What’s Worrying the Plastics Industry? Your Reaction to All That Waste, for One

HOUSTON — One by one, they stepped to a clear plastic lectern at the Global Plastics Summit here and talked about what their companies were doing in response to the world’s crisis in plastics waste. Representing businesses all along the … Continue reading

What Laws Work Best to Cut Plastic Pollution?

Experts have recommended how the United States can drastically curb the use of throwaway plastics with new federal legislation. Read more about how do you solve a problem this big? What Works There are currently no federal laws restricting single-use … Continue reading

Solar Panel Recycling in 2019: How it Works

Solar panel recycling is important for the future of solar. Solar panels have a lifetime of about 30 years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, it’s only a matter … Continue reading

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it? For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China … Continue reading

An Open Letter To Be the Change and Lead the Change

Whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And today we know the days are over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Since when did the simple concept of leaving … Continue reading

In the Deepest Ocean Trenches, Animals Eat Plastic

Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece … Continue reading

San Antonio’s Compost Queens taking food out of landfills to replenish the land – ExpressNews.com

A small San Antonio family business is trying to combat the dangers of decaying banana peels and the gaseous gore of yesterday’s lunch scraps. Betsy Gruy and daughter Kate Gruy Jaceldo started Compost Queens to keep food waste out of … Continue reading

Designer Talks About Eco Positive Environmental Impact

Elegant design and engineering goes beyond being sustainable to being eco positive. New vocabulary, additional data collection and working with scientists is needed to most effectively stimulate and manage a circular economy, making the means by which we live to … Continue reading

Power Move: How On-Site Energy Solutions Can Help Save the Grid

Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution in 360º … Continue reading

Janine Benyus: What Can Today’s Designers Learn From Nature?

Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more. Source: Janine Benyus: What Can Today's Designers Learn From … Continue reading

From Oregon to Johannesburg, micro-hydropower offers a solution for drought hit cities | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

How quickly will SAWS and CPS use micro-hydropower to be more profitable and increase their value to San Antonio residents? To see how closely water and energy are linked, you only have to look at the west coast of the … Continue reading

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities | World news | The Guardian

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste.The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass … Continue reading

What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems? | GreenBiz

What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building topsoil, enhancing pollination, increasing biodiversity or purifying water and air? Is it possible that a city could be … Continue reading

▶ Distributed Urban Agriculture | Mitch Hagney | TEDxSanAntonio – YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. While the majority of the population now lives in urban areas, the vast majority of our food still comes from far distant rural farms using … Continue reading

Reinventing Fire: Electricity – YouTube

Reinventing Fire: Electricity – YouTube. … Continue reading

VVWRA to unveil biogas facility – News – HesperiaStar.com – Hesperia, CA

VICTORVILLE — Renewable-energy enthusiasts from all reaches of the nation will visit Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s main treatment plant later this week to witness the first carbon-neutral facility of its kind in North America. Teaming with Anaergia Inc. of … Continue reading

Transparency About Fracking Chemicals Remains Elusive | WSKG

By Katie Colaneri Listen to this 5 minute 28 second report Transparency about tracking chemicals remains elusive. This is a story about a place where Big Drilling meets Big Data in website called “FracFocus.” The site is run by an … Continue reading

AACOG hears proposal for moderating water concerns in Eagle Ford Shale

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo Area Council of Governments is mulling over a proposal from the Texas A&M Water Conservation and Technology Center for the center to become a neutral agent in addressing water concerns in the Eagle Ford shale … Continue reading

Fracking flowback could indirectly pollute groundwater | Cornell Chronicle

The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell researchers have found. Previous research has shown … Continue reading