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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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2010-05-13 09:02:11

Projects will advance basic research on key problems in small farmer agriculture in the developing world To support basic research that will build a foundation for generating sustainable, science-based solutions to agricultural problems in developing countries, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 15 grants in the inaugural year of the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program. The five-year program is jointly funded with the Bill & Melinda Gates...

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2010-01-14 11:35:21

Scientists are reporting that "biochar" "” a material that the Amazonian Indians used to enhance soil fertility centuries ago "” has potential in the modern world to help slow global climate change. Mass production of biochar could capture and sock away carbon that otherwise would wind up in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. Their report appears in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a bi-weekly journal. Kelli Roberts and colleagues note that...

2009-09-22 10:14:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Mohamed Nasheed, President of Maldives, today affirmed his commitment to biochar as an important means of meeting the country's goal to be "Zero Carbon" by 2020. Announced as part of Climate Week at the UN in New York, this commitment further solidifies the country's position as a leader in combating climate change and highlights the potential of biochar as a solution to growing CO2 emissions. The Maldives have partnered with Carbon Gold, the world's...

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2008-12-18 14:53:21

Former inhabitants of the Amazon Basin enriched their fields with charred organic materials-biochar-and transformed one of the earth's most infertile soils into one of the most productive. These early conservationists disappeared 500 years ago, but centuries later, their soil is still rich in organic matter and nutrients. Now, scientists, environmental groups and policymakers forging the next world climate agreement see biochar not only as an important tool for replenishing soils, but as a...

2008-12-11 16:34:00

Poznan Panel of Experts Discuss Importance of Black Carbon, the Montreal Protocol, Biochar, and Methane as Part of Global Climate Strategy POZNAN, Poland, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world is already close to passing the tipping points for abrupt climate change events, and if strong measures aren't taken immediately the results will be catastrophic, concluded panelists during a side event at the UN climate conference in Poznan Tuesday night. Both scientific experts and government...