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Biotech Company Claims Synthetic Biofuel Breakthrough

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By
Biotech Company Claims Synthetic Biofuel Breakthrough

Joule Unlimited, a Massachusetts biotech firm, can now synthesize biofuel directly from sunlight and bacterial waste products without the need for biomass, according to a detailed study Joule published in February in the scientific journal Photosynthesis Research. Joule calls its new process “Liquid Fuel from the Sun.” Scientists have known for some time that some
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First Deep Water Drilling Permit since BP Oil Spill Issued

Mar 1st, 2011 | By
First Deep Water Drilling Permit since BP Oil Spill Issued

Noble Energy received approval from the federal government to resume drilling at its Santiago prospect in the deepwater off the Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced Monday. It was the first deepwater drill permit the government has issued since the BP Oil Spill, which forced the Santiago
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California Lawmakers Debate Ban on Sale of Shark Fins

Feb 21st, 2011 | By
California Lawmakers Debate Ban on Sale of Shark Fins

On Friday California State Assemblymen Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced a bill (AB 376) that “would make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin.” Sellers of Chinese cuisine oppose the bill. Shark fin soup has been a popular food in China
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2011 Great Backyard Bird Count On This Weekend

Feb 18th, 2011 | By
2011 Great Backyard Bird Count On This Weekend

The 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) began Friday, February 18 and will run through Monday, February 21. During these four days, everyone in the United States and Canada is invited to observe the birds in their area, tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at any one time, and report
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22nd Annual Organic Farming Conference to Host up to 3,000

Feb 12th, 2011 | By
22nd Annual Organic Farming Conference to Host up to 3,000

Organic farming enthusiasts from around the country will gather in La Crosse, Wisconsin February 24th through 26th for the largest organic farming conference in the US, the 22nd Annual MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Organic Farming Conference (OFC). The conference’s workshops center around farmers teaching other farmers through hands-on training. Presentations will be
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Great Lakes Water Abundant But Could Run Low, Report Says

Feb 7th, 2011 | By
Great Lakes Water Abundant But Could Run Low, Report Says

The Great Lakes region still has more fresh water than anywhere else, but some locations could experience shortages due to climate shifts or demand surges, according to a five-year study scheduled to be released by the U.S. Geological Survey Monday, obtained early by the Associated Press. The Great Lakes themselves contain 6 quadrillion (6,000 trillion)
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Snowfall Increases Carbon Monoxide Risk, Experts Warn

Feb 4th, 2011 | By
Snowfall Increases Carbon Monoxide Risk, Experts Warn

The heavy snowfall and drifting snow this week has increased the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and around the country experts issued warnings to remind the public to take preventive measures. Carbon monoxide (also called CO) is a poisonous gas that cuts off the body’s oxygen supply and can cause death. It is odorless and
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Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Approved

Jan 28th, 2011 | By
Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Approved

Alfalfa is the latest crop to win approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for planting the genetically engineered strain. On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the approval was for unrestricted planting in spite of protests from Monsanto Co. developed the “Roundup Ready” biotech alfalfa to make it easier to kill weeds. Roundup
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Sustainability is Spreading to Synthetic Turfs

Jan 15th, 2011 | By
Sustainability is Spreading to Synthetic Turfs

Sustainability is Spreading into the Ground Beneath Your Feet The environmental movement is spreading into areas you wouldn’t suspect, but that will have a huge impact on the future. Sustainable development has grown in popularity to the point where it is reaching almost every possible industry. Companies are putting serious financial resources towards developing eco-friendly
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Ignoring Environmental Health Guidelines Compromises Children’s Health in Schools

Jan 12th, 2011 | By
Ignoring Environmental Health Guidelines Compromises Children’s Health in Schools

New Data: Schools Ignore Children’s Health: Groups Urge Action By EPA with States Advocates release results of a nationwide survey of school nurses, urge US EPA to complete congressionally mandated environmental health guidelines for the states. Survey shows 40% of 350 nurses say children impacted; no agencies help. Advocates today released early results of a
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