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Pebble Mine Can Now Pursue Permits in Bristol Bay

17 May

The EPA has granted permission for the Pebble Mine to pursue permits for a site in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Pebble Limited Partnership permission to pursue permits for the development of a huge copper and gold deposit. This is a reversal from the EPA’s earlier stance. But the agency reached a legal settlement on May 11, allowing the company to apply for permits and develop site plans. The proposed […]

Greater Income Inequality Means Greater Carbon Emissions

19 Apr

New research shows that income inequality is a contributor to carbon emissions.

Researchers from Boston College have found that evidence that links carbon emissions with income inequality. Scientists have known for some time that national wealth and carbon emissions have been linked, but this is the first study that explores this link within individual U.S. states. By exploring data from 1997 to 2012, the researchers learned that […]

The World Needs A More Sustainable Supply of Technology Minerals

29 Mar

A research team at the University of Delaware argues that we need to develop a more sustainable supply of technology minerals.

A recent international study shows that many materials that are necessary for technology ranging from cell phones to hybrid or electric cars are hard to come by and poorly documented. “There are treaties on climate change, biodiversity, migratory species and even waste management of organic chemicals, but there is no international mechanism to govern how […]

Researchers Develop New, Inexpensive Device to Detect Oil Spills

10 Mar

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive device to detect oil spills and determine the type of oil that was spilled.

Oil spills present a lot of challenges, not the least of which is identifying the kind of oil that has been spilled, and determining the best way to clean it up. Another is tracking how contaminated a particular area has become. Early detection is necessary to respond before too much oil mixes into the water. […]

The Cloud Is Pushing Data Centers Toward Energy Efficiency

17 Feb

The cloud is pushing data centers toward energy efficiency.

Cloud-based software services have transformed lives and business workflows all across the world. Although the impact on individuals is easily seen by the sheer number of people who use file sharing services and cloud-based software applications, the impacts on data centers and other businesses can be less obvious. But for those in the know, such […]

CERAWeek to Gather Energy Experts for a Glimpse into the Future

3 Feb

CERAweek will gather energy experts for a glimpse into the future.

Four years ago, Marc Lipschultz, co-founder of Owl Rock Capital Partners LP, predicted that the rapidly changing energy market was poised to have a huge impact on not just business, but the world at large. “We’re talking about the opportunity to reconfigure the whole industrial complex,” he told Super Return TV. This year, changes in […]

Sundrop Farms Produces Tomatoes Using Solar Energy, Desalinated Water

13 Jan

Sundrop Farms produces tomatoes using solar energy and desalinated water.

Sundrop Farms has just made history. The Australian company is the first agribusiness to grow tomatoes using solar power and desalinated water. This marks a major turning point in sustainable agriculture. It proves that crops can be harvested on a mass scale with minimal environmental impact. It’s a story of faith, resilience, and unwavering determination. […]

China to Invest $361 Billion In Renewable Power Generation

9 Jan

China is set to invest billions in renewable energy in order to combat pollution.

It’s long been known that Beijing is one of the most polluted cities in the world. A recent time-lapse video of smog rolling in over the city proved that point in no uncertain terms. But now it looks like China is getting ready to tackle that issue head on. On January 5, Reuters reported that […]

Farmers Can Reduce Monoculture Hazards Through Genetic Diversity

26 Oct

Farmers can reduce monoculture hazards through genetic diversity.

Agriculture is a constant battle against the elements. Farmers need to worry about the weather, the soil, and pests that want to eat their crops before they can send them to market. As farming has become a bigger business, focused on turning over huge crops, we’ve largely turned to monoculture. When a farm grows one […]

Deep-Sea Mining Could Threaten Intricate Ecosystems

10 Aug

An underwater cave with a sea floor and a tree branch

  Thanks to some quirks of geology, there are large nodules of metallic minerals under the sea floor in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Deep-sea mining operations are planning to target these nodules in order to seek out potential sources of copper, nickel, cobalt, and manganese, and perhaps other metals. However, because such operations can have significant […]