A Fracking Massive Methane Leak is Brewing in Texas

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The Aliso Canyon Oil Field, a natural gas storage facility in southern California, spewed an estimated 96,000 metric tons of methane into the air over the last four months, before it was temporarily capped this week. At its worst, the leak, which has been likened to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, was responsible for… Read more »

A satellite due to be launched into orbit Tuesday will boost Europe’s ability to monitor environmental changes and provide early warning of possible migrant flows

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BERLIN (AP) — A satellite due to be launched into orbit Tuesday will boost Europe’s ability to monitor environmental changes and provide early warning of possible migrant flows. The European Space Agency says Sentinel-3A is one of more than a dozen satellites that will make up the most sophisticated Earth observation system ever launched. Two… Read more »

The Strategic Sourceror: Balancing supply chain sustainability and risk management

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Improving sustainable practices In its effort to reduce risks of disruptions while still managing to be sustainable and efficient in operations, some supply chain leaders are at a crossroads. This predicament is understandable since, as Ian Lefshitz, a contributor to Supply Chain Executive, worded it, “While there are obvious long-term benefits to more sustainable practices,… Read more »

Community Composting Grows from a Seed into a Movement

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Three years ago, Dustin Fedako attended the US Composting Council’s annual conference. As founder of Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas, Fedako didn’t know what to expect from the conference, which is geared toward the industrial composting model. He just wanted to “sponge up as much as he could.” He learned… Read more »

How the GyroGlove Steadies Hands of Parkinson’s Patients

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A wearable device promises to help steady hand tremors by using an old technology—gyroscopes.   When he was a 24-year-old medical student living in London, Faii Ong was assigned to care for a 103-year-old patient who suffered from Parkinson’s, the progressive neurological condition that affects a person’s ease of movement. After watching her struggle to… Read more »

Storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

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A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the US electrical grid can’t affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Now a researcher proposes an underground solution to that problem. A new study shows that wind, water and solar generators can theoretically result in a… Read more »

New method for converting solar energy into electrical power using photo-bioelectrochemical cells

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A new paradigm for the development of photo-bioelectrochemical cells has been reported in the journal Nature Energy by researchers from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel, and the University of Bochum, in Germany. The design of photo-bioelectrochemical cells based on native photosynthetic reaction is attracting substantial recent interest as a means for the conversion… Read more »