Global warming could be worsened by cleaner air

New studies reveal that cleaner air could actually accelerate the warming of the planet. Two new studies, both recently released in the journal Natural Geoscience, have analyzed the powerful influence that aerosols have on the climate and suggest that as countries around the world make efforts to lower this type of pollution, global warming is worsening, because the elimination of this pollution appears to be resulting in more rapid warming than anticipated. Certain aerosols have a temporary cooling effect on the atmosphere. Although aerosols are definitely hazardous to the environment…

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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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CO2 emissions have “postponed” next ice age by tens of thousands of years

Human-generated greenhouse gases emissions may delay the Earth’s next ice age by a minimum of 100,000 years. Carbon (CO2) emissions created by humans have been blamed for having many unpleasant effects on the planet, from severe droughts, to extreme weather, to pollution, to rising sea levels. However, a team of German scientists say that these CO2 emissions are likely the reason why there are no signs of a new ice age and why there won’t be one in the near future. The Industrial Revolution saved the planet from the onset…

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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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Electric vehicle charging stations installed at national park

Great Smokey Mountains National Park is becoming greener. In an effort to improve its alternative energy resources to cut pollution, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP), which straddles the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, has installed electric vehicle charging stations to encourage electric car users to come to the park. The fast charging EV stations are the first to ever be installed and operated in a U.S. national park. The stations are located at the Oconaluftee and Sugarlands Visitors Centers in GSMNP. The fast-charging stations were installed by…

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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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German utility giant is making the switch to green energy

E.ON is abandoning conventional energy for renewables. One of the largest power suppliers in Germany, E.ON, has recently announced that it intends to gradually make the switch from conventional electricity production methods, such as nuclear, coal and natural gas, to green energy and distribution businesses, a process it intends to begin now. Germany is working toward phasing out nuclear energy by 2022. E.ON’s decision to change is not only in response to its massive debt, but also European and German policies targeted at lowering carbon emissions. In fact, by 2022,…

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Renewable energy awareness is low among mobile consumers

A new report has found that mobile device charging generates a surprising amount of greenhouse gases. A recent Juniper Research report discovered that when it comes to renewable energy and sustainable habits, consumer awareness is low in mobile markets and that by 2019, charging mobile gadgets will produce over 13 megatons CO2e of greenhouse gasses every year, worldwide, and that this year, 6.4 megatons is expected. The 2019 emissions are equal to the yearly emissions generated from 1.1 million cars. Almost 50 percent of the emissions produced by 2019 will…

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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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G20 countries take a step toward renewable energy and sustainability

Renewable energy may win out with agreement to cut fossil-fuel subsidies In early September, G20 leaders met in Russia for the 2013 Leaders’ Summit. During the event, heads of state from around the world come together to discuss global issues, such as the dismantling of nuclear weaponry and other subjects that could have global implications. Typically, political leaders are divided on the issues that are discussed at the gathering and little progress toward resolving global problems is made. This year, however, all G20 leaders have agreed to begin phasing out…

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IEEE OnlineGreenComm 2013 to Hold Third Annual Event from October 29 – 31

New York, NY, September 19, 2013 –(PR.com)– IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (OnlineGreenComm 2013), the virtual forum dedicated to the advancement of energy-efficient communications, will hold its third annual event from October 29 – 31, 2013. IEEE OnlineGreenComm 2013 will consist of more than one dozen sessions highlighting the next wave of smart grid, sustainability, networking and green technologies and solutions designed to reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. “In the light of the newest global warming developments and their impact on the environment, society, and world…

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Australian companies adopting solar energy in droves

Australia solar energy news

Solar energy could be t he key to financial stability More Australian businesses are making the switch to solar energy in an effort to save money. Energy prices are going up in the country due to the rising tensions, political and otherwise, surrounding fossil-fuels. As it becomes more problematic for oil to find its way to Australia, the cost of the commodity increases. This is beginning to put excessive strain on businesses that could receive the energy they need through renewable sources. Provincial governments throwing more support behind solar energy…

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Bunker Green fuel could help make ships more environmentally friendly

Hydrogen fuel for ships

Scientists develop new fuel to cut emissions of large ships Scientists from the Maine Maritime Academy and the SeaChange Group, a developer of low emission fuels, have created a new fuel that could significantly reduce the pollutants produced by large ships. The research was presented at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The clean fuel may be able to significantly reduce the emissions produced by cruise ships and other large vessels and is comprised of chemicals commonly found in detergents and medicines. Because the fuel’s…

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Hydrogen fueled air planes make for cleaner skys

The European Aerospace Group (EADs) has announced their partnership with scientists from the Glasgow University in Scotland to collaborate in the production of solid hydrogen that will be use to fuel planes. Research is being focused on developing a solid state storage system for hydrogen. There has been some difficulty is storing hydrogen, which has made its use less attractive as an alternative fuel. Storing hydrogen as a gas requires massive volumes, and there is a significant risk of combustion given less-than-favorable circumstances. Liquid hydrogen is viable for storage, but…

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