Breakthrough in Biofuels from UCLA Research Team

Researchers in the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) celebrated another advance in the next generation of biofuels: using bacteria to covert plant matter into isobutanol to be used in car engines at a higher grade than ethanol or alcohol. Under James Liao of UCLA, isobutanol has been produced directly from cellulose for the…

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U.S. Senate Rejects Assault on Public Health and Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate today rejected a House-passed funding bill that included sweeping attacks on many of the nation’s core environmental and public health programs. The bill—H.R. 1, summarized below—would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from cleaning up a variety of dangerous pollutants, saving consumers billions of dollars annually at the gas pump through…

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Say Goodbye to Your Drafty Fireplace, and Hello to Energy Efficient Warmth with Morso Wood Stoves

Morso Energy Efficient Wood Stoves has spent 157-years creating timeless, handcrafted Scandinavian-designed wood stoves and fireplace inserts that fuse inspired design with advanced engineering. Nothing less than the best, will work in your home. “Morso now offers direct ordering in Texas,” said US President Craig Shankster. “When you vist Morsona.com click on  Find a Dealer…

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Biodegradable Plastics Becoming More Mainstream

Although the biodegradable plastics (bioplastics) industry has been on the verge of commercial success for years, the quality, price, and availability of such items have been major drawbacks limiting such products to niche markets  until more recently. With increased demands for alternatives to plastics from big time corporations, including Wal-Mart, producers have stepped up to…

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Natural Awakenings

SUSTAINABILITY PARADIGM PIONEERS by Linda Sechrist A paradigm shift–a change from an old to a new way of thinking–doesn’t just happen.  Whether it is local, regional, statewide, nationwide or global, a shift in the way individuals perceive and think and what they value is driven by paradigm pioneers: change agents who help the shift to…

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Sustainable Industries

The erosion of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s leadership among American businesses has been drawing headlines for nearly two years. What’s drawn less attention is the decidedly West Coast flavor of the high-profile defections and efforts to forge a new coalition of companies that support a national clean-energy push. In 2009, Apple and California heavyweight…

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