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How everyday products are supercharging landfill gas, and what that means

Synthetic compounds increasingly used in everyday products like shampoo and motor oil are finding their way into landfills and supercharging the biogas those landfills produce, researchers at the University of Michigan have found. While it's a problem today, the researchers say it could be an opportunity to get more energy out of landfill gas. The

2019-11-19T08:32:54-06:00Tags: |

‘Race against time’

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams has warned that Jamaica and many other states in the region are in a race against time to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal Number Seven for affordable and clean energy. Williams issued the warning yesterday as she delivered the main address at the launch

2019-11-16T08:39:01-06:00Tags: |

How citizens can become agents of environmental change

If you like to walk in the woods, raft a river, dig in a garden or look at butterflies, you could become an agent of change. Science and policy may not be enough to solve complex environmental challenges ranging from species extinction to water pollution, but actively engaged citizens could tip the balance, according to

2019-11-15T08:03:17-06:00Tags: |

‘Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa’

Under the theme 'Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa', the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) opened today at the Olive Convention Centre in the coastal city of Durban in South Africa. The Conference focuses on greening the economy in Africa; advancing the circular economy; the development

2019-11-15T02:57:50-06:00Tags: |

Silicon Valley Slumps in Sustainability Supremacy

The world’s largest concentration of tech companies sees limited leadership in the sustainability realm, according to a new report from the Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE). Excepting certain large multinationals, companies in Silicon Valley have a ways to go before catching up with the national average in terms of sustainable strategy and reporting. For

2019-11-12T14:51:20-06:00Tags: |

Sustainable Use of Wild Species is Key..

In our increasingly developed, tech-focused and industrialized world, it may be a surprise to learn that billions of people globally still rely on wild species for their nutrition, health and well-being. Wild species provide half of the world’s seafood and a significant proportion of timber and energy, particularly in developing countries. They remain a major

2019-11-11T02:35:58-06:00Tags: |

Students take lead on environmental initiatives

“Stanford is a living lab of sustainability,” said President Marc Tessier Lavigne in a statement within the 2018-19 annual Sustainability at Stanford report. As the University continues to work towards its commitments to environmentalism, such as the project to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2021 and make Stanford a zero-waste campus by 2030, students remain

2019-11-07T07:33:20-06:00Tags: |

How garbage from landfills is advancing UC’s clean energy future

Under a recently-signed deal with Anaergia Inc., a global technology leader in organic waste to renewable energy solutions, UC is expanding its shift away from natural gas to biogas, a form of renewable energy that actually cuts greenhouse gas emissions. The university has agreed to purchase approximately $42M worth of renewable biogas from Anaergia over

2019-11-01T07:05:07-06:00Tags: |

Understanding the drivers of a shift to sustainable diets

One of the 21st century's greatest challenges is to develop diets that are both sustainable for the planet and good for our bodies. An IIASA-led study explored the major drivers of widespread shifts to sustainable diets using a newly developed computational model of population-wide behavioral dynamics. High meat consumption -- especially of red and processed

2019-11-01T07:12:51-06:00Tags: |

Tackling declining food production and poverty: Kenya

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have pockets of food insecurity. These can appear and develop for many reasons. And in some cases, simple nature-based solutions can make a significant difference to people’s lives. Vihiga County, western Kenya—one of the most densely populated of the country’s 47 counties with an average household farm size of 0.4

2019-10-30T08:52:41-06:00Tags: |

Hospitals race to save patients — and the planet

The statistics are staggering. The global health care industry is responsible for two gigatons of carbon dioxide each year, or 4.4% of worldwide net emissions — the equivalent of 514 coal-fired power plants. If the global health care sector were a country, it would be the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Those are some

2019-10-29T08:01:22-06:00Tags: |

Retailers market sustainable stores to lure eco-conscious customers

It wasn't too hard to make the Package Free store in Brooklyn, New York, an environmentally friendly space. Lauren Singer, Package Free's CEO, opened the store in 2017, which sells various health, beauty and lifestyle products aimed at reducing waste. To shape the store with the environment in mind, she worked with a friend to

2019-10-27T06:57:31-06:00Tags: |

Healthcare should link social determinants with environmental sustainability

Addressing the social determinants of health is hot in healthcare right now, while preparing for climate change is not. Most providers fail to make the connection between the two issues. And experts say providers who don’t see the link risk slowing progress toward solving both. “These two issues have to be very closely integrated in

2019-10-23T08:07:25-06:00Tags: |

Ten Ways Biotechnology Makes the World More Sustainable

When developing more sustainable materials and processes, biotechnology draws from millions of years of evolution in which living beings have specialized in producing and recycling all kinds of compounds and materials. Biological processes can be used to replace polluting chemical methods, allowing us to efficiently break down waste and produce new materials with lower pollution,

2019-10-22T07:19:02-06:00Tags: |

To Nudge or Not to Nudge: The Ethical Debate Within Behavioural Economics

The shift away from neoclassical microeconomics to behavioural economics is rapidly changing the ways in which we all think. From helping us stick to our diets and recycle more often, to increasing worldwide organ donations and vaccination rates, nudging has great utility across a great number of sectors from personal to public domains. However, ‘with great power