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Melting Arctic Ice Opens New Shipping Channel for Petroleum Products

Melting Arctic Ice Opens New Shipping Channel for Petroleum Products

In a move that blatantly disregards the impacts of climate change, shipping companies are taking advantage of melting Arctic ice to cut transportation times for petroleum products. Channel News Asia

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Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Image via Shutterstock The last few years have shown that bacteria can "poop out" some mighty useful (and valuable) stuff - whether it be gold or battery power. Now a team from the Korea Advanced

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Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

A new study from Bioresource Technology finds that algae-based biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum-based fuels. The study also found that algae biofuel is

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Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

A new report by the National Research Council has some good news for the future of US transportation. By taking advantage of biofuels, new vehicle technology, and policy reform, America has the potential

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Mexico’s Hotel Básico is Designed with Recycled Petroleum Industry Materials

Mexico’s Hotel Básico is Designed with Recycled Petroleum Industry Materials

Located in Playa del Carmen in one corner of La Quinta Avenida, the main avenue of the city, Hotel Básico is a 1,600 square-meter, mixed-use building reflecting a Brutalism style through its bold use of

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Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

Over the past few years, Ford has increased its use of eco-friendly recycled and bio-based materials in its vehicles, such as soy foam seat cushions, castor oil foam in instrument panels, wheat

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Petroleum Tank Turned into Futuristic Loft Sleeping Pod and Loo

Petroleum Tank Turned into Futuristic Loft Sleeping Pod and Loo

To make the most of the material, LOT-EK cut the tank into two sections. The first section was placed horizontally over the living room and contains two sleeping pods that look a lot like something out of

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Researcher Develops Plant-Based Non-Petroleum Fuel Additive

Researcher Develops Plant-Based Non-Petroleum Fuel Additive

Fuel additives are generally petroleum or chemical based supplements injected into fuel that serve a number of purposes -- cleaning the engine to reduce emissions related to global warming, lubricating

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Zaha Hadid’s Petroleum Research Center (Ironically) Aims For LEED Platinum

Zaha Hadid’s Petroleum Research Center (Ironically) Aims For LEED Platinum

It may seem ironic, but even petroleum research centers can be LEED certified if they meet the critieria. Case in point: the King Abudullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC for short),

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Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

The Mithaka people of Channel Country, Queensland, Australia have a serious problem: Australia wants to frack their traditional homeland, targeting hundreds of wells beneath their rivers and floodplains

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5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

Everybody loves Hanukkah; the festival of lights that comes but once a year! Every December, we look forward to this joy-filled excuse to stuff our faces with fried potatoes, sour cream, and apple sauce,

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Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

It’s one thing to use a bunch of heavy, petroleum-fueled equipment to make a massive structure – but doing it by hand, the old fashioned way, is truly a feat. And archeologists recently discovered a

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code. This was developed in response to already

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AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

The ALEC exodus keeps on gaining momentum and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. The most recent company to jump ship is internet giant AOL, which announced on Monday that it had decided not to

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year's Intel Science

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S.

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A 700-Year-Old Virus Was Brought Back to Life and Used to Infect Plants

A 700-Year-Old Virus Was Brought Back to Life and Used to Infect Plants

If you thought you had nothing to worry about from 700-year-old viruses, think again. Researchers just resurrected a virus from seven-century-old caribou poop and used it to infect a plant, showing that

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Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and determine where it

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Oil Company Leaves ALEC Over Climate Change

Oil Company Leaves ALEC Over Climate Change

It’s easy to see why some of the more environmentally friendly companies would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based on the council's lies about climate change, but what about an

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Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoons Are a Tasty Alternative to Plastic Utensils

Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoons Are a Tasty Alternative to Plastic Utensils

In an effort to create an alternative to disposable plastic silverware, Triangle Tree has produced Edible Spoons, a spoon that you can eat after finishing your meal. Made of corn, the spoons are

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

The Ukraine crisis may be inadvertently working towards environmental conservation in the Arctic. On Friday, the US government ordered American companies to cut off exports to Russian oil exploration

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused

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UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

Scientists at the U.K.'s Imperial College London just made a major breakthrough in the renewable production of the fuel propane. In a study released this week in the journal Nature Communications, they

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

Natural methane leakage from the sea floor is far more widespread off the U.S. East Coast than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience this week. Researchers from

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

Bioremediation can refer to the use of microbes, fungi (mycoremediation) or plants (phytoremediation) that have the ability to remove pollutants from the environment. Microbes and fungi generally

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