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MonthSeptember 2015

Researchers receive grant to study biochar

By Jace Dostal, jace.dostal@iowastatedaily.com Sep 3, 2015 Researchers at Iowa State have been awarded nearly $2 million for research on the integrated pyrolysis of biochar systems. Biochar is a product used … Continue Reading Researchers receive grant to study biochar

Uganda: Harvesting water to build community resilience in Karamoja

  By Lydia Wamala; 10 Jul 2015 Source(s):World Food Programme (WFP) Nayese Village, Karamoja – As Regina Nakwang, Veronica Locham, Lina Sagal and Cecilia Kapel look down at the completed sand dam, … Continue Reading Uganda: Harvesting water to build community resilience in Karamoja

Green Energy for the Poor

Kenyans studying by solar-powered light. CreditWaldo Swiegers/Bloomberg By NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, SEPT. 9, 2015 An innovative business model combining solar power and cellphones is electrifying parts of rural Africa that are far from the … Continue Reading Green Energy for the Poor

The New Tobacco Road: a path beyond smoking for America’s traditional cash crop

Tyton Bio’s tobacco project September 9, 2015 | Jim Lane  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, … Continue Reading The New Tobacco Road: a path beyond smoking for America’s traditional cash crop

Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Dana Klug, PhD’18, a researcher in Michael Pollastri’s Laboratory for Neglected Disease Drug Discovery. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University August 31, 2015 by Thea Singer When North­eastern grad­uate stu­dent Dana … Continue Reading Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Injustice is just one dam thing after another

Mega-scale dams built in the developing world are often fashioned as a move towards sustainable societies. But activists argue that these projects leave many displaced, with disastrous consequences for societies. … Continue Reading Injustice is just one dam thing after another

Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

By Renee Juliene Karunungan Renee Juliene Karunungan, 25, is the advocacy director of Dakila, a group of artists, students, and individuals in the Philippines committed to working towards social change, which … Continue Reading Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

Biochar emerges as soil amendment for agriculture

Biochar emerges as a new soil amendment in agriculture. Laura Pires, Contributing Writer Biochar has potential as a valuable tool for the agricultural industry with its unique ability to help … Continue Reading Biochar emerges as soil amendment for agriculture

Laos Officially Approves Controversial Dam Project

Image Credit: Flickr / Prince Roy By Prashanth Parameswaran, September 04, 2015 Laos’ parliament has approved the concession agreement for a controversial dam project, with construction expected to begin before the end … Continue Reading Laos Officially Approves Controversial Dam Project

As the need for power surges, are small – or big – dams the answer?

                  The Lower Mekong River, Vientiane Province, Lao PDR Photo credit: Jenkins Macedo BY STELLA PAUL   STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – … Continue Reading As the need for power surges, are small – or big – dams the answer?

Better Health a Key Benefit of Renewables, Study Says

A wind farm in Illinois. Credit: Amit Gupta/flickr By Bobby Magill, Published: September 1st, 2015   Building wind and solar farms helps to reduce the human impact on climate change by displacing noxious emissions … Continue Reading Better Health a Key Benefit of Renewables, Study Says

Precision Agriculture Eats Data, CPU Cycles: It’s A Perfect Fit For Cloud Services

Kurt Marko, Contributor at Forbes Kurt analyzes new technologies and their business implications Given their rural isolation, toiling miles away from the coastal centers of technology and finance, it’s easy … Continue Reading Precision Agriculture Eats Data, CPU Cycles: It’s A Perfect Fit For Cloud Services

Joint NGO Letter: Human Rights Situation in Sudan

Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council   Excellency, We write to share our serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan, … Continue Reading Joint NGO Letter: Human Rights Situation in Sudan

How does big data help sustainability campaigns?

Food waste has one of the lowest recycling rates in Singapore, and a fair number of organizations here are starting to tackle this. If food waste digesters could provide data … Continue Reading How does big data help sustainability campaigns?

Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

BY KARALEE BROWNE     Karalee Browne is a program manager of the Institute for Local Government’s Sustainable Communities program and can be reached at kbrowne@ca-ilg.org. For more information about … Continue Reading Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

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