New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

It’s not often that you hear Kansas and Spain mentioned in the same sentence, yet today it was announced that Spanish company Abengoa is starting up another big cellulosic biofuel facility in Hugoton, a small community in the southwest portion of Kansas. This is the second big biorefinery to go online in the United States this year, proving that the cellulosic fuel industry is truly beginning to come into its own and is making critical contributions to oil savings and climate change goals. It wasn’t too long ago that cellulosic biofuels were … [Read More...]

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Al Gore believes the internet is the key to fighting global warming

Al Gore believes the internet is the key to fighting global warming

Former Vice President Al Gore has made it clear how worried he is about the ramifications of hammering the environment, which he believes stems from corporate influences on politicians and governments across the globe. However, at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference on Thursday, he praised a … [Read More...]

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Most “natural” foods in the US contain substantial amounts of GMOs

Most “natural” foods in the US contain substantial amounts of GMOs

According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, the majority of the packaged food in the United States that’s labeled as “natural” actually contains substantial amounts of genetically modified ingredients, prompting many concerned consumers to call upon food manufacturers to be honest about the … [Read More...]

Tide detergent will begin using eco-friendly bio-ethanol in its formula

Tide detergent will begin using eco-friendly bio-ethanol in its formula

DuPont and Procter & Gamble, world leaders in the production of chemicals and consumer goods respectively, have announced a new collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in Tide laundry detergent sold in North America. Tide Cold Water will become the first brand in the world to blend cellulosic … [Read More...]

Online CO2 meter shows how close we are to the point of no return

Online CO2 meter shows how close we are to the point of no return

As nations, organizations, and individuals from across the globe are accelerating their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Climate-KIC has launched a new online CO2 meter in order to highlight current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, how quickly lose levels are rising, and … [Read More...]

Oceans are warming much faster than previously calculated

Oceans are warming much faster than previously calculated

Scientists have long been aware that Earth’s oceans absorb an estimated 90% of the warming that’s caused by greenhouse gas emissions, with the stored heat showing up was warmer seawater. According to a new analysis, however, scientists may have greatly underestimated exactly how hot the upper ocean … [Read More...]

Global warming may have fueled 2013’s heatwave epidemic

Global warming may have fueled 2013’s heatwave epidemic

In a collection of 22 peer-reviewed analyses on 16 extreme weather and climate events that occurred last year, which were published as a nearly 100-page report yesterday, international teams of researchers found clear ties between global warming and the extreme heat events that plagued areas from … [Read More...]

Gap bans the sale of animal fur following public outcry

Gap bans the sale of animal fur following public outcry

If you’re looking for a nice, comfy fur sweater for the fall season, then Gap isn’t the place you want to look. Two weeks ago, Sarah Maddox launched a Change.org petition against Gap, denouncing the retailer for selling products which contained real animal fur for its upscale Piperlime … [Read More...]

UN experts warn that the world’s mangroves forests are disappearing

UN experts warn that the world’s mangrove forests are disappearing

Experts at the United Nations have expressed concern that the world’s mangrove forests are being destroyed at a more rapid rate than other forest ecosystems due to a combination of land conversion, urban development, and pollution. A report from the United Nations Environment Program that was … [Read More...]

Evidence suggests that dolphins are sensitive to magnetism

Evidence suggests that dolphins are sensitive to magnetism

Scientists have been interested in magnetoreception, the ability of living organisms to perceive magnetic fields, for the quite some time. Ever since its discovery, numerous different species have been identified which possess the ability to sense direction and navigate using Earth’s magnetic … [Read More...]

New study finds that cowbells actually make cows miserable

New study finds that cowbells actually make cows miserable

Cowbells have long been associated with green pastures and herds of happy cows, especially in Switzerland, where the cowbell is a natural cultural symbol. However, according to new research from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, cows actually despise those bells, and can actually … [Read More...]

New solar cells can efficiently and inexpensively convert water into energy

New solar cells can efficiently and inexpensively convert water into energy

A group of scientists from Switzerland have successfully created a device that can convert solar energy into hydrogen fuel at a cost that is far lower than anything the world has seen before. As the most abundant energy source on the planet, solar energy is the most attractive alternative to … [Read More...]