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October 11th 2011 By Jonathan Benson - Natural News Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets.
Algae Invention Could Reduce Vehicle Emissions - KTEN.com Sherman Denison Ardmore News Weather SportsSHERMAN, TX--A new invention may turn gas-guzzlers into eco-friendly vehicles. The man who thought of it is still in college. Algae may be the answer to cleaner cars. "Carbon dioxide would actually enter through the device through these plates of algae," Param Jaggi said.
Tulane has applied for a patent for a method to produce the biofuel butanol from organic material, a process developed by associate professor David Mullin, right, postdoctoral fellow Harshad Velankar, center, and undergraduate student Hailee Rask. Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano Those that say the newspaper is dead may want to think again. Thanks to recently-discovered bacteria, recycled newsprint could be converted into biofuel. Scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans have discovered a new bacterial strain that can convert paper into butanol, a biofuel that can be used as a substitute for gasoline. They are currently experimenting with copies of The Times Picayune , New Orleans’ venerable daily newspaper, with great success.
With a little help from genetic engineering, researchers at one Massachusetts company say they've created an organism that takes sunlight, water and carbon dioxide and creates liquid fuel. Bill Sims, CEO of Cambridge-based Joule Unlimited, says the process utilizes a bacteria, produces a chemical product and secretes it. The result? A fuel that can fill demands for diesel and ethanol. "The product that we make is diesel.
Organize Environmental Service Projects Organize environmental service projects in your area by becoming a Lions Clubs environmental chairperson. Motivate clubs to undertake environmental service projects such as community clean-ups, recycling and tree planting. The district environmental chairperson is appointed by the district governor to provide clubs with the assistance they need to organize environmental service projects in their district. Environmental Chairperson Responsibilities Motivate clubs to undertake hands-on environmental service projects such as community clean-ups, recycling, and tree planting throughout the year Inform clubs about available activity planning resources, including the Lions Green Team kit Encourage clubs to participate in the “Protecting Our Environment” global service action campaign during the month of April and/or plan activities in celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and UN Environment Day (June 5).
Bolivia is to pass a law -- called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra (The Law of Mother Earth) -- which will grant nature equal rights to humans . The law -- the first of its kind -- aims to encourage a major shift in attitudes towards conservation and to reduce pollution and exploitation of natural resources. It sees a range of new rights established for nature including the right to life; the right to water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities and the right to be free of pollution.
The town of Sedgwick, Maine, population 1,012 (according to the 2000 census), has become the first town in the United States to pass a Food Sovereignty ordinance. In doing so, the town declared their right to produce and sell local foods of their choosing, without the oversight of State or federal regulation. What does this mean?
It's a huge problem: Lots of plastic goes unrecycled. Even in places with recycling programs (like New York City), the only plastic items recycled are bottles, leaving everything else as waste. What to do with all that unrecyclable plastic? A Japanese inventor has put forward an answer: melt the stuff and turn it into oil. Akinori Ito's plastic-recycling device is no industrial solution.
Due to exceptional circumstances, we are republishing the present story about an exceptional innovation. Over a year after it was originally published, this video brief about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine recently got a viral boost and exceeded 115,000 views on YouTube. This is evidence that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags. Here on Our World 2.0, on the video’s YouTube page and those of re-posters too, as well as on the hot Reddit Science link, the topic has generated much interest and debate amongst commenters. Many think that this type of recycling is not a solution, but that instead the world should be seriously focused on the first “R” — which is reduce.
A rendering of how a solar panel might be mounted as an awning over a door or patio. System plugs directly into electrical outlet Doesn't require professional installation System should pay for itself in 4 years (CNN) -- Imagine outfitting your house with small, affordable solar panels that plug into a socket and pump power into your electrical system instead of taking it out. That's the promise of a Seattle, Washington-based start-up that is working to provide renewable energy options -- solar panels and wind turbines -- for homes and small businesses.