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The majority consider themselves more environmentally friendly than others
Research from the University of Gothenburg shows that we tend to overestimate our personal environmental engagement. In a study with participants from Sweden, the United States, England, and India, most participants were convinced that they acted more environmentally friendly than the average person. (2019-12-19)

'Switchable' solvents make chemical manufacturing more environmentally-friendly
Researchers from Queen's University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a new environmentally-friendly way to make chemicals for pharmaceutical and other industries, such as plastics, pesticides, dyes and fragrances. (2005-08-24)

School buildings designed as 'teaching green' can lead to better environmental education
Laura Cole, an assistant professor of architectural studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, has found that students who attend school in buildings specifically designed to be 'green' exhibit higher levels of knowledge about energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices. (2016-02-24)

More effective and less risky when you paint the hull of your boat
Every boat owner recognizes the dilemma: environmentally friendly or effective. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now found a way of reconciling these two almost unattainable aims. By using smart combinations of the most environmentally friendly biocides in the paint, it is possible to both reduce the total quantity of biocides and dramatically reduce the environmental impact. (2011-05-09)

Lightning in a (nano)bottle: new supercapacitor opens door to better wearable electronics
Researchers from Skoltech, Aalto University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a high-performance, low-cost, environmentally friendly, and stretchable supercapacitor that can potentially be used in wearable electronics (2020-06-11)

Diners may be willing to pay more to eat at 'green' restaurants
Many US restaurants may be ignoring a desire by American consumers to dine at environmentally friendly restaurants, according to a small exploratory study. Researchers found that more than eight out of 10 restaurant patrons surveyed in Columbus said they would be willing to pay more to dine at (2010-12-07)

Gene that causes barnacles to avoid ship hulls identified
The substance medetomidine has proved effective in preventing fouling of ship bottoms. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now identified the gene that causes the barnacle to react to the substance, opening up the possibility of an anti-fouling paint that is gentle both on barnacles and on the environment. (2010-08-15)

Shared E-scooters aren't always as green as other transport options
People think of electric scooters, or e-scooters, as environmentally friendly ways to get around town. But a new study finds it's not that simple: shared e-scooters may be greener than most cars, but they can be less green than several other options. (2019-08-02)

Queen's University professor's chemistry discovery may revolutionize cooking oil production
A Queen's University chemistry professor has invented a special solvent that may make cooking oil production more environmentally friendly. Philip Jessop, Canada research chair in green ghemistry, has created a solvent that -- when combined with carbon dioxide -- extracts oil from soybeans. Industries currently make cooking oils using hexane, a cheap, flammable solvent that is a neurotoxin and creates smog. The process also involves distillation, which uses large amounts of energy. (2010-03-29)

Businesses that show commitment to sustainability inspire greener customers
Spending a little to prove a commitment to sustainability can help tourism industry businesses such as hotels inspire customers to conserve resources -- and save money in the process, according to new research from Simon Fraser Unviersity's Beedie School of Business. The study found that hotel guests' willingness to conserve resources -- such as turning off lights, reusing towels, or setting the thermostat at a specific temperature -- is affected by how 'green' they perceive the hotel to be. (2016-08-26)

Cement as a climate killer: Using industrial waste to produce carbon neutral alternatives
Producing cement takes a big toll on our climate: Around eight per cent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions can be attributed to this process. However, the demand for cement continues to rise. A team of geoscientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has found a way to produce more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives. In the journal ''Construction and Building Materials'' they describe how industrial residues can be used to produce high-quality, climate-friendly materials. (2019-05-20)

Electrochemistry opens up novel access to important classes of substances
Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany have succeeded in overcoming the problem of electrochemical polymer formation and in developing a sustainable and efficient synthesis strategy for these important products for the first time. (2017-11-17)

Viruses may be environmentally friendly decontaminants
Viruses could become the next generation of environmentally friendly decontaminants, replacing harmful chemicals like chlorine dioxide in cleaning up areas exposed to anthrax spores, according to findings released today at the American Society for Microbiology's Biodefense Research Meeting. (2004-03-08)

Scientists propose environmentally friendly control practices for harmful tomato disease
Tomato yellow leaf curl disease (TYLCD) is the most destructive disease of tomato, causing severe damage to crops worldwide and resulting in high economic losses. To combat this disease, many farmers opt for intensive application of insecticides. However, this practice is frequently ineffective and has a negative impact on the environment and human health. A team of scientists found two environmentally friendly control alternatives. (2019-08-05)

Ask yourself: Will you help the environment?
Whether it's recycling, composting or buying environmentally friendly products, guilt can be a strong motivator -- not just on Earth Day. Now, research from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business published in the Journal of Business Ethics, proves that even just asking ourselves, or predicting, whether we will engage in sustainable shopping behavior can increase the likelihood of following through -- especially when there's an audience. (2014-04-22)

Mechanical force as a new way of starting chemical reactions
Researchers have shown mechanical force can start chemical reactions, making them cheaper, more broadly applicable, and more environmentally friendly than conventional methods. (2019-12-19)

UBC study: Welfare recipients seen as immoral for buying ethical products
Shoppers making ethical purchases, such as buying organic food or environmentally friendly cars, are generally seen as more virtuous -- unless they're receiving government assistance. If ethical shopping is funded by welfare cheques, those shoppers are judged as immoral for taking advantage of public generosity, according to a new UBC Sauder School of Business study. (2016-03-08)

Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
By engineering plants that emitted sex pheromones that mimic those naturally produced by two species of moths, researchers have demonstrated that an effective, environmentally friendly, plant-based method of insect control is possible. (2014-02-26)

New membrane may solve fresh water shortages
Researchers at Hiroshima University have developed a technology that improves the removal of salt from seawater, a breakthrough that may alleviate the increasing demand for fresh water in some countries. (2015-11-29)

Protection for the ozone layer: sugar molecules bind harmful CFCs
Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences have managed to make a breakthrough when it comes to dealing with the extremely ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon Freon 11. Their findings could make a major contribution to protecting the endangered ozone layer. (2018-09-06)

Study: Biodegradable products may be bad for the environment
Research from North Carolina State University shows that so-called biodegradable products are likely doing more harm than good in landfills, because they are releasing a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down. (2011-05-31)

New technology for powder metallurgy
Tecnalia leads EFFIPRO (Energy EFFIcient PROcess of Engineering Materials) project, which shows a new manufacturing process using powder metallurgy. The main aim of this project is to develop a significantly shorter PM process using a new concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering and hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process. (2016-11-02)

RUDN University chemist developed green method for malaria and leprosy drug production
A chemist from RUDN University suggested an eco-friendly method for the synthesis of dapsone, a substance that inhibits the growth of malaria and leprosy agents. The main component of the new reaction is hydrogen peroxide that does not form environmentally destructive compounds, and the only by-product is simple water. Unlike other technologies, this method includes only one stage of dapsone production and does not require high temperatures. The catalyst of the reaction can be reused without any loss of efficiency. (2020-10-30)

Tel Aviv University says 'environmentally-friendly' tableware harms marine animals
A new Tel Aviv University study compares the effects of two types of disposable dishes on the marine environment -- regular plastic disposable dishes and more expensive bioplastic disposable dishes certified by various international organizations -- and determines that the bioplastic dishes had a similar effect on marine animals as regular plastic dishes. (2020-11-04)

Discovery may lead to safer drinking water, cheaper medicine: Queen's University researchers
A discovery that may pave the way to helping reduce health hazards such as E. coli in water could also make chemicals and drugs such as insulin cheaper to produce and their production more environmentally friendly. (2010-05-26)

An environmentally friendly battery made from wood
Taking inspiration from trees, scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly energy source. Their report on the device -- 1,000 times thinner than a sheet of paper -- appears in the journal Nano Letters. (2013-06-19)

When it comes to the environment, education affects our actions
The more highly educated are more likely to display their environmental credentials through what they buy rather than with actions such as turning off lights, according to findings from Understanding Society, the world's largest household panel survey, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and managed by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. (2011-03-21)

???New insights can foster development of natural and safer fungicides
In a recent study published in PhytoFrontiers journal, plant pathologists confirmed that 13 natural and semi-synthetic glucosinolate derivatives are efficient fungicides alone or when used in combination against widespread genetically distant species of fungal plant pathogens. Combinations of these compounds showed strong synergistic fungitoxic effects. (2020-11-13)

Purdue joins Midwest effort to create biobased products
As this summer's gasoline prices soar skyward, Purdue University has joined with five other institutions to help the United States free itself from dependence on petroleum- based products. The Midwest Consortium for Sustainable Biobased Products and Bioenergy was created to combine research efforts in the development of new renewable chemical products. (2000-06-14)

Green industrial lubricant developed
A team of researchers from the University of Huelva has developed an environmentally-friendly lubricating grease based on ricin oil and cellulose derivatives, according to the journal Green Chemistry. The new formula does not include any of the contaminating components used to manufacture traditional industrial lubricants. (2009-07-10)

Pacific Northwest chemist wins national award for computer-based research
David A. Dixon of Richland, Wash., was honored Jan. 16 by the American Chemical Society for using computers to understand the reactions of fluorine, including the design of environmentally benign alternates to chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. He received the 2003 Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry at the Society's 16th Winter Fluorine Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. (2003-03-04)

Going green? Not so easy for mainstream brands
Recent research shows that when mainstream brands advertise using visual cues suggesting the product is environmentally friendly or 'green' consumers may actually evaluate the product as being less effective and switch to a more niche green brand. (2019-07-31)

Researchers develop viable, environmentally-friendly alternative to Styrofoam
Washington State University researchers have developed an environmentally-friendly, plant-based material that for the first time works better than Styrofoam for insulation. (2019-05-09)

Enlisting a drug discovery technique in the battle against global warming
Scientists in Texas are reporting that a technique used in the search for new drugs could also be used in the quest to discover new, environmentally friendly materials for fighting global warming. Such materials could be used to capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from industrial smokestacks and other fixed sources before it enters the biosphere. The new study appears in ACS' bimonthly journal Energy & Fuels. (2010-02-03)

Ice is no match for CSU-developed coating
Researchers led by Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at Colorado State University, have created an environmentally friendly, inexpensive, long-lasting coating that could keep everything from cars and ships to planes and power lines ice-free. (2016-11-17)

Bionic catalysts to produce clean energy
A biohybrid material that combines reduced graphene oxide with bacterial cells offers an eco-friendly option to help store renewable energy. (2019-07-02)

Extracting rare-earth elements from coal could soon be economical in US
The US could soon decrease its dependence on importing valuable rare-earth elements that are widely used in many industries, according to a team of Penn State and US Department of Energy researchers who found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract these metals from coal byproducts. (2016-02-02)

Environmentally-friendly pesticide to combat potato cyst nematodes
NWO researchers have produced a substance in the laboratory which wakens potato cyst nematodes (eelworms) from hibernation. Using this substance in a field of potatoes the eelworms came out of hibernation too early and died from starvation. These creatures cause serious damage to potato crops throughout the world. (2001-10-08)

New solvent technologies to replace use of harmful toxic acids
Chemists at the University of Leicester have received a grant to develop environmentally sustainable solvent technologies. (2010-01-07)

Argonne scientists discover new platinum catalysts for the dehydrogenation of propane
The process to turn propane into industrially necessary propylene has been expensive and environmentally unfriendly. That was until scientists at US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory devised a greener way to take this important step in chemical catalysis. (2009-03-13)

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