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July 1, 2015

Bioenergy in the Upper Rhine Area: Potential for Improvement

June 30, 2015 — Scientists have analyzed the potentials of sustainable use of biomass on the Upper Rhine. The conclusion drawn by the researchers: Further increase in biomass production is limited, as this would ... read more

Straw-Insulated Houses Beat Petroleum-Based Alternatives

June 19, 2015 — Scientists are planting the seeds of bio-insulated buildings by developing innovative insulation using sustainable ... read more

Using Sago Palm Waste to Absorb Oil from Spills

June 18, 2015 — Waste material generated by Malaysia’s sago palm industry has potential for use as an adsorbent for cleaning up oil spills, according to a new ... read more

New Methane Bioreactor Produces Environmentally Friendly Energy, Mitigates Climate Change

June 16, 2015 — A new methane bioreactor boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. The new technology can help ... read more

Catalysts Safely and Effectively Remove Estrogenic Compounds from Wastewater

June 12, 2015 — Catalysts effectively and safely remove a potent and dangerous endocrine disruptor from wastewater. Scientists have demonstrated that the catalysts could be a viable option for large-scale water ... read more

'Myths' Persist About the Increase in Human-Caused Seismic Activity

June 9, 2015 — New research addresses some common misconceptions about induced seismicity -- the biggest of which is that it is primarily related to oil and gas recovery by hydraulic fracturing or ... read more

Flash Flood Risks Increase as Storm Peak Downpours Intensify

June 8, 2015 — Thirty-year weather records from 79 locations across Australia reveal peak downpours during storms are intensifying at warmer temperatures across all climate zones, leading to greater flash flood ... read more

Current Mobile Contracts Damaging the Environment

June 6, 2015 — Researchers analyzed studies on the lifespan of mobile devices, from manufacture, use and disposal to see what impact each stage had on the environment. Through their investigation, they concluded ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Scientists are helping the paper industry to convert paper sludge - the largest waste stream from paper factories - into bio-oils and raw materials suitable for re-use. They aim to build a ... read more

It Takes a Village: Why Do Consumers Participate in Wind Energy Programs?

June 2, 2015 — Why do people participate in programs that benefit the environment, even when there seems to be no direct personal benefit in taking part? More specifically, why would consumers pay good money for ... read more

June 1, 2015 — The 'wheat belt' and 'gold fields' of southern Western Australia are associated with a regional acid saline groundwater system. Groundwaters hosted in the Yilgarn Craton there ... read more

June 1, 2015 — Solvent-free chemistry, more common in Europe and Asia, is gaining notice among American manufacturers due to environmental concerns and rising costs in reducing toxic waste. Chemists are now ... read more

May 26, 2015 — The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components so that the material could ... read more

Atmospheric Release of BPA May Reach Nearby Waterways

May 19, 2015 — Existing research has determined that harmful concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA) have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater. Now, researchers have ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Because of their position on the food chain and their dietary habits, Griffon vultures from the Iberian Peninsula are exposed to accumulation of heavy metals in their tissues. A study reveals that, ... read more

Scientists Discover Tiny Microbes With Potential to Cleanse Waterways

May 18, 2015 — Microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators, a seven-year study suggests. The study found ... read more

May 15, 2015 — California and other parts of the western U.S. are experiencing extended severe drought conditions. The Santa Clara Valley in California underwent extensive groundwater development from the early ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Pollution from historic mining activities in south west England has led to a reduction in genetic diversity of brown trout according to new research. The findings indicate that human activity can ... read more

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