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How dangerous are chemicals in plastic consumer products?

By now, most people know the Earth is overwhelmed with plastic. It drifts in our oceans and swims in our drinking water, piling up in landfills to last for generations. To combat the plastic pollution, you do what you can,…

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Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable

A new study shows that, contrary to widespread belief within the solar power industry, new kinds of solar cells and panels don’t necessarily have to last for 25 to 30 years in order to be economically viable in today’s market.

Geochemists measure new composition of Earth’s mantle

Geochemists have investigated the volcanic rocks that build up the Portuguese island group of the Azores in order to gather new information about the compositional evolution of the Earth’s interior. The results suggest that a larger amount of the Earth’s mantle has melted and formed the Earth’s crust than previously thought.

Solar Panel Toxic Waste Problem ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’

For decades, the solar industry benefited from generous federal, state, and local subsidies to increase its footprint. Yet these generous subsidies ignore the costs of disposal of solar panel waste. Things may be changing. In May 2018, Michael Shellenberger, a…

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Not all meat is created equal: How diet changes can sustain world’s food production

An environmental engineer has created a model that predicts how several different conservation approaches could reduce demand for a nonrenewable resource that is absolutely vital for feeding the world: phosphorus.

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Not all meat is created equal: How diet changes can sustain world’s food production

An environmental engineer has created a model that predicts how several different conservation approaches could reduce demand for a nonrenewable resource that is absolutely vital for feeding the world: phosphorus.

Not all meat is created equal: How diet changes can sustain world’s food production

(Stevens Institute of Technology) David Vaccari, an environmental engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology, has created a model that predicts how several different conservation approaches could reduce demand for a nonrenewable resource that is absolutely vital for feeding the world: phosphorus.

Pioneering new tech to recover 100% phosphorus and biocrude from manure and sludge

(Aarhus University) Danish researcher granted DKK 11.2 million ERC Starting Grant from the prestigious EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) to develop a pioneering new technology that could completely revolutionize waste management. The project will treat manure and sludge using hydrothermal liquefaction in a continuous flow to extract 100% phosphorus and carbon in the form of ‘bio-crude’ — which can be refined e.g. into aviation fuel.

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A shipping container is recycled into a chic nature retreat in Brazil

Proving that less can be more, architect Bruno Zaitter upcycled a secondhand shipping container into a 538-square-foot abode with a bedroom, bathroom, living and dining area, kitchen and an outdoor terrace.