“Turning old clothes into high-end building materials”

“Researchers at UNSW Sydney have developed an effective process to turn old clothing and textiles into high-quality building products such as flat panels. These high-end composite products can have a wood veneer look or a ceramic-style finish and… Read More

“Palm oil is destroying rainforests. But try going a day without it.”

“I crawled from my bed in the dark. In the bathroom, I washed my hands, brushed my teeth, and slathered some moisturizer on my face. Before the waking sun had painted the mountains out my window a pale… Read More

“Purdue Study: Sustainable Palm Oil Doesn’t Make the Grade”

“From food and biofuels to cosmetics and detergents, palm oil is found in countless products these days. Demand for the oil has surged in the last decade – global usage went from 37 million metric tons in 2006… Read More

“Austin Sees Spike in Recycling After Boil-Water Notice”

“Austin’s recycling center became overwhelmed by a spike in recycled plastic items in the weeks after the city ended its boil-water notice following flooding that filled lakes with silt, mud and debris. Austin Resource Recovery saw the number… Read More

“Hong Kong’s cutting-edge treatment plants aren’t enough: reduced waste should be on all of our Christmas lists”

“Christmas has become a season of material excess and waste. Malls are outdoing each other with imported Christmas trees and seasonal decorations, most of which will end up in landfills, along with an enormous amount of packaging that… Read More

“Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme”

“Homes in England will be provided by councils with separate collections for food waste. Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce. The… Read More

“Lung-like Device Transdorms Water into a Clean Source of Fuel”

“Get water in your lungs, and you’re in for a very bad time. But when water enters a new type of “lung” created by researchers at Stanford University, the result is hydrogen fuel — a clean source of… Read More

“Farmers know climate change is real — can they fight it?”

“Craig Dunnum didn’t read the recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), which predicts the nation’s farm commodity contribution to the economy — $136.7 billion in 2016, already low due to falling prices — will be increasingly vulnerable to… Read More

“To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Miles”

“Using frozen sperm to fertilize live eggs, the researchers were able to breed elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) from one geographic area with elkhorn from a different area, paving the way to potentially rescue not just that endangered species… Read More

“Exxon asks EPA to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas”

“The big picture: Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is the primary component of natural gas and is sometimes purposefully or inadvertently leaked in the production and transport of the fuel, as well as when drilling for oil. The… Read More