What Are Solar Shingles?

solar-shinglesWe’ve all heard of solar panels, right? With the increased efficiency of solar power technology, the falling prices in panels themselves and government subsidies for investment in the energy source, many of us even have solar panels installed on our rooftops. Such an investment provides clean, renewable energy for our homes and on occasion, a surplus which we can sell back to the grid for a small profit. Read more

Read This and Never Forget Your Reusable Shopping Bag Again

We’ve all been there: You get to the front of the grocery line with a shopping cart full of food only to realize that the reusable bags you intended to use are still at home. It’s so easy to kick yourself and then reluctantly start bagging away in plastic, but there’s a better solution: Carry it home by hand.

We know, we sound crazy. But according to Beth Terry, author of the plastic free schlep is worth it. “It requires repetition to create a new habit,” says Terry. “It’s not a punishment for forgetting, but a way to reinforce the new behavior you want to develop.” Read more

Frozen Methane is Thawing and Making its Way Into the Atmosphere

atmosphereIncreasing water temperatures in the Pacific Northwest are causing frozen methane trapped in layers under the seafloor – called methane plumes –to thaw, rise to the surface and enter our atmosphere.

This isn’t the first time warm water temperatures have forced methane to the surface. The frozen methane clusters appeared on the East Coast last year. In August 2014, it was reported that 570 methane seeps clustered in approximately eight regions. Compared to carbon dioxide, methane is about 25 times more potent. Read more

Fossil Fuel for Next 20 Years, What After That????

Towards Sustainable Energy: The current Fossil Fuel problem

Energy is essential to life.  Without it, many billions of people would be left cold and hungry.  The major source of energy comes from fossil fuels, and the dominant fossil fuels used today by most industrialized and developing countries are oil, coal, and natural gas.  Among these fossil fuels, oil is the most consumed for energy conversion, followed by coal, then natural gas. In 1997, the world produced approximately 130 quadrillion Btu of energy from oil, 80 quadrillion Btu from coal, and 70 quadrillion Btu from  natural gas. Read more

Americans Are Drinking 10 Billion Gallons of Bottled Water…Here’s Where Those Plastic Bottles End Up

France’s Vittel mineral water company introduced the first plastic bottles — for any product — and they hit the market in the late 1960s, only fifty years ago. In the beginning, the plastic bottle was promoted as a means for making products more readily available. The idea proved correct, and other companies followed suit. Business was good, but as distribution increased so did a mountain of bottles with which we’ve been left to sort out. Read more

Pyrocrat Systems bags waste management project in Africa

arton14676Mumbai, October 29:
Pyrocrat Systems LLP, India’s leading developer & manufacturer of municipal solid waste management machinery ventured into African market. Pyrocrat is become the first Indian company to discuss with Government of Burundi to set up one of the largest waste management project in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. The project will be in similar to company’s present project to manage 300 tons per day of Navi Mumbai’s solid waste. Read more

Plastics are forever, ill-effects too


The major chemicals that go into the making of plastic are highly toxic and pose a serious threat to living beings of all species on earth. Some of the constituents of plastic such as benzene and vinyl chloride are known to cause cancer, while many others are gases and liquid hydrocarbons that vitiate earth and air. Plastic resins themselves are flammable and have contributed to several accidents worldwide. Read more

Before and after pictures show how climate change is destroying the earth

Almost all scientists now agree that global climate change is caused by humans.

In late September, the British government pledged £5.8bn to tackle the problem in developing countries, and many other governments worldwide are also pouring money into solving the problem.

A steadily-warming planet impacts the environment in many different ways.Rising global temperatures, largely due to man-made greenhouse gases, are the source of widely Read more

World’s largest steel company to use rabbit gut microbe to cut emissions

LanzaTech technology will be installed at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Ghent,using a microbe to turn carbon monoxide into ethanol fuel

The world’s largest steel producer is planning to spend €87m to use a microbe originally found in a rabbit’s gut to turn a waste gas that contributes to global warming into fuel.

Bioengineering company LanzaTech’s technology will be installed at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, with the customised Clostridiummicrobe capturing carbon monoxide and converting it into ethanol. Read more

Burn Barrels, Waste Management and The Junk Man

‘Round about 1970, “waste management” came to the small village of Gypsum, Ohio. I remember going to the “big city” with my dad to buy a shiny metal garbage can, the first he’d ever owned. I’m not entirely certain what prompted the City of Port Clinton to extend trash pickup to the “suburbs,” but I recall it being a fairly big deal, for my family at least.

Prior to 1970, the more rural residents of Ottawa County were expected to deal with their own household trash in whatever way they deemed appropriate. Gypsum was (and still is) an unincorporated municipality, which is to say that we had no locally elected governmental body making rules and looking out for the “general welfare” of the citizenry; no zoning, no permitting, no micromanaging ordinances. If you wanted to raise chickens, goats or Bengal tigers in your backyard, you could just have at it. Theoretically, we were under county jurisdiction, but aside from a sheriff’s car occasionally cruising down Lake Street, we were more or less left to our own devices, and we did just fine under that arrangement. Read more