanup , UK , UK mine , Waste , waste minigation , water pollution , wheal , Wheal Jane

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

June 17, 2014 by  
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  The Chesapeake Bay was  formed  eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley . Today, it is the largest estuary in the USA, covering about 4,500 square miles and span ning  across 6 states. Population increase and industrialization have resulted in the pollution and deterioration of Chesapeake Bay, ruining the livelihood of local residents. If the people of Buzzards Bay , MA, do not help to improve nitrogen levels, a similar situation could happen in New England. Read the rest of Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agricultural waste , agriculture , algal blooms , anchors , article , Biodiversity , buffer , Buzzards Bay , Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program , carbon sinks , chemicals , Chesapeake Bay , commercial farming , commercial fishing , David Tratch , dead zones , discharge , disease , earth , EcoLibra , economy , education , employment , Environment , estuary , factories , fertilizer , filtration , Fishing , habitat , Health , improper disposal , industrialization , industry , inhabitat , Joe Costa , Last Boat Out , Laura Seltzer , marine , marine life , natural fertilizer , nitrogen , nutrient loading , nutrients , ocean , Organic , organic fertilizer , overfishing , oysters , petroleum , phytoplankton , Pollution , population , population increase , R2S , R2S recovery system , regulations , resource recovery system , runoff , sedimentation , sewage , sewer treatment , shellfish , shoreline vegetation , Small Scale , systems , techno managerial solutions , techno-managerial , Technology , tin , toxic , toxic hotspots , toxic pollutant scale , Trees , water issues , Water Men

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Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

June 17, 2014 by  
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Ch-ch-ch-chia! Those of us familiar with the popular jingle will be excited to learn that acclaimed artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling what looks like a sort of over-sized Chia pet at Rockefeller Center this month. The massive half-horse/half-dino head will be adorned with flowers and other plants that will grow over the summer, making for an ever-changing, living sculpture for tourists and locals to enjoy. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Jeff Koons , public art , public art fund , rockefeller center , Split Rocker , sustainable design

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

July 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their invention uses a tiny sliver of wood from yellow pine trees coated with tin to create a device that is a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Instead of lithium, they chose sodium which even though it does not store energy as efficiently, costs far less and is a much more common material. While you may not end up seeing this battery in a mobile device, it could be an ideal choice for large-scale facilities such as power plants. Read the rest of Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , biomimicry , hongli zhu , lianghing hu , lithium , nanobattery , sodium , teng li , tin , University of Maryland , Wood , wood fiber , yellow pine        

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Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

April 15, 2013 by  
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From cell phones to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power pack of choice. They are capable of keeping large amounts of energy in a small space with relatively little weight, making them an efficient means of saving and delivering electricity. Researchers led by Maksym Kovalenko from the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich and Empa have developed a battery using tin nanocrystals for the anode that enable twice as much energy to be stored. Read the rest of Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anode , electrolyte , EMPA , ETH Zurich , lithium ion battery , maksym kovalenko , nanocrystal , nanomaterial , tin        

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Steel Recycling Rates at All-Time High

December 17, 2012 by  
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In 2011, more than 85 million tons of steel was recycled, an increase of nearly 10 million net tons from the previous year.

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Throwback Beer Cans are Recycle-Ready

May 31, 2012 by  
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Written by Michael d’Estries, Mother Nature Network Nestled in the overgrown back corner of my farm is a small reminder of the past: a personal landfill started by a long-gone previous owner. Such “dumps” are not uncommon. Well…

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Air Duster Alternative Ditches Cans, Chemicals

February 23, 2012 by  
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For years, gas dusters have been marketed under the name “compressed air,” when in actuality, the keyboard-cleaning canisters are packed with environmentally harmful chemicals that, if inhaled, can cause brain damaging effects. Plus, when finished,…

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How can I reuse or recycle chocolate/sweet tins?

November 22, 2010 by  
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After seeing Judith Williamson’s wonderful jewellery made from old sweet tins the other week, I’ve been thinking about what else could be done with them. T’is approaching the season for big tins of chocolates and biscuits after all. Since they’re well sealing metal tins, they’re great for using for stuff that needs to be kept dry – a sewing kit, next year’s seeds stash, spices, flour, first aid kits/emergency kits, spare nuts & bolts in the garage… What do you store in them?

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How can I reuse or recycle tuna cans?

June 23, 2010 by  
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While we’ve covered food cans in general before, Danielle emailed asking tuna cans in particular: i have so many, what can i do with them? There’s a wide variety of uses for tuna cans: I know some people use them to make “ buddy burner ” candles and you can use them as candle holders too – but make sure you put a bit of sand in the bottom first to absorb the heat from the candle rather than it heating the metal

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