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November 27, 2015

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November 27, 2015

Oily Waste With Natural Radionuclides: Stimulates or Inhibits Soil Bacterial Community?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Tiny plastic bits, collectively known as called microplastics, are showing up in bodies of water around the world, and are accumulating in aquatic creatures, including fish and shellfish. Now ... read more

Green Fermentation Process: From Waste Feedstock to High Value Chemicals

Nov. 2, 2015 — Researchers have developed a novel anaerobic undefined mixed culture fermentation process to produce high value chemicals from glycerol and volatile fatty acids in waste ... read more

First Steps to Create Biodegradable Displays for Electronics

Oct. 15, 2015 — Americans, on average, replace their mobile phones every 22 months, junking more than 150 million phones a year in the process. Now researchers are on the path to creating biodegradable electronics ... read more

Biochar Can Boost Crops in West Africa: Soil Conditioner for Agriculture in Cities

Oct. 15, 2015 — In West Africa, many farmers move to the cities, where they cultivate soils, many of which are not very fertile. An international research team involved in the "Urban FoodPlus" project is ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — Trees may be the overlooked workhorses of green infrastructure. In a new study, these tree species were the best at removing storm water from bioswales and back into the atmosphere—a process known ... read more

Africa's Urban Waste: A Valuable Source of Electricity

Oct. 13, 2015 — Estimated electricity production from the total waste generated in Africa could reach 122.2 TWh in 2025, or more than 20 percent of the electricity consumed in 2010 at continental level (661.5TWh), ... read more

Research Points to Bright Future for Biomass

Oct. 12, 2015 — A potential revolution is unfolding on out-of-the-way logging roads. Researchers are innovating unique ways to make use of forest residues—low quality trees, tree tops, limbs, and chunks that ... read more

Rapid Method for Water, Soil Pathogen Screening Developed

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new study defines an accurate, inexpensive, high-throughput, and rapid alternative for screening of pathogens from various environmental samples, the first such study to comprehensively assess ... read more

Waste Water Treatment Plants Fail to Completely Eliminate New Chemical Compounds

Oct. 8, 2015 — Fish caught near waste water plants display a higher rate of endocrine disruptors, researchers have found. Deformities, feminization and fall in reproductive capacity are some of the effects that ... read more

Strategies to Keep Pollutants out of Your Neighborhood Storm Water Pond

Oct. 7, 2015 — Many people live in subdivisions with storm water ponds, which collect water from the neighborhood and help keep pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides and pet waste from getting into the broader ... read more

Unlocking the Secrets of the Shelf Seas

Oct. 7, 2015 — The Royal Research Ship <em>Discovery</em> has completed her first year of research. Over a series of nine research expeditions, scientists studied the seasonal events taking place in UK ... read more

Water Poses Challenge to Major Cities

Oct. 7, 2015 — Too much water, too little water, or contaminated water. Cities around the world are facing major water-related challenges. These challenges are further aggravated by global trends such as ... read more

New Biodegradable Materials Could Replace Plastic Bags

Oct. 2, 2015 — As England gets set to start paying for plastic bags, researchers are making inroads into developing alternative biodegradable materials that could potentially replace fossil fuel derived ... read more

Hotel 'Greenwashing' Dirties Eco-Friendly Reputation

Oct. 1, 2015 — Hotels across the globe are increasingly encouraging guests to embrace green practices. Yet while guests think they are supporting the environment by shutting off lights and reusing towels, they may ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — In an effort to help develop a domestic supply of rare earth elements, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a novel method of chemically separating these materials -- ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — New water-tracing technology has been used in the Sydney Basin for the first time to determine how groundwater moves in the different layers of rock below the surface. The study provides a baseline ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a ... read more

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