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VTT views mineral scarcity and environmental technologies as opportunities
As mineral resources are dwindling, it is becoming increasingly important to know how even the tiniest amounts of minerals can be recovered from waste -- or how minerals can be substituted for other materials in industrial use. (2015-01-27)
E-waste in East and Southeast Asia jumps 63 percent in 5 years
Volumes of discarded electronics in East and Southeast Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both volume and per capita measures, new UN research shows. (2017-01-15)
Recycling old batteries into solar cells
An environmental twofer could recycle lead batteries to make solar cells. (2014-08-18)
New report outlines benefits and trade-offs of low-carbon energy
Policymakers, industry and government officials will have to invest US $2.5 trillion for electricity generation over the next 20 years. (2015-11-30)
Domestic consumption main contributor to Africa's growing E-waste
West Africa faces a rising tide of E-waste generated by domestic consumption of new and used electrical and electronic equipment, according to a new United Nations report. (2012-02-10)
Louisiana Tech inventors honored for research
Twenty Louisiana Tech faculty researchers were honored for their innovative skills and production at an Inventors' Recognition event held recently. (2006-11-03)
Alien earthworms changing ecology of Northeast forests
Some forests throughout the Northeast are rapidly changing, but most observers won't notice it unless they take a close look at the soil beneath their feet. (2003-06-24)
Dramatically raising low metal recycling rates part of path to green economy: UNEP
Less than one-third of 60 important metals have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 percent and more than half are under 1 percent, according to a new UNEP report being released in London and Brussels Thursday. (2011-05-26)
New marine research shows global warming may affect organic matter recycling differently
Marine sediments are a significant reservoir of organic carbon around the globe, and burial of sedimentary organic carbon affects the accumulation of oxygen in the atmosphere. (2005-11-14)
A warmer world might not be a wetter one
A NASA study is offering new insight into how the Earth's water cycle might be influenced by global change. (2005-10-17)
Declines in whales, fish, seabirds and large animals disrupt Earth's nutrient cycle
A new study reveals that in the past large land animals, whales, seabirds and fish played a vital role in recycling nutrients from the ocean depths, spreading them far and wide across the globe and taking them deep inland. (2015-10-26)
Cell degradation is topic of science review
Autophagy, the process of self-digestion of cell components through the action of enzymes within a cell, plays a vital role in cell maintenance and development, but in recent years has also been linked to a growing number of human diseases, including neurodegenerative conditions, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. (2000-11-30)
New material has potential to cut costs and make nuclear fuel recycling cleaner
Researchers are investigating a new material that might help in nuclear fuel recycling and waste reduction by capturing certain gases released during reprocessing more efficiently than today's technology. (2016-06-13)
The cosmos is green: Researchers catch nature in the act of 'recycling' a star
For the first time, researchers have observed a singular cosmic act of rebirth: the transformation of an ordinary, slow-rotating pulsar into a superfast millisecond pulsar with an almost infinitely extended lifespan. (2009-05-21)
Over 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and most of it thrown away
More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to 'the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics,' which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or natural settings. (2017-07-19)
Saturn's rings may be as old as solar system, says CU-Boulder planetary scientist
New observations by NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicate the rings of Saturn, once thought to have formed during the age of the dinosaurs, instead may have been created roughly 4.5 billion years ago when the solar system was still under construction. (2007-12-12)
Landmark national study reveals significance of green practices in attractions industry
The results of a national survey released by PGAV Destination Consulting, a planning and design firm in the international entertainment, tourism and hospitality industries, in collaboration with the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, reveal an important understanding about consumer attitudes and perceptions regarding environmentally sustainable operations in attractions. (2009-01-08)
Audubon Society honors Apelian for promoting sustainable stewardship of Earth's resources
Diran Apelian, Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the Audubon Society's Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal. (2015-04-28)
Recycling thermal cash register receipts contaminates paper products with BPA
Bisphenol A (BPA) -- a substance that may have harmful health effects -- occurs in 94 percent of thermal cash register receipts, scientists are reporting. (2011-10-26)
World e-waste map reveals national volumes, international flows
The first 'E-Waste World Map' has been created by UN organizations, industry, governments, non-government and science organizations through their 'Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP)' initiative. (2013-12-15)
With HMGB1's help, cells dine in
Like some people, cells eat when they are under pressure -- but they consume parts of themselves. (2010-09-06)
Central targets may hinder wider waste management objectives
Government priorities can drive local waste partnerships towards the achievement of central targets and efficiency savings rather than wider sustainable waste management objectives, a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council shows. (2007-08-29)
Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says
Research conducted at the Rockefeller University and collaborating institutions has uncovered a new mechanism that makes neuronal plasticity and, as a result, learning possible. (2015-07-01)
Go to work on a Christmas card
If all the UK's discarded wrapping paper and Christmas cards were collected and fermented, they could make enough biofuel to run a double-decker bus to the moon and back more than 20 times, according to the researchers behind a new scientific study. (2011-12-23)
NSF, Lucent Technologies Award Grants To Foster Industrial Ecology
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Lucent Technologies Foundation have awarded 18 grants to researchers across the nation to advance the emerging field of industrial ecology and to encourage businesses to integrate pollution prevention practices into their day-to-day operations. (1997-10-09)
When heme attacks: After trauma, the molecule that makes life possible rampages
Heme, the iron-bearing molecule that lets hemoglobin carry oxygen, can worsen damage following a traumatic event (heart attack, stroke, car accident, etc). (2003-10-01)
American Chemical Society wins Environmental Excellence Award from D.C. mayor
The American Chemical Society has won the 2010 Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award from Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian M. (2010-08-12)
Breast cancer cells recycle to escape death by hormonal therapy
Many breast cancer cells facing potentially lethal antiestrogen therapy recycle to survive, researchers say. (2008-10-02)
Another failed New Year's resolution? New study shows how self-prophecies may help
New research shows that when people predict that they will do a socially good deed, the chances of them actually doing the good deed increases. (2006-02-10)
Integrated Radioactive Waste Management in Future Fuel Cycles
This is an international conference on waste management issues derived from work in the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative Integrated Waste Management Strategy. (2009-10-17)
Scots carbon emissions could be halved in decades, study suggests
Cutting Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions by a half within 20 years is achievable, a study suggests. (2011-04-12)
Certain diseases, birth defects may be linked to failure of protein recycling system
A group of signaling proteins known as Wnt -- which help build the human body's skin, bone, muscle and other tissues -- depend on a complex delivery and recycling system to ensure their transport to tissue-building cell sites. (2007-12-20)
Shrinking carbon footprints
Would shrinking your carbon footprint, recycling more, and going green be easier if you could monitor your household's environmental impact? (2008-07-01)
Voluntary groups can promote pro-environmental practice at small scale
New research by the University of Southampton has examined the role of voluntary organizations in promoting pro-environmental behavior change. (2012-05-30)
Mayo researchers: Genetic mutation linked to Parkinson's disease
Researchers have discovered a new gene mutation they say causes Parkinson's disease. (2011-07-15)
Disruption of protein-folding causes neurodegeneration, mental retardation
Excess accumulation in brain cells of a fat molecule called GM1-ganglioside (GM1) disrupts the folding of newly assembled proteins into their proper shapes, triggering nerve degeneration and mental retardation in children. (2004-09-09)
Lithium battery catalyst found to harm key soil microorganism
The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium. (2016-02-04)
Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks
Yale researchers have assessed the 'criticality' of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs -- and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies. (2015-03-27)
Communication breakdown: what happens to nerve cells in Parkinson's disease
A new study from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -- the Neuro -- at McGill University is the first to discover a molecular link between Parkinson's disease and defects in the ability of nerve cells to communicate. (2010-02-09)
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