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Can Asia make sustainable palm oil?

Palm oil is the most widely consumed, yet one of the most contentious, vegetable oils on the planet. This high-yielding and versatile food commodity pervades half the items on our supermarket shelves, but not without a cost: deforestation and degradation of critical ecosystems, climate change and abuses of labor and human rights. As demand continues

2018-10-11T08:30:04+00:00 Tags: |

Consumers willing to pay more for sustainably brewed beer

More and more breweries are investing in practices to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases. Will it pay off? A study by Indiana University researchers suggests it may. Drawing on survey research, they find that a majority of U.S. beer drinkers would be willing to pay more for beer produced with sustainable practices. On average,

2018-10-09T08:23:03+00:00 Tags: |

Why Young and Smart Greenpreneurs are the Future of Sustainable Development

Young people – a growing population segment in developing countries – are intrepid innovators and entrepreneurs who can help solve pressing climate and development challenges today. Believing in the potential of the youth, the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI), in partnership with Student Energy and Youth Climate Lab, has developed a new platform for

2018-09-26T08:23:45+00:00 Tags: |

A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals

From airplane wings to overhead powerlines to the giant blades of wind turbines, a buildup of ice can cause problems ranging from impaired performance all the way to catastrophic failure. But preventing that buildup usually requires energy-intensive heating systems or chemical sprays that are environmentally harmful. Now, MIT researchers have developed a completely passive, solar-powered

2018-09-02T07:47:48+00:00 Tags: |

Upgraded ancient, sun-powered tech to purify water with near-perfect efficiency

The idea of using energy from the sun to evaporate and purify water is ancient. The Greek philosopher Aristotle reportedly described such a process more than 2,000 years ago. Now, researchers are bringing this technology into the modern age, using it to sanitize water at what they report to be record-breaking rates. By draping black,

2018-08-27T16:50:45+00:00 Tags: |

Scientists create biodegradable, paper-based biobatteries

The batteries of the future may be made out of paper. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have created a biodegradable, paper-based battery that is more efficient than previously possible. For years, there has been excitement in the scientific community about the possibility of paper-based batteries as an eco-friendly alternative. However, the

2018-08-27T16:37:33+00:00 Tags: |

Serendipitous discovery may lead to eco-friendly lubricant

Seed oil components of an ornamental flower could provide a direct pathway for designing a new class of environmentally friendly lubricants. Researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI identified the compound in the seed oil that is produced in a manner unlike any other fatty acid. The study was published today online in the

2018-08-27T15:58:11+00:00 Tags: |

19 global cities commit to ‘net-zero carbon’ building pledge

Leaders of 19 cities around the world have all committed to eliminate carbon emissions from buildings as part of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration. The agreement, which was signed by various governors and mayors, states that new building portfolios will have zero carbon emissions by 2030, with this applying to all buildings by 2050.

2018-08-26T07:25:56+00:00 Tags: |

Two-thirds of Africa’s population still don’t have access to electricity

Africa is booming. I feel it every time I land in Nairobi, Accra and Lagos. Hotels are filled to the brim and the energy on the streets and boardrooms is tangible. The rest of the world is at long last starting to take note. But the true potential of millions of Africans is still being

2018-08-19T15:31:04+00:00 Tags: |

Colorado Company Jump-starts Mini-Grid Development in Africa

Looking to boost badly needed decentralized energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, a business-to-business microgrid company in Boulder, Colo. says it has jump-started a pipeline of more than 550 mini-grid projects via its web-based project management software. Odyssey Energy Solutions is streamlining development of mini-grids (the term used in Africa for microgrids) via software tools that link

2018-08-14T06:10:19+00:00 Tags: |

Tesla’s Business Model More Similar To Amazon’s Than You Think

Tesla is more than just a car company. According to Miriam Tuerk at Forbes, “The electric-car company is working to decentralize power distribution and offer an alternative to today’s utility… Tesla is demonstrating that if the challenge goes unmet by traditional power utility companies, they’ll have their lunch stolen.” Tesla first took on the auto industry, “reinventing

2018-07-31T07:39:01+00:00 Tags: |

UN Environment And Yale Debut Stunning Sustainable Tiny Home Collaboration

U.N. Environment and Yale University have teamed up together in collaboration with UN Habitat to debut an eco-friendly tiny home aimed to spark public discussion and fresh ideas on ways architects and city planners can provide forward-thinking design for affordable housing, while limiting the overuse of natural resources. With a kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and

2018-07-26T11:36:59+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership releases the SGP Impact Tracker

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, announced the release of the SGP Impact Tracker. In an effort to streamline the certification process for sustainable printing facilities, SGP has partnered with Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC to create this new tool. The Impact Tracker gives printers a

2018-07-25T05:55:35+00:00 Tags: |

Apple launches new clean energy fund in China

Apple today announced a new first-of-its-kind investment fund in China to connect suppliers with renewable energy sources. As part of Apple’s commitment to address climate change and increase the use of renewable energy within its supply chain, 10 initial suppliers and Apple will jointly invest nearly $300 million over the next four years into the

2018-07-21T07:55:28+00:00 Tags: |

Nederland moves towards Sustainable Energy

Lauren Berger, Nederland.   Why Investing in Energy Efficiency is Like Eating Your Vegetables Before Dessert. Nederland is embarking on an ambitious journey towards energy leadership with a community-wide goal of consuming 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In order to get there, we all have to make sure we eat our energy vegetables –

2018-07-18T03:03:18+00:00 Tags: |

How to Make Your Home-Based Business Greener

Taking steps to make your business “greener” is a win/win. It can help your bottom line, improve your company’s image and promote a healthier planet. As the owner of a home-based business, you have an advantage over most companies: Your carbon footprint is already smaller thanks to cutting out a daily commute and the expense

2018-06-26T11:13:59+00:00 Tags: |

Template to create superatoms, created by VCU researchers, could make for better batteries

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered a novel strategy for creating superatoms -- combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the periodic table. These superatoms could be used to create new materials, including more efficient batteries and better semiconductors; a core component of microchips, transistors and

2018-06-23T08:07:42+00:00 Tags: |

‘Elegant’ design could lead to more powerful, safer lithium metal battery

Chemical engineering professor Lynden Archer believes there needs to be a battery technology “revolution” – and thinks that his lab has fired one of the first shots. “What we have now [in lithium-ion battery technology] is actually at the limits of its capabilities,” said Archer, the James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the

2018-06-18T15:05:25+00:00 Tags: |

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Harder to Find, More Expensive in High-Poverty Neighborhoods

One of the easiest ways for a household to save energy and money is to install energy-efficient light bulbs in as many sockets as possible. But, according to a new University of Michigan study, the low-income households that benefit most from these savings have a harder time finding CFL and LED bulbs than do households

2018-06-12T12:57:45+00:00 Tags: |

In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air

Last October, a University of California, Berkeley, team headed down to the Arizona desert, plopped their newest prototype water harvester into the backyard of a tract home and started sucking water out of the air without any power other than sunlight. The successful field test of their larger, next-generation harvester proved what the team had

2018-06-11T07:15:23+00:00 Tags: |