The Promise of Biobutanol

The major technical and commercial limitations of existing biofuels has catalyzed the development of advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol and mixed alcohols. Biobutanol is generating good deal of interest as a potential green alternative to petroleum fuels. It is increasingly being considered as a superior automobile fuel in comparison to bioethanol as its […]

Impacts of Imperiled Shark Populations

Shark species are increasingly becoming threatened because of commercial and recreational fishing pressures, the impact of non-shark fisheries on the seabed and shark prey species, and other habitat alterations such as damage and loss from coastal development and marine pollution. Rising demands for shark products has increased pressure on shark fisheries, but little monitoring or management occurs […]

Power to the People: Electric Choice Explained

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have adopted electric retail choice programs that allow end-use customers to buy electricity from competitive retail suppliers. Here’s an overview about how these programs work. What is Electric Choice Electric choice is the result of electricity deregulation meaning if you live where deregulation has taken place, you no […]

How Pollution is Killing the Oceans

Since the beginning of time, the ocean has been regarded as boundless and untouchable by human activity. Because of its colossal size and depth, attempts at understanding the ocean are laden with difficulties. However, it has now become apparent that the ocean, despite its immense magnitude, can drastically be changed by daily activities of human […]

Solar Energy Around the World

The installation of new solar power has been increasing around the world every year. Some 15 countries, led by Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic, have been doing very well in terms of the most important measure, solar capacity per capita. Unfortunately, however, none of the five countries most responsible for CO2 emissions […]

Global Warming and the Common Man

Everybody is worried about climate change. It’s just that a fair proportion is convinced it is a natural phenomenon, nothing to do with human activities. When a significant number of individuals see global warming this way a lot of energy can go out of the window in arguing over who is right – energy that […]

Shale Gas – A Layman’s Perspectives

All else being equal, is fracking something we should welcome? Advocates of shale gas present it as ushering in a new age of cheap energy and increased self-sufficiency. But is it really going to be economically beneficial and will it reduce our bills? Is it ethical and sustainable? Let us look at exactly what this […]

Recycling of Fluorescent Lamps

An analysis of the lighting industry shows a trend shifting from the usage of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs (also known as Compact Fluorescent Lamp or CFL). Incandescent bulbs use more fossil fuel energy, are more costly and are less effective than fluorescent bulbs, in the amount of artificial light they produce as fluorescents produce […]

Solar Power in Hawaii: The Push for a Practical Paradise

For the longest time now, Hawaii has been one of the most robust markets for solar panel installations in the US. Hawaiian residents have reason to turn to solar power as enthusiastically as they have – electricity in Hawaii comes from burning expensive imported oil. At 42 cents a kWh, it costs three times as […]

Our Plastic Nightmare

While recycling programs are often touted to the public, the true numbers are abysmal. Sustainable waste management programs would benefit from today’s consumers participating fully in waste reduction and recycling programs. More than 80% of urban waste should end up in recycling plants, but less than one-fourth of the garbage makes it to recycling facilities. […]

Natural Gas: A Feasible Alternative to Diesel Fuel

Our dependency on fossil fuels has become a hotly debated topic over the past few years, and many industries are now turning to alternative fuels in an effort to protect the planet from harmful emissions. Natural gas has emerged as a forerunner in the field of alternative transportation fuels, and many drivers, both commercial and […]

Waste to Energy Industry – Trends and Forecasts

Incineration, with energy recovery, is the most common waste-to-energy method employed worldwide. Over the last five years, waste incineration in Europe has generated between an average of 4% to 8% of their countries’ electricity and between an average of 10% to 15% of the continent’s domestic heat. Around 130 million tonnes of municipal solid waste […]

Environmental Aspects of CSR

Environmental aspect of CSR is the duty to cover environmental consequences of a particular company’s operations, products and facilities. The major ingredients of environmental CSR are elimination of waste and emissions, maximizing energy efficiency and productivity and minimizing practices that may adversely affect utilization of natural resources by coming generations. Sustainability and carbon footprint occupies […]