Water for Fuel
March 12, 2008 10:22 PM -

Geneva, 10 March 2008 - As demand for biofuels increases, industry will face additional questions: How can the water be equitably shared? Is biofuel a practical energy solution? What are the options? These questions and others at the water and energy nexus will be the focus of a new WBCSD water and energy workstream of the Council’s Water Project.

Conservation areas 'neglected' under current efforts
March 12, 2008 10:16 PM -

The most important areas for biodiversity conservation are neglected under current protection efforts, researchers say. Scientists from the US-based University of California San Diego (UCSD) investigated whether current methods of locating conservation reserves are adequate to deal with future environmental changes.

March 12, 2008 10:09 PM -

It’s not just the subprime mortgage market that’s damaging the US, and perhaps global economies. It’s the relentless rise in the price of oil. And, $100 plus oil may be more the result of speculative greed than fundamentals like tight supplies or demand from growing nations. But there’s a bright side: High prices at the pump could force more drivers to conserve, to drive something less thirsty or shift away from petroleum altogether. High priced oil could help save the planet.

Convert Guantanamo to Disease Research Centre
March 6, 2008 11:54 PM -

Guantanamo Bay detention camp should be converted into a biomedical research institute dedicated to combating the diseases of poverty in the Western hemisphere, says Peter J. Hotez. In an editorial in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, he says the move would tap into the tradition of vaccine diplomacy that began 50 years ago — when Moscow and Washington put aside ideological differences to collaborate on the development of a live polio vaccine at the height of the Cold War.

Finding your Zen
March 6, 2008 11:46 PM -

Three things happened to me this past week that gave me pause: 1. I saw a movie in the middle of the afternoon with a friend. 2. I bought a new book. 3. My husband got the stomach flu. not necessarily in that order” Why are these things important? Because they made me take a step back and look at what’s important in my life.

How to recycle your cell phone, painlessly
March 6, 2008 11:39 PM -

Last week I participated in a ritual that's becoming increasingly common these days: replacing a (mostly) functional cell phone. Bluetooth and my beat up phone were not playing nice, and I need to have a headset to filter out noise as I talk to clients, colleagues, and co-conspirators. So now I find myself with a semi recent vintage RAZR huddling in my miscellaneous drawer, gathering dust. Fortunately for it, I happen to be someone who knows a bit about what to do with such a device, as I wrote about here so it will be going off to Second Rotation. Or someone else who cares to pay me a better price for my old gear. Paid? For your old cell phone? Yes.

Is Nano a No-No? Nanotechnology Advances into Buildings
March 6, 2008 11:31 PM -

It’s revolutionary, it’s the next big thing, and it’s going to change everything. The media and industry representatives have described nanotechnology with so much excitement in the last decade, and at such a growing pace, that to illustrate the trend one investment firm has measured the explosion of this coverage with what it calls a nanotechnology hype index.

Cleaner, Greener U: Students Drive the Campus Climate Movement
March 6, 2008 11:19 PM -

Climate change is our generation’s civil rights movement,” says Brianna Cayo Cotter, communications director for the Energy Action Coalition, swilling from a tall cup of coffee. Cotter talked fast and raked her fingers through her thick, wavy hair, staring intently, as though she’d been on a steady diet of nothing but caffeine for the last few days. This was PowerShift 2007, held at the University of Maryland, the largest gathering of college students ever assembled to fight climate change, a weekend of non-stop workshops and speakers and rallies brought together by Energy Action staff.

To All Major Retailers: Start Charging for Plastic Bags, NOW!
March 6, 2008 11:09 PM -

Over the past year, many leading companies have taken proactive steps to minimize their use of resources that clutter up our landfill. European retailers IKEA and Marks & Spencer have started charging customers up to 10 cents per plastic bag. Not only are these companies realizing the environmental benefits of charging for plastic bags, but also seeing the financial benefits, along with the positive branding, and philanthropic benefits (Marks & Spencer donates profits to improve parks and play areas across the country) as well.

Nanotech Works for Hydrogen
March 6, 2008 05:47 PM -

Hydrogen is everywhere on our planet, but it is not free to roam. It is always joined at the molecular hip with something else. It is a carrier of energy since it requires energy to break it away from a mate. But when free, hydrogen can be a fuel, a source of energy to do something, to do work. Unfortunately as a carrier of energy hydrogen is not very efficient. It takes considerable energy to separate hydrogen from oxygen or carbon, for instance. By some estimates more energy is needed for separation than hydrogen will give back as fuel — with available technology that is.

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