Scotland’s wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day

Scotland’s wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day | 08/21/2016 High winds on Sunday were strong enough to power the equivalent of all of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to environmentalists. The Met Office issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning covering much of the country as wind speeds reached 115mph on the top of the Cairngorms and gusts of … Continue reading Scotland’s wind turbines cover all its electricity needs for a day

Climate change alters the rules of sperm competition in the sea

Climate change alters the rules of sperm competition in the sea Researchers from the University of Exeter have shown that increasing ocean acidification, brought about by human made carbon emissions, reduces sperm performance in a species of sea urchin, slowing down sperm in future ocean conditions. Interestingly, they found that different males were affected to different extents and that this could change the outcome when … Continue reading Climate change alters the rules of sperm competition in the sea

Seventh-Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter Becomes First Major Economy To Formally Accept The Paris Agreement

Seventh-Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter Becomes First Major Economy To Formally Accept The Paris Agreement | 08/21/2016 When 175 countries and parties officially signed the Paris Agreement on Earth Day this year, it marked a critical next step in the fight to stop climate change. But signing the agreement in front of the cameras at the UN is only the first step. Approval of it back … Continue reading Seventh-Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter Becomes First Major Economy To Formally Accept The Paris Agreement

Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer

Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer | 08/17/2016 Phosphorus is a key supplement for every living being. At the point when lacking in the eating routine, it seriously bargains human wellbeing, and when inadequate in horticulture, it confines crop profitability. Without phosphorus, there can be no sustenance creation. As the wellspring of phosphorus is non-renewable phosphate rocks, there is a solid requirement for expanded … Continue reading Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer

Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time

Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time | 08/16/2016 The technique led to the detection and immediate repair of two leaks in natural gas pipelines in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. The approach could inform strategies for meeting new federal limits on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Methane emissions have spiked in recent decades … Continue reading Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time

Global nitrogen footprint mapped for first time

Global nitrogen footprint mapped for first time Nitesh | 29/01/2015 The international collaboration, led by the University of Sydney’s Integrated Sustainability Analysis team in the Faculty of Science, found developing countries tend to embody large amounts of nitrogen emissions from their exports of food, textiles and clothing. Australia is one of the few wealthy nations that is a net exporter of nitrogen, because of the … Continue reading Global nitrogen footprint mapped for first time

Exposure to airborne particulate matter during pregnancy

Exposure to airborne particulate matter during pregnancy Nitesh | 10/30/2015 The study, by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati, identified a 19 percent increased risk, with the greatest risk when high exposure occurred during the third trimester of pregnancy. Diesel exhaust particles make up a substantial portion of particulate matter in urban areas. The size of particles is linked … Continue reading Exposure to airborne particulate matter during pregnancy

Tackling the scourge of plastic with bags made of cassava starch

 | 02/18/2017 From bags washing up on Bali’s beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis driven by years of rapid economic growth. Now an entrepreneur from Bali, disgusted at the rubbish littering the famous holiday island, is trying to tackle the problem with alternatives to conventional plastic. His company, Avani Eco, produces goods … Continue reading Tackling the scourge of plastic with bags made of cassava starch

India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas

India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas | 10/15/2016 Environment Minister Anil Dave has said India will no longer permit the release of HFC-23, a family of potent greenhouse gases, released when local companies produce the refrigerant HCFC-22. Mr. Dave is at Kigali, Rwanda, in the midst of thrashing out a deal with the developed countries to amend the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 agreement … Continue reading India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas

British Petroleum abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans

British Petroleum abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans | 10/12/2016 British oil giant BP Tuesday ditched plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight after reviewing its global exploration programme, a decision environmentalists hailed as a victory for the pristine wilderness. The company had wanted to drill four deep exploration wells in waters off the South Australian coast to see whether commercial quantities of oil … Continue reading British Petroleum abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans