Hybrid Wastewater Treatment Process Uses 90% Less Energy

Akvo Technologies has developed akvoFloat, a flotation-filtration water treatment process for industrial wastewater treatment that uses up to 90 percent less energy than comparable technologies. Based on the company’s proprietary flotation-filtration process, akvoFloat combines the akvola MicroBubble Generator and a ceramic membrane filtration system in a single unit to remove oil, algae and suspended solids […]

EPA Mandates Biofuel Volumes for 2016, Big Oil and BIO Attack Requirements

The EPA finally announced the long-delayed biofuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2014, 2015 and 2016, boosting the volume of renewable fuels that must be blended into US gasoline, compared to the levels the agency proposed in June. Neither the biofuels industry nor the oil and gas industry is happy […]

Why New York City Is Tackling Water Pollution Naturally

Brooklyn residents are very familiar with the Gowanus Canal in New York City. This canal has become one of the most polluted the waterways in the U.S. thanks to waste disposal and sewage runoff as well as industrial pollution from paper mills, chemical plants and gas plants. It’s so polluted, in fact, that it has been labeled as a Superfund …

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7 Eco-Friendly Toy And Gift Ideas For The Holidays

I’m a big proponent of cutting down on the amount of stuff I give and receive during the Christmas season. Although I’m a huge fan of the Christmas season, it can get expensive, overwhelming, and wasteful if not done consciously. One way to balance living with less and the joy of giving and receiving gifts on Christmas morning is to ensure that the …

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EPA’s Proposed Rules Update the Federal Hazardous Waste Generator Program to Provide Real World Flexibility and Efficiencies

In 1980, the EPA launched perhaps the most comprehensive single environmental program under its jurisdiction in terms of the number of affected US businesses — the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C hazardous waste program. Central to the program was the regulation of generators of hazardous waste where the “cradle to grave” system that RCRA […]

Product Stewardship: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, which require manufacturers to fund and manage recycling and disposal programs for their products, are being implemented in many places around the world. Notably, Canada and Europe widely use EPR to manage waste and prevent pollution from hazardous waste. But EPR has been slower to take off in the US, […]

Buddha Is An Air Freshener

Smells are incredibly evocative – they can bring us back to childhood memories, remind us of people who have long since left this world, and help us relive cherished experiences. It’s no wonder so many are concerned about what their homes smell like- after all, no one wants to walk in the door and be reminded of a locker room, or a …

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New Drivers Can Adopt Eco-Friendly Habits from the Start

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gases from car emissions account for about 27 percent of the United States’ total greenhouse emissions. Meanwhile, a report in Environmental Science and Technology shows diesel exhaust is actually more deadly than car accidents. New drivers may have independence on their minds over emissions. But aside from learning to drive responsibly, it’s also …

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9 Ways To Stuff Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Did you know that almost 40% of food is wasted from farm to fork, according to the National Resource Defense Council? This takes a big environmental toll, as agriculture uses 50% of U.S. land and consumes 80% of the freshwater consumed, while 1 in 6 Americans lacks food security. Family meals are a wonderful way to celebrate and bring people together, …

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LG Chem Leads Light-Duty EV Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem, Panasonic and Samsung SDI are leading the light-duty electric vehicle lithium ion (Li-ion) battery market, according to a new Leaderboard report from Navigant Research. All three companies performed exceedingly well in strategy and execution. With the exception of Toyota’s continued use of nickel-metal hydride batteries for strong hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), the Li-ion […]