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Infographic – Where the World Ships its Plastic Waste

Plastic waste imports

Our friends at Statista posted a chart underscoring the great urgency for this kind of plastic material, this weekend’s infographic. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Where the World Ships its Plastic Waste

Process Devised for Renewable, Biodegradable Plastic

Eugene Chen

A chemistry lab developed a process for economically producing a polymer material from renewable sources that could replace some plastics now derived from petroleum. . . . → Read More: Process Devised for Renewable, Biodegradable Plastic

How Going Green Could Help Your Business

Going green in this fashion within your business will not only help the environment but it will stand to help your business. . . . → Read More: How Going Green Could Help Your Business

Tech Industry Groups Blast Paris Accord Exit

President Trump’s decision, announced today, to withdraw from the international climate change agreement signed in 2015 received stiff rebukes from technology industry organizations. . . . → Read More: Tech Industry Groups Blast Paris Accord Exit

Fuel Cell Vehicles Reach Market, Seek Critical Mass

As the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles go on sale, a group of companies and government agencies are seeking ways to encourage sales to help meet national goals for reducing greenhouse gases. . . . → Read More: Fuel Cell Vehicles Reach Market, Seek Critical Mass

Inexpensive Hydrogen Storage Devised for Solar Energy

An engineering team in Switzerland designed a system for producing hydrogen from solar power with abundant available materials, providing an inexpensive and feasible energy storage method. . . . → Read More: Inexpensive Hydrogen Storage Devised for Solar Energy

U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

(DoDLive.mil)

20 April 2016. Energy use by Americans in their homes and businesses declined in 2015 from the previous year, due to a sharp drop in coal burned for electric power, among other factors. The findings were published in an annual accounting of national energy supply and demand by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, based . . . → Read More: U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

Process Devised for Plastics from Carbon Dioxide, Plants

First author Aanindeeta Banerjee, left, and Matthew Kanan (Stanford University)

10 March 2016. Producing common plastics like polyester today often needs large inputs of fossil fuel derivatives. A chemistry lab at Stanford University in California developed a low-carbon alternative to polyester that combines recycled carbon dioxide with inedible plant matter, such as agricultural waste, . . . → Read More: Process Devised for Plastics from Carbon Dioxide, Plants

What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Richard van Atta (A. Kotok)

12 February 2016. Innovation is important throughout the modern economy, particularly in established industries that may lack the excitement of hot new sectors like biotechnology. A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS 2016 annual meeting today (12 February) in Washington, D.C. examined ways . . . → Read More: What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Governments, Private Investors Unveil Clean Energy Plans

Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, one of the world’s largest (Caithness Energy, U.S. Department of Energy)

30 November 2015. Two separate but related initiatives from governments and private investors were unveiled today to boost investment in clean energy innovations for reducing the threat of climate change. Statements announcing the initiatives, expected to double . . . → Read More: Governments, Private Investors Unveil Clean Energy Plans