“Natural gas killed coal – now renewables and batteries are taking over”

“Over the past decade, coal has been increasingly replaced by cheaper, cleaner energy sources. US coal power production has dropped by 44% (866 terawatt-hours [TWh]). It’s been replaced by natural gas (up 45%, or 400 TWh), renewables (up… Read More

“Tea Farmer In India Leads Charge For Organic, Evades The Charge Of Elephants”

“As you clutch a cuppa for a bit of winter warmth, spare a moment to consider the elaborate process that goes into producing that seemingly simple sip of tea. In the biggest tea-growing region in India, the hazards… Read More

“How China Plans to Feed 1.4 Billion Growing Appetites”

“Jiang and Ping represent one story of China and its farms. More than 90 percent of all farms in China are less than 2.5 acres, and the average farm size is among the smallest in the world. But… Read More

“Battery Storage Begins to Find a Home at Some Water Utilities”

“Irvine Ranch Water District is installing Tesla battery systems at 11 of its facilities, saving money on its power bill and helping to balance demand on the regional energy grid. General Manager Paul Cook explains the strategy.” https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/community/2018/02/01/battery-storage-begins-to-find-a-home-at-some-water-utilities

“As A Massive Garbage Dump Closes In Brazil, Trash-Pickers Face An Uncertain Future”

“Brasilia’s government hasn’t decided what to do with the 44 million tons of trash that comprise the garbage mountain and are polluting the soil and water below. The dump is located on real estate with potentially enormous value.”… Read More

“Researchers continue studying ‘fish in the fields’”

“Preliminary results indicate that reviving and modernizing the simple, age-old practice of raising fish in rice fields can reap enormous benefits worldwide, according to spokeswoman Deborah Moskowitz, ‘dramatically reducing climate-changing methane emissions, protecting our ocean wildlife, supporting more… Read More

“Revolutionary waste disposal plant to open soon in the UK”

The plant is expected to recycle 120,000 tons of waste per year, the equivalent of 110,000 households. Furthermore, the Northwich facility should generate a total of 5 megawatts of renewable electricity from the biogas, as well as large… Read More

“The U.N.’s Terrible Dilemma: Who Gets To Eat?”

Even though the program’s budget is at a record high, it’s not enough to keep up with the number of refugees and people in other crisis situations who need emergency food aid. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/01/10/574597536/the-u-n-s-terrible-dilemma-who-gets-to-eat

“Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events”

What surprised the scientists was that the jet stream’s meandering has become more frequent. “Since 1960 we get more years when the jet is in an extreme position,” Trouet says, either in its northernmost or southernmost position. She… Read More

“BioCarbon Engineering Seeks a Greener Earth and Wallet: Chart”

Founded by former NASA engineer Lauren Fletcher, the Oxford, U.K.-based company uses drones to fire biodegradable seed pods into the ground, making planting 150 times faster than traditional methods. It seeks to scale up reforestation by planting 500… Read More