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2011-07-19 07:30:00

LIVERMORE, Calif., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fellows of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation helped form a team that has been selected as grant recipients to participate in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" (RTTC), announced at the AfricaSan conference in Rwanda as part of more than $40 million in new investments launching its Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene strategy. The winning "Biochar Group" is a volunteer collaboration including...

2011-06-20 13:37:50

Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory. Some of the tubes looked like they were holding very weak coffee. That meant microorganisms "“ in this case, Shewanella bacteria "“ were growing and biochemically converting sugars into hydrocarbons, said Jarboe, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering. Some of the sugars in those test tubes were produced by the fast pyrolysis of biomass. That's a...

2011-06-01 22:54:44

A new study has found that an emerging tool for combating climate change may cause less harm to some soil animals than initial studies suggested. Earthworms perform many essential and beneficial functions in the soil ecosystem, including soil structure improvement and nutrient mineralization. However the earthworms' ability to perform these crucial functions can be suppressed when they are exposed to toxic substances. A Baylor University geology researcher, along with scientists from Rice...

2011-05-23 08:41:00

POTSDAM, N.Y., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. ("ZeroPoint") today announced that it has completed the initial field commissioning of its biomass gasification Renewable Combined Heat and Power Solution at a project site in Schwarze-Pumpe, Germany. During commissioning the ZeroPoint Renewable CHP Solution produced synthesis gas that is suitable for fueling reciprocating engines on a stand-alone basis or by blending with landfill gas or natural gas. The Schwarze-Pumpe...

2011-04-20 13:28:59

New Zealand study shows biochar to decrease nitrous oxide emissions Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas and a precursor to compounds that contribute to the destruction of the ozone. Intensively managed, grazed pastures are responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide emissions from grazing animals' excrement. Biochar is potentially a mitigation option for reducing the world's elevated carbon dioxide emissions, since the embodied carbon can be sequestered in the soil. Biochar also has the...

2011-03-17 11:28:00

POTSDAM, N.Y., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. announced an initiative to extend the life of landfill gas energy projects. Biomass gasification can extend the life and value of these energy-producing assets through on-site production of gas for existing gas engines and transmission grid connections. The ZeroPoint Renewable CHP Solution produces synthesis gas that is suitable for blending with landfill gas to operate existing engines. Preexisting engines can also run...

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2010-12-02 09:48:20

By Don Comis, ARS Rain gardens are increasingly popular with homeowners and municipalities and are mandatory for many communities nationally. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are finding ways to improve rain gardens so they not only reduce runoff, but also keep toxic metals out of storm drains. Rain gardens are plantings in depressions that catch stormwater runoff from sidewalks, parking lots, roads and roofs. Rain gardens come in various shapes and sizes, from large basins...

2010-10-12 13:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- What do used coffee grounds, blighted lands, multi-ethnic breads, and agricultural waste have in common? For The Hitachi Foundation's inaugural class of Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs, these are not only business opportunities but means to address economic inequality in America. Nine young entrepreneurs representing six enterprises have been named The Hitachi Foundation's first Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs, a distinction earned through a competitive...

2010-08-10 17:29:58

Biochar can offset 1.8 billion metric tons of carbon emissions annually As much as 12 percent of the world's human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be sustainably offset by producing biochar, a charcoal-like substance made from plants and other organic materials. That's more than what could be offset if the same plants and materials were burned to generate energy, concludes a study published today in the journal Nature Communications. "These calculations show that biochar can play a...

2010-08-02 17:20:27

Long-term study digs up new information on biochar's ability to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from soils Scientists demonstrate that biochar, a type charcoal applied to soils in order to capture and store carbon, can reduce emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, and inorganic nitrogen runoff from agriculture settings. The finding will help develop strategies and technologies to reduce soil nitrous oxide emissions and reduce agriculture's influence on climate change. A research...


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