An independent EPA-certified lab demonstrated Purinize’s ability to reduce the chemical responsible for a recent water emergency in West Virginia. On January 9, 2014, 4-Methyl-1-cyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) was spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia, contaminating the water supply of over 300,000 residents. Show More Summary
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) wants manufacturers to find alternatives to three chemicals contained in consumer product. The regulatory follows DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulations, which took effect Oct.1, 2013. Show More Summary
Chris Edwards The tragic gas explosion in Harlem will likely revive complaints that America is a pothole nation with falling-down bridges, and that we desperately need to boost government infrastructure spending. The reality is moreShow More Summary
The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing, and doing so in many basins across the United States, because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction. read more
Effluent from water treatment plants continues to pollute waters with nutrients, but water utilities can shift to more sustainable model that goes beyond basic treatment and includes nutrient recovery and removal, according to a report released by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. Show More Summary
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s enforcement division is developing a compliance directive on the agency’s hazard communication standard. The directive will instruct inspectors on how to enforce the standard. OSHA’s...Show More Summary
Siemens AG has brought together what its leaders consider to be likely “future decision makers and thought leaders” to exchange ideas, participate in live dialogues and otherwise collaborate on how best to create a more sustainable energy future. read more
How curbing climate change can prevent Russia from becoming a superpower Mattthew Fleischer, March 12, 2014 (LA Times) “…[T]wo-thirds of Russia’s land mass is currently buried under permafrost. Underneath that frost lie vast stores of...Show More Summary
Photosynthesis is a very inefficient process. Solar energy is converted into biomass at a rate of only 1 percent or so, which is a fraction of the energy conversion that can be achieved with a solar panel. An advantage of photosynthesis is the biomass that is produced is built-in energy storage. read more
100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will Anna, March 11, 2014 (100% Renewables) "Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors [Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Hans-Josef Fell, Jeremy...Show More Summary
Solar PV Industry to Transition to Supply-Driven Market in 2014…Solar PV costs and prices have fallen dramatically, leading to a more balanced supply-demand picture March 4, 2014 (SolarBuzz) "Over the past three years, solar photovoltaic...Show More Summary
Top 15 Wind Turbine Suppliers Of 2013 Revealed March 11, 2014 (North American Windpower) “…[On MAKE Consulting’s] list of the top 15 global wind turbine suppliers of 2013…[Vestas] maintained its No. 1 spot, GE…dropped from second toShow More Summary
Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat in a more environmentally and health conscious manner, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. Some 89 percent of respondents consider where a product is produced when making food purchasing decisions, and 66 percent would pay more for food that is […]
Technology is the main driver for change and for increased productivity in the modern world. But for mankind to continue along this trajectory, appropriate investment is often dependent on the public’s understanding and awareness of promising technologies’ potential, as well as their application. read more
Rob Saunders, head of energy at the Technology Strategy Board, which focuses on British innovation, believes more could be done to help consumers embrace efficient energy forms. “You see digital technologies making a difference in taking out energy inefficiencies,” he says. “I think people are starting to become aware of some of this, but at Continue reading ?
Natural gas inventories reached an 11-year low last week. Robert Rapier discusses the implications.
The third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi accident has attracted more attention than the second – from my news watching perspective, not through story counting – in part because the dire projections of nuclear energy’s end have definitely not come to pass. Show More Summary
Last year brought about a number of interesting developments in the energy industry. Based on what we saw through the lens of our company’s 90+ partnerships with utilities across eight countries, here are five key trends we’ll be watching closely in 2014. via 5 utility industry trends to watch this year — Tech News and Continue reading ?
CAN electric cars cut it in Ireland or are they a flop? Despite regulatory backing, financial incentives and the whirlwind success of Tesla in the US, European adoption of electric cars is oddly muted. Can it change? After a week with one of the models available in Ireland (Nissan’s €21,000 Leaf hatchback), I’m left with Continue reading ?
Thanks to the snow we got last night, this morning found me walking past my Leaf in the garage to the snow blower, which I had to refill with gasoline before clearing out my driveway. While I was pouring about a quart of poisonous, smelly, highly processed, ancient algae into the snow blower’s tank, I wondered: Would... ? Read More: Pondering transportation fuels