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EU research project to turn food waste into feed

Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the focus of World Food Da

EU research project to turn food waste into feed
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Scientists go beyond LEDs for brighter and greater energy-saving light bulbs
(Tue 14/10)
Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated ... Read more

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Damaging pollution fingerprint of fracking spotted from space
(Thu 09/10)
An unexpectedly high amount of the climate-changing gas methane, the main component of natural gas, is escaping from the Four Corners region in the US Southwest, according to a new study by the University of Michigan and... Read more

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Brazil's rainforests are releasing more CO2 than previously thought
(Tue 07/10)
The deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil has resulted in significantly more carbon being lost than was previously assumed. ... Read more

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Yoghurt protects children and pregnant women from environmental poisoning
(Tue 07/10)
Yogurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against poisoning from heavy metal exposure, according to a new study. ... Read more



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EU research project to turn food waste into feed
(Thu 16/10)
Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the focus of World Food Da

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Scientists go beyond LEDs for brighter and greater energy-saving light bulbs
(Tue 14/10)
Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated

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Damaging pollution fingerprint of fracking spotted from space
(Thu 09/10)
An unexpectedly high amount of the climate-changing gas methane, the main component of natural gas, is escaping from the Four Corners region in the US Southwest, according to a new study by the University of Michigan and

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Brazil's rainforests are releasing more CO2 than previously thought
(Tue 07/10)
The deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil has resulted in significantly more carbon being lost than was previously assumed.

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Yoghurt protects children and pregnant women from environmental poisoning
(Tue 07/10)
Yogurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against poisoning from heavy metal exposure, according to a new study.

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Study calls for IPCC reports to be more "inclusive and accessible"
(Thu 25/09)
Two Cambridge-based experts are calling for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to collaborate with those working on the ground to make its reports more accessible.

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Labour Party conference told fracking can be greener than solar power
(Mon 22/09)
Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts,

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Study reveals how fracking contaminates drinking-water wells
(Mon 15/09)
A new study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing, and it's not the source many people may have feared.

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Research team makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research
(Tue 19/08)
The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.

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Genetically engineered fruit flies could save crops, study finds
(Wed 13/08)
Releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could prove to be a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way of pest control according to scientists at the University of East Anglia and Oxford Insect

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Scientists transform landfill gas into clean burning hydrogen fuel
(Tue 12/08)
A new technique that transforms foul-smelling, air-polluting landfill gas could lead to the development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices and hospitals, researchers say. The advance would con

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Boeing works with airline to turn tobacco plant into sustainable jet fuel
(Thu 07/08)
Plane-maker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG to develop a new programme to transform the tobacco plant into sustainable aviation biofuel.

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Trees' boost to human health valued at $7 billion-a-year, study finds
(Sun 27/07)
In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 in

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Carbon Trust awards cash to cut offshore wind costs by up to £100m-a-year
(Wed 16/07)
Following an international competition the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has awarded contracts to three cable manufacturers to help commercialise the development of 66kV offshore wind farm intra-array

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Scientists develop technology to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel
(Mon 14/07)
Researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel – a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels.