Environmental Protection

Sustainability


GM Landfill-Free Environmental Initiative Gains Steam

General Motors' efforts to eliminate the shipment of plant waste to landfills is spreading to its non-manufacturing sites, 10 of which now reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste from normal operations.

Bahamas Joins Nations Banning Commercial Shark Fishing

Sharks in the Bahamas can breathe more easily after the nation's government announced that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 243,244 square miles of the country's waters is now prohibited.

Fish, Lettuce and Food Waste Put New Spin on Aquaponics

A graduate student at the SUNY college of environmental science and forestry (ESF) is conducting an experiment in urban food production, using dried food waste to raise fish and using the fish waste to nourish an ever-growing crop of Boston Bibb lettuce.

Report: Car Engine Improvements Should Spark Sufficient Emissions Reductions

Internal combustion engines are improving their ability to cut CO2 emissions at a lower cost than expected, and, as a result, carmakers should be able to meet 2020 emissions targets mainly through improvements to conventional technologies, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group.

Study: Recycled Rare Earth Elements Could Provide a Valuable Supplement to Geological Stocks

There is growing concern about the supply of rare Earth elemnts since only one country, China, is the major source.

Tips Tuesday: How to Save Money and Energy While Staying Cool this Summer

The average American home spends almost 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling. Increased energy production to run cooling systems raises your costs and contributes to pollution that adversely affects the quality of the air we breathe. We've got seven simple ways to help protect your wallet and the environment.

The Sustainability Case for Online Universities

As traditional brick-and-mortar colleges experience an influx in enrollment, many institutions wonder if they have the capacity to meet future educational demands. Due to substantial increases in applicants, many colleges have had to turn more and more people away.

DNA 'Fingerprinting' of Timber Products Makes Illegal Logging More Difficult

Advances in DNA 'fingerprinting' and other genetic techniques are making it harder for illegal loggers to get away with destroying protected rainforests.



Butte College First in Nation to Generate More Than 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

California's Butte College is the first college in the history of the United States to go 'grid positive,' meaning that it will generate more electricity from its solar arrays than it consumes and will deliver power back to the electric grid.

Texas A&M Teams With Siemens to Save $1.1 Million in Annual Energy Savings

Texas A&M University has set its goals high – including being recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency and sustainability.

Green Chemical Industry to Soar to $98.5 Billion by 2020

Green chemistry is the expansive discipline that is evolving in response to a wide array of challenges and, according to a new report from Pike Research, represents a market opportunity that will grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5 billion by 2020.

iPhone App Helps Alternative Energy-Using Homeowners Manage Power Consumption

Computer science researchers at the University of Arkansas and University of San Francisco have developed an automated energy-management system that monitors energy generation and consumption in off-grid and grid-tied homes that use solar energy or wind power.

Tips Tuesday: Tips for Saving Money and the Earth

As many people deal with tightening their belts and trimming expenditures, they struggle with the dilemma of saving the planet or saving cash. Here we offer a few tips on how you can do both at the same time.

Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Shark Sanctuary

The designation encompasses the 92,665 square miles of the country's exclusive economic zone on its Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

How Did Your City Rank in the 2011 Green Building Opportunity Index?

The Green Building Opportunity Index remains the first office market assessment tool to provide weighted comparisons of top U.S. office markets on the basis of both real estate fundamentals and green development considerations.

KLM Flights Will Be Operated on Biofuel Made From Used Cooking Oil

In September KLM will launch more than 200 flights being operated on biokerosene between Amsterdam and Paris.

Would You Eat Lab-grown Meat to Cut Emissions, Save Energy?

Meat grown using tissue engineering techniques, so-called "cultured meat," would generate up to 96 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally produced meat, according to a new study.

Genomatica Wins EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

The award honors Genomatica's affect on the production of major industrial chemicals – those made and sold in billions of pounds per year – with better economics and a smaller environmental footprint, using biological organisms and renewable feedstocks.

Can We Balance Air Conditioning, Saving Energy?

For the hot summer months, some government-mandated incentive programs are aimed at getting us to buy more efficient air conditioners to save energy and money. However, a recent study explains why, even if we buy the more efficient devices, the plan won’t necessarily work.

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Arrives at Paris After Historic Biofuel Flight (With Video)

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed at Paris Le Bourget Airport after completing the first transatlantic flight of a large commercial airplane powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation jet fuel.

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