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Startups finding creative uses for beer brewer's spent grains

Bread and beer have practically the same ingredients, water, grain, and yeast. The biggest by-product of the brewing process is "spent grains." And if not managed properly, spent grains can become a source of food waste.

Electric scooters are not as 'green' as you might think

Electric scooters may appear to be an alternative and 'green' form of transport compared with cars or buses, but the environmental credentials of scooters are necessarily as good as some manufacturers claim, according to a new report.

Will planting more trees help to reduce greenhouse gases?

There is enough room in the world’s existing parks, forests, and abandoned land to plant 1.2 trillion additional trees, which would have the CO2 storage capacity to cancel out a decade of carbon dioxide emissions.

Cool pavements for 'smart cities' — Do they really work?

Urban planners considering ways of reducing urban heat are looking at "cool pavements" to replace asphalt because it's black and absorbs heat. While this may be true, a new study suggests these pavements require more energy and carbon to manufacture.

City plans to use technology to turn sewer gas into natural gas

Portland - Portland, Oregon already has plans to meet all its electricity needs through the use of renewables by 2035, so it's no surprise that they have decided to make good use of methane gas from decomposing solid waste at the city's sewage treatment plant.

Building of coal fired power stations in decline

London - There has been a significant decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally, according to a new report from several environmental organizations.

Earth Hour 2013: Coming soon to a light bulb near you

Singapore - Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet, launched its campaign for 2013 in Singapore on February 27. This year Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. in time zones throughout the world.

'Lights out' in France as big switch-off becomes law

France yesterday introduced energy conservation laws making it obligatory for shops and commercial premises to switch off internal, window and exterior lighting at night.

Dan Deacon dances to his own tune Special

Musician Dan Deacon contemplates his homeland on America, a bold album that combines hard-edged dance beats and gorgeous symphonic soundscapes. It's a timely work from a thoughtful artist who gladly puts actions behind his convictions.

Can Starbucks turn old muffins and coffee grinds into detergents?

Starbucks has been working on a way to convert leftover food items into reusable products, such as laundry detergent. The coffee giant wants to lessen its carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly with unconsumed food products.

Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution

Tennis players in France get through a staggering 14 million tennis balls each year. The French Tennis Federation has come up with a novel solution to recycle old tennis balls generating a benefit to communities.

PepsiCo reveals a bottle made completely of plant materials

PepsiCo announced it's new bottle on Tuesday, made of a 100 percent of plant-based material, reducing the company's carbon footprint and putting them ahead of their competitors.

Bloomers will soon fly on clotheslines in Nova Scotia

Halifax - Nova Scotians who love the smell of laundry dried outdoors will soon be able to have a clothesline no matter where they live in the province.

Net zero office building a first for Canada

Markham - The Del Ridge Corporate Centre in Markham, Ontario will be the first and only office building in Canada that has a zero carbon footprint. Using the sun, wind and geothermal energy the building will be cutting edge.

Environment film withdrawn amid complaints about exploding people

A green campaigning group has withdrawn a film about global warming scripted by movie writer Richard Curtis after complaints about its graphic depiction of exploding people.

Toronto Vegetarian Association to introduce Meatless Mondays Special

Canadians will get a chance to participate in reducing their carbon footprints in a unique campaign due to take off early January.

Google PowerMeter puts your home energy use on your homepage

Google's PowerMeter will allow you to monitor how much electricity your home is using, even when you are on holiday on the other side of the world.

Diet for cows means less methane released

A new diet for cows being implemented by environmentally-conscious dairy farmers in Vermont means less methane gas will be released by the cows during the course of digestion.

Green Plastics Could Help Reduce Carbon Footprint

Results from a new University of Missouri study suggest that some of the largely petroleum-based plastic may soon be replaced by a non-polluting, renewable plastic made from plants.

Offset the Carbon Footprint Of Your Website

There are several eco plugins/widgets/apps/gadgets around but if you are a Facebook fanatic you'll no doubt have come across Greenbook. The tool allows you to 'green up' your Facebook presence.

UK University Starts Research Into Carbon Footprint Reduction

A research centre dedicated to reducing the planet’s carbon footprint will be launched at The University of Nottingham today. Research that takes place at the center will potentially have a global impact, its originators say.
 

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