Carbon dioxide and plants used to create renewable plastic

A more eco-friendly plastic has been developed by Stanford University Scientists. Using carbon dioxide (CO2) and plant material, scientist from Stanford University have produced a renewable plastic. More specifically, according to Australia Network News, the scientists mixed carbonate with CO2 and furoic acid to create polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF); an alternative to the plastic ingredient polyester that is more environmentally efficient. The production of this alternative plastic can lower greenhouse gas emissions. The study, which was published earlier this week in the journal Nature, states that the researchers’ new approach can…

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New recycling technology could transform CO2 waste into useful chemicals

Instead of only capturing and storing carbon dioxide, new tech could recycle it into something useable. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the primary cause behind global warming. One of the methods employed to help control the problem is capturing waste carbon dioxide from manufacturing sites and industrial plants and storing it deep beneath the ground. However, American scientist, Emily Cole, has found a better way to deal with the waste and has developed a recycling technology that can convert waste CO2 into a chemical that can be used…

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Climate change could make transatlantic flights longer

Researchers say that changes in the climate could lengthen flights from Europe to the U.S. According to a study recently published in the journal Environmental Research Letters – conducted by a team of University of Reading researchers, lead by atmospheric scientist Paul Williams – climate change could make flights from Europe to America longer and flights traveling in the opposite direction faster, due to its effects on jet streams. A doubling of atmospheric CO2 could speed up jet stream. Jet streams are exceptionally strong winds that are responsible for moving…

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Scientists Find Cheaper and Eco-Friendlier Way to Make Biofuels

Researchers have discovered a low-cost method to deliver carbon dioxide (CO2) to microalgae. Although the growth of microalgae can be sped up by carbon dioxide, the CO2 has to be free of contamination or the algae die. Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have found a cheap way to purify the carbon dioxide within the power station flue gasses by absorbing the CO2 into a liquid, allowing it to be delivered to microalgae, which makes it possible to harvest the microalgae and make biofuels. This purification process is typically…

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Research finds 180 million tons of carbon emissions reduced annually by mobile tech

Route planning and building management improvement lowered energy and fuel use. According to new research from Carbon Trust, the use of mobile technology is helping to prevent 180 million tons of carbon emissions annually in Europe and the United States. The study found that what drove the savings were improvements in areas like route planning and building management, both of which decreased the use of fuel and energy. Furthermore, the research pointed out that smartphones are allowing people to control their electricity and heating systems with greater efficiency, and are…

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General Mills aims to dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions

The Minnesota-based company has set an ambitious goal to lower its GHG emissions by 2025. General Mills, the American multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods, such as General Mills cereals, Yoplait yogurt, and Betty Crocker baked products, etc., recently announced its plan to decrease its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 28% by 2025, within its own operations, its network of suppliers, and beyond. The food company also intends to invest over $100 million in clean energy and energy efficiency. General Mills will spend more than $100 million on…

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Climate change will not be solved with geoengineering, study says

There is no quick fix for global warming. The solution to climate change, according to US National Academy of Sciences researchers, is not geoengineering, which is the intentional large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that impacts the climate of the Earth and used to help offset global warming effects. Instead, the researchers say that curbing carbon emissions is the best way to help to counteract the problem. Geoengineering is not a substitute for reducing CO2. According to the US National Academy of Sciences researchers, climate change cannot be fixed quickly.…

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Study Calculates 2047 as the Year when Climate Exceeds Boundaries of the Last 150 years

According to a recent study prepared by the University of Hawaii and published in Nature scientific journal on October 10th, unprecedented global changes are about to happen. Scientists predict the year at which the Earth’s climate will shift beyond the past 150 years’ variability as early as 2047 under the business-as-usual scenario and 2069 if greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are stabilized. The “Projected Timing of Climate Departure from recent Variability” study adds new information supporting the global importance of switching to fossil-fuel free energy as soon as possible. Historic variability…

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Cumulative J-VER Carbon Offset Amount for Disaster-Stricken Areas Reaches 10,000 t-CO2

Tokyo, Japan, October 18, 2013 –(PR.com)– Nipponkoa Insurance Co., Ltd. (President: Masaya Futamiya), supports low-carbon reconstruction projects*1 in the disaster-stricken areas, with the aim of contributing to the swift reconstruction of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the creation of environmentally friendly communities. Nipponkoa Insurance today announced that another 2,000 tons of CO2 were offset*2 for disaster-stricken areas under the J-VER*3 scheme, bringing the cumulative total to 10,000 tons of CO2. Moving forward, Nipponkoa Insurance will continue to support the reconstruction efforts in the disaster-stricken areas…

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CO2 tagged as new source of energy by FMF researchers

Hydrogen Fuel production

Researchers make use of CO2 to produce fuel Carbon dioxide (CO2) has long been pinned as one of the primary contributors to climate change. The gas, which is produced through the burning of fossil-fuels, creates a greenhouse effect in the planet’s atmosphere, effectively preventing the escape of heat from the world’s surface. The science community is currently working on ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and many have set their sights on CO2, seeking to capture the gas or otherwise dispose of it. A research team from the…

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Making coal a clean energy with the help of fuel cells

Coal Plants

Coal plants are rarely, if ever, associated with clean energy. An intiative from the Department of Energy, however, may change that fact. Earlier this month, The DOE awarded a $3 million contract to FuelCell Energy, a hydrogen technology company based in Connecticut. The contract entails a three-year project that would put the company’s Direct Fuel Cells to use. These fuel cells operate by capturing and separating carbon dioxide from emissions caused by firing coal. FuelCell Energy has released information on the initial results of the project. According to the company,…

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