Green Design

A House Built of Straw

This summer, University of Bath, UK researchers are constructing a “BaleHaus” made of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels on campus. Straw is a truly environmentally-friendly building material, being both renewable and a by-product of farming.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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Algae Biofuel Monitor

BaySpec, Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduces a Raman-specific 1064nm spectrometer designed for measuring microalgae, a promising future source of biofuels. Using the NunavutTM spectrometer, researchers were able to overcome issues with fluorescence seen at lower wavelengths.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, Products, GDM

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Global Ocean Surface Temperature Warmest on Record for June

The world’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for June - breaking the previous high mark set in 2005 - according to the NOAA. Additionally, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for June was second-warmest on record (global records began in 1880).

Posted in: Climate, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Funding for Algal and Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the availability of up to $85 million toward the development of algae-based biofuels and advanced, infrastructure-compatible biofuels. DOE seeks to bring together leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and government to develop new methods to bring new biofuels to market.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Energy, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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Mercury Rises With Summer Heat

Smog is made up of an array of air pollutants, including mercury. One Ryerson University researcher has found that summer is the peak season for this atmospheric toxin, and that higher levels of mercury species exist in the urban atmosphere as compared to rural regions.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Capturing Carbon Dioxide In A Bowl

The accidental discovery of a bowl-shaped molecule that pulls carbon dioxide out of the air could offer new possibilities for dealing with global warming, including genetically engineering microbes to manufacture these CO2 “catchers.”

Posted in: Climate, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, News, GDM

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NASA Satellite Survey Reveals Dramatic Arctic Sea Ice Thinning

Arctic sea ice thinned dramatically between the winters of 2004 and 2008, with thin seasonal ice replacing thick older ice as the dominant type for the first time on record. The new results, based on data from a NASA Earth-orbiting spacecraft, provide further evidence for the rapid, ongoing transformation of the Arctic's ice cover.

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