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Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass
as a fuel because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric ...
A brown smog has descended over Greece's cities. The smell of burned wood
is prevalent, and those that suffer from asthma or have heart disease have been advised to stay inside.
And in a convoluted way, it's the Greek economic crisis – ...
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to protect U.S. forests from the growing sucking sound created by biomass
power plants. The scientists ...
Switching to clean energy
might seem like the expensive option, but it would pay for itself almost immediately, according to a new analysis. The reason? Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will cut air pollution
, saving lives and therefore ...
Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.If you ...
Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood
into high quality biofuel for less than one euro per liter. They believe they can convert more than half the energy
of raw wood
– ligno-cellulosic biomass
, if you prefer the technical term – ...
Forest areas in China are rapidly expanding through reforestation and afforestation activities. There has been much discussion in China about opportunities for climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and through opportunities for ...
In the forests of Allendale County is a wood
-burning power plant with the capacity to release tons of pollution
that many other industrial plants must control.
Under construction for most of the past two years, the Allendale plant is one ...
Brazil’s economy has been booming. During the past decade, it grew from the ninth to the sixth-largest in the world. While this growth has brought many socioeconomic benefits, it’s come with a downside: significant environmental impacts. Brazil ...
Residents of northern China got free coal from the government during winters from 1950 to 1980, but it turns out that the coal actually came at a heavy price: shorter lifespans.
The Chinese government’s Huai River policy provided coal ...
Chevron Corp. (CVX) helped write the first-in-the-nation rule ordering reduced carbon emissions from cars and trucks. Its biofuels chief spoke at the ceremony where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the executive order in 2007, the ...
Smoldering embers beneath pots and skillets around the world spew acrid plumes of greenhouse gases and aerosols, polluting lungs and warming the planet. More than half of the world's population cooks food using these types of rudimentary stoves, ...
By most measures of environmental policy and progress, Ontario, Canada ranks well. Over the last half-century, Canada’s most populous province required cities and industries to treat every gallon of wastewater, dramatically reduced the level of ...
Almost four million people die each year from household air pollution
(HAP) caused by exposure to the combustion of biomass
fuels (wood, charcoal, crop residues, and dung), kerosene, or coal. These individuals are among the tens of millions who ...
When Maryland and the District set floors requiring electric utilities to use increasing amounts of renewable energy
, environmentalists cheered the prospect of money going to new solar and wind projects.But today, several years after the ...
Moms Clean Air Force
by Marcia G. Yerman
Trashed is a documentary featuring its executive producer, actor Jeremy Irons. It examines the encroaching problem of global waste.
Biochar - charcoal produced from pyrolysis of biomass
- has received tremendous attention and support in recent years, and championed as one of the potentially most useful techniques for soil restoration and carbon sequestration in the modern ...
Drax Group Plc (DRX) received 100 million pounds ($163 million) from Britain’s Green Investment Bank to fund its $1 billion plan to convert the nation’s biggest coal- fired power plant to burn wood
The GIB is providing the ...
A report by campaign groups has warned that burning biomass
(such as wood
) in power stations may hinder attempts to tackle climate change.
Biomass is expected to contribute about third of the UK's mandatory EU target for renewable energy
President Obama told the Democratic Convention on September 6th 2012: '...climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future. And in this election, you can do something ...
Malodorous brown smoke from a power plant enveloped this logging town on April 29, 2010, and several hundred residents fled until it passed.Six months later, the plant got $5.4 million from a federal program to promote environmentally ...
Coal mining took off in Virginia when the railroads arrived in the 1880s. More than 130 years later, coal still fuels Virginia`s economy. Northern Virginia`s tech sector depends on a steady supply of low-cost electricity, much of it derived from ...
In India, researchers are exploring how to finance zigzag brick kilns. In Peru, policymakers are trying to put teeth into weak laws regulating landfills. And from China to Vietnam, scientists are working with farmers to aerate rice ...
Asia Pacific could triple its carbon emissions by 2050 if it continues its unsustainable use of resources, putting an unbearable strain on ecosystems at a time of mounting concerns over climate change and food, water and energy
security, a new ...
Charcoal-making communities represent a small percentage of the urban slum population, Ballesteros said by email. However, she said, air pollution
from these activities is a significant problem, and violates the Philippines' Clean Air Act. She ...