Reservoir on Snake River. Credit: Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services

Dams Have an Unintended Consequence: Methane Emissions

October 1, 2016 – Hydroelectric projects exploit the power of rivers by damming them up and creating an artificial drop to exploit the energy generated from the descending flow. ... Continue Reading →
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The Divestment Movement – A Good or Bad Thing

May 24, 2015 – What started as a social media phenomenon on many university campuses has blossomed into a global movement by institutions, corporations, foundations, pension funds ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Architecture Firm Comes Up with Novel Carbon Sequestration Idea

November 5, 2014 – Plants and the ocean are the two biggest carbon sinks on our planet. And single celled plants are most efficient in absorbing carbon dioxide. Transportation ... Continue Reading →
Siberian methane permafrost hole

News About a Methane Bomb on the 69th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bomb

August 6, 2014 – The Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber, dropped a uranium-fueled bomb on Hiroshima on this date 69 years ago. The last crew member of that fateful mission, Theodore Van ... Continue Reading →

A Global Calculator To Help Countries Understand How To Strategize for Climate Change

July 29, 2014 – A new website, the Global Calculator, (GC) has been launched. Its purpose, to gather evidence about our impact on global climate.  An open source tool, its developers ... Continue Reading →
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What do Bioreactors and Zoos Have in Common?

February 24, 2014 – The answer is poo. But before I explain further let’s look at what bioreactors are all about. For example, you are a bioreactor. You convert food and ... Continue Reading →

Headlines at 21st Century Tech for November 23, 2012

This week’s five stories look at: Deploying 3D Printers in the Military Rapid Prototyping; A New Device To Replace Man’s Best Friend When Hunting Bombs; Poo to Power Microsoft’s ... Continue Reading →

Headlines at 21st Century Tech for October 5, 2012

This week’s headlines look at the latest controversy around synthetic life, and a whole bunch of energy stories including: a new oil sands technology that promises to dramatically ... Continue Reading →

Environment Update: Waste-to-Resource Technology – Real or a Public Relations Ploy?

This morning is “blue bin” day on my street. Every second week (alternate weeks are for non-recyclable garbage put out in a “gray bin”) here in Toronto we trundle ... Continue Reading →
Garbage in Sweden

Energy Update: Sweden’s Waste-to-Energy Problem – Not Enough Garbage

My weekend newspaper on its “World” page had some interesting statistics about Sweden and waste-to-energy usage in that country. I learned that biomass generates more energy ... Continue Reading →