James Bond would probably prefer that they were mounted in the grill but how about laser spark plugs under the hood? The Optical Society (OSA) has announced that researchers from Japan’s National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) will present their research on the development of laser spark plugs for internal combustion engines at the 2011 Conference (more…)
Companies that illegally log tropical forests in Indonesia may in future find it harder to sell their product on the international market, as the most important group of New Zealand timber importers has vowed to quickly phase out purchasing wood from Indonesia that can’t be verified as legally harvested. By (more…)
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will shut down 18 of its dirtiest coal-burning units over the next six years as part of a legal settlement with four U.S. states and three environmental groups that claimed the utility’s air emissions violated the Clean Air Act.
(Reuters) – EDF Trading, subsidiary of French utility EDF, said on Thursday it has ended its involvement in a biogas project in Honduras which an environmental group claims is linked to human rights abuses.
“We have taken the situation in Honduras very seriously and have spent the past few months looking at our options in respect to (more…)
American journalist Mark Hertsgaard understands what lies ahead for humanity as climate change unfolds, some of it already unavoidable though hopefully manageable, but with outright chaos lurking if we fail to rein in emissions. He harbors no illusions. The fact that his little daughter will be part of the generation living through the coming turmoil gives an extra edge to his writing in his new (more…)
One happy couple shares their experience of switching from dirty oil to, well, dirty oil – but of the vegetable kind.
Diesel engine can run on waste vegetable oil from restaurants, which gives the grease two happy solutions: it prevents it from clogging up sewerage and powers a vehicle with fewer emissions. (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…)
China’s top environmental official has pledged to curb heavy metal pollutants in the wake of numerous major poisoning incidents, including cases of lead poisoning in children, that have sparked public protest in recent years.
The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency—and a growing understanding of the pollution associated with the full “life cycle” of gas production—is casting doubt on the (more…)