By Robin WhitlockNovember 29, 2015Bioethanol plant at Seal Sands, Teeside, UK Image source:Nick Bramhall, Flickr Renewable energy from biomass is now a key component of renewable energy development worldwide. The fuel used for this process, known as feedstocks, consist of lignocellulosic biomass, that is to say plants with a complex structure containing polymers of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.
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When the volcano on New Zealand& 39;s White Island blew up on December 9, 2019, 17 people were killed. A dozen people still remain in hospitals being treated for burns suffered when steam and molten rock exploded out of the volcano. Could the same thing happen in the U.S.?Currently, there are 161 active volcanoes in the U.
The city designed for 5,000 now only counts 80 residents.December 31, 2019Deep in the Arizona desert lies a city once built for thousands that now holds only a few dozen inhabitants. Called Arconsanti, it was designed by the late Italian architect Paolo Soleri and despite having begun its construction in the 1970s today it is only 5 complete.
In the fight against climate change, no action is too small or too unimportant. Now, a new initiative in South Africa is seeking to help with plastic pollution by recycling plastic milk bottles into pavement for its roads.RELATED: SYDNEY IS PAVING ITS ROADS WITH A TYPE OF ASPHALT MADE USING OLD PRINTER TONERRecycling milk bottlesShisalanga Construction has already repaved more than 400 meters of the road in Cliffdale, on the outskirts of Durban using this special asphalt.
Australia continues to be devastated by bushfires.January 05, 2020Things are looking worse and worse with each passing day for Australia. On Wednesday, air quality index readings at one Canberra monitoring site peaked at 1 am at an extremely alarming 7,700. On Saturday, it was revealed that the country& 39;s capital has the world& 39;s worst air quality.
71 percent of global carbon emissions come from just 100 corporations.January 09, 2020Renewable energy seems to be the last hope for drastically reducing the carbon emissions of the world. Renewable technologies are on the cutting edge of science and technology today, which makes the discussion of this field perfect for the Consumer Electronics Show this year.
The smoke traveled nearly 12,070 kilometers across the South Pacific Ocean.January 07, 2020Australia& 39;s wildfires have been devastating the country and it has been estimated that they have already emitted more than half of the country’s 2018 annual carbon dioxide emissions. But it& 39;s not just Australia that is being affected by these fires.
We won& 39;t try to paint it any other way: the Australia bush fires are a catastrophic event and are the worst bushfires in the county& 39;s history, with thousands of people displaced, and countless animals killed by the raging fires.And yet, it is in moments like these that we need any hope we can cling onto.
Mimicking photosynthesis, the new system uses light to produce methane.January 09, 2020Photosynthesis is the ultimate conversion of light to energy and one that scientists have been trying to replicate for years. Now, scientists have come up with a formula that may just be close enough, according to Science Mag.
The future of our worldly air quality doesn& 39;t look to be a bright one this year, say NASA scientists.January 15, 2020The bleak news revolving around the Australian bushfires continues. NASA has predicted that the fires will produce enough smoke that it will circumnavigate the Earth, to return back to Australia.
The Common Murres birds were found washed ashore on the west coast of the U.S. in 2015 and 2016.January 16, 2020Common Murres, the type of seabird that died because of the phenomenonLinda Burek/iStockMore victims have fallen into the grips of climate change. Approximately one million seabirds on the west coast of the U.
Could you use the human body to power tech like in & 34;The Matrix& 34;? While plugging in millions of individuals to act as & 34;human batteries& 34; is a little drastic, there are some less unethical ways to harvest electricity from the human body.Here we explore five interesting examples of tech that already exist or are in development for just this purpose.
The installation could power 4.5 million homes.January 19, 2020Energy firm SSE announced on Friday that construction for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farms project had begun. The huge offshore wind farm is located near Ulrome, a coastal village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.RELATED: WORLD’S LARGEST OFFSHORE WIND FARM BEGINS OPERATIONS OFF ENGLAND& 39;S COAST“Getting the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making,” said in a statement, Steve Wilson, managing director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms.
We’re at an interesting time in modern history. Futurists have made bold predictions about the world for decades.Today, however, we have the chance to validate these claims with actual data. Climate models have been around since the 70s. And the story they tell is not a very favorable one.A study by NASA shows that these climate models are actually quite reliable as the predictions have begun to come true.
It& 39;s known as the Yarrabubba impact crater and is 2.2-billion-years-old.January 22, 2020Over the years Earth has been hit by numerous asteroids and comets, all of which have left their mark behind. At present, it& 39;s sometimes hard to tell where these ancient impacts occurred, and even harder to determine when they happened.
The recent news and images of the extent of Australian bushfires are enough to cause anyone distress but they are not, by a long shot, the worst that Australia has ever experienced. Here are 7 examples of fires that have been more widespread and more deadly.RELATED: 6 IMAGES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES THAT SHOW THE RESILIENCE OF NATUREWhat is a bushfire and how does it occur?
It& 39;s only the second time in a century that snow has fallen on Baghdad.February 11, 2020Many northern hemisphere countries are under a carpet of white snow, however, most regions of one such country are not typically on this winter wonderland list: Iraq.So it comes as no surprise that when snow started to fall over Baghdad in Iraq on Tuesday, residents took to the streets to enjoy the historic moment.
Decade-long research shows that deforested sections of the Amazon rainforest are emitting more CO2 than they can absorb.February 12, 2020One fifth of the Amazon rainforest emits more CO2 than it absorbs, says a new study.These worrying results are the culmination of 10 years& 39; worth of research of greenhouse gases over the Amazon basin, which appears to show that around 20 of the entire rainforest has become a net source of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
Fancy buying a nuclear fusion reactor? Then a former college student in New Zealand has got one going.If you have a few thousand dollars spare, his homemade nuclear fusion reactor could be yours today. Or perhaps you could just spend the money on something you actually need?RELATED: NUCLEAR FUSION POWER IN THE 21ST CENTURYWhat is the former college student trying to sell again?
The geothermal well could be drilled without the risk of an earthquake, according to a new study.February 15, 2020It seems that Tuscany’s Apennine Mountains could provide a geothermal well that output unlimited clean energy, according to the latest report by Wired. The well is called Venelle-2, but like all geothermal wells, there is the risk of an earthquake if you drill it past the K horizon.
The new technology creates electricity using moisture in the air, and it sounds too good to be true.February 18, 2020What if you could make electricity out of thin air? Does it sound too good to be true? Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed just such a device and they call it the & 34;Air-gen.