Riese & Muller’s new electric cargo bike offers covered hauling for kids, groceries, and more

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

© Riese & Muller Transporting one person with minimal gear on a bike is simple, and just about any bicycle can handle it, but if you want to carry kids, a load of groceries, the family dog, or other stuff along with you, a cargo e-bike is the answer. Cargo bikes aren’t nearly as […]

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A crucial climate mystery is just under our feet

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

What Jonathan Sanderman really wanted was some old dirt. He called everyone he could think of who might know where he could get some. He emailed colleagues and read through old studies looking for clues, but he kept coming up empty. Sanderman was looking for old dirt because it would let him test a plan […]

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Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like […]

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Canadian firm builds giant ‘scrubber’ to pull CO2 from the air

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

A rendering of Carbon Engineering’s system. The process allows the company to pull carbon from the air. It can then be used to synthesize fuel or be stored. PHOTO: Carbon Engineering CALGARY—Nestled beneath the scattered peaks overlooking Squamish B.C., a stone’s throw from the shore of the calm Pacific inlet known as Howe Sound, […]

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Scientists seek carbon capture holy grail in rugged mountains of Oman

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The geologists are looking at a unique rock formation in the al-Hajjar Mountains, one of the few areas on Earth where the mantle is exposed. WADI ABDAH, Oman—Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove […]

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Freeing Costa Rica from Fossil Fuels

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Dr. Monica Araya is a Costa Rican author and adviser on clean development in Latin America. Her TED talk, filmed in June 2016, deals with one of the most critically important questions of our time; how can we build a society free from fossil fuels? Drawing on her home country, Costa Rica, as […]

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Why Small-Scale Farming Is Our Best Hope For Restoring Rural America

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

  Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural areas of the Midwest, South, and West on the road trip that resulted in the book The Revolution Where You Live. Many of […]

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Gaia’s Peace Garden Blooms As Model Urban Oasis

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Tucked away at the end of a residential cul-de-sac in Iowa City, just south of Interstate 80 and growing suburbs, the daffodils, violets and hyacinth in bloom, among the peach, pear, cherry and apple blossoms, Blair Frank tends to the medicinal herb section at the privately-owned Gaia’s Peace Garden with the precision of an […]

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Bioplastic cones improve efficiency of Thailand’s local rubber agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Corbion, Global Bio-Polymers, and Maxrich announced their collaboration on the development of a biodegradable root growth container to improve the agricultural efficiency and environmental performance of rubber tree plantations. Initial trials for new, bio-based and biodegradable root protection cone for rubber trees by Corbion, Maxrich and Global Bio-Polymers have been promising Natural rubber is a […]

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Scientists explore environmental advantages of horticultural bioplastics

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

New bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. Bioplastics present a range of environmental advantages, such as improved biodegradability, that conventional petroleum-based plastics can’t claim, said William Graves, associate dean of the […]

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