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E-Waste Report

September 11th, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

The following news report concerning the ineffectiveness of e-waste bans is disturbing. The challenge of understanding and safely managing e-waste [&hellip

First Uses of New Solar Energy Technology: Killing Germs on Medical and Dental Instruments

September 9th, 2013 | by pressroom

Prototypes of the devices, which need no electricity or fuel, were the topic of one of the keynote addresses at the opening of the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The meeting, which features almost 7,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics, continues through Thursday in the Indiana Convention Center and downtown hotels

Green Cleaning in Action: Dry Ice Blasting and Environmentally Friendly Mold Removal

August 13th, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

Over the past few years we have a long list of companies, technologies, or products that are worth knowing about. Unfortunately, they sometimes get buried too deeply in our archives so we provide fresh information for readers. Our current technology of interest is dry ice blasting, a method for removing mold and preventing potential health-related illnesses. Carl Bennett provided this post last February

Off-Grid Sterilization with Rice U.’s ‘Solar Steam’

July 24th, 2013 | by pressroom

Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The “solar steam” sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat

Extraordinary Solar Light Now Available for Off-Grid Victims of Energy Poverty

July 5th, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

This is a low-priced ($39.00) and sustainable light that some 25 percent of the world’s population – living off the grid – needs. Why? So dangerous kerosene lamps can be relegated to museums only. The following mission statement comes from WakaWaka designers and manufacturer of what the company contends is the “most efficient solar lamp in the world.” The solar-powered light can provide 16 hours of light from a single day of sunlight.

Papaya-Clay Combo Could Cut Water Purification Costs in Developing Countries

June 13th, 2013 | by pressroom

Emmanuel Unuabonah and colleagues explain that almost 1 billion people in developing countries lack access to reliable supplies of clean water for drinking, cooking and other key uses. One health problem resulting from that shortage involves exposure to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, released from industrial sources into the water. Technology exists for removing those metals from drinking water, but often is too costly in developing countries. So these scientists looked for a more affordable and sustainable water treatment adsorbent

Simple Methods May Help Bring Clean Water To Developing Countries

May 7th, 2013 | by gwinston

Inadequate waste disposal methods, contaminated water sources and the lack of awareness about proper hand-washing all contribute to the spread of waterborne disease. The pervasive threats in developing countries are bacteria and organisms that are commonly found in human or animal waste, which can contaminate water supplies when waste disposal areas are too close to drinking water sources. People who have ingested water contaminated with harmful organisms usually experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration – and in extreme cases, or in the very young – death

More Food and Greener Farming with Specialised Transporters for Plants

May 2nd, 2013 | by pressroom

Essential to this are proteins called membrane transporters. Transporters also effectively carry high-energy molecules to where they are needed, help plants resist pathogens and make plants more tolerant to adverse conditions. One challenge is to make crops do these things simultaneously

EU Restricts Bee-Harming Insecticides

April 30th, 2013 | by GBE FACTS

[repostus]European Union Restricts Bee-Harming Insecticides (via Environment News Service) BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 29, 2013 (ENS) – The European Commission will [&hellip

Reducing Waste of Food: Key Element in Feeding Billions More People

April 8th, 2013 | by pressroom

Families can be key players in a revolution needed to feed the world, and could save money by helping to cut food losses now occurring from field to fork to trash bin, an expert said here today. He described that often-invisible waste in food — 4 out of every 10 pounds produced in the United States alone — and the challenges of feeding a global population of 9 billion in a keynote talk at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society

New Urbanism: America’s 10 Most Walkable Cities

February 8th, 2013 | by GBE FACTS

Rather than drive, think about walking more. A number of advocate groups celebrate a newfound urbanism developing throughout popular US cities. The following cities usher in a new-defined sense of urban living, enticing inhabitants to walk about more often

First Mobile App for Green Chemistry Fosters Sustainable Manufacturing of Medicines

January 31st, 2013 | by pressroom

Sean Ekins, Alex M. Clark and Antony Williams point out that the companies that manufacture medicines, electronics components and hundreds of other consumer products have a commitment to work in a sustainable fashion without damaging the environment. That's the heart of "green chemistry," often defined as "the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products."

Product News: Controlling Road Dust On Commercial and Home Construction Sites

January 29th, 2013 | by pressroom

It’s happened to everyone. You’re walking down the street and see the “Pardon Our Dust” sign just as you’re enveloped in a dust cloud. It’s annoying sure, but that dust runoff causes far more problems than a slight inconvenience on your way to work. Dust pollution from commercial and home construction sites is a major environmental problem, and we need to do something to control it

It’s Time to Learn About Village Aquaponics

January 29th, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

Here is a company providing a sustainable food producing system that more people in the world need to understand: aquaponics, the science of raising vegetables and fish in a closed re-circulating system. ECOLIFE is offering the ECO-Cycle aquaponics kit to all potential aquaponics gardeners for a reasonable price of $

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