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Turning Algae Into Bioplastic Could Slash Petroleum Use by 50%
November 3, 2009 09:53 AM - Andrew Williams, Cleantechnica via , Matter Network

California-based company Cereplast has revealed that it is developing breakthrough technology to transform algae into bioplastics, and predicts that it could replace 50% or more of the petroleum content used in traditional plastic resins.

George Soros Pledges $1.1 Billion to Fund Climate Change Initiatives
October 16, 2009 06:34 AM - Beth Graddon-Hodgson, Matter Network

Philanthropist and businessman George Soros announced this week that he would be the next in a line of wealthy front-runners to fund initiatives in clean technology. Soros is the founder of hedge fund Soros Fund Management LLC, and has been known for making monetary contributions to other charitable efforts that effect the well-being of society, such as health care and eduction; now he’s shifting his focus to play a part in reducing the impact of climate change.

Forget Fertilizers: Energy Efficient Gardening Using Compost
October 5, 2009 09:11 AM - Amy Hengst, Matter Network

Most gardening books and common wisdom recommend adding fertilizers to soil regularly to help ensure that plants get the major nutrients they need. But Earl Boyd with Lyngso Garden Materials says that adding fertilizer amendments to soil can actually disrupt the balance of nutrients in the soil and destroy trace minerals.

50-MW Biomass Plant Planned in Scotland
September 30, 2009 09:57 AM - Renewable Energy World via, Matter Network

A new 50 MW biomass-fueled co-generation plant is to be developed for papermaker Tullis Russell to supply its paper mill at Markinch, in Fife, Scotland, with heat and power.

White House Unveils Landmark Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards
September 17, 2009 06:49 AM - Nick Chambers, Matter Network

Today the Obama Administration released a 1,200 page document of proposed regulation changes that will drastically alter the fuel economy and emissions standards that auto manufacturers are required to meet in the US. Although it could be an incredibly contentious topic, it seems that so far the proposal has gained wide support from all sides of the spectrum including environmental organizations and industry lobby groups.

Should Green Building Certification Be Guaranteed?
September 3, 2009 08:57 AM - Wayne Robertson, Energy Ace via, Matter Network

State, local and federal government entities are "LEEDing" the way with green building programs - not only for their own facilities, but also with various green building mandates that affect the private sector. Green building legislation, executive orders, resolutions and other initiatives now affect a majority of states across the U.S., and the number of localities, school jurisdictions and companies now requiring sustainability measures is rapidly increasing.

One Atom Away From Clean Water
August 31, 2009 10:15 AM - Tina Casey, Cleantechnica via, Matter Network

A breakthrough discovery from Sandia National Laboratories could help keep a lid on the rising cost of chemical water treatment and make clean drinking water more affordable in “water challenged” areas of the world.

Even Buildings Have Twitter Accounts
August 27, 2009 05:08 PM - John Gartner, Matter Network

The social media craze has hit building automation, as the campus at the University of Mississippi will soon be broadcasting its energy consumption via Twitter and Facebook updates.

London to Launch UK’s First 'Hydrogen Highway'
August 26, 2009 09:31 AM - Andrew Williams, Gas 2.0 via , Matter Network

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to create Britain’s first "hydrogen highway" by building a network of hydrogen filling stations throughout the capital.

How Much Water Are You Really Using?
August 21, 2009 09:52 AM - Zachary Shahan , Matter Network

In the press release, titled "Wealthy world at woes from water risk elsewhere", the WWF examined Germany's "water footprint". They showed that only about half of the water Germany uses actually comes from Germany. Germany's water comes from all over the world. With climate change potentially (probably) drying up many areas of the world, it is not just sufficient to live in one of the places where that doesn’t accur.

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