A warming world will pose major challenges to the U.S. Navy in the coming century, including the need to secure shipping lanes opened by the melting Arctic Ocean and a threat to $100 billion in Navy installations imperiled by rising seas, according to a report commissioned by the Navy itself.
A team at the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) announced that it succeeded to produce isobutanol directly from cellulose. It is the first time anyone does that.
The process presents several advantages, including saving time and money. Besides, isobutanol is a higher-grade of alcohol than ethanol. (more…)
Pennsylvania has come under fire lately as pollution from drilling in the Marcellus Shale threatens water resources across the state. But instead of ratcheting up oversight, Gov. Tom Corbett wants to hand authority over some of the state’s most critical environmental decisions to C. Alan Walker, a Pennsylvania energy executive with his (more…)
Twenty-one new carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects were launched worldwide in 2010, despite rising technology costs, according to a new report by Australia’s Global CCS Institute.
That growth represented a 10 percent increase from the previous year, and bumped the total number of projects active (more…)
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held hearings on climate change yesterday. Ostensibly the hearing was a chance to showcase the state of the science. In reality, it showcased a Republican anti-science ignorance and a complete lack of innovation.
The hearing was convened at the request (more…)
Some people claim that women tend to be greener than men when it comes to everyday actions we can take to mitigate our impact on the planet. For example, women are more likely to be vegetarian (60 per cent more) than men; they’re also more consistent with their recycling.
The fact is that in the U.S. women control 85 per cent of all purchasing decisions, which means it’s in their (more…)
Adapting to Climate Change is a reassuring sounding title, but the content of this book makes it clear that there will be nothing straightforward or easy as human communities try to ready themselves for the coming climate crisis. Editors Neil Adger, Irene Lorenzoni and Karen O’Brien have been doing on research in the area for a number of years and worked (more…)
A new search engine was launched last week and it was designed to help internet users be kind to the environment.
Envirosearch.org is a new online search service by Carbonfund.org. Powered by Bing and with revenues generated by Yahoo! Ads, it supports international conservation projects such as reforestation efforts and wildlife preservation. (more…)
The food versus fuel debate is back on the agenda with the launch of a map designed by anti-poverty organization ActionAid and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The map shows which countries are at highest risk of a food crisis due to food price rises.
The organization says volatile food markets (more…)
7th in a series of excerpts from the book “The HIP Investor” (Wiley, 2010)
Companies are now realizing the value to be gained by optimizing earth’s resources, not just extracting or mining them. One leader is Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), the famed private equity firm that owns over 45 (more…)