Chemistry, News, Pollution

US drinking water contaminated with gas because of faulty wells, but not fracking

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Stanford researchers traced back methane leaks from contaminated drinking water in Pennsylvania and Texas to shale gas wells. However, they note that they did not find a link between the contamination and the technique used to drill for shale gas itself, called hydraulic fracturing or more commonly known as fracking. Instead, the researchers concluded that well integrity is the main…

Eco tips, News, Technology, World Problems

The App that could fight food waste

Wasted food is a huge problem throughout the entire digital world. Image via Wiki Commons.

According to the EPA, Americans waste some 30-40 percent of all the food they use. Even not considering the poorest areas such as Africa or SE Asia where food is almost a luxury, there are 50 million Americans who don’t have daily access to adequate food; reducing food waste could improve and save countless lives. Food waste is a huge problem…

Environmental Issues, News

Energy efficiency could boost economy by $18 trillion, but energy saving is only 25%

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The world is currently on a downward spiral, risking reaching a point of no return where global warming can no longer be reversed – not in due time at least. We’re already 50ppm of CO2 (parts per million) over the 350ppm average atmospheric CO2 concentration, considered by leading experts the carbon stabilizing threshold. It’s increasingly clear that steps are needed…

Environment, News, Pollution

China sees big drop in carbon emissions: “There is no turning back in China’s commitment to a sound eco-system”

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This year has been full of encouraging news from China – apparently, they’re committed to their war on pollution, and not only has their coal consumption decreased, but coal consumption has also decoupled from economic growth – that is, their economy is growing even as they use less coal. Now, China’s carbon emissions saw the largest drop in years –…

News, Renewable Energy

New electrolysis system produces hydrogen 30 times faster

A scheme that shows two methods of hydrogen generation: electrolysis and methane reforming. Image: jaea.go.jp

A new method of producing hydrogen has been reported by researchers at University of Glasgow that’s 30 times faster than current state-of-the-art methods, providing yet another advance that might one day lead to a sustainable hydrogen based economy. There’s only so much that renewable energy can grow with today’s infrastructure due to base load considerations. If the intermittency can be…

Environment, News, Offbeat

BP fined $17.6 billion following 2010′s “reckless” oil spill

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A federal judge has called major oil company BP (British Petroleum) “reckless”, and Transocean and Halliburton “negligent” following the major oil spill of 2010. The US District Judge Carl Barbier has ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” was the main culprit for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which is considered to be the biggest marine disaster in history. The spill claimed 11…

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Failing carbon policies: we’re seeing the largest carbon emissions increase in 30 years

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U.N. scientists released a report in which they conclude man-made carbon emissions released between 2012 and 2013 were higher than in any other year since 1984. If this trend is set to continue, the planet will reach a tipping point where global warming will become an irreversible phenomenon that could cause enough sea level rise, drought, and severe weather to significantly harm human…

Animals, Feature Post

10 Fantastic Animals That Use Bark Camouflage

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When you’re high up in the food chain, nature can be truly awesome. You can stroll around, contemplate its hidden beauties, all without fear of getting eaten. Not all beings are as lucky as us humans, though. To survive, many animals have learned to adapt defense mechanisms, but most often than not the best way to avoid getting killed is…

News, Pollution, World Problems

Ground ozone pollution in India destroys enough crops to feed 94 million

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Like most developing nations, India is burning a lot of coal to catch ground. As always the case with compromises such as these, economic growth comes at the expense of the environment. Pollution in Delhi, the capital, has reached levels comparable to Beijing, which is when you know you’ve hit a new low. A new study found high concentrations of surface…

Environmental Issues, Pollution

Coal plant receives EPA approval to inject carbon emissions underground

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The  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued the first ever permit that will allow a coal plant to store some of its carbon emissions underground, as a means of mitigating global warming. The idea has been around since George W. Bush, but time and time again its been scrapped largely for economic considerations. Ten years later, FutureGen Industrial Alliance Inc. has now…