Engineered food has just taken another move towards science fiction: artificial meat. Researchers in the Netherlands have grown what they describe as “soggy pork” in a laboratory and believe it will be available for human consumption in about five years. The artificial meat was grown from the live muscle tissue of a pig.
Monthly Archives:November 2009
Non-stop power from a battery with unlimited shelf life. Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Maybe not. Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed an eco-friendly silicon-air battery capable of powering devices for thousands of hours before replacement. The batteries are created from silicon and oxygen, are lightweight, and have a high tolerance […]
A British company that provides strategic analysis of climate change, sustainability and energy issues to British corporations.Verdantix has published a report finding that the explosion of large-scale biomass plants in the UK could wind up struggling to find the biomass supply needed to keep plants running. It wouldn’t be the first time.
You’ve seen the commericials on television for various drugs designed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), and a growing pharmaceutical industry has evolved from this male sexual problem closely associated with aging. But is growing older really to blame for ED? Not entirely, according to a new study that found Bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure is linked to […]
Enacted in 2004, the current biodiesel tax incentive program helps make the fuel competitive with petroleum based diesel. Unfortunately, the current incentive program will expire on December 31, 2009 at a time when “U.S. biodiesel production has reached commercial scale, and the nation has realized the job creation, environmental and energy security benefits that come […]
“If my husband has a right to have guns in the house, I have a right to hang laundry,” says Carin Froehlich. Drying clothes outside on a clothesline is an image of a simpler time, not to mention a standard recommendation on lists of ways to reduce the carbon footprint at home. It’s one of […]
A new research project, ChargeCar, is developing a knowledge base for conversion of gas powered cars to electric vehicles, and the test bed is being prepared by a robotics program. A 2001 Scion xB has been converted to an electric commuter vehicle by Carnegie Mellon‘s Robotics Institute to serve as a test vehicle in the […]
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and although this holiday is designed to celebrate the bounty of fall harvests and myths of US history, discarding (or composting) half the meal makes this holiday unsustainable. You may be planning to green your Thanksgiving by only serving local foods; however, if you waste those uneaten leftovers, you […]
Producing fuel out of thin air sounds like a pipe dream, but a new process from a biofuel company promises to be able to turn CO2 and sunlight into fuel, bypassing the current need for large amounts of agricultural land and water to produce biomass feedstock. Joule Biotechnologies has announced that it can use direct […]
Property insurance may no longer be available in the future if we can’t get control of climate change, says Nick Starling, the Director of General Insurance and Health for the Association of British Insurers. Climate change could end the continuing availability of property insurance.
Ethanol production has its detractors in those who point out the inefficiencies of the process and the use of agricultural land and water involved, but a new process may help to change some of that. Soaking the kernels of corn before grinding them in ethanol production results in more ethanol and usable co-products – about […]
It can be challenging enough for each of us to learn and implement ways to live a greener lives on our own, but an even more challenging task is doing something that affects your whole community. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to help. The organization is currently accepting applications for community-focused projects aimed […]
Golf is a popular leisure sport in the United States and Europe among the middle and upper class. Golf courses are often criticized by environmentalists for their use of water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Sure, golf carts are electric vehicles; however, “The extensive use of pesticides on golf courses raises serious questions about people’s toxic exposure, […]
A new study by Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the typical variety of cleaning products used in schools released 457 different chemicals into the air. The environmental health watchdog says that these common cleaning supplies can expose our children to chemicals which have been linked to health problems such as cancer and asthma. According […]
Tim Nicholson, former Director of Sustainability at UK real estate firm Grainger PLC, is suing his former employer, charging that they discriminated against him because of his belief in climate change. According to reports, the rift between Nicholson and Grainger management began when Rupert Dickenson, chief executive at Grainger, left his Blackberry in the office […]
Scurvy is one of those diseases of legend, conjuring up images of pirates and explorers of the sea. When I think of scurvy, I still recall an educational video shown in elementary school of sailors falling ill from a lack of vitamin C. Unfortunately for children in England, this legendary illness is on the rise.